Twitter Lets Anyone and Everyone Apply for a Blue Badge

2016.07.25 05

Twitter on Tuesday announced it has opened up the application process for verified account status, which previously was reserved for celebrities and other high-profile users. Any user may now file an online application to have an account verified.

Twitter account verification, denoted by a blue badge icon, flags individuals and organizations as authentic, the company explained.

An account may be verified if it is determined to be of public interest, Twitter noted. Examples include accounts maintained by public figures and organizations in music, TV, film, fashion, government, politics, religion, journalism, media, sports, business, and other key areas of interest.

“We want to make it even easier for people to find creators and influencers on Twitter so it makes sense for us to let people apply for verification,” explained Tina Bhatnagar, Twitter’s vice president of user services. “We hope opening up this application process results in more people finding great, high-quality accounts to follow, and for these creators and influencers to connect with a broader audience.”

Twitter Lets Anyone and Everyone Apply for a Blue Badge

Twitter Applies ‘140’ Rule to Video Seconds

2016.06.23 02

Twitter on Tuesday launched enhanced video services that will allow users to post longer videos — up to 140 seconds. It also announced a new platform for celebrities and public figures to share their stories.

Because sports, news, music and other videos increasingly are the type of content that goes viral on Twitter, the company decided to expand content parameters, noted Jeremy Rishel, head of product development for creators.

“Video is becoming increasingly central to the real-time conversations happening on Twitter video. Tweets on Twitter have increased by over 50 percent since the beginning of 2015,” he pointed out.

The new 140-second run time is a dramatic increase over the previous 30-second limit.

Twitter Applies ‘140’ Rule to Video Seconds

Twitter Users Snared in Dark Web’s Brisk Password Trade

2016.06.13 02

Data stolen from more than 32 million Twitter users has been offered for sale on the dark web for 10 bitcoin, or around US$5,800, LeakedSource reported Wednesday. LeakedSource has added the account and email information to its searchable repository of compromised credentials.

The data set came from someone called “Tessa88@exploit.im,” who has been connected to other large collections of compromised data, including the credentials for 425 million MySpace accounts. The Twitter information consists of 32,888,300 records, LeakedSource said, with each record containing such information as email addresses, usernames and passwords.

The information likely came from compromised user systems rather than from a breach of Twitter’s systems, according to LeakedSource.

The hackers were able to infect tens of millions of users’ systems with malware that collected saved username and password information from browsers like Chrome and Firefox, the firm explained.

Twitter Users Snared in Dark Web’s Brisk Password Trade