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Twitter CEO Says Company is on Slow Rebound

Posted in Tech news  by Carol
May 31st, 2016

The Twitter Inc. logo is displayed on a mobile device for a photograph in New York, U.S., on Monday, Sept. 16, 2013. Twitter Inc., which announced plans last week for an initial public offering, is still deciding whether to list on the New York Stock Exchange or Nasdaq Stock Market, setting off a horse race for the high-profile deal. Photographer: Scott Eells/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Jack Dorsey is perhaps one of the most successful and influential San Francisco tech executives currently operating, and that’s given the fact that he splits his time between two goliath projects: Twitter and Square.

Unfortunately for Dorsey, Twitter hasn’t been doing so well. Stock and popularity have been declining for the tech mogul, which is why the board at Twitter decided to give Dorsey power over the company even though they’d have to share him. That was almost a year ago, but Dorsey’s main initiative is still to fix Twitter.

“We’re making progress,” Dorsey stated, then added that he believes the most crucial thing for Twitter’s survival is the company’s ability to devise, develop and release updates to the service. “That’s going very well, but you know, things take time to change.”

Unfortunately for Dorsey and the fix Twitter advocates, their users don’t take well to change. The recent attempt to change an icon from a star to a heart angered millions. Dorsey has to engage in a balancing act between revising Twitter so that it’s simpler and easier to use, while not alienating the service’s band of loyal users.

twitter usersThere are some success stories that have come out of this new act. “New” tweets in which users can add photos and videos without using up the 140 character limit seem to be a popular addition to the service without changing up too much of its classic appeal.

“We’re not giving up Twitter being in the moment,” Dorsey reiterated. “That concept of brevity, that concept of speed. Being able to just think of something and put it out to the world.” Dorsey knows better than to sacrifice the key feature of what makes Twitter unique.

Unfortunately, the best thing about Twitter can sometimes be the worst thing about Twitter. There’s not a lot of room for filters in a world of instantaneous communication, and accordingly Twitter has become a place of online abuse along with more positive thoughts. Twitter’s anonymity caters even further to the service’s use for hateful speech and cyber bullying.

“I don’t think the negativity and the abuse and harassment is unique to Twitter,” Dorsey stated. “I think it’s an industry-wide, internet-wide issue that we all need to solve. And we did make it a priority for the company.”

Twitter has developed its own process for blocking and reporting abusive users, but some users at the receiving end of online abuse have wondered how in a decade of existence no Twitter engineer has devised a way of keeping the abuse from ever being received as opposed to reacting after the fact.

twitter stockOn the other hand, free speech advocates may take issue with Twitter’s efforts to censor opinions on a media that has become such a medium of social activism and political discussion. Still, Twitter’s use by terrorist organizations to recruit new followers has convinced many that at least some censorship and guidance is necessary for the good of everyone.

At the end of the day, Dorsey hopes to work through these problems with the help of his team and user feedback.

“We’re focused on making Twitter amazing and making something people want to use every single day,” Dorsey stated. “We’re focused on building our service.”

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Archive for May, 2016

Twitter CEO Says Company is on Slow Rebound

Posted in Tech news  by Carol
May 31st, 2016

With the new election cycle heating up and becoming ready to come to a close it is more important than ever that we have politicians aligned with policies and ideas that will ensure the free flow and strength of both the internet and the cyber security we should expect living in the United States. The problem is what we expect as rights of any citizen is not always the case and in fact has been pretty bleak since the internet first appeared. With such a major issue getting little attention in the Current election cycle it is important that you are aware of the stance the remaining 3 presidential candidates have in this regard, and how to best plan for the coming election cycle.

The FCC proposed some rules last year regarding what would classify broadband as a public neutrality and thus give the government more power to ensure a neutral web. However, the proposed rules have not been totally implemented and are still facing hard opposition from large ISPs.

 

Hillary Clinton:

First among the remaining presidential candidates is Hillary Clinton. Hillary supported the new rules and has gone on record as saying that she wants to ensure that the FCC has the legal power to punish large companies that violate them. She also wrote in a recent Quartz op-ed “Closing these loopholes and protecting other standards of free and fair competition like enforcing strong net neutrality rules and preempting state laws that unfairly protect incumbent business will keep more money in consumers wallets enable startups to challenge the status quo and allow small business to thrive.” What is one thing that is scary about Hillary may also be a useful thing in this regard. What I mean by that is that she is constantly changing her stance for what is more politically favorable at the time, so in this regard if the majority of people made it seem untenable for certain aspects of this to go through and that we wanted a more open internet she may at the very least support it in interviews. Whether or not that translates to real life remains to be seen.

Bernie Sanders:

Bernie has been one the harshest critics of what he refers to as the anti-competitive practices of Comcast and Verizon, and has called for strong criticism of Internet “fast lanes.” The senator has also called for the Title II classification of broadband well before the FCC announced its new rules. In fact, Sanders introduced such a bill way back in 2006, 2007 and then 2015. That would prevent said “fast lanes.”

Donald J Trump:

What will probably not come as a surprise is that Donald Trump hasn’t made any public statements suggesting that he correctly understand the concept of net neutrality. Which is fairly funny considering he has made a lot of statements with
those words in them. Republicans tend to be against increased regulation of any kind, but Trump’s stated reasons for opposing the new net rules is that he fears they would lead to the censorship of conservative media which is frankly absurd.

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