Twitter gives blue tick a pause
Move comes after gaps in system for verification
On Thursday, Twitter said it would be stopping all ‘general verifications’ and said a blue tick wasn’t an endorsement. They wrote in a message: “Verification was meant to authenticate identity & voice, but it is interpreted as an endorsement or an indicator of importance. We recognise that we have created this confusion and need to resolve it. We have paused all general verifications while we work and will report back soon.”
Jack Dorsey meanwhile wrote that they realised some time ago that the system was ‘broken’. He wrote: “We should’ve communicated faster on this (yesterday): our agents have been following our verification policy correctly, but we realized some time ago the system is broken and needs to be reconsidered. And we failed by not doing anything about it. Working now to fix faster.”
The move came a day after Twitter rolled out its 280-character limit.
Twitter is rolling out a 280-character limit for nearly all its users, abandoning its iconic 140-character limit for tweets.
Snapchat to revamp
And Snapchat, long an app popular with young people, will undergo a revamp to make itself easier to use, in the hopes it can attract a wider audience.
Both companies announced the moves on Tuesday as they look for ways to expand beyond their passionate but slow-growing fan bases.
At the end of the third quarter, Twitter had 330 million monthly users, up just 1 per cent from the second quarter.
Snapchat added 4.5 million daily users in the quarter to 178 million, which amounts to a 3 per cent growth. The company does not report monthly user figures.
But those numbers pale next to social media behemoth Facebook, which reported its monthly users rose 16 per cent to 2.07 billion.
“The one thing that we have heard over the years is that Snapchat is difficult to understand or hard to use, and our team has been working on responding to this feedback,” Snap Inc. CEO Evan Spiegel said.
“As a result, we are currently redesigning our application to make it easier to use, said Spiegel.”
CEO Jack Dorsey said Twitter was working hard to fix the problems faster