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Social networking site, Twitter is reported to be "considering" implementing a new paid subscription tier that would be introduced in a premium package for TweetDeck, Twitter's popular desktop client, and be aimed directly at professionals. 

If this happens it'll be the first time Twitter would be charging for any of its services since their inception 11 years ago.

The plan is for Twitter to make the professional experience more appealing for serious users and add in a bunch of advance tools and features not found anywhere else on the service. 

The package is being touted to cost $19.99 per month, available on both desktop and mobile.

Some of the features being bandied around are:

- Exclusive news/alerts summaries personalized for you
- Content management tools like bookmarks, to-do lists, and 'save for later'
- Cross posting to other social media platforms
- Advanced custom trend analysis and alerting tools
- Exclusive content on social media best practices and strategy
- Enhanced tools for managing and creating custom audience lists (e.g., by interest, customer, or region, etc.)
- Exclusive priority customer support
- The ability to manage multiple Twitter accounts
- Advanced publishing features (e.g., scheduling, collaboration, drafting, etc.)
- Advanced tools for sorting or filtering searches
- An ad-free experience
- Analysis tools for understanding topics or conversations on Twitter
- Ability to access this experience on both desktop and mobile devices
- Ability to securely manage the account across multiple team members
- Twitter customization such as color themes and layouts
- Access to pre-populated lists of users and influencers by interest topic (e.g., industry or subject experts)
- Additional account activity details (e.g., influence scores, account unfollows, or ability to see who is looking at your profile page)
- Ability to import user lists from outside sources
- Advanced analytics on my own content performance

According to The New York Times affiliated journalist Andrew Tavani, "Twitter is considering offering a more advanced TweetDeck experience, with more powerful tools to help marketers, journalists, professionals, and others in our community find out what is happening in the world quicker, to gain more insights, and see the broadest range of what people are saying on Twitter. Whether you use Twitter for work or just want to be more informed on the latest news, sports, entertainment, political viewpoints, and information in today's world, this more advanced TweetDeck experience will be designed to help you get even more out of Twitter.

"This premium tool set will provide valuable viewing, posting, and signalling tools like alerts, trends and activity analysis, advanced analytics, and composing and posting tools all in one customizable dashboard.

"It will be designed to make it easier than ever to keep up with multiple interests, grow your audience, and see even more great content and information in real-time. It would also offer extra features such as advanced audience insight and analytics, tools to monitor multiple timelines from multiple accounts and from multiple devices, including mobile, all in an ad-free experience."

Twitter is conducting a survey to see if this will fly with potential consumers meaning it's not a shoo-in yet, but it could certainly happen. This may go some way in helping Twitter recover as they've had a huge chunk of their market eroded by other competitors such as Snapchat and Facebook. 

Photo Crd: Android Central

It was a good run, but according to Vine, we'll be saying a final goodbye to the app this month. January 17 to be exact and a lot of people would be sad to see it go.
But there is a silver lining though as while Vine will be dying, they will convert to an altered version called Vine Camera.
What Vine Camera lets you do is still be able to create looping six-second videos and upload them to Twitter. There will also be a "Follow On Twitter" feature to help creators retain their followers once Vine is officially shut down.
So while the Vine app is dead, Vine is not. Vine Camera however, doesn't have any of the features included in the current Vine app, including viewing other Vines through the app. You will also not be able to download your old Vines once the app has been discontinued, but an archive of old Vines will remain viewable on Vine's website.
It remains to be seen how Vine Camera is received online. It is believed that there will be an adjustment period after which people should be fine.
We wish Vine Camera all the very best.

Twitter may have have agreed to shut down Vine, but the creators are in no mood to give up just yet. Two of the app's creators have decided to give it another shot this time going into the densely populated live streaming space.

Enter Hype, a new app that offers the live-streaming experience just like Periscope and Facebook Live.

Created by Vine co-founders Rus Yusupov and Colin Kroll, the app recently launched for iOS, with an Android version expected soon. 

How Hype is quite simple as it instantly notifies a user’s followers when they start a live-stream. Fans, subscribers and viewers can then comment and interact with the stream. It also possesses a feature called 'Sparkles' which is basically a form of liking content and is not too dissimilar from Periscope's 'Hearts'

Themed backgrounds are offered, too, and you can also select photos and pictures from your camera roll and present them as a slideshow as part of your live-stream. From the screenshots alone it’s easy to see that the app has a more offbeat and playful approach to live-streaming, though whether that’ll be enough to tempt Facebook Live and Periscope users to take it for a spin remains to be seen.

Naturally entering into the live streaming space is goingto be a daunting task (just ask Meerkat) and with rumours that Instagram would also be entering the live market and possibly snapchat doing the same, it will be interesting to see how Hype fares in all this.

Reports indicate that there has been a massive leak of login credentials for Twitter, one of the world's most used social media platform. 

The number reportedly reaches 32 million. Their passwords have been compromised and are now online. The belief is that it is now on sale on the dark web, though Twitter maintains that the leak is not as a result of a breach of its systems.
“We are confident that these usernames and credentials were not obtained by a Twitter data breach – our systems have not been breached. In fact, we’ve been working to help keep accounts protected by checking our data against what’s been shared from recent other password leaks,” says a spokesperson for Twitter.
The leaked data is said to contain usernames, passwords, and email addresses of 32,888,30 users. LeakedSource, a search engine for leaked login credentials, believes that these credentials have been stolen through malware infecting popular browsers like Chrome and Firefox, instead of a breach of Twitter’s systems. The bulk of the users affected by this leak appear to be from Russia.
This hasn't been the only breach in recent times, both LinkedIn and MySpace have also suffered breaches such as this and as a precaution users are advised not to use the same password everywhere. 
Different services should have different passwords and having a two-factor authentication enables on services that offer this additional security feature would not be amiss either. 

So as to make things look nicer and engaging, microblogging site Twitter announced on Thursday(27-March-2014) that it has officially rolled out two different new features to its users(iPhone and Android).

The Two features are...

(1) Tagging up to 10 people in a photo by searching for them by their name within the app. plus “If you’re the one being tagged, you’ll get a notification. You can adjust notifications, as well as who can tag you, in your settings,” twitter added.

(2) Users can share up to 4 photos in a single tweet. 

With the above new feature, by default did you know your twitter privacy settings has been loosed to anyone and everyone for tagging. See below screenshot.

But isn't it annoying that if you aren't learned enough and keeping up to date to twitter news, your twitter account is potentially unsafe(to unwanted tags) due to the default settings that has been made? Well according to Twitter official here's what they had to say to defend their motive for making it a default "Allow anyone to tag me in photos"

For the privacy-minded, it’s worth noting that the default setting Twitter has decided on is to allow anyone to tag you in photos.

However quite a number of users disapproved the motive, but anyways the deal is done you just have to manually adjust the settings. :-)

How to stop anyone from tagging you on Twitter Photo tagging.

Goto your PC/MAC >> Open your browser and type http://twitter.com (make sure you are logged in) >> Click this link Twitter settings  >> Goto select Security and Privacy and just under the Privacy choose either "Only allow people i follow to tag me in photos or Do not allow anyone to tag me in photos". 

Thats all have a safe twitter photo tagging experience!
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