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Is Twitter about to buy SoundCloud?

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Another day, another acquisition rumour. This time it's Twitter reportedly considering a deal to buy SoundCloud, the Berlin-based audio and music-sharing firm.

This would be Twitter's largest buyout since it acquired mobile ad company MoPub in September 2013, with SoundCloud valued at $700m.

According to Recode's Peter Kafka, who first broke news of the possible purchase, 'a SoundCloud deal would give Twitter a way to expand its reach independent of its core service.'

SoundCloud is popular with new bands, DJs and podcasters as a cheap and easy way of hosting short audio clips, for people to find new music.

Twitter has experimented with music services before, having launched a music app in April 2013. The app floundered and was stopped less than a year later, when it fell as low as 1,486th in the music charts on iTunes, but it could be different with the very popular SoundCloud. Watch this space...

birds eye smaller.jpgWhen you think of Instagram, you immediately think of #foodporn, so it comes as no surprise that a pop-up diner in London is letting people settle their bills by uploading photos to their social networks.

The world's first pay-by-picture restaurant opened to the public yesterday, and allows diners to eat a two-course meal for the price of a Tweet, a Facebook status or a post to Instagram, using the #BirdsEyeInspirations hashtag.

Aptly named The Picture House, the pop-up restaurant can be found at the Ice Tank in Soho, and guests will also be given tutorials from food photographer Maria Marte.

The opening follows research by Birds Eye that found over half of people regularly take photos of their meals, with one in ten admitting to taking at least one snap of their meal time moments every week, with nine per cent admitting to not being able to go a day without snapping a picture of one of their meals.

The Picture House restaurant forms part of Birds Eye's 'Food of Life' campaign, which celebrates real food and the way real people eat and interact at meal times. The restaurant will move to Manchester and Leeds next month.

Birds Eye marketing director, Margaret Jobling told the MailOnline: "Taking photos of food enables people to show off and to share their meal time moments - from the everyday to the very special. We wanted to tap into this trend and create a new reason for people to talk about and sample our Inspirations range."

Free food for taking pictures? We're in!

Amazon and Twitter have teamed up to launch #AmazonBasket, a cool social shopping service that allows you to add things to your shopping basket just by tweeting about them.

Launched over the Bank Holiday Weekend, #AmazonBasket (yep, the hashtag before it seems obligatory) allows shoppers to instantly add products to their Amazon shopping baskets. All they have to do is update their Amazon settings, tweet with a URL to an Amazon product and include the #AmazonBasket hashtag and it gets automatically added. They can then go and pay for the items later.

So far the service has only been rolled out to UK and US users - in the US it's called #AmazonCart, as you can see from the promo video above - and is an exciting new step in Twitter's bid to monetise its popular platform.

The big question is whether tweeting about a product will make the shopping experience easier and more enjoyable for regular customers? In theory, we'd say no. But Amazon has been encouraging people to get involved and use #AmazonBasket by tweeting "deals of the day", which is bound to appeal to bargain hunters and convert them to Twitter shopping in no time.

trump-screenshot.jpgYep, you read that right. It looks like one of the most requested features on Twitter (the ability to shut up annoying people), may soon be integrated into the platform's mobile apps.

According to The Verge, a select few Android and iOS Twitter users are now seeing an option to mute accounts that they follow, preventing that user's tweets and retweets from appearing in their timeline without all of the childish drama of unfollowing or blocking them.

Third-party apps like Tweetdeck and Tweetbot already have very popular features that allow users to mute certain people, hashtags and activity from certain apps. Therefore, a change to Twitter's official apps and web-based Twitter.com will presumably be welcomed by the rest of the community too.

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A few weeks ago, we revealed that Twitter would soon be changing its users' profiles so they look very VERY Facebook-like.

Up until now only a select few users have been able to play around with the brand new design, but today you don't need to be Michelle Obama to get nice things, because it's available to everyone.

All you have to do is log-in via twitter.com and you should see an option to edit and then "turn on" the new design. If you don't see the option then click this link and you can activate it manually.

Once you've got the new design you can make a few cool changes, like adding a huge new cover photo (you ideally need it to be 1500 pixels X 500 pixels so it doesn't look too stretched) and pinning your top tweet to the top of your profile.

You'll also notice there are all kinds of crimes against fonts taking place on your new profile, and the basic idea is that the tweets with the most engagement are the biggest, but it kinda hurts our eyes and makes very little sense as you're scanning through them.

Let us know what you think of the Twitter profile redesign in the comments below.

robbiewilliamsbrits.pngSo Twitter is exploding with chatter about Mastercard's woeful attempt to get journalists going to the BRIT awards to tweet in a certain way. Kudos to Press Gazette for breaking such a good story.

But why has this happenned?

Either it is because they (Mastercard and the agency involved) have marketers who are utterly clueless about the way the media and journalists work. This does seem to be happening a lot and some of my more cynical journalist friends believe that it is because there is a generation of marketers who understand how social media works from an operational perspective, but have come from an ad or digital agency background and don't understand the sensibilities of journalists.

Or maybe it is this?

Did you know that Mastercard was sponsoring the BRITS - nope me neither. You do now though. And you can bet that the hash tag #pricelesssurpises is going to be used a lot more now that it would have been had Mastercard not been so cheeky. There are already hundreds of spoofs on Twitter like this one

As a fellow journalist tweeted - How else would anyone care enough to tweet about the BRITS these days?

There are examples of brands who have suffered massively because of this type of social screw up, but not many. In the short term it might make Mastercard look silly, but when everyone from Mashable to Metro starts writing about it the brand gets a lot of free publicity...

So is their an evil master plan behind this? Or is it just huge social egg on Mastercard's face.

The 6 most annoying things on Twitter

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Twitter is now vital to modern communications. Everyone who is anyone is on it - from the President of the United States right down to you and I... but that doesn't mean that it is always hassle free, and always a delight to use. So here's our top six most annoying things on Twitter.

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1) People asking celebrities to Please RT

You have to feel sorry for famous people. Sure, they've got their massive houses, financial security and fulfilling careers, but interacting with fans can often be a frustrating experience for both the celebs themselves and their fans.

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One of the most irritating manifestations of celebrity/fan interaction that has emerged is begging for a retweet. In lieu of being able to ask for an autograph, or being able to hassle the person off the telly whilst they're out shopping, getting a retweet is seen as the new baseline in having someone who used to be on Children's TV validate your existence.

Don't get me wrong - it's always quite exciting when someone famous replies to a tweet I've sent them... but I don't impose that on their other followers. By asking for a retweet, their fan request clogs up the timelines of thousands of other people, and adds no value to what they are seeing.

Worse still is when there's not just a narcissistic request for attention, but a charity angle attached. It's annoying because there's no one being consciously awful - but it creates an awkward encounter for everyone involved, from fan, to celebrity, to the people looking on.

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You must have seen it: a plaintive plea for support because someone is raising money for a relative or has lost a pet. The trouble for the celebrity too is that if they retweet one... chances are there will be many more similar requests in quick succession. Retweeting them all would render them meaningless, as no one can supporting everything... and this means that the poor old comedian from the panel show you like has to choose between whether victims of one disease or another are more worthy.

2) Someone mentioning in the person you're subtweeting

Ever had a conversation about someone on Twitter, only to get rudely interrupted by them? I once tweeted about BBC One's Sunday morning religious programme, The Big Questions, and then had the presenter Nicky Campbell, who had clearly been searching for mentions of the programme, tweet and tell me off. Which was embarrassing.

Worse still is when you're tweeting a criticism of someone who isn't quite famous enough to ignore it/be above it all, like a newspaper columnist, deliberately not using their Twitter handle to attract their attention... only for one of your followers to respond, mentioning the person you're slagging off by their handle. Imagine gossiping about someone in the pub... only for your friend to then phone them up and tell them what you just said. That's what these people are doing.

3) When you post a joke too early for it to make a splash

Twitter can sometimes feel rather competitive. Because everyone is on there during the day, reacting in realtime to news events, it often becomes like a competition to see who can come up with the best newsy quip on the latest story. For the winner, their victory is immortalised by thousands of retweets, as their words get picked up and spread like a virus... for the loser, they've just wasted an afternoon trying to think of puns about someone spilling concrete on the Victoria Line.

What's particularly annoying is when you come up with a brilliant joke, but make the mistake of tweeting it at the wrong time. If you're on Twitter a lot, chances are you'll be somewhat ahead of the curve and will end up making jokes about events that most people are unaware of... ruining the joke's impact. Have a brilliant quip about the latest celebrity death? Better keep it to yourself until people have seen the @BBCBreaking tweet, or it won't go anywhere. This also occasionally happens the other way around - when you've missed a story, so have to try to figure out what has happened by all of the jokes being tweeted about it.

4) People who don't understand sarcasm

It's probably just a numbers game, but when you tweet a joke to enough people... there's always going to be one or two who take it seriously. A few days ago I tweeted "I don't know about you, but before the 'gays cause floods' thing, I definitely thought UKIP were a professional political party" - which surely is obvious in it's sarcasm... yet I still got tweets back from people reminding me of the political party's other slip-ups. And just minutes ago, this happened:

(Great joke, right?)

What?! I give up.

5) When real people interact with brands

It's now standard for most companies to have a corporate Twitter account - to provide marginally less unbearable customer service than having to phone them up. Unfortunately this has led to two annoying things.

First and foremost is when we get angry, we're all tempted to tweet a public tweet, attacking the company with their twitter name included, so they definitely will see it. The implicit idea is that if you have a decent following, the company will see it and sort out your problem quicker, to stop the negative PR. Unfortunately for everyone else on Twitter, it means we have to see a tedious stream of "Why won't @BTcare sort out my problem?" "I've tried calling @BTcare, why don't you fix my broadband?". Astonishingly, we seem to have discovered something that people care about even less than the weddings and children of other people.

What's more terrifying is something I'm afraid is going to happen soon: Brands talking to each other on Twitter. And all because this exchange between Tesco Mobile, Yorkshire Tea and Jaffa Cakes went viral.

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Maybe I'm just not into whimsical tweets, but there's something unpleasant seeing real human beings who I know and like retweeting stuff like this - as surely we all know that ultimately it's just a potent combination of advertising and bored community managers? At least banner adverts are honest.

Okay - so maybe I've not sold you on why this is annoying... but I'm sure you'll agree once it starts happening again... and again. I can guarantee that "talking to other brands" is the hip new thing in various social media strategy meetings in many different companies - as they hope to ride the coat tails of this viral success.

6) Those obviously made up letters that everyone retweets

Okay, so maybe this last one is a little petty.

There's a guy on Twitter who makes fake response letters from different companies - like the below:

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They're so obviously fake... why do people keep retweeting them?! I can't stand them, and excellently, I'm not the only one. Bic, the company who make pens, weren't very happy about these fakes either - and put out an angry statement... so hopefully that'll stop the creator making any more.

7-50) Okay... I could go on

There's quite a lot of things that annoy me on Twitter - why not tell us what annoys you in the comments?

If you have ever wondered how popular US sport, and especially American Football is in relation to football as the rest of the world, take a look at this infographic. It shows how many followers the top football and Gridiron teams have in social media. And there really is no contest.

Even the most popular US team, the New York Yankees, has only half the followers of the third most popular British team Arsenal. And if you add all of the followers of all the Gridiron teams together they still work out less than the staggering 60 million followers that Barcelona has. It is worth noting too that Man United are rated as having 35 million followers. This is set to change significantly this year as the club has only been on Twitter for a matter of weeks.

The infographic, published on Forbes shows the teams listed in order of franchise value on the right along with the combined number of Facebook fans and Twitter followers. The size of the bubbles represents their social following.

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Well as you know all too well the BBC were all over this year's Glastonbury and today released a few stats about its coverage:

A record 1.5 million unique browsers - an increase of 98 per cent from the last Glastonbury in 2011, this means that not only was there more coverage, there were more people enjoying that coverage.

The Rolling Stones' performance was the most requested Glastonbury programme with around 700,000 requests (TV and radio) - the most requests for any programme that day. The Arctic Monkeys were second with 379,681 requests on Friday and 163,650 requests for Mumford And Sons on Sunday.

There was a YouTube broadcast available which claimed around 1 million views with the most popular being The Pyramid Stage with 635k requests.

There were also quite a few video clips available with some of the most popular being Jake Bugg's 'Lightening Bolt' with 70,580 requests, followed by Rita Ora's 'RIP' with 39,280 requests.

The Arctic Monkeys saw more mobile and tablet requests (59 per cent of overall traffic) than any other performance. So now you know what your licence fee is spent on...

mumford glasto win.jpgSo who was the most popular act at the Glastonbury festival this year? Well it has to be The Stones right whose Saturday night performance was the festival's biggest, and some have said best, gigs ever.

However when it comes to Twitter the Stones actually ran out in second place. According to research undertaken by MC Saatchi the band that got the most Twitter action was actually Sunday's headliners - folk pop troubadours Mumford and Sons

The company reports that

At its peak, nine of the 10 UK trends on Saturday night related to the festival.

However on Sunday The Mumfords notched up over 70,000 tweets an hour, nearly 10,000 more than the veteran rockers had the night before.

So how can the Mumfords beat The Stones? Here are few theories

1 The Mumfords have a younger audience than The Stones - and therefore more likely to be on social media sites

2 A lot of people were tweeting about how much hated the Mumfords. I would love to know the negative/positive sentiment of the tweets on Sunday (how about it MC Saatchi?) The Mumfords really are the Marmite of UK pop.

3 More people were out on Saturday night, whereas on Sunday they were preparing for the return to work with a spot of Twitter powered TV.

Or it could just be that Mumford and Sons are more popular than the Rolling Stones. And on that bombshell...

Btw here's Ronnie accepting defeat gracefully

twitter-logo.jpgIt's a change that many of us probably wouldn't have noticed, but soon Twitter intends to shorten its already super short tweets when you add a link into them.

According to the Twitter Developer blog, the micro-blogging platform will soon start bumping up its shortened URLs by a few characters, meaning avid Twitter users will only have around 117 characters to write something stupid and witty beside their links.

Third party apps will also be forced to adopt the new changes and although many of us won't be too upset by the reduced about of tweet space, social media companies and brands using the platform may find it annoying to reduce their content even more.

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Over the past few weeks there's been a lot of tension between Twitter and Instagram, which has today culminated in a shiny new set of filters being added to the Android and iOS Twitter apps.

We've heard rumours that Twitter's been developing filters for what feels like years and this week the micro-blogging platform's official blog has revealed its been working alongside the photo editing specialists at Aviary to create a set of eight, including a couple of black and white ones and others with a vintage toy camera feel.

But that's not all, you'll also be able to crop your images and even tweak lighting and colour effects with an auto-enhance option, so those who only usually make a few basic edits to their snaps will be able to do everything they want from within the Twitter app now.

Not to be outdone, Instagram today revealed a number of updates, including a camera redesign and a new black and white filter called Willow.

As you'd expect Twitter users are praising, ranting and moaning about the site's new filters today, with some welcoming them with open arms, others using LOTS OF CAPS to say that they'll never leave their beloved Instagram and most revealing that they think it's great there's an option for filters within the Twitter app now.

Our Twitter friend @flashboy summed up everyone's sentiments pretty well:

"Pretty nice. Not as fancy/wanky as Instagram, but good for tidying up pics."

We doubt that many die-hard fans will start ditching Instagram solely for Twitter from now on, but the lack of integration between the two means that those who like to share their photos on Twitter regularly and want them to look good could now easily be swayed by these rival filters and editing features.

Other than its dedicated community of photo lovers, the only main advantage of using Instagram over Twitter is the way your photos are displayed after you've uploaded them. Although not everyone felt they were necessary, Instagram's web profiles mean snaps look great and serve as a pretty library of photos that Twitter's current media section just can't compete with. However, we imagine that'll be Twitter's next step in becoming a one-stop-shop for online photos, so watch this space.


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The Pope has now got a Twitter account over at @Pontifex and will no doubt be updating us about his crazy life in Vatican City over the next few weeks.

Not only has an English Twitter profile been set up for good ol' Benedict XVI, but he's following German, Spanish, Portugese, Polish, Italian, French and Arabic accounts too, presumably so he can keep everyone updated about what him and the Catholic church are up to at any given time.

He hasn't shared anything yet, apart from a pouty Instagram photo (we're joking, obviously), but according to sources the 12th of December is the big day he'll be spamming us with all kinds of personal thoughts and feelings. We can't wait.

Follow: @Pontifex

circle_bird copy.jpgSingle guys and girls no longer meet through friends, dating sites or (god forbid) in real life, but spend most of their time finding new people, flirting and being dirtbags on Twitter, according to a new study.

The research, commissioned by discount website VoucherCodesPro.co.uk, found that out of 1,267 active and single Twitter users more than 45% admitted to using the micro-blogging platform as a way to date and flirt their geeky little asses of.

The study then delved deeper into this Twitter flirting activity (we're gonna coin it flittering, if that's OK?) and found that 66% of those who flitter do so with people they already know, but a bold (read:dirtbag) 24% reached out to those they didn't know and an embarrassing 27% even admitted to sending something a bit naughty to celebrities. Really? REALLY?

As you'd expect most of this flirting takes place in the filthy underbelly of Twitter, known officially as Direct Messaging, with 83% admitting they'd flittered privately. Out of those dirty little DMers 56% said they'd sent sexually explicit messages and hilariously 14% admitted to accidentally sending a public @ mention instead (LOLZ).

We can't say we're shocked by the stats, but do think this proves just how important it is to keep your password private and of course get out once in a while too...

The study was carried out by VoucherCodesPro.co.uk and polled 1,267 active Twitter users from across the UK.

Related: SEXTING: Are we all careless, cheating mobile phone flirts?

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Twitter, the micro-blogging platform we all love to hate, has made a number of updates to the way you search for content and discover new things overnight, that you may or may not even notice.

One of the main updates has been to the way you search Twitter. Type something into the search bar and you'll now be served much better results to highlight photos, videos and news that have all been shared online. You'll also now see a grid of relevant media above the tweets, which you can see in the photo above.

Interestingly, Twitter wants you to have a better understanding of why certain tweets rank higher than others too, so if you get served a tweet you'll see more context about who favourited it or retweeted it.

There's also now a new way to share tweets directly from the Twitter.com website. You can email a tweet to anyone whether they use Twitter or not right from your stream, which could be an interesting way of getting more people involved in the social network. Or just prove to be really REALLY annoying for those who like to avoid everything social media.

[Via The Twitter Blog]

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There are all kinds of things we'd love to block from Twitter, like Justin Bieber fans, shameless self promotion and of course racist propaganda. Well it looks like the guys at Twitter HQ are addressing one of our bugbears by blocking a neo-Nazi account in Germany called Besseres Hannover. Although it may make sense for offensive, racist and illegal content to be banned, the decision raises some important questions about freedom of speech online, a topic that's been in and out of the news everyday over the past few weeks.

Twitter is a private company, so although there's been an uproar about the ban the truth is the microblogging platform can really do whatever the hell it likes. In January of this year a post on the Twitter support pages explained that it may withhold content in certain countries in the future:

"Many countries, including the United States, have laws that may apply to Tweets and/or Twitter account content. In our continuing effort to make our services available to users everywhere, if we receive a valid and properly scoped request from an authorized entity, it may be necessary to reactively withhold access to certain content in a particular country from time to time."

The blocking of the Besseres Hannover account is the first time this new and controversial policy has been put in place after officials in Germany requested it be banned due to its laws about barring hate speech. Yesterday Twitter's general counsel Alex Macgillivray (@amac) tweeted about the decision:

"We announced the ability to withhold content back in Jan. We're using it now for the first time re: a group deemed illegal in Germany."

Well that all makes complete sense, right? Umm kind of. The policy that accounts and tweets may be withheld if they're considered illegal by a certain government is rather tricky and will surely put Twitter in awkward situations in the future, especially if a country is trying to silence activists or members of the public during times of revolution or political unrest.

Twitter will need to find a way to work with governments while also maintaining the trust of its users, which could work well or prove to be an impossible task.

[Via CNN]

Looking like a Pinterest for your personal and branded social media platforms, RebelMouse aims to gather most of your digital footprint in one handy place for others to see (Facebook, Twitter and Instragram for now but we expect them to tie in other channels as the platform matures).

Besides the initial questions surrounding Facebook and how its privacy settings work, this startup looks promising. Still in beta, with a growing list of tech titans and social media personalities signed up to it already, the service could just be exactly what we've been waiting for.

So what is it that could make RebelMouse the next big thing in social curation?

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RebelMouse clearly got the memo that visual content is compelling. Taking the formula of bite sized posts with a header, subheader and an image (already proved popular through the success of Pinterest), you're instantly drawn into the stories or updates as you scroll through a user's profile.

To remind you of that all-important image, RebelMouse has created its own share button 'Stick it!' (like the 'Pin it' of Pinterest or 'Take it to Branch' of.. well Branch) for when you want to share a story you've stumbled across on the web.

This brings me to the next point. RebelMouse also focuses on the user-experience. Like a blog come Twitter come Facebook, it makes it very easy to (re)produce content with just a couple of clicks. Hassle-free content creation and aggregation!

From the opposite perspective, for visitors it is a great way to learn about the person or brand in one go without having to look at all three of their social streams. Who knows what you might have missed when you were busy doing other things?

You can also invite 'collaborators' to appear in your stream, which will be very handy for companies or publications where their employees' social media activity is as important as the company's.

Design wise you are fairly limited to what your profile looks like. The current minimalistic look appeals to me, but when coming out of beta and into advance mode you will be able to 'hack your own CSS for your RebelMouse site.

But how does RebelMouse plan to make any money off its free service, besides the planned personalised iOS apps? According to Mashable '"[it] hopes to monetise organically by providing businesses an e-commerce platform, allowing people such as photographers and fashion designers to sell their wares in a dynamic, visual way. Another form of monetization they plan on is sponsored content'.

A note of warning though. When you sign up to RebelMouse (using your Facebook, Twitter or Instragram log ins), you're giving it access to grab your content from these profiles. If you, like me, use social networks for different purposes - private (Facebook) and public (Twitter/Instagram) - you should perhaps think twice before granting RebelMouse access to all networks. From what I could see, it only curated my 'public' Facebook updates, but I revoked access either way just to be on the safe side.

Are you ready to be curated?

This story was first published by digital content agency Sutro Digital.

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Yesterday Twitter rolled out a new redesign focused solely on photos and a number of changes have been made to the way we display our recent snaps, use them to make our profiles look better and upload them to the site.

The most noticeable change is the introduction of a new header photo (look at Red Bull's Twitter page above), which will be visible across all devices and sit at the top right hand side of profiles. Users and companies are able to upload a custom image or select a pre-made theme from the website to use instead. Although all kinds of sites and services have a top banner in this style it's no surprise a number of commentators have started making comparisons between Twitter's new header photo and Zuckerberg's cover photo already.

Background images may not look too different, but Twitter has enabled those wanting to get a little bit creative to have more control over the way it's positioned on the screen, which is great for brands and self promotion.

Finally, images that have been recently uploaded will be much more prominent on profiles and interestingly you don't have the option to upload images with their party sites like Yfrog and Twitpic anymore, you're forced to do it through Twitter and Photobucket's service.

The changes certainly look good and Twitter's Advertising Blog focuses on the way the new photo features could help companies using the micro-blogging platform enhance their brand:

"Now marketers can instantly engage Twitter users with rich images while creating a more consistent visual identity across devices."

It's interesting to see Twitter expand further than its 140 character tweets and much more into the realm of photos, forcing them to take a more prominent position on profiles and giving both brands and individuals alike more freedom to display different images in different ways.

As much as we try to embrace change here at Shiny Shiny, we do worry that added features will take something away from a service that's so popular because of its simplicity and make it more like Facebook. However, as more young people migrate away from Facebook and to Twitter (according to stats earlier in the year), it makes sense for photos to become a firm part of our Twitter experience considering mobile photography has meant they've become such a firm part of our lives.

We've had some problems viewing the new design here at Shiny Media HQ, but just make sure you have the most recent version of the app downloaded and you should see an option to get started and add in your header image if you visit Settings > Design > Customize Your Own. If you don't see that option quite yet, then just be patient.

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So many of us tweet random thoughts, links and photos throughout the day, yet there's no surefire way to export all of our pointless musings or even properly search through the crazy things we've been ranting about since we first signed up to the highly addictive service.

Well enter a new iOS app called Tweet Keeper, which gives you a lot more control over your Twitter data.

Once you've downloaded the app you add in a username and it'll start collecting together old tweets, before presenting them in a list and allowing you to search through them and even export them all as a spreadsheet or plain text file if you're that interested in what you've been saying.

Unfortunately Twitter only provides access to your last 3,200 updates but for most users that's probably a big chunk of everything they've been saying. If you're a serial Twitter user like me you'd probably rather not rewind any further back to see the silly things you were moaning about well over a year ago anyway.

Once you've set up an archive for your tweets all future updates will be sent there too and interestingly you can set up seven more archives. The app page on iTunes suggests that you use that space to stay up to date with other interesting Twitter users, but we really know that it'll be a useful tool for super social media stalkers who need a crazy and reliable way to keep tabs on certain people ALL OF THE TIME.

You'll have to pay £1.49 for the Tweet Keeper app, but it actually provides a very handy service so if you want to permanently save your tweets and really care about keeping your old content safe, then it's well worth it.

Available from iTunes for £1.49.

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There have been some amazing photos taken of Olympic athletes over the past week, but one camera that provides fans with a unique angle is the L2012 Pool Camera, which has been hiding inside the pool at the Aquatic Centre capturing some of the most impressive underwater moments from the games.

Not only has the camera been taking images of everything from Michael Phelps' last race to synchronised swimming heats, but it's been tweeting light-hearted updates with them too so regular fans can get in on the action, such as "Hey @MichaelPhelps. Having a good time? You want to try living down here. Get some perspective. #London2012"

Follow twitter.com/L2012PoolCam and visit the full gallery at twitter.com/L2012PoolCam/media/slideshow

Related: Photojournalist takes Olympic photos with just an iPhone 4S

[Via Digital Trends]

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