Twitter Acquires Local Discovery Startup Spindle, Will End Spindle Service
Twitter acquired Spindle, an app for local discovering, today. The Spindle team will move to San Francisco and shutter the Spindle app. "By joining forces with Twitter, we can do so much more to help you find interesting, timely, and useful information about what’s happening around you," the company wrote in a blog post today.
Largest Toxic Wastewater Spill Goes Unreported for 11 Days
Toxic wastewater pools in the woods north of Zama City, Alberta. (Photo: @hilarybirdcbc/ Twitter) When toxic wastewater spills in the woods and no one's there to see it, does it leave a mark? Or, rather, when the agency responsible for the property fails to report it, can it just go away?
Twitter Adds Easier Column Navigation To Tweetdeck For Power Users
Twitter added new features to Tweetdeck today that makes it easier to arrange and consume various feeds. Column headers now have "grab handles" in the top-left corner so they can quickly and easily be rearranged. If you are looking at fewer than four feeds, the selected column will now snap its left edge to the sidebar; if four or more columns are visible, the selected column will still be in the center of the screen, like before.
Twitter The Ad Player Wants To Push More TV Buttons, Adds Viacom To Its Partner List
The Cannes Lions mega advertising event is in full swing today in the south of France and while Twitter is marking its first year with an official presence there with a big sign at the entrance to the main venue (pictured here), and a big data keynote (led by Twitter's new chief media scientist Deb Roy) to go along with it, it's also continuing to ink deals. The latest is with Viacom, which joins ESPN, Fox and Discovery among the broadcasters who will link up ads on Twitter's platform to ads they're running alongside their programs.
With $1M In Funding, Bunch Aims To Be The Center Of Your In-Depth, Topic-Based Discussions
The Internet isn't lacking for sites and services where people can post their comments and thoughts, but Andrew Sider, co-founder and CEO of a startup called Bunch, argues that there's still something missing: "How do we connect with people, not around friends, not around social networks, but around a topic that they care about deeply?" After all, Sider said that many of your Facebook friends and Twitter followers probably aren't passionate about the same things that you are. He acknowledged that online forums have filled this role in the past, but he said those forums forums are now intimidating to casual users and also kind of uncool. (Other attempts at reinventing the forum include a new startup called Discourse.)