At first we didn’t get Twitter. I think we kind of missed the boat a little there because when we did finally get it, we loved it. However, one of the things we have not liked about Twitter is the 140 character limit. Many times we have tweeted something and it is too long so we then have to edit it. We have to delete things and shorten what we have to say. It can become very difficult cramming your thoughts into a tweet but still getting your message across with the character limit – it’s a real ache. Now the answer could be at hand as Twitter is currently trialling a larger 280 character limit.
Here at Jammy Toast we love the internet. There is nothing more the bears love than goofing around websites looking for entertainment or some of our more serious bears doing research. However, that enjoyment just might become tainted soon as the evils of net neutrality raises its ugly head again. This week some of the internet’s most popular websites will participate in a day of action on Wednesday to oppose changes to US rules which govern net neutrality. Sites such as Netflix and Amazon are joining with civil liberty groups in a co-ordinated protest, and activists are already sharing viral content on Twitter, Reddit and Facebook in preparation.
Twitter is considering launching a paid-for service for businesses and power users. The micro-blogging service – which has struggled to grow its user base in recent years – is carrying out surveys to “assess interest” in the idea. Paying members would get access to an enhanced version of Tweetdeck, Twitter’s souped-up interface that offers more functionality than Twitter.com. However, please understand, the company has not made any indication it is considering charging regular users of their normal service.
Facebook is about to add support for hashtags to help users keep track of popular topics being discussed on the social network. Adding the “#” sign to a word will turn it into a clickable link which brings up a feed of what other people are saying about the same topic – similar to Twitter. Facebook said it offers a “larger view of what’s happening”. The move is seen as a move to stop Facebook falling behind other services which support hashtags including Pinterest, Tumblr, Google+, Sina Weibo, LinkedIn and Instagram, which is owned by Facebook.
Blogging is dying according to the New York Times. Blogs were once the outlet people chose if they wanted to express themselves online. However, the rise in popularity of social media sites like Facebook and Twitter has seen the attraction of blogging losing out for many people – particularly the younger generations.
WordPress have just released the second beta of WordPress 3.0, our blogging software, and Edward has been experimenting with some of the new features over on our test site. Some of these features, including the new menu interface, look great and we have to admit we are extremely impressed. For the benefit of those who do not know, WordPress is open source software that means it is free and is developed by a team of volunteers helped by a strong user community. We have to say that being part of this community and having a say in what is included in new versions is exhilarating. Keep up the excellent work WordPress – we love you!
Some of you may have noticed we have had a little bit of a tidy up around the blog. We had fallen behind slightly with updates on our Mystique theme and so last night we upgraded it to the very latest version. There are some fun new gadgets included in the latest theme and some bugs have been ironed out by Milenko over at digitalnature.
Today is proving to be a rather hectic day. At the moment it is very quiet around here with all the Bears out trick or treating but I am expecting trouble at any minute. They left the house armed with little buckets to put all their treats in except for Razzi… he has gone out with three packets of flour and half a dozen eggs are missing from the fridge. God help anyone who refuses them a treat!!
You can now follow The Bears on Twitter as they have now opened an account. If you have Twitter yourself and want to follow The Bears Tweets you can get them with the username: @renaultbears. If you do not have Twitter yourself we have added a Twitter Widget to the sidebar on the left so you can keep up to date with The Bears all day, every day.