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Twitter t.co shortener adds two more characters, shortens tweets

Posted by John Kilhefner Categories: News, Social Networks,

twitter t.co adds 2 characters to tweets

If you thought that 140 characters was just not enough to thoroughly get your point across on Twitter, get ready, because any URLs you add to your tweet out are going to make them even shorter.

Starting today, including a URL in your tweet will leave you with 118 characters, or 117 for https links. This tweet reduction was announced in December due to a change in Twitter's t.co link wrapper, which extends the maximum length of links from the previous 20 characters to 22, and 21 to 23 for https. 

What does this mean for you? You'll have two less characters to annoy people with your updates.

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Twitter 4.3 for iOS and Android brings expanded tweets and more

Twitter for iPhone 4.3

Today Twitter for iPhone 4.3 was released on the App Store, a major update to the official Twitter client that brings with it the ability to view enhanced and expended tweets right in the app. Here's a rundown of the features:

  • Expanded Tweets -- when you view Tweet details containing links to partner websites, you can now see content previews, view images, play videos, and more (rolling out gradually)
  • Enhanced experience around selected events with the bets Tweets and photos from those involved
  • Push notifications for Tweets -- choose to receive notifications from people you follow any time they tweet or retweet
  • Ambient notifications -- enables you to see brief non-interruptive notifications in the status bar while you're using the app
  • Improvements to search autocomplete for users
  • Discover -- now indicates when new stories are available for you to view
  • Tappable avatars take you directly to user profiles
  • Performance improvements
  • Support for password entry in app when experiencing authentication issues
  • Support for the Hungarian language
  • Icon (image at right) features the new Twitter bird!

You can download the new Twitter for iPhone and iPad now, completely free.

Steve Jobs death tweet results in What’s Trending’s CBS deal dying

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, Corporate News, Internet,

WhatsTrending Steve Jobs Tweet

Steve Jobs might be alive and kicking, but those responsible for posting a Twitter message suggesting otherwise have suddenly found a new death on their hands to talk about: The death of their Web show's affiliation with CBSNews.com.

The Twitter account for the web show "What's Trending" was responsible for the Friday Twitter message: "Reports say that Steve Jobs has passed away. Stay tuned for more updates." The problem? Jobs sure wasn't dead.

The show attempted to cover its bases by disavowing the death report minutes later, but armies of users retweeting the update had already cast the unconfirmed report out into cyberspace. And CBS was left to mop up the egg on its face–even though What's Trending shares no newsgathering partnership with the company, plenty of news reports started to attribute the erroneous tweet to, "a CBS Twitter account."

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Gilbert Gottfried Apologizes, Aflac Doesn’t Budge

Posted by K.C. Morgan Categories: Television, Meltdowns, Rumors,

Gilbert Gottfried

Gilbert Gottfried is attempting to do some damage control now that he’s been fired as the voice of the Aflac Duck and offended an entire nation of people. The actor made a dozen offensive jokes about the tragedy in Japan recently, sparking a firestorm of controversy… and he’s still trying to dig himself out of the rubble.

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Bieber Fever Infects Twitter in Post-Grammy Reactions

Posted by K.C. Morgan Categories: Awards, Gossip, Videos, Jazz, Pop,

Even Esperanza Spalding was surprised when her name was called at the Grammys as the “Best New Artist” award winner.

Many fans believed the trophy would go to Justin Bieber, but some have become much more vicious in expressing their surprise than others.

Following Spalding’s Grammy upset, upset Justin Bieber followers directed their tweets at Esperanza.

“@ESPESPALDING @THEGRAMMYS Congrats u ppl! U just crushed a 16yr old boys dreams...hope ur proud of urselves! -_- #JustinDeservedIt”

“So, @EspeSpalding just won with less than 10,000 followers on twitter. LOL. Sorry, I must have accidently turned my t.v to Punk'd. #Grammys”

Other commenters got to the point much more quickly. One posts simply reads “@EspeSpalding hate u.”

Hear Bieber’s reaction to all the Twitter melodrama in the video from E! above.

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Glee vs. Kings of Leon

Posted by K.C. Morgan Categories: Gossip, Rock,

Glee cast photo

It’s starting to get ugly between Glee writer/co-creator Ryan Murphy and Kings of Leon drummer Nathan Followill, and all because of “Use Somebody.”

The band famously turned Glee down when the show requested to use the song.

Murphy responded to the Kings of Leon snub in the midst of a lengthy Hollywood Reporter article, saying “[expletive deleted] you, Kings of Leon.” He went on to say, “Okay, hate on arts education” and a few other choice statements.

Nathan Followill fired off an angry Twitter tirade telling Murphy to “let it go. See a therapist, get a manicure, buy a new bra.” He jumped back on his page two hours later to offer an apology: “I’m sorry 4 anyone that misconstrued my comments as homophobic or mysoginistic [sic]. I’m so not that kind of person. I really do apologize.”

Don't miss out on any Twitter rants - follow Albumista to get all the latest gossip.

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MTV: Working on Secret Britney Spears Project

Posted by K.C. Morgan Categories: Artist News, Gossip, Pop,

Britney Spears

MTV News dropped an interesting tweet bomb on Monday, hinting at a “secret project.”

A picture of Britney Spears shooting her new video for "Hold It Against Me" was retweeted by MTV, along with this intriguing line: “Keep an eye on our feed…got a secret Brit project on the way…”

Follow Albumista on Twitter, and we'll keep you updated as this story develops.

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Jesse James to Marry Kat Von D

Posted by Veronica Santiago Categories: Television, Engagements,

Kat Von D and Jesse James

Last January, Sandra Bullock publicly praised husband Jesse James for having her back. Now, almost exactly a year later, Bullock's ex-husband is publicly praising the woman who "stood behind" him.

In a statement issued to People magazine, the “most hated man in the world" gushed about tattoo artist Kat Von D, his new fiancee.

"You know sometimes the public and press gets it wrong. This is one of those times. 2010 was actually the best year of my life because I fell in love with my best friend. An amazing woman who stood behind me when the world turned their backs. I have never met anyone so kind and loving and committed to making the world a better place every day. My love for her is beyond description. So honored that she said 'yes.' Growing old with her is going to be a f----n' blast!

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Backstreet Boy A.J. McLean Seeks Treatment

Posted by Veronica Santiago Categories: Concerts / Tours, Gossip, Pop,

A.J. McLeanBSB may have added an NKOTB -- but will they now lose a McLean?

On Thursday, Backstreet Boy A.J. McLean announced to fans that he'll be seeking treatment ... for the third time. The 33-year-old singer, who has a history of substance abuse problems, said he wants to get cleaned up before his group's tour with New Kids on the Block begins.

"For personal reasons, I've checked myself into a rehab clinic," McLean explained in a statement. "With 2011 being a busy year for Backstreet, I want to be healthy and perform and sing for people at my very best and happiest. None of this will affect our current tour plans and I look forward to seeing everyone really soon! Thank you for all of your support and respecting my family and friends privacy during this time."

Over the weekend, A.J. hinted via Twitter (of course) that a rehab stay was coming. "Thank u all for my bday wishes and tweets:)! Its gonna be a great year! I love u all and wish me luck! I start my sober journey tomm! Ttfn!" he wrote.

NKOTBSB will kick off its summer tour on June 2.

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Britney Spears Tweets About Upcoming Single

Posted by K.C. Morgan Categories: Leaks, Upcoming Releases, Pop,

Britney Spears definitely knows how to turn a negative into a positive.

“Heard an early demo of my new single leaked. If u think that’s good, wait til you hear the real one Tuesday. -Brit.” The singer is referring to her “Hold It Against Me,” which, as the tweet reveals, will be released next week.

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