Weekly Wrap

This week - big questions being asked at Twitter, a good roasting at Reddit, tweaks at Tumblr, extortion at Wikipedia and much more...

Should Twitter lose the 140-character limit or would that be suicide?


"Some believe Twitter’s 140-character limit is holding it back. But removing it risks losing one of the things that made the service so successful in the first place.

Once the darling of the tech sphere, Twitter is currently in the midst of an existential crisis of sorts. It is without a permanent CEO, it isn’t showing the kind of user growth that investors want to see, and as a result the stock has fallen to the point where it is below its initial public-offering price. So is now the time for radical action? Should it give up one of its most distinctive features, the 140-character limit? Some say it should. But doing so would be a significant risk, since it would mean losing one of the things that makes Twitter unique."

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Why I put myself through a Reddit 'roast'


Standing in my bedroom last week, holding my iPhone at arm’s length, with a handmade sign that read ‘Roast Me’ in front of my chest, I snapped the strangest selfie I’ve ever taken.

Because for the next 48 hours it would be at the mercy of over 72,593 people.

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Tumblr changes reblogs so you can actually read them


It's not just you: Tumblr reblogs look a lot different. The Yahoo-owned blogging site changed the way that reblogs — posts that are re-shared by other users — are handled to make the text easier to read and follow.

On Tumblr, each time you reblog something, you're able to add your own comment, along with the comments of everyone else who has reblogged the post. Previously, comments accompanying reblogs were nested so that longer threads could quickly turn into a "crazy long, indecipherable reblog chain," according to Tumblr.

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How The Wikipedia Extortion Racket Worked


Wikipedia has blocked 381 accounts for what it calls ‘black hat editing’- an effort at extortion by an organized group.

After a lengthy investigation, dubbed Orangemoody after the first suspect account identified, the site’s editors list 254 articles that they say have been created by sockpuppets, writing or editing entries for pay.

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Social media overtakes entertainment as favourite online activity


Social media has overtaken entertainment as the UK’s favourite activity online, accounting for almost a fifth of the two hours and 51 minutes a day people in the UK on average spend on the web.

Social media use – including time on sites such as Reddit or Gawker Media that are built on blog platforms – accounted for nearly 17% of all time online, up from 12.2% a year ago, according to research commissioned by the Internet Advertising Bureau.

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Meerkat Update Adds Trending Hashtags, Live Polling, Picture Sharing In Quest To Beat Twitter's Periscope


Meerkat just got a little perkier, as the battle of the live-video-streaming apps rages on. Meerkat, the startup that launched its app in March, added a few new features -- not yet available on Twitter-owned competitor Periscope -- in a recent update.

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