Working With The Twitter Videos API

Twitter now allows people to upload videos directly to the micro-blogging platform. It's an attempt to bypass 3rd party sites like YouTube (owned by Google) and Instagram (owned by Facebook). In an uncharacteristic display of openness, Twitter's API allows developers to get direct access to video. This is a quick blog post to explain how […] Read More

Working With Twitter's Embedded Videos

Twitter has just launched embedded videos in Tweets. How can we, as app designers, present them to our users? You can now shoot, edit and share video on Twitter. Capture life's most moving moments from your perspective. — Twitter (@twitter) January 27, 2015 So, what options do we have? First of all, let's take […] Read More

How To Stop Twitter Auto Linking URLs

Whenever you send a Tweet with a URL, Twitter automatically replaces the URL with a "" link. This means that long links only count for 23 characters against Twitter's 140 character limit. Mostly, that's great - but sometimes it's not. Inspired by this StackOverflow question, I decided to see if it was possible to write […] Read More

Why Does Twitter Think Facebook is Swedish?

I've nothing against the Swedes. Lovely people. Sweden is the third-largest country in the European Union by area. But I'm not from there. Neither, as far as I am aware, is Facebook. But Twitter seems to think so. When I share a link to Twitter on Facebook, this (sometimes) happens. And sometimes, I get this […] Read More

Introducing @1st_Folio_Scans - Shakespeare's First Folio on Twitter

As part of the Shakespeare Hackday I attended a few weeks ago, we discussed some creative uses of social media. Could we find people tweeting rhyming couplets from the sonnets, for example? I decided, in the limited time available, to create something much simpler. Because the Bodleian Library's scans of the First Folio are under […] Read More

2FA Best Practice - Disable Autocomplete

Just a short usability / security post. Hopefully, you're all using Two-Factor Authentication on your important sites. As well as a username and password, you've also got to enter a one-time code. Usually it is generated by an app, or sent to you via SMS. Each code can only be used once - which makes […] Read More

Please Stop Retweeting Without Verifying

If you've been on Twitter for any length of time, you'll have seen dozens of plaintive requests like this. The same happens with missing people, lost dogs, and urgent political causes. Yes, it can be a little annoying to see the same thing again and again - but it's all for a good cause, right? […] Read More

Where is this Pinterest Spam Coming From?

I've started seeing an uptick in Twitter spam - ostensibly from my friends telling me I can make money online. The common denominator is that they all use Pinterest as a vector for spreading the spam. Looking at the accounts of people who have recently tweeted these or similar messages, shows that the majority are […] Read More