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The Most Liked Tweet on Twitter EVER

Donald Trump’s use of Twitter has certainly put that social media platform front and center this year. Curious about what tweets were the most liked or the most retweeted tweets of 2017 (so far)? Take a look at In 2017, Barack Obama beat Donald Trump . . . at retweets from The Washington Post to see the top ten in each category. The most popular tweet of all time?  “No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background or his religion..." from Barack Obama.

Some Tweets are More “Newsworthy” Than Other Tweets

The controversy over whether President Trump’s Twitter account should be banned because some of his posts could be considered threats or bullying continues. In recent news, there was a renewed call to bar Trump from Twitter after Kim Jong-un, the leader of North Korea, stated that recent inflammatory tweets from Mr. Trump should be considered “a declaration of war.” Recently, Twitter issued a statement from its policy team saying that it took a number of factors into account when dealing with violations of the company’s user agreement, including the “newsworthiness” of the tweet. Many users took issue with this policy because they feel it violates Twitter’s Terms of Service statement and implies that some users and their tweets, even those that may be considered bullying or threats, are protected because Twitter deems them “newsworthy.”

Twitter Tests a Longer Character Limit

It was not so long ago that some experts were predicting the collapse of coherent thinking in this country because of the 140 character limit on Twitter. Now Twitter is considering doubling that length by testing a character limit of 280 characters. "When people don't have to cram their thoughts into 140 characters and actually have some to spare, we see more people tweeting," a company blog post stated. Twitter said the people who will get to test the 280-character tweets would be randomly selected, and whether that would include prominent Twitter users like President Trump is unclear.

Twitter Character Limits Change

Twitter users will be able to squeeze more words into their tweets thanks to changes the social network plans launched in mid September, The Verge reported recently. The changes will exempt certain features from counting toward its 140-character limit, including media attachments such as photos, GIFs, videos and polls. To a lesser degree, the @names in tweet replies will also not be counted toward the limit.

Is Twitter in Trouble Because of Bullying?

Twitter has become a popular conduit for politicians this political season, but there is a lot of heavy criticism for the volume of hate speech and bullying that remains unfiltered on the app. BuzzFeed recently featured a scathing article on the continuing failure of Twitter to stop the abuse of users and the enablement of trolling. The article is a must read for parents of teens who use the app, and is a good starting point for conversation about the topic.

Twitter Takes Action on Online Abuse

Twitter recently addressed longtime complaints by banning certain users and making its exclusive "verified status" option to be more openly available. Verified accounts include those maintained by public figures and organizations in music, TV, film, fashion, government, politics, religion, journalism, media, sports, business, and other key interest areas. The accounts have a blue checkmark next to the user's name to show the user or organization has been vetted by Twitter and the user's phone number and email address are legitimate.


This action was a direct result of the abuse that "Ghostbusters" actress Leslie Jones received from Milo Yiannopoulos, a tech editor at who has been suspended in the past for violating Twitter's code of conduct. Yiannopoulos incited his followers to bombard Jones with tweets criticizing the "Ghostbusters" new release that features all-female leads. Digital rights activists and victims of online abuse have long called for more proactive solutions that would give users means to address harassment more quickly without waiting for a response from the site's complaint department, or to ban repeat offenders who switch accounts.

Longer Tweets Coming

Twitter is considering extending the maximum length of tweets to 10,000 characters, sour

Take Five: Posting on Social Media

Educators have stirred debate about the use of social media, both locally and elsewhere, sometimes garnering national attention for their online posts.

Tweets Now Show Up in Google Desktop Searches

Careful, what you tweet will show up in front of many more eyes.

On Target Tweets About Kids and Technology

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User Recourse Announced for Revenge Pictures on Twitter

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Twitter Using Phone Numbers to Hunt Down Trolls

As part of Twitter’s plight to improve the safety of its subscribers, new users will be prevented from registering accounts with the phone numbers of known trolls (people who deliberately provoke o

Potential College Applicants Wise Up on Facebook Posts and Tweets

There is evidence that high school students have received the message that whatever they post online can be reviewed during the college admissions process. Test prep company Kaplan has found that college admissions officers are finding fewer things online that negatively impacted that applicant’s chances of admission compared to the past few years...

Twitter Releases Safety And Anti-Harassment Features

Twitter, one of the most widely used social networks, has until now had few ways for reporting harassment and abuse by users. They have recently rolled out new tools in attempt to control vitriolic or abusive messages its members send to each other...