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Twitter Co-Founder Jack Dorsey Answers Twitter Questions From Twitter | Tech Support | WIRED


– Hi, my name is Jack Dorsey and I'm one of the co-founders of Twitter And this is Twitter Support

@babysseoks, my English teacher just told me the Twitter bird's name is Larry? Well our co-founder Biz is from Boston And when we decided that the bird was going to be our logo he naturally went to the most famous bird for him, maybe the most famous bird in the world, Larry Bird I will say though, if you follow bird watching on Twitter, no tweets about Larry Bird @madikreates, why does Twitter have a character limit still? I'm tired of sacrificing my grammar for the good of the tweet, unhappy face So some history on the character limit

We originally started with 140 characters so we could fit in one text message which is what the whole service was based on in the early days But we also believe that the constraint was really useful 'cause it inspired a lot of creativity And this resonated with comedians It resonated with journalists It resonated with poets and hip-hop artists and creatives of all type

Figure out ways not to sacrifice your grammar but to actually make it work But we thought, it might be good to increase the limit just a little bit And we decided to do it twice the amount which seems enough for most people And if that's not enough, we have threads You can link all the tweets together

So we have a 280 character limit but you can link as many tweets as you want So it's really limitless @mywifeisjoanie asks how can I identify a Twitter bot? I have suspicions over one or two I see, but cannot prove it, @TwitterSupport Well I'm from Missouri which is the Show Me State We're all skeptics

And I would always recommend that we be skeptical of everything that we see If you have suspicions, go through our reporting flow, but you don't necessarilly have to assume that everyone is a bot Some people just haven't updated their profile picture And some folks haven't chosen their own at name So if you see something that is suspicious we have a reporting flow and you can send it over to us and we'll look for it

Always be skeptical @peteralstone asks when will Twitter, Facebook, and Google be regulated like the public utilities they are? The information economy moves fast, maybe soon? We believe fundamentally, that the job of a regulator is to protect the individual and level the playing field for everyone And our job is to help educate regulators around smart paths forward So we're always having conversations around the world with regulators about what technology makes possible and how Twitter fits into that We welcome smart regulation and we want to help guide it as well

@tasisydorres asks ayo @Twitter, can we get that edit button in 2020? The answer is no The reason there's no edit button, there hasn't been an edit button traditionally is we started as an SMS text messaging service So as you all know, when you send a text, you can't really take it back We wanted to preserve that vibe and that feeling in the early days But now we have an app and a lot of people are using us on the web, and there's some issues with edit that we can solve

One is you might send a tweet and then someone might re-tweet that and then an hour later you completely change the content of that tweet and that person that re-tweeted the original tweet is now re-tweeting and re-broadcasting something completely different So that's something to watch out for A lot of people want it because they want to fix a quick spelling error or a broken link or what not And that's great, we've considered a one minute window or a 30 second window to correct something, but that also means that we have to delay sending that tweet out 'Cause once it's out, people see it

So these are all the considerations, it's just work but we'll probably never do it Okay, @southernkeeks, instead of an edit feature Twitter should allow users to see how many times a tweet link has been copied Because we all send tweets with a "did you see this one?" message You know, just to liven things up, smiley face I agree that's a pretty good idea

We'll look at that one @alanlampeauthor, hey Twitter god, can you please activate spell check? I can't believe there are so many trending misspelled hashtags, especially from writers At least trend the properly spelled hashtags first #writingcommmunity #Writingcommunity spelled wrong #writingcommuity once again, spelled wrong Our algorithms would actually notice if these three hashtags were trending and group them together

So we don't do the spell check and we don't edit your tweet but we will group them appropriately in the right way so that everyone can find your content even though you might have misspelled it @andre3xk, @Twitter why don't you follow your boss @Jack? Twitter was following me for a while and then we decided to do something much, much cooler We put a bunch of people on billboards and their tweets on billboards all over New York and San Francisco and we follow them now And now we can DM them as well So I don't really mind

Okay so @GaryWaites asks question to photographers, artists, illustrators and creative types, have you read the new terms for Twitter? Does this mean Twitter can do what they like with our content? And if you look at the first screenshot it says you retain your rights to any content you submit, post or display on or throughout the services What's yours is yours, you own your content and your incorporated audio, photos, and videos are considered part of the content So what that means is you own it, you can take it down at any point You want me to read all the terms of service that he links to as well? @PeterKimFrank, is this article satire? Among other things, it claims that @jack regularly meditates two hours each day, spends 52 minutes each day doing sauna plus ice bath, eats just five meals per week Some of it's real

I try to meditate two hours every single day I definitely do not do a sauna and ice bath every day And I eat seven meals every week, just dinner @Logmey92, how does one acquire the illustrious check mark on Twitter? There's a guy named Kayvon and he handles all the verification which is the blue check mark So if you either DM him, or mention him, you have a high probability of getting a blue check mark

So it's @K-A-Y-V-Z Verification, he's the verification god So just go to him and he'll get you sorted Okay I have a question from AdaptToReality Question, why is Jack going to Africa? I am going to Africa because it's a pretty incredible collection of entrepreneurs and folks that I think we all need to learn from

But I want to make sure that I had a good understanding of what's happening on the continent and how folks are thinking about technology And anything that we can do to help support @Vaempyre, spelled V-A-E-M-P-Y-R-E Does Twitter sell my data immediately? I like a few posts and I immediately get ads about it No we don't sell your data

We try to match whatever we think you might be interested in with an advertiser that is selling or offering a service that match those interests @iFlopstr8s, @twitter, when will there be a dislike button? We've never actually thought of that So let's, I'll get that to the team and we'll get on it @BaldSavant, so apparently we can now follow topics on Twitter, but we can't user generate those topics Wouldn't it have been 1000 times easier, better to just let us follow hashtags? Well so this is, one step for us

We're trying to determine what the most interesting topics are to start And this is all based on our machine learning and deep learning algorithms We bubble those up so that you can follow them I recommend following bird watching, it's incredible The other good one is weather

But there's over a thousand right now And we'll get better and better so you should see more and more topics But eventually you might be able to follow a hashtag But what's interesting about this approach is that even if a hashtag is not mentioned you'll still see relevant tweet about birdwatching @GHMonberg asks @jack, what is your favorite feature on Twitter? Well right now it's the ability to follow topics

I think it's incredible, it's awesome And it works really, really well I'm finding so many accounts that I end up following and so many tweets that I would not have otherwise seen For sports, for weather, and of course for bird watching @robschn asks @twitter can you just give us the ability to use regex on muted tweets? They never work right

So that's a very Unix technical term That's a regular expression It's a pattern matching tool for a lot of computer scientists We thought that might be a little out of reach for most people, but it's a good suggestion and our engineers back at the company would love it So it's probably going to be done tomorrow

@_daaniaal with two As and two As Twitter should have a close friend list too aight? @twitter Who would you put on your close friend list? We'll look into that But you can actually create a list with all your close friends and put them right at the top of your timeline and switch quickly to them at any point So we kind of already have that

Aineninell, how does one trend on Twitter? I've been trying to figure that out for quite some time Who do you sell your soul to? Not interested in trending but am looking to get into the soul business [chuckling] You know I think if you spread this tweet around this one will probably trend @dasariprapulla, @twitter can we get translation option for any tweet? This already exists You can translate any tweet that you see

You just tap into it and you hit translate tweet @thefriarswife, how do you think or hope decentralizing Twitter will transform the user experience? Well the most amazing thing is I have no idea And that's what makes it so exciting We believe that Twitter is best served by having the largest corpus of conversations by having different perspectives on how people consume those conversations and interact with those conversations I think generally it's just gonna create a ton more invention for us and innovation for the community using Twitter every single day

@cojahaski, @twittersupport is it possible to claim an abandoned Twitter handle that has zero followers, only one tweet, and has been inactive since 2014? You can reach out to support directly with the account and we'll see what we can do Thank you this has been Twitter Support I'm Jack Dorsey and I would really love to wish you all a great, oh I ran out of my characters Oh we have 280! Have a great day Have an amazing day

I hope that was helpful If not, mention me on Twitter and I'll see what I can do

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