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Twitter announces new profile pages, iPad app

In an appearance Tuesday on TODAY, Twitter CEO Dick Costolo revealed a new look for Twitter’s profile pages. The fresh take won’t just be seen on, either, but will be visible on mobile apps as well, including Twitter’s all-new, totally rebuilt iPad app.

What’s the biggest change? There’s now a huge header image that runs across the top, sort of like the banner image that Facebook users have on their timelines. The page itself has been reoriented to play up other visuals as well: Your avatar is no longer tucked in the corner, but will display front and center. The photo stream, too, has been moved up, and will now be accessible on the apps.

Here are “before” and “after” looks at the TODAY Twitter page:

The old TODAY Twitter profile page, with the avatar to the far left, and a not-so-obvious photo stream.

The all-new TODAY Twitter profile page, complete with header image, centered avatar and more prominent photo stream.

And here’s how the new look will appear on the iPhone app:

TODAY’s Twitter profile, as seen on the Twitter iPhone app.

The rollout of the new profile pages has already begun, so you should be able to opt-in now by going to your Twitter page. Eventually, all users will have to switch over to the new look. That won’t be enforced immediately, however, but it could potentially take place in the coming months.

That new iPad app
The folks at Twitter are especially excited about the new iPad app, because now you’ll be able to “view photos in fullscreen and swipe through them really easily,” said the company in a statement to TODAY.

The iPad app isn’t just a cosmetic upgrade either: “We’ve rebuilt it from scratch,” said Twitter. The goal was to provide an experience similar to that of the increasingly feature-rich, and of the Android and iPhone apps.

The rollout of the new profile pages has already begun, so you should be able to opt-in now by going to your Twitter page. Eventually, all users will have to switch over to the new look. That won’t be enforced immediately, however, but it could potentially take place in the coming months.

That new iPad app
The folks at Twitter are especially excited about the new iPad app, because now you’ll be able to “view photos in fullscreen and swipe through them really easily,” said the company in a statement to TODAY.

The iPad app isn’t just a cosmetic upgrade either: “We’ve rebuilt it from scratch,” said Twitter. The goal was to provide an experience similar to that of the increasingly feature-rich, and of the Android and iPhone apps.

Twitter announces new profile pages, iPad app

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Using Twitter to Crack Down on Bullying

Researchers at the University of Wisconsin have developed a computer program that caught 15,000 bullying-related tweets in one day.


It’s hard to prevent bullying if you don’t know it’s happening. That’s why researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have developed a program that they say is capable of detecting evidence of bullying from among the hundreds of millions of tweets sent each day.

The program uses an algorithm to scour Twitter for words that “mark bullying events.” Out of the 250 million public tweets sent each day, the program usually identifies about 15,000 bullying-related messages.
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A close-up view of the homepage of the microblogging website Twitter.

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The researchers found that while kids aren’t often open in real life about what they are going through, online, they are much more verbose. “What we found, very importantly, was that quite often the victim and the bully and even bystanders talk about a real-world bullying incident on social media,” Jerry Zhu, a professor of computer science at UW-Madison said in a release.  ”The computers are seeing the aftermath.”

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As GOOD notes, the program could be a way around one of the inherent problems with the reporting of bullying incidents, which is that the targets are often reluctant to report their tormentors, fearing an escalation in the aggression. Its developers hope that not only will their software help alert teachers and parents to bullying early on, but also show victims that they are not alone. “A way victims often make sense of their bullying is by internalizing it. They decide that there’s something bad about themselves — not that these other people are jerks,” Amy Bellmore, a professor of educational psychology at UW-Madison said in the release. “When they’re exposed to the idea that other people are bullied, actually it has some benefit. It doesn’t completely eliminate the depression or humiliation or embarrassment they might be feeling, but it can decrease it.”

Next up, the researchers hope to expand the program to include other social networks, such as Facebook and China’s microblogging site, Sina Weibo.

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Is The Beginning Of ‘White Flight’ From Facebook And Twitter? promises to be “what Twitter could have been.” But it’s potentially something more profound than that.

By Whitney Erin Boesel

White flight happens both online and offline. What is it with some white people?

This piece originally appeared on Cyborgology.

Recently mentions of a new “real-time social feed” called have been creeping into my Twitter feed. Just as the quietly simmering Diaspora and therunning joke that is Google+ were geared to seize on collective Facebook malaise, it seems is trying to seize on some degree of unrest among Twitter users before taking on Facebook as well. In this case, promises that “users and developers [will] come first, not advertisers.” In an era of “if it’s free, you’re the product” — remember that the much love/hated Facebook promise that “[is] free and always will be”— proposes to offer a Twitter-like social feed (and eventually a “powerful ecosystem based on 3rd-party developer built ‘apps’”) on a paid membership basis instead.

At first, this struck me as a reasonable enough idea: I’m pretty much always willing to pay for the upgraded version of an app or service rather than be bombarded with ads (though in this case, my particular Twitter client and the AdBlock Plus add-on have already solved the problems of “promoted tweets” and Facebook ads). Yet it turns out will not be an advertising- or promotion-free environment just because itself won’t derive revenue from ads; the company has no plans to “restrict commercial messages from appearing on the service,” and instead suggests that users — who have “complete control over the kinds of messages they see” — simply unfollow accounts that post annoying messages. describes this as “the beauty of a follow model,” but I’m skeptical. For instance, the “follow model” does not seem to have stopped spammers on Twitter, and unlike’s founder Dalton Caldwell, I’m not convinced a $50 paywall will keep spammers away. Still, I liked the idea of my information (“my information”) not being sold to marketers, so I kept reading.

When I got to the $50 price point (pre-paid) of joining for a year, however, I started to see the service a bit differently. I realize that any app or service charging at least $4.17 per month (and there are a lot of them) also costs at least $50 per year, but that actually isn’t the point here — the point is the stratifying effect of asking for $50 upfront instead of asking for $4.17 every month. Was this stratifying effect intentional, or an oversight? Some clicking around indicates that it’s probably intentional, with one interview article stating that the $50 pre-paid membership cost is “really more of a ‘are you serious’ fee.” Caldwell believes that “Twitter could have been something more, and perhaps better, than what it has become,” and so has set out to build a service not for the masses, “but for the hacker masses.”

The “hacker masses” are, of course, a much less diverse crowd than are the ‘regular’ masses. Recall that Twitter’s original ‘early adopter’ user base in 2007 was the so-called digerati, who are largely affluent white men with connections to the tech industry; recall as well that in 2012, “it’s a black Twitterverse; white people only live in it.” “How Black People Use Twitter” got a lot of attention onSlate two years ago (despite describing how only some Black users use Twitter), and let’s not forget how many Arab-region users joined Twitter during last year’s Arab Spring. Meanwhile, those “keen and savvy” early adopters now complain because services like Twitter and Facebook “haven’t developed with us [emphasis in original], and Caldwell himself sees K-Mart ads in his feed as just another sign of Twitter’s appalling degradation and debasement. OMG it’s the end of the world: K-mart shoppers and people of color found Twitter.

I’m now wondering if doesn’t mark the beginning of “white flight” from Twitter and Facebook, just as danah boyd has argued that Facebook was the “white flight” from Myspace before that. Both sites have certainly grown beyond their early-adopter user bases: Twitter had 500 million users as of February 2012, and with 955 million users [pdf] as of June 2012, “everyone” is supposedly on Facebook; your mom is on Facebook (hell, my mom’s on Twitter, too), and there’s even a growing chance your grandma is on Facebook (though I admit that mine isn’t). Facebook has become so quotidian — some would even say pedestrian — that as Laura Portwood-Stacer argues, not being on Facebookhas become the new, cool status marker (esp. for affluent white tech people). Given all the cultural and economic capital there is to be gained from participating in social media, however, it wouldn’t be surprising if some people who are “too cool” for Facebook and Twitter are not yet too cool for social networking sites in general, especially sites you need $50, $100, or $1000 upfront to join. In fact, is betting there are at least 10,000 people willing to pay $50, to start.

Before I return to the issue of’s $50 entry-level membership fee and its stratifying effects, I want to acknowledge that, although race and class are complexly interrelated and intersecting axes of oppression, they are not the same thing. One of my pet peeves is when people treat race and class as if they’re interchangeable; for instance, when the Fordham Institute talks about the 25 “fastest-gentrifying neighborhoods” in America, the author is really referencing US Census data for the 25 zip codes with the largest increases in percentages of white residents. As a transitive verb, “gentrified” means “renovated and improved so that it conforms to middle-class taste.” Fordham is therefore using ‘percentage of white residents” as a proxy for ‘percentage of middle-class residents’, which inherently perpetuates the stereotypes that white people are middle-class and people of color are poor. Because of this, I find Fordham’s proxy (and others like it) to be ideologically problematic, even if an influx of white people does seem to correlate with fewer bodegas and morecupcake merchants. Plus, when we remember that the adjective meaning of “gentrified” is “more refined or dignified,” equating ‘more white’ with ‘more gentrified’ is just offensive.

The Mission, San Francisco: home to both gang violence and gourmet cupcakes.

Anyway, the point here is that when I talk about a possible link between’s class-stratifying $50 backing fee and the beginning of ‘white flight’ from Facebook, I’m not suggesting a 1:1 correlation between whiteness and affluence, nor am I suggesting that race and class are interchangeable. I am, however, referencing the fondness that some affluent white people have for buying goods and services that help them decrease the visibility of poor people and people of color around them.

If the ‘white flight’ from Myspace to Facebook was like the post-war migration of white people from urban areas to tract houses in the suburbs, could represent the digital equivalent of white people moving from suburban tract houses to gated communities or urban loft conversions. It contains elements of both white flight (affluent white people distancing themselves from the more diverse user bases of Facebook and Twitter) and gentrification (affluent white people creating a site that conforms to their tastes and has a higher cost of entry), and to me, these things make seem a lot less appealing: I’m happy to escape “being the product,” but joining a digital country club holds little appeal.

In addition to market appeal based subtly and not-so-subtly on fleeing from the ‘Others,’ and on utopian rhetoric about fleeing from evil corporations (“Open. Free. Joy. Wonder. Peace. Perfection”), taps into the same neoliberal self-interest on which all privatization ventures depend. Much of the enthusiasm I’ve seen in my own Twitter feed has been from people who are angry about being “the product,” but if there’s a harm to being the product (such that would motivate those who can pay to join a different social networking site to do so), shouldn’t we maybe address that harm directly and collectively?

Buying our way out of personal exposure to a problem doesn’t address the problem itself, and it still leaves those who can’t afford to buy their way out exposed. Buying bottled water might get your kid away from (say)trichloroethylene, but it won’t stop your neighborhood from becoming aleukemia cluster; ‘voting with your dollar’ for instead of Facebook or Twitter might subject you to fewer ads and less data-mining, but it’s not going to affect how Facebook, Google, or anyone else operates, nor will it slow the push toward targeted marketing in general.

One might be tempted to argue that ‘early adopters’ in general tend to be disproportionately white, male, and economically privileged, and that perhaps would — like both Myspace and Facebook — become more diverse over time (especially if the pricepoint of using their service came down). I tend to think not, given that the ‘for us, by us’ here is software developers. Or perhaps we shouldn’t expect to have any kind of positive impact on the world; maybe they’re just out to make some money by offering a service for which there seems to be a market. But for those of us who see the appeal or value of a user-centered social networking site, I wonder if this is the best way to go about building one.

Whitney Erin Boesel is a graduate student in Sociology at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and a regular contributor for Cyborgology.

Is The Beginning Of ‘White Flight’ From Facebook And Twitter?

Jada Pinkett Smith Tweets Bikini Pic: ‘We DO Get Better with Age’

*Jada Pinkett Smith wants her Twitter followers to know that this is what 40 looks like.

The actress and wife of Will Smith tweeted the above photo of herself at the beach.

Smith has said she shapes her physique with regular boxing, yoga, martial arts and hitting the gym five days a week. When it comes to diet, she goes for the so-called superfoods like salmon and blueberries.

She told Shape magazine, “I can’t cook. It’s genetic. My grandmother can’t cook, my mother can’t cook. I was raised to believe you eat because your body needs fuel for energy, so I eat superfoods.”

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Kris Humphries’ Ex to Kim Kardashian: ‘Stop Spying on Me’

*Kris Humphries’ ex-girlfriend is now accusing his ex-wife Kim Kardashian of getting private investigators to spy on her.

Myla Sinanaj – who was subpoenaed by Kim’s legal team to discuss her relationship with Kris last month as part of their divorce proceedings – has taken digs at the reality TV star via twitter, urging Kim to leave her alone.

Myla tweeted: ”Hey @kimkardashian why don’t u enjoy ur Miami trip & stop sending private investigators to my house-Stop dragging me into ur drama.”

She further tweeted:

  • ”Subpoena me twice for the same thing! Hilarious”
  • ”People get so used to hearing lies that the truth doesn’t even seem real anymore.”
  • ”Choose your friends carefully. Your enemies will choose you.”
  • ”I am who I am. I like what I like. I love who I love. I do what I want. Get off my back and deal with it. It’s my life, not yours. (sic)”

Myla has been ordered to sit for a deposition trial at the end of the month as part of Kim and Kris’ divorce proceedings, and her former lawyer Joe Tacopina already accepted service on her behalf, but there are concerns she might now say he didn’t have authority to accept.

Last month, Kris’ attorneys were said to be planning to issue a subpoena to Kim’s boyfriend Kanye West.

Kim and Kris split in October after just 72 days of marriage.

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Why London 2012 will be remembered as the social Olympics

IN DEPTH Beijing brought us HD, but London will be the chattiest games yet

By Jamie Carter

Why London 2012 will be remembered as the social Olympics

The torch relay has generated a lot of social interaction

Forget the sporting glitterati about to descend on our capital city – it could be the thumb-twiddling Twitterati that break new records during London 2012 at the most interactive Olympic Games yet.

As well as Team GB‘s biggest haul of medals for 100 years, Beijing 2008 gave us a hi-def Opening Ceremony and some streaming live video online.

In the four short years since China, things have moved on and London 2012 will be teeming with tech; Super Hi-Vision, live 3D TV and live broadcasting on smartphones will all feature. Perhaps most impressively, the BBC is planning to screen every single event at London 2012, promising that its record-breaking coverage – 24 live HD streams and 2,500 hours of coverage – will be available via the BBC Sport website on PC, laptop, smart TVs, tablets and smartphones.

Facebook has also launched its own London 2012 portal.

The BBC intends to broadcast up to 24 live streams from London 2012

Despite all those tech firsts, it’s the latter two devices that could make London 2012 an event where social media is as much a sport as the on-track antics. “There were no tablets at the last Olympics – it’s a completely new market,” says Carl Hibbert, a tech analyst at Futuresource Consulting.

“Tablets have proved a lot more engaging for video than the laptop, and during the Olympics tablet owners will be able to fire-up the BBC iPlayer at work to catch-up on the judo or weightlifting in their lunch-hour. It provides a new resource and touch-point for broadcasters.”

The tablet, however, is far from a passive device – and that goes double for smartphones, which will get just as much live London 2012 love. The majority of Olympics viewing will be on a TV, of course, but with ‘second screen’ viewing now common, the amount of Tweeting and Facebooking during London 2012 is expected to sky rocket precisely as a consequence of the BBC’s ambitious plans.

Is Zeebox the answer?

Anthony Rose, ex-Future Media Controller at the BBC and responsible for the BBC iPlayer, thinks the Beeb’s coverage of London 2012 needs a social media sheen not just for its own sake, but to act as a dynamic electronic programme guide.

“The BBC will have fantastic video coverage, but I don’t believe they’re doing anything in social media,” he says. “Imagine you’re sitting in front of your television and you’ve got 24 channels you could access – how do you know which is the one where Team GB is winning? Or which one your friends are watching?”


Olympic athletes are set to use Twitter to keep us all in touch with Team GB’s progress

Rose’s tech start-up has therefore come up with Zeebox, a web platform and app for iOS and Android that was launched late in 2011. It attempts to turn live TV into a two-way, social viewing experience. Each user simply tells the app which package they’ve got – say, Sky+HD, Virgin Media’s XL bundle, or Freeview HD – clicks on the programme they’re watching, and information about popularity is shown along with Tweets about that show, news headlines and stories online, and even associated apps that can be downloaded.

“Run Zeebox on your phone or iPad and it will know, second by second, where the buzz is,” says Rose. “Suddenly everyone discovers that one of the events is trending, and you will see that – you can arrange your programme guide so that whatever is the most popular is at the top. The BBC will provide some fantastic live video, and Zeebox is a way of helping you surf that to find the most interesting one for you. Your can then invite friends, start a group chat, and follow celebrities.”

Fully integrated with Twitter, the celebrity angle – called Starwatch – is perhaps the most interesting. “If you follow someone on Twitter and they happen to use Zeebox then you can follow them and chat with them if they’re chat settings allow, and see what they’re watching, if their privacy settings allow,” says Rose.

The Zeebox app works as a decent electronic programme guide, but channels can be ordered by popularity

“Even if they don’t use Zeebox, if they Tweet about a programme that’s on TV now, our servers follow them – we follow about 1,000 UK sports starts and media celebrities and TV presenters – and show them on your virtual couch.” During London 2012 it will be possible to follow the athletes and TV presenters, and see their Twitter streams.

Hibbert thinks Zeebox, and social media in general, adds a new dimension to TV – and sport in particular. “Look on Saturday evening TV – it’s hard to go half and hour without appeals for hastags and Tweets, and I really think it should be pushed during the Olympics. You become an interactive person at a game,” he says, adding: “Social TV is very much in its early days, but the idea about being increasingly engaged in what you’re watching isn’t going to go away.”

The core of this approach works best for live ‘event’ TV, which is relatively rare away from live sport and the odd ‘talent’ show – especially with the popularity of hard disk recorders and time-shifting – but increased interactivity is also being used by online catch-up TV services.

For commercial companies social TV is a way of keeping us all interested beyond the live broadcast, and with so much on-demand content now available online, that’s crucial from an advertising perspective. “Maybe with tablets becoming more common it means a multi-screen experience, or an additional screen providing another video feed, live updates, or more stats,” suggests Hibbert.

“Maybe you’re watching the 100m race and you can bring up profiles of all the runners? The creative side of this comes into play – could broadcasters have a real-time game where you tap the screen to race against the runners? It’s all about achieving eyeballs and retaining interest in that piece of content after it’s aired, whether it be paid-for premium content, or advertising-funded.”

During May’s FA Cup Final Zeebox invited users to ‘be the ref’ by sharing their opinions (Foul! Etc.), voting for the man of the match on Facebook, and tweeting during the match using special hashtags to win tickets to the 2013 event. A similar treatment was given to the Champions League final.

“Every four years it’s promised that this will be the Olympics of something – of video on demand, or of HD – but it’s never changed dramatically, with most people watching the highlights each evening on TV,” says Rose. “This time London 2012 has the potential to be the first time that social media has played a decisive role.”

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Kim K and Bey Have Private Friendship Agreement

She is not allowed to blast to the world her business with Bey and Jay’   

*Since Kim Kardashian and her new friend Beyoncé have been hanging tough, not much but a few candid photos from fans have made it to the media.

According to a source, there won’t be much else coming out about their friendship.

Since Kim is a reality star with all her business out on the street and Bey is just the opposite, the two have an agreement to keep thing strictly between them.

“She is not allowed to blast to the world her business with Bey and Jay,” the insider told the New York Daily News. “She’s hung with them a few times already, but she isn’t saying peep about them.”

Besides, Beyoncé is Kim’s idol, so taking tweet pics and all that seems a bit desperate.

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Rumor has it: Higgs buzz sparks Twitter trend

By Jennifer Ouellette

Large Hadron Collider dome

Powerful “skytracer” floodlights light up the 27-kilometre ring of the Large Hadron Collider of the CERN, European Organization for Nuclear Research, in Geneva, Switzerland.

Just before 3 p.m. on Wednesday, June 20, 2012, the elusive Higgs boson made science history: it topped the list of trending Twitter topics — all because of a flurry of rumors that began on a handful of physics blogs, and quickly spread to media outlets.

Reliable rumors couldn’t wait, and they indicate that the experiments are seeing much the same thing as last year in this year’s new data: strong hints of a Higgs around 125 GeV. The main channel investigated is the gamma-gamma channel where they are each seeing about a 4 sigma signal.

Translation: Both the ATLAS and CMS experiments at the Large Hadron Collider have detected signals that could very well be the Higgs boson in their latest data, right in the range where the LHC announced preliminary results last December.

Back then, ATLAS reported a 3.5 sigma signal, while CMS reported a 2.6 sigma signal.

This is not sufficient to warrant a declaration of discovery; you need a five-sigma signal or higher for that. But it was certainly a tantalizing hint.

ANALYSIS: Overexcited Rumors of LHC Higgs Boson Discovery

ANALYSIS: Rumors Erupt Over Higgs Boson Discovery

It started when physics blogger Peter Woit of Not Even Wrong posted a short item:
The latest rumors center on a possible 4-sigma result — very close to the threshold indeed. Cue Higgsmania!

All this has particle physicists a bit exasperated with all the hysteria — like Matt Strassler, who noted that “the experimentalists can’t possibly have their data in presentable form yet, so the rumors can’t be correct in every detail.”

“Please do not believe the blogs,” Fabiola Gianotti, the spokeswoman for ATLAS, pleaded in an e-mail to theNew York Times‘ Dennis Overbye.

And Michael Schmitt of the Collider Blog questioned whether all these wild rumors floating about are really worth the extra blog traffic, given the grief they cause for colleagues:

As a member of the CMS Collaboration, I know precisely what we have. But my loyalty remains with my collaboration, especially the people who are working right now to carry out the analysis and verify the results, as well as to the people at the top who have to chart strategy and make difficult decisions. A little splash in a blog is not worth the bother it would cause all these people.

Whatever they are, the results will be announced at the International Conference on High Energy Physics, or ICHEP, in Melbourne, Australia, starting July 4. So, you know, chillax, people. We’ll know one way or the other in just a few weeks.

In the meantime, I thought it would be fun to highlight some of my personal faves from those wags on Twitter having fun with the #HiggsRumors hashtag. Enjoy! (And you can buy the plushie Higgs boson pictured above here.)

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Men Interested in Being AKA’s File Discrimination Lawsuit?

Men Interested in Alpha Kappa Alpha (MIAKA)

Have you ever heard of MIAKA?  That acronym stands for Men Interested in AKA.  They are homosexual men who want the right to pledge and join the ranks of the sisters of Alpha Kappa Alpha.  But apparently, there’s a problem with that idea…they’re men.

No matter how sensitive to women’s issues or in touch with their feminine side, MIAKA does not fit the key qualification that it takes to be a part of the non-profit, community centered, women’s service organization.  The AKAs were established in 1908 on the campus of Howard University and they, in 104 years, have yet to induct a man into their sorority. But now it has been rumored that a lawsuit is pending that charges AKA with discrimination and homophobia because they won’t allow this group of gay men to be members.

I hate to poke holes in their complaint before it officially gets off the ground, but there are plenty of AKAs that are lesbians.  So, if this is all true, they may not want to use the homophobic argument. According to Rolling Out Magazine, there isn’t any real proof that there will be a lawsuit other than a story that popped up on over the weekend.  The details of the suit have not been documented.

But, why do people try to use the Constitution to bully organizations, pageants, proms and other gender-based competitions into allowing the opposite sex a chance to get inside?  Why don’t they establish their own institutions that celebrate the same components they are enamored with in the organizations they would like to join?

It seems strange that MIAKA hasn’t thought of that as reports of their group have been “unofficially” founded on the campuses of Texas Southern University and Prairie View A&M University, according to the Huffington Post.  The Divine 9–as the African American greek organizations are affectionately called that comprise the National Pan-Hellenic Council–would probably show great respect for their organization if they contributed to building the Council in the traditions of community service.  Anyone can serve.  Why can’t they serve as they are?

Star Jones is a well known AKA and she took to Twitter in outrage:

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A Look Inside Twitter Headquarters

Mid Market, San Francisco Photo Journal


A Look Inside Twitter Headquarters

Last month we brought you some photos from Facebook Headquarters in Menlo Park. Now we have found some of their social network “rival”, Twitter.

This is the fourth separate headquarters they have moved into, and is located in the Mid Market neighborhod of San Francisco. The last on was in the SOMA neighborhood, also in San Francisco and images of that office can seen seen here.

These images are taken by Troy Holden and the rest of the set can be seen here.

The office building certainly has its charms, including a great view of San Francisco from the garden located on the roof, a game room, and multiple lounge and eating areas. Tech companies are in a serious battle to see who can outdo the other in terms of office perks. Twitter keeps things comparably low key while still offering some of the same amenities. No Google skate parkor climbing wall here. It appears that they also only have one large cafeteria, so it looks like Facebook wins in that regard, with multiple on campus restaurants and outdoor snack bars. But truly, is all that really necessary?

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