Feeds

Twitter will leap into instant-messaging world with new app: report

Already testing direct messages between non-followers

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

Twitter is about to add to the world's store of instant messaging apps.

All Things D reports the avian-themed social network has considered a standalone messaging tool that would allow people to exchange 140-character missives that don't appear on their Twitter timelines. If the plan comes to fruition, it will make Twitter a competitor for all manner of folks including Facebook, Microsoft, Google and Yahoo!

Any planned messaging app might strike trouble if it implements another new Twitter feature: the ability to send direct messages to anyone, not just folks you follow or are followed by on the network.

Twitter user Jim Connolly spotted the feature in the wild and Twitter has confirmed it's giving it an outing among some users.

The timing of the feature's release is less-than-ideal, because Twitter has also been forced to hose down claims of mass direct message spamming from hijacked accounts. The company has suspended the ability to add links inside direct messages while it sorts things out. ®

Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile

Whitepapers

Choosing cloud Backup services
Demystify how you can address your data protection needs in your small- to medium-sized business and select the best online backup service to meet your needs.
Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.