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Twitter & Netflix Down, Other Sites Experiences Outages After DDoS Attack

You may have noticed that Twitter, Netflix, Spotify, Amazon, Reddit, and many more sites have not been loading this morning.

It turns out, there was a distributed denial of service attack (DDoS) on Internet performance company Dyn on Friday (October 21), largely effecting service on the east coast.

Dyn reported that sites started going down at 7:10 am EST, and they “began monitoring and mitigating a DDoS attack against our Dyn Managed DNS infrastructure.”

“This attack is mainly impacting US East and is impacting Managed DNS customers in this region. Our Engineers are continuing to work on mitigating this issue,” the site posted in another update.

Service has been largely restored, though many are still having Twitter problems. Stay tuned.

Twitter Announces Major Changes, Promises 'More Room for Words' in Updates!

Twitter just announced some big changes happening, which will allow you more room for your 140 character limit!

“In the coming months we’ll make changes to simplify Tweets including what counts toward your 140 characters, so for instance, @names in replies and media attachments (like photos, GIFs, videos, and polls) will no longer “use up” valuable characters,” Twitter announced. “More room for words!”

In addition to the @name replies and media attachments, you’ll now also be able to retweet your own tweets. The biggest change of all may be the famous “.@,” which will no longer be necessary. You will be able to start your tweet with an @ username and not put a period in front.

Twitter Changing 'Favorites' to 'Likes' with a New Heart Icon

Twitter is changing the old-standard “favorite” star button to a “like” heart, the social media site announced today (November 3).

“We are changing our star icon for favorites to a heart and we’ll be calling them likes. We want to make Twitter easier and more rewarding to use, and we know that at times the star could be confusing, especially to newcomers. You might like a lot of things, but not everything can be your favorite,” the Twitter blog announced.

“The heart, in contrast, is a universal symbol that resonates across languages, cultures, and time zones. The heart is more expressive, enabling you to convey a range of emotions and easily connect with people. And in our tests, we found that people loved it,” the blog post continued. They also announced the news in a video, which you can watch below.

Fans did not seem too receptive to the idea, adding comments such as, “Can we talk about this for a second?,” “nooooooooooooooo this is awful,” “this absolutely reeks of panic FYI,” and “but not everything we “favorite” we “like”. Sometimes it’s just like bookmark-ing a tweet. Oh well, I’ll miss the star.”

WHAT IS YOUR OPINION on the heart vs. the star??

Twitter's New Direct Message Policy Might Annoy Celebrities

Twitter is introducing a new feature that might not go over well with celebrities… people will be able to send direct messages to any user whether they are following each other or not.

Until now, you have only been able to send another Twitter user a direct message if they are following you back. This new feature will undoubtedly flood the inboxes of celebrities with millions of followers.

“If you do receive a Direct Message from someone you don’t want to privately converse with, you can still take steps to stop them,” Twitter said on its blog this morning.

There are some reports saying that to start receiving direct messages from anyone, a user has to opt-in to the feature, so hopefully that is true for people who don’t want to receive unwarranted messages!

WHAT DO YOU THINK of Twitter’s new direct messaging policy?

There Is No Official Twitter TV Show

Yesterday, it was announced that social-networking service Twitter will develop an unscripted TV series that would “put players on the trail of celebrities in an interactive, competitive format.”

The official Twitter blog just posted a little clarification: “There is no official Twitter TV show—although if there were it would be fun to cast! In dealing with networks and production companies we sometimes have simple agreements. Regarding the [Reveille productions and Brillstein Entertainment Partners] project reported today, we have a lightweight, non-exclusive, agreement with the producers which helps them move forward more freely.”

The proposed series is the first to bring the immediacy of Twitter to the TV screen.

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Watch CNN & Ashton Kutcher's Twitter War

An awesome site just popped up where you can watch CNN and Ashton Kutcher‘s race to 1,000,000 Twitter followers — in REAL TIME!

This chart refreshes with the real-time count of Twitter followers for both @CNN and @aplusk.

Check out the Twitter war at

In other tweeting news, Oprah only has 30,000 followers but will make her first 140-character tweet on-air tomorrow on @oprah. Appropriately enough, her guest tomorrow is Ashton, who will buy 10,000 mosquito bed nets for World Malaria Day April 25 if he crosses the million mark before CNN. Trend-wise, it looks like aplusk will win!

UPDATE: Ashton has passed CNN! As of 10:30pm, Ashton has 985K and CNN has 984K. You’re well on your way to a million Ashton! Mosquito nets all around!

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