UberTwitter and twidroyd Not Working? Twitter Suspended Them

Update: Added comment from Twitter below.

If you are user of the popular clients for , or ; UberTwitter or twidroyd for Twitter, you might not be able to use those applications for some time now.

We have suspended UberTwitter and twidroyd for violating our policies.

Every day, we suspend hundreds of applications that are in violation of our policies. Generally, these apps are used by a small number of users. We are taking the unusual step of sharing this with you because today’s suspension may affect a larger number of users.

has officially suspended the two clients for violating of policies. So UberTwitter and twidroyd users will no longer be able to access their tweets, replies or messages and update their statuses.

We are committed to helping you continue to use Twitter during the disruption of these applications. You can download Twitter for Blackberry, Twitter for Android and other official Twitter apps here. You can also try our mobile web site or apps from other third-party developers.

The Next Web found the note which was posted on the Twitter support blog, where Twitter suggested that users of these clients use another app for their Twitter needs. Though the note mentioned that these clients were blocked for policy violations, there was no updates on what policies they had violated.

Nevertheless, lot of Blackberry users will be left out in the cold because UberTwitter is one of the most popular clients. You could switch to the official Twitter client for Blackberry for now till this issue is resolved.

We have emailed Twitter for more information and will update this post as soon as we get any updates from them.

Update: Twitter spokesperson Carolyn Penner responded back with a comment

We ask all developers in the Twitter ecosystem to abide by a simple set of rules that are in the interests of our users, as well as the health and vitality of the platform as a whole.

We often take actions to enforce these rules; in fact, on an average day we turn off more than one hundred services that violate our API rules of the road. This keeps the ecosystem fair for everyone.

Today we suspended several applications, including UberTwitter, twidroyd and UberCurrent, which have violated Twitter policies and trademarks in a variety of ways. These violations include, but aren’t limited to, a privacy issue with private Direct Messages longer than 140 characters, trademark infringement, and changing the content of users’ Tweets in order to make money.

We’ve had conversations with UberMedia, the developer of these applications, about policy violations since April 2010, when they first launched under the name TweetUp a term commonly used by Twitter users and a trademark violation. We continue to be in contact with UberMedia and hope that they will bring the suspended applications into compliance with our policies soon.

So it looks like UberTwitter violated several rules including trademark, character limits and making money by editing tweets.

Update 2: Left out in the cold, check out some UberTwitter alternatives for Blackberry and Android.

Obama Dines With Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg and More at Tech Dinner [Photos]

Last night, the President of United States hosted some really prominent figures from the tech world which included the CEOs of some of the world’s biggest tech companies.

The list included Steve Jobs from Apple, Mark Zuckerberg from , Dick Costolo from , Eric Schmidt from Google, Carol Bartz from Yahoo among others. The one big person missing from the dinner list was the CEO of Microsoft Steve Ballmer. It is not clear whether he was not invited or whether he couldn’t make it to the dinner.

Steve Jobs, who has been linked with some really bad rumors looked mighty fine sitting to the left of the President while Mark Zuckerberg was seated at the right. Take a look at some of the photos from yesterdays dinner which were spotted by The Next Web on the official account of the US Government.

President Barack Obama talks with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg before a dinner with Technology Business Leaders in Woodside, California, Feb. 17, 2011.
 (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
This official White House photograph is being made available only for publication by news organizations and/or for personal use printing by the subject(s) of the photograph. The photograph may not be manipulated in any way and may not be used in commercial or political materials, advertisements, emails, products, promotions that in any way suggests approval or endorsement of the President, the First Family, or the White House.

President Barack Obama joins a toast with Technology Business Leaders at a dinner in Woodside, California, Feb. 17, 2011.
 (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
This official White House photograph is being made available only for publication by news organizations and/or for personal use printing by the subject(s) of the photograph. The photograph may not be manipulated in any way and may not be used in commercial or political materials, advertisements, emails, products, promotions that in any way suggests approval or endorsement of the President, the First Family, or the White House.

This goes out to quench all those rumors about Steve Jobs at-least. He looks perfectly fine to me. What do you think?

(Images from Flickr licensed under United States Government Work)

Google Social Search Goes Mainstream

For the past year or so, Google has been testing "Social Search" where they displayed search results from your social contacts on and , and among other networks at the bottom of the search results.

Google Social Search Results

Today, Google has announced that they will be going mainstream with social search and displaying results from your connected contacts in the main search results itself.


With the introduction of social search in results, users will start seeing results from people who have shared content in your social circle with an annotation that the results has been pulled by someone in your circle. The integration of social results in the search results will add more trust because you will know that it has been already been seen and shared by someone you know.

Google will also display notes under search results when a link has been shared on sites like Twitter or Facebook among other things so that you can easily see where your friends have shared the content previously.

We’ve given you more control over how you connect accounts, and made connecting accounts more convenient. You can still connect accounts publicly on your Google profile, but now we’ve added a new option to connect accounts privately in your Google Account. (After all, you may not want everyone to know you’re @spongebobsuperfan on Twitter.) In addition, if our algorithms find a public account that might be yours (for example, because the usernames are the same), we may invite you to connect your accounts right on the search results page and in your Google Account settings:

Google will also provide an option to connect accounts privately so that your super secret Twitter or Facebook account does not show up in social results, taking care of privacy concerns that might crop up due to this.

Google Social Search results will only be displayed when you have logged in with your Google account. Google will be rolling out the social results for English only users right now and they should start appearing in the coming week or so. You can watch the video for the new Google Social Search update to learn more about the new feature below. Click here if you can’t view it.

Free iPad Tweets Spamming Twitter Mentions

Recently we gave away a free iPad to a lucky winner as our Christmas gift to our readers. That contest is over so where would you get a free iPad now? Not from those stupid bots pretty ladies on who mention you in tweets and tell you that you can win a Free from some site.

Free iPad

First of the Free iPad mentions are a scam and I urge you to report the sender as spam and block them. Secondly most of the free iPad tweets are basically spam. If you are enticed and click on those links, you will be asked to fill up some survey which could lead to tons of email spam or you could potentially just download some virus or malware to your PC.

Some of these links could be as bad as the Facebook scams doing rounds of the internet and you could unwittingly share something on your timeline.

So please don’t click on the links when you see these kind of messages. Anything Free comes with a catch Smile. However, when we say that we are giving away an iPad, it is for real Smile.

Twitpic Introduces Video Uploads: Use Twitpic To Share Videos With Twitter Friends

Sharing photos and videos with Twitter friends just got a little easier.

Photo sharing startup Twitpic, has just added support for video uploads, which means now you can upload videos to your Twitpic account and share the TwitcPic video URL with your Twitter friends and followers.

Adding videos to Twitpic’s sharing arsenal makes complete sense, everyone wants a central place for media uploads and nobody wants to fumble through a dozen websites – one for photos, one for videos and another one for files. While users can always upload videos to their YouTube account and share the YouTube video URL on Twitter, but considering TwitPic’s  growing  popularity among it’s existing user base, this move was much sought after.

Uploading videos to Twitpic is quite easy, go to twitpic.com/upload, connect your Twitter account and choose a video file from your computer. Then add a message and click “Upload”. The video will be uploaded and stored on your TwitPic account and a Tweet will be sent to your Twitter profile.

TwitPic also  supports  video and photo uploads from any email address. All you have to do is compose a new message, attach the video file and send the email to [email protected]. You can get your Twitpic secret email at the right corner of Twitpic’s video upload page.

The video page of Twitpic looks very basic in it’s spartan form, no embedding options are provided though. The reactions and mentions are organized as video comments, works quite the same way as for photos being shared on Twitpic.  Here is the launch video from TwitPic team.

I tried the embed code for TwitPic videos but it didn’t worked as it should. The code pulled in the first image from the video, users have to click the thumbnail image and watch the video on TwitPic.

Introducing video support for Twitpic! on Twitpic

Just one year back, TwitPic founder Noah Everett rejected a $10 Million buyout offer, the startup was making $1.5 million per year out of which 70% was net profit. Overtime, competing services like Yfrog, Vid.ly, Tvider have evolved who already support video and media uploads on Twitter. Thus, in order to survive the competition from rival sources, TwitPic had to do something about Video sharing.

Twitpic is in fact very late on embracing video uploads but considering it’s growing popularity, better late than never.

Pittsburg Steelers Fans Make A Towel Twirl With #Steelersnation Hashtag

Remember the 10 Really Amazing and Extraordinary users of Twitter? If you don’t go ahead and read the earlier post. But while you are at it, here is another amazing thing that the Pittsburg Steelers fans have done with .

Twitter Tower Twirl #SteelersNation

Steelers who will be playing in Super Bowl XLV can look forward to the support of their fans who have build a really cool gadget which makes use of Twitter to twirl a towel whenever someone uses #Steelersnation in a tweet, or twerribletowel too as the creators of the gadget told me.

The gadget looks for the above words in tweets and then uses an old fan motor to twirl the towel whenever it comes across it. The gadget is built by Steelers fans who are technology enthusiast. You can watch the Towel twirl live in action by visiting http://twerribletowel.com/. The site will display your Twitter handle and show you the number of twirl’s it has made.

Quite interesting and amazing. Want to try this out? Go ahead and open http://twerribletowel.com/ and then tweet anything with the hashtag #steelersnation to get it rolling. Have fun.

(h/t @fossiloflife)

Google and Twiter Get Back to Egypt, Tweet without an Internet Connection Now

The Internet kill switch in Egypt has worked well towards shutting down any form of communication. The Internet is blocked and SMS networks are down. In short, you just cannot get any form of message out to anyone.


Google had probably foreseen this event and acquired SayNow on 25 January this year. The SayNow about page describes the service as,
Founded in 2005, SayNow set out to build voice-based experiences that are fun and social. Along the way, we reinvented the way phone calls are made today. Voice is engaging, authentic, and an emotional form of communication, yet is largely ignored on social media and smartphone platforms.

Google has put their skills to good use by building a service that allows users to tweet without an Internet connection and through voice calls. The new service allows you to speak a tweet and this eliminates the need for an Internet connection, as all you need is make a call, speak your message and add a #egypt hashtag along with the message.

Ujjwal Singh, the co-founder of SayNow has said in a blog post,
We hope that this will go some way to helping people in Egypt stay connected at this very difficult time.

The numbers you need to call are +16504194196, +390662207294, or +97316199855 and follow the above procedure. All tweets sent to this number will be posted in the speak2tweet account. Egypt has gone completely dark now as the last standing Noor group ISP went down this Monday. This service should bring some hopes to Egyptians.

Twitter Partners With Visa and NFL for Super Bowl XLV

Super Bowl XIV is less then two weeks away and it is definitely going to be a very exciting game, except for me because my favorite team New York Jets couldn’t make it to the Super Bowl two years in a row.

Super Bowl XLV

Nevertheless, the Super Bowl XLV game between Pittsburg Steelers and Green Bay Packers is definitely going to be a blast. Though you can follow all the updates on your TV and also on NFL.com, it would be more interesting to share insights with your friends too. To help you out with enjoying the Super Bowl XLV game with friends, is partnering with Visa and NFL to bring you closer to the conversations around the game.

Starting this morning, fans can visit www.nfl.com/visa to Go Inside Super Bowl XLV With Visa,a one-stop shop where they can experience Super Bowl XLV in real-time and see interesting Tweets from players, media, NFL personnel, fans and more.

Twitter also claims to have about one-third of all the players who were part of the playoffs this year. You can find and follow most of the NFL players at https://twitter.com/#!/twitter/nfl-playoffs. You can also follow the Steelers team at @steelers and Packers team @packers on Twitter.

According to Twitter, during last years Super Bowl, 40% of the tweets were related to the game while it was in progress and almost 50% were related to it after the game was over. Last year also saw a lot of tweets for the FIFA World Cup 2010. So will this year be any different? Let’s hope and see.

Right now there are no official hashtags for Super Bowl XLV, but it might be #superbowl or #superbowlxlv or even #SB45. Have fun following the Super Bowl XLV with your friends on Twitter.

How Safe is Gmail, Twitter and Facebook? Is HTTPS Safe? We Show You How It Isn’t

Hey, isn’t HTTPS the most safe and secure way to access a website? Not exactly, here is where we show how people can use a simple method to crack , and .


So you think you can’t be hacked? Well, think again, you can be hacked using a simple image and JavaScript on a secure HTTPS. Before I go ahead on this, watch a video below created by our author Amit Banerjee which shows you how vulnerable you are on the Internet.

As you can see from the above video, it is very easy for anyone to know when you are logged into Gmail, Twitter and Facebook without having to place any suspicious code on your PC. All you need to do is visit a website to check whether or not you are logged in on these sites. Your information can be tracked, no matter whether it uses HTTPS or not and whether you visit the website or not.

This is basically very scary because this is a cross-platform hack and is done through a image which is hosted by these services. Though, I do know that on how this is done, I don’t have any solutions to negate this problem right now,  but I am really trying to figure out one. Till then there is nothing you can do about it. Fun right?

I have reached out to Gmail, Facebook and Twitter about this and am awaiting a response. Will update this post once I get one. Till then, you are not safe on the internet.

The hack basically uses the HTTP status code to find out whether you are logged in or not into these services. Since these images are hosted on Gmail, Twitter and Facebook a user basically has to log in to view them, so it becomes easy to figure out when you are logged in or not. If you are curious to see this in action, visit this page.

For more information, check out Hack A Day on how HTTP Status codes can be abused.

(Video and most of the reporting done by Amit Banerjee)

BREAKING: Bristol Palin’s Twitter Account Hacked

With all the hoopla going around today about Todd Palin scandal/affair; who happens to be Sarah Palin’s husband and Bristol Palin’s father, the account of Bristol Palin seems to have been hacked by someone.

Bristol Palin Twitter Account Hacked

If you visit the compromised account of Bristol Palin, you will see her image replaced with the one posted above. In addition to that the hacker has also taken over her timeline posting updates on her behalf. Well, anyone reading that would be able to figure out that the account has been compromised.

Bristol Palin Timeline Compromised

As of few minutes ago, the hacker is still posting updates on Bristol Palin’s account. We have reported the account to Twitter and are awaiting further updates.

More to come…

(h/t @shahpriya)