What’s new in the Twitterverse?
Usually I’m all a buzz about what’s going on in Facebook land and Zuckerberg‘s crazy ADD adventures, but I suppose Twitter was feeling a bit left out so last week they decided to make a few changes of their own.
Let’s start with the most exciting new feature first: two-step verification. Finally! I guess all that hacking finally got the attention of someone over at Twitter security and lo and behold, we’ve got a spiffy new login system which is far from perfect but it works for now.
The good news is that everyone can have a more secure account, not just brands. So how do you get started?
Log into your account, go to your settings, and follow these steps:
- Scroll down to “Account Security” and check “Require a verification code when I sign in.”
- If it’s your first time, you’ll be prompted to add your phone number. If you have already added a number, then you’ll get a pop-up window stating your phone needs to be verified to receive messages.
- Check your phone for the text stating your phone is capable of receiving verification codes. If it’s there, go back to Twitter and, in the “Did you receive our message?” window, hit the “yes” button and enter your password.
That’s it. You’re all set. However, be forewarned that you will be sent a text message every time you log in. This can be an issue if you’re not on an unlimited text messaging plan. The verification process isn’t perfect but it is what it is and it’s one step closer to a more secure account.
Also note that once you’ve verified your account, you’ll need to secure any applications that are using your Twitter credentials.
Here’s how to do that:
- Go to the Applications tab of your account settings on twitter.com.
- Click the Generate button.
- Enter your current account password and hit Generate again.
- When prompted to log in to your other device or application, enter your username and use the temporary password that you were provided.
- The device or application will show up in your list of applications in your settings page.
- Note: Temporary passwords will expire after one hour.
The next new feature involves Twitter lists. Instead of being limited to 20 lists with 500 accounts, now you can have up to 1,000 lists with 5,000 accounts. Seems a bit crazy but if you wanted a list for every interest you had, every group of friends, etc., you could possibly do so and still have room to create even more lists. Even with the 20 list rule, I still hadn’t maxed out my capabilities but now the possibilities are endless.
Here are a few fun things to do with Twitter lists:
- create a list of close friends to follow so that you can more effectively track their tweets (much like “close friends” on Facebook)
- create a list of your favorite social media blogs to stay current with social media news, trends, etc
- create a list of news accounts to stay on top of breaking news
- create a list of your favorite celeb accounts
- create a list of your favorite sports teams
- create a list of local restaurants, businesses, etc in your area to keep track of what they’re doing and stay in touch with them
Last but not least, Twitter has made it easier to update your profile picture and the photo behind it. Instead of digging through your settings, you can now hit “edit profile” on your home page and a pencil icon will appear in the upper right hand side corner allowing you to upload a photo directly from your home page and make as many changes as you see fit.
And there’s your latest Twitter news. What change are you most excited about and what would you like to see Twitter do next? Sound off below.
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