Twitter Promises to Better Explain Why Certain Things Are Trending

“Why is this trending?” was tweeted more than half a million times in the last year. Twitter users clearly want to understand why something is popular, and the company took note.

On Tuesday, Twitter announced that it would elaborate on trends via pinned tweets and descriptions on trending topics. 

Providing context around trends happens through a combination of algorithms and human review. The algorithms pick out tweets that aren’t abusive, spam or posted through fraudulent accounts. A representative tweet is then pinned to a trend to show why users are talking about the topic. This feature has already been implemented on Twitter for iOS and Android, and the company plans to bring it to Twitter.com as well. 

Descriptions haven’t rolled out yet, but they’ll be written by Twitter’s curation team, which will abide by certain guidelines

Here’s what pinned tweets and descriptions could look like:

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Related: Twitter Labels Trump’s Mail Drop Boxes Tweet for Violating Election Integrity Rules

The additional context on trends will be available in Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Egypt, France, India, Ireland, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Saudi Arabia, Spain, the United Kingdom, the United Arab Emirates and the United States.

“To bring more clarity to the conversation, we hope to add more context to more trends over time,” says product trust partner Liz Lee and product manager Frank Oppong reads. “We need to make trends better and we will.” 

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Uncovering The Money Laundering Attempts Of Bitcoin Fraudsters Behind The Recent Twitter Scam

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Performing an initial investigation to follow the funds related to the Twitter TWTR hack that happened on July 15 to Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Kanye West, Bill Gates and numerous other celebrities and executives of large technology companies, it is evident the many of those funds already hit reputable exchanges that might freeze the funds.

During the Twitter hack, the fraudsters, posing as celebrities, falsely informed users that they have decided to partner up with a mysterious organization called “CryptoForHealth” in order to ‘give back to their community.’ The scam has been covered extensively by several news outlets including Forbes contributors like Jasse Damiani, that reviewed the initial steps just after the hack.

As different celebrities were sharing and resharing those posts that turned out to be fraudulent, some of their followers decided to open up their own wallets and pay as well. More than $130,000 later, most of the posts had been removed, the website of CryptoForHealth shut down. Twitter stepped in to forbid some users to tweet, but it is high time to recover the funds to the victims or at least specify to which exchanges they have been sent.

Despite a common misperception as Bitcoin represents a pseudo-anonymous network, transactions performed on it are both visible to the general public and traceable. Addresses can be directly connected to particular exchanges.

As scammers are still moving funds between cryptocurrency wallets, investigators from all over the world have stepped in with the goal to identify types of exchanges and freeze the funds on different accounts.

From the initial review, it is evident that much of the funds have been transferred to Binance. In a recent statement to TechCrunch, Binance Security Team informed that they have been aware of the situation and launched an investigation, which is visible to the crypto community as their team marked several cryptocurrency wallets as fraudulent.

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Earlier today, an article released by Cointelegraph revealed that addresses used by the hackers had previously been linked to Coinbase and BitPay, common names in the cryptocurrency exchange and merchant sphere.

“According to our initial analysis the funds have reached many exchanges, but the core of the funds originated from the main Binance address. It is now clear that scammers were sending funds back and forth between different cryptocurrency addresses in an attempt to confuse law enforcement agents, wash them. Once completed fraudsters have sent a large parts of the funds to an address belonging to Binance yet again, which has been rather quickly discovered and flagged by the exchange.

Secondary besides Binance, it seems though that multiple exchanges like Bittrex, as well as MercadoBitcoin in Brazil have received funds from this scam already,” said Sven Martinsson, the Founder & CEO of VALEGA Chain Analytics – a Blockchain Investigations and analytics firm working out of Finland.

Even though the investigation remains novel, due to the transparency of the open blockchain of Bitcoin, it is possible to follow different transactions to a different account at cryptocurrency exchange platforms. Being personally engaged in one such ‘crypto exchange platform,’ competent and motivated compliance team members have a portfolio of tools and processes to stop such transactions in case they are being spotted. The fraudsters seem to know that so that there is a race for the fraudsters to try to exchange the funds to fiat currencies as soon as possible and Blockchain investigators to mark as many wallets as quickly as possible to freeze those funds.

Even though the identity of the scammers remains yet unknown, there are tools in place which allow for visualizing transactions between different accounts and exchanges that use the publicly available data and connect wallets to crypto exchanges.

Here are a couple of examples of how the fraudsters anticipated to hide their tracks. Everything starts on the left side in the middle of the graph, which represents the first address to which the scammers asked users to pay. Each additional connected line of dots represents their effort to hide their tracks and mix funds between different wallets and exchanges.

A more comprehensive description has been placed below each picture which represents a print screen out of a Blockchain Analytics Software.

Zooming in closer to different dots allows us to directly view the cryptocurrency wallet address which has been used. It is connected to a particular wallet provider or a platform (with strong but not utmost certainty). In order to review where funds were directed and how much was sent.

Investigations performed by compliance teams take time as they are most likely performed by individuals who are working for different exchange platforms or geographies, so sometimes the funds are able to be transferred to an account before they are being flagged as fraudulent. Red accounts have been already marked as fraudulent.

Following each transaction and the connected spiderweb of transfers between cryptocurrency addresses helps to spot a time period in which fraudsters will try to wash funds with a legitimate exchange. As stated below, fraudsters launched a transfer to MercadoBitcoin in Brazil as well as Bittrex.com already.

This review is just a snapshot of the current stage of transfers performed by the fraudsters as of the afternoon of July 17th. It does not display traces in full to avoid obstructing justice or investigations. Even though it has been a Twitter hack and not a Bitcoin hack, the pseudo-anonymity of bitcoin and visibility of each transaction with tools like the wallet explorer does prove that the Crypto community is not helpless and knows more and more with each transaction the fraudsters perform. It is important to underline that it was not Bitcoin that got hacked, it was Twitter. Bitcoin was just the chosen means of payment.

Sven will release a collected investigation free of charge to anyone who can identify themself as an investigator in the process.

Disclaimer:

The transaction investigation remains ongoing. For security reasons and not to interfere with investigations, this is just a teaser to provide insights into different tactics of criminal networks. Exchanges in question have the appropriate means to stay compliant and do their reporting accordingly. This is NOT an attempt to defame or point any fingers and the statements are assumptions, not yet evidence. It remains a visualization of investigation that affected many users and the account holders on Twitter.

For transparency purposes – The contributor of this post is a Head of Compliance in one of the leading Cryptocurrency Exchanges in the Nordics called ‘Safello’.

He serves as a board advisor to Valega Chain whose team has launched an investigation to follow the stolen funds on his request. Statements about how Blockchain Analytics Tools work have been performed on the example of Valega Chain Analytics and should not be generalized to other Blockchain Analytics Tools as all of them have their own criteria, tools, and internal processes. 

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J.K. Rowling Finds Explanations of Bitcoin From Crypto Twitter Too Confusing

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On Friday (May 15), when a slightly drunk J.K. Rowling, the author of the Harry Potter series of fantasy novels, asked (on Twitter) for an explanation of Bitcoin, she probably did not expect the huge number of replies she got bombarded with.

It all started when Rowling asked Coindesk reporter Leigh Cuen to explain Bitcoin to her:

I don’t understand bitcoin. Please explain it to me.

— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) May 15, 2020

The Explanations of Bitcoin

Bitcoin is digital money that both Muggles and Wizards can use. It’s not minted by Gringotts or HM Treasury, but secured by digital guardians across the world.

Instead of Galleons, Sickles, and Knuts, the units are bitcoin and satoshi. One bitcoin represents 100m satoshi.

— Jason Lau (@jasonklau) May 15, 2020

Old Fashioned is one of my favorite all time drinks…wish I had a proper masher at home.

Btw #Bitcoin is like fire insurance you’d buy for your home but instead of your home on fire it’s economic & government systems around the world.

— David Nage🎯 (@DavidJNage) May 15, 2020

Imagine if there wasn’t a Gringotts bank anymore and all wizards, muggles and everyone else regardless of where they were born could #beyourownbank #bitcoin @blockchain

— Nicolas Cary (@niccary) May 15, 2020

Imagine everyone’s money on an excel sheet. You need your password to spend. 2% annual inflation paid to secure the sheet. That’s it.#Bitcoin #BTC

— Richard Heart: HEX.win did 116x price!🚀M⬣⬣N (@RichardHeartWin) May 15, 2020

The Offers of Free Bitcoin

Hey @jk_rowling , @block_one_ would be happy to have a Zoom call with you to tell you more about #Bitcoin and would be ready to donate 5 #BTC to a charity of your choice. Blockchain’s impact on everything from finance to collaborative content creation will be profound!

— Brendan Blumer (@BrendanBlumer) May 16, 2020

Let me send you some #Bitcoin to make it even better, download @Coinbase and send me your #Bitcoin address!

— Ivan on Tech (@IvanOnTech) May 16, 2020

I can send you 1 #Bitcoin . Seeing is believing. 😄

— Justin Sun (@justinsuntron) May 16, 2020

Rowling Still Confused and Convinced She Will Never Understand Bitcoin

People are now explaining Bitcoin to me, and honestly, it’s blah blah blah collectibles (My Little Pony?) blah blah blah computers (got one of those) blah blah blah crypto (sounds creepy) blah blah blah understand the risk (I don’t, though.)

— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) May 15, 2020

I know you mean to help, but full disclosure: I’m only allowing myself alcohol at weekends during this lockdown and I’m on my fourth very strong Old Fashioned and honestly, you might as well send me a scroll written in Sanskrit. pic.twitter.com/baMCaB1mEW

— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) May 15, 2020

God bless every single one of you now earnestly explaining bitcoin to me as though I’ll grasp it if you break it down properly. Things like this are white noise to me. I cannot and will not ever understand Bitcoin, but I love you for thinking that I can or will.

— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) May 15, 2020

Tesla CEO Elon Musk agrees that an explanation of the technology behind Bitcoin can sound like Greek to most people, but points out that it still looks more “solid” than fiat currency, especially in the current “money printing gone crazy” climate:

Pretty much, although massive currency issuance by govt central banks is making Bitcoin Internet 👻 money look solid by comparison

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 15, 2020

By the way, Musk also casually mentioned the fact that he still owns only a tiny amount of Bitcoin:

I still only own 0.25 Bitcoins btw

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 15, 2020

Rowling’s Admission That Her Initial Inquiry Was a Joke

This started as a joke, but now I’m afraid I’ll never be able to log in to Twitter again without someone getting angry I don’t own Bitcoin. One day you’ll see a wizened old woman in the street, trying to trade a Harry Potter book for a potato. Be kind. She did try to understand.

— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) May 15, 2020

What Does This Whole Episode Tell Us About Mainstream Adoption of Crypto?

In the aftermath of Crypto Twitter’s overwhelming response to Rowling’s apparent interest in learning about Bitcoin and Rowling’s subsequent admission that her initial inquiry did indeed start as a joke after she had had four “Old Fashioned” cocktails in her UK home, there was some small amount of anger/disappointment in the crypto community over being trolled by Rowling (a few people event went as far as calling her “J.K. Trolling”).

However, there were also those who found Rowling spending a good portion of her weekend engaging with the crypto community and reading their explanations of Bitcoin as a bullish sign that eventual mainstream adoption of Bitcoin is inevitable:

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The fact J.K. Rowling is tweeting about show the inevitability of it.

I guess she is still a “muggle”, FOR NOW, lol.

Sooner or later, we will see in a new Harry Potter book. https://twitter.com/jk_rowling/status/1261405158589771776 

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God bless every single one of you now earnestly explaining bitcoin to me as though I’ll grasp it if you break it down properly. Things like this are white noise to me. I cannot and will not ever understand Bitcoin, but I love you for thinking that I can or will.

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Harry Potter author, J. K. Rowling, recently asked for an explanation of Bitcoin ( BTC ) on Twitter, bringing an onslaught of commentary from the crypto community.”This started as a joke, but now I’m afraid I’ll never be able to log in to Twitter again without someone getting angry I don’t own Bitcoin,” Rowling tweeted on May 15, adding:Responding to a May 15 tweet from journalist Leigh Cuen, Rowling asked for an explanation of Bitcoin. Folks from far and wide flooded the social media platform thereafter. Among the turnout, Ethereum creator Vitalik Buterin attempted a brief explanation, crypto author Saifedean Ammous offered up a copy of his book, and former Forbes staffer turned podcaster Laura Shin pointed toward an episode of her show. Crypto YouTuber and programmer, Ivan on Tech,  commented  that Rowling might simply be jealous that she did not buy into the asset early enough to make tons of loot. Tech mogul Elon Musk even chimed in, positing Bitcoin as potentially attractive against government money printing, although he still only possesses 0.25 BTC. After several explanatory attempts from crypto Twitter muggles, the famed author said it all still sounded like confusing babble, admitting she also consumed several alcoholic beverages during her Bitcoin-related commentary. Rowling noted many times that she did not comprehend Bitcoin. Amid the frantic and swirling explanations, Rowling said:In a May 16 tweet, noting the crypto community’s antics, Rowling said:As the crypto space still shows its youth, industry participants often exude excitement whenever a mainstream person of high status comments on crypto , revealing the industry still has much room to grow in terms of participation. Cointelegraph offered up its own in-depth explanation of Bitcoin to the Harry Potter author on May 15, complete with analogies from the popular book series. All data is taken from the source: https://cointelegraph.com/

9 Productivity Experts on Twitter Who Will Actually Help You Get More Done

As we all know, there are lots of ways that social media can make you less productive and more unhappy. But it doesn’t have to be this way. Used thoughtfully, the likes of Twitter and Facebook can also be a source of meaningful connection to smart people who can support your efforts to be more successful.

That includes your personal connections, but also experts who use Twitter to spread their ideas and help followers get more done. The blog of team productivity tool I Done This recently sifted through the self-promoters and time wasters to identify “the best productivity coaches and experts–people who are actually worth your hard-earned time.”

The complete list, including detailed information on each coach, is well worth a look, but here’s a sampling for you to check out to see whether any of these folks can help you reach your goals.

1. Tim Ferriss​

No surprise here. The 4-Hour Workweek author “is likely the first person you thought of when you saw the title of this post,” concedes I Done This, but Tim Ferriss is popular for a reason. His advice actually helps and inspires people. His podcast is great too. Follow him at @tferriss.

2. Craig Jarrow

Craig Jarrow, founder of Time Management Ninja, gets the thumbs up from I Done This because “unlike many other productivity gurus, Jarrow’s goal isn’t to entrap you in complex strategies that only he can help you implement. Instead, he focuses on building a set of empowering skills and habits that grant you more control over how you spend your time.” Follow him at @TMNinja. 

3. David Allen

David Allen is “well known for his book Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity, which spawned the now widely known GTD model,” explains I Done This. Follow him at @gtdguy or @gtdtimes. 

4. Pierrette Abeel​

Pierrette Abeel’s unique approach focuses “not only on internal habits but also external spaces. She writes articles about organizing your office and cleaning up your inbox, as well as how to build good, productive behaviors,” notes I Done This. “She offers a five-day productivity challenge you can sign up for on her homepage to get started.” Follow her at @ProductivityDC.

5. Grace Marshall

If you’re naturally disorganized, Grace Marshall might be the productivity guru for you. Not only do her own messy tendencies inform her approach, but “she’s a neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) practitioner and a DiSC-certified trainer,” I Done This points out. Follow her at @GraceMarshall.

6. Brittany Berger

Looking for a productivity coach who doesn’t paper over the dark side of ambition? Try Brittany Berger. “Productivity coaches so often call on us to work harder or smarter, but few acknowledge the realities of fatigue, depression, and anxiety,” says I Done This. “Her pitch is to instead focus on working ‘brighter,’ meaning that you define productivity in a way that works for you.” Follow her at @thatbberg. 

7. Alexandra Cavoulacos​

“Alexandra Cavoulacos is the co-founder of the Muse and co-author of The New Rules of Work. She writes about careers, management, productivity, and entrepreneurship,” says I Done This. Follow her at @acav. 

8. Phoebe Gavin

“Gavin’s audience is primarily Millennial women, and her content focuses on getting people through the doldrums of their mid- to late-20s,” says I Done This, so check her out if you’re looking for tips on conquering your quarter-life crisis. Follow her at @betterwphoebe.  

9. Laura Vanderkam

A big advocate of logging your time, Laura Vanderkam has written a host of helpful books and also given a TED Talk that’s been viewed by millions. “You can find more resources on her website, where she also blogs regularly,” notes I Done This. Follow her at @lvanderkam. 

Check out the original I Done This post for a lot more info and 10 more productivity experts to follow.

By: By Jessica Stillman Contributor, Inc.com@EntryLevelRebel

Source: 9 Productivity Experts on Twitter Who Will Actually Help You Get More Done

 

Twitter CEO believes internet will have its native currency, possibly Bitcoin

In an interview with Joe Rogan, Twitter’s CEO, Jack Dorsey answers the question on whether or not he will create his own cryptocurrency. He said that he has no plans for that at the moment, however, he expressed his personal view towards cryptocurrency and the internet. Dorsey believes that the internet will have its native currency one day, although he doesn’t know what that would be………

Source: Twitter CEO believes internet will have its native currency, possibly Bitcoin

Inboxr – How To Automate Your Facebook & Twitter Inbox With Broadcasting Messages

Inboxr allows you to send ‘if this then that’ style messages,following up on past purchases, giving recommended products/services and allow you to funnel users to sales pages automatically. It allows you to grab each users Facebook emails without the user even having to type it – simply have inboxr ask to send the fan a coupon, a discount, related information, and when the user responds ‘yes’, inboxr grabs the users email, adds it to your autoresponder and starts the follow up process.Inboxr can differentiate from who you have messaged recently to who hasn’t been contacted for X amount of days – this is great to make cold leads warm again…….

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10 Ways to use Twitter in Teaching | Mastering Facebook, Google+, Twitter

A collection of uses for Twitter to enhance learning and teaching

Source: 10 Ways to use Twitter in Teaching | Mastering Facebook, Google+, Twitter

 

 

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400 Educators to Follow on Twitter: Crowd-Sourced List for Educators by Educators – Thanks @mrkempnz for curating this #PLN  | Online Marketing Tools

Ready to start off the 2018-2019 school year with a Professional Learning Network (PLN) of highly recommended educators from around the world?

Crowd-sourced and set to go, we’ve curated a list of highly recommended educators to follow as shared by educators just like you!

In a matter of 60 minutes this past week in the #whatisschool Twitter chat, we asked classroom teachers, administrators, tech coaches, librarians, and more to share individuals that positively influence and inform practice and that make a difference in education through their work and support within our PLN.

A special thank you for Jen Williams and Participate for putting this together so quickly – they are absolute superstars!

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Twitter Rolls Out Part Two of Its Ad Transparency Initiative – Genevieve Dietz

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Transparency in the Wake of Election Troubles

Twitter is doing its part to combat fake news and foreign election meddling by rolling out phase two of its plan for transparency surrounding political ad campaigns.

There’s a lot hanging on this year’s midterm election and social media companies like Twitter and Facebook are doing everything they can to ensure political advertising is honest, transparent, and fair.

A few months back, Twitter introduced its transparency initiative partly as a way to give users insights into the origins of political ads and mostly as a way to make all ads more traceable.

This initiative was announced almost simultaneously with Facebook’s new ad transparency features, proving that both companies are serious about avoiding trouble this Fall. (more on that here)

Phase Two Features

As of now, anyone, even those without Twitter accounts, can use the platform’s Ad Transparency Center (a searchable database released October 2017) to search for ads displayed on Twitter within the last seven days.

The Ad Transparency Center features ads promoted by US and global advertisers. Currently, the only political ads that are searchable are those related to US elections.

This may change in the coming months but Twitter has stated that they will need to do more research on the matter before they can extend the feature to non-U.S. elections. The Twitter advertising blog states:

“We are examining how to adapt and internationalize both political campaigning and issue ads policies. We are doing our due diligence to get this right and will have more updates to come.”

For advertisers promoting Twitter approved US political ads, the Ad Transparency Center will break down billing information, ad spend, impression data per tweet and demographic targeting data for them.

These new capabilities expand on several others announced on May 30. As part of the first initiative rollouts, Twitter started adding badges and disclaimers to all political campaign ads and accounts running political ads were required to to certify that they lived in the United States.

Accounts also had to have a profile picture and a link in the bio section that provided accurate contact information. Twitter also banned foreign nationals from targeting political campaign ads to people in the U.S.

Final Thoughts

Online security has been at the top of everyone’s minds this year. Cambridge Analytica and election interference has social media users freaked and they, as well as the government, have been putting intense pressure on social media networks to get real about transparency and how they handle user data.

Facebook, Twitter, and other social networks, have answered the call eagerly and have started rolling out several new ad policies and transparency tools for marketers and users.

Some of these updated policies have caught marketers in a bit of a whirlwind. It can be difficult to maintain the same content strategies when social media advertising as we know it continues to evolve and adapt. However, these new policies could be a blessing in disguise.

Marketers will have to work harder to make their content more authentic or Facebook and Twitter will literally put an end to their ad plans.

Content should always be engaging, credible, and honest so maybe these new ad policies are the push some brands need to finally get serious about reinventing their content marketing strategies for hyper-aware audiences.

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