Twitter is a real-time online social networking platform founded in 2006. As of 2012 it reported over 500 million active users generating over 340 million tweets daily, making it one of the world's most visited websites. 

Twitter appoints new executive to oversee Asia-Pacific expansion despite China ban

Twitter is seeking to bolster revenue channels in a region where it is banned from one of the biggest markets: mainland China. Photo: Reuters

Twitter has appointed a Singapore-based senior executive to grow its Asia-Pacific business, after it opened an office in Hong Kong in March to court Chinese brands targeting Western consumers. 

Tuesday, 18 August, 2015, 5:39pm

Twitter shares fall 11 per cent as growth of monthly users slows to lowest rate since IPO

Twitter chief executive Jack Dorsey described the company's slow growth as ''unacceptable''. Photo: Reuters

Twitter shares fell more than 11 per cent in extended trade on Tuesday after the microblogging company said its number of monthly average users grew at the slowest pace since it went public in 2013.

"This is unacceptable and we're not happy about it," Jack Dorsey, who stepped in as interim chief executive on July 1, said on a call with analysts.

29 Jul 2015 - 9:01am 1 comment

Twitter chief Costolo steps down as social media site falls behind rivals

Twitter CEO Dick Costolo has announced his resignation as the company struggles to attract new users. Photo: Reuters

Twitter Chief Executive Officer Dick Costolo abruptly announced he was stepping down on Thursday amid increasing scrutiny of the company’s slow user growth and inability to attract advertisers at the same rate as its competitors.

Costolo will be replaced by co-founder Jack Dorsey on an interim basis.

12 Jun 2015 - 3:15pm

Twitter to double workforce in Singapore as firm eyes Asia expansion

After launching an office in Hong Kong in March, Twitter is now zeroing in on Singapore, another Asian hub that now serves as its regional headquarters. Photo: Reuters

Twitter plans to hire over 100 staff in Singapore, more than doubling its present workforce of 80, in a bid to ramp up its presence and court new advertisers and users in Asia, the social networking service said this week.

11 Jun 2015 - 2:14pm

FireTweet app aims to let Chinese access Twitter freely on June 4 'internet maintenance day'

Twitter is one of many services blocked by China's so-called ''Great Firewall''. Photo: Reuters

A new app developed by a US State Department-funded anti-censorship organisation allows users in countries where Twitter is blocked, such as mainland China, to access the social network.

4 Jun 2015 - 1:21pm 4 comments

Behind the scenes at CES Asia in Shanghai, complaints about Chinese copycats

More than 200 technology companies from 15 countries are showcasing their consumer technology innovations at CES Asia which takes place from May 25 to 27. Photo: AFP

While the inaugural Consumer Electronics Show (CES) Asia, taking place in Shanghai this week, has been as jargon-filled as any technology event: B2B, B2C, O2O, etc. But one acronym is only mentioned in private conversations: C2C.

26 May 2015 - 4:39pm 1 comment

Censorship the elephant in the room as Twitter courts Chinese firms at CES Asia in Shanghai

Shailesh Rao, Twitter vice president of Asia Pacific, Latin America and emerging markets, speaks at the inaugural CES Asia in Shanghai. Photo: James Griffiths

A senior Twitter executive laid out the company's benefits to Chinese businesses looking to connect with a global audience at a talk in Shanghai that ignored restrictions placed on the service in China.

26 May 2015 - 12:31pm 2 comments

Russia warns Google, Twitter and Facebook for 'violating internet laws'

Kremlin guards perform at the Cathedral Square during a ceremony of the Changing of the Guard in the Kremlin, in Moscow, Russia. Photo: AP

Russia's media watchdog has written to Google, Twitter and Facebook warning them against violating Russian internet laws and a spokesman said on Thursday they risk being blocked if they do not comply with the rules.

22 May 2015 - 1:35pm

‘It’s Barack. Really!’ After six years as president, Obama gets own Twitter account

US president Barack Obama has begun tweeting on the @POTUS account. Photo: AFP

President Barack Obama sent his first tweet from his very own account on Twitter on Monday, quickly amassing a million followers in five hours, the latest of many White House efforts to amplify his message with social media.

“Hello, Twitter! It’s Barack. Really! Six years in, they’re finally giving me my own account,” Obama tweeted from his verified @POTUS account.

19 May 2015 - 1:25pm

Twitter's live video streaming tool Periscope new rival for Meerkat

File picture illustration shows people holding mobile phones silhouetted against a backdrop on which the Twitter logo is projected, in Warsaw. Photo: Reuters

Twitter has launched a new video streaming app called Periscope, just days after reports that it had blocked Meerkat, a rival app

27 Mar 2015 - 11:09am

Twitter launches Hong Kong office to court mainland Chinese firms

Twitter head of sales for emerging markets Peter Greenberger. Twitter, listed on the New York Stock Exchange, has been blocked in China for the past six years. Photos: Reuters, May Tse

Twitter is launching a Hong Kong office as the US social media giant attempts to court Chinese firms - even though its website has been blocked on the mainland since 2009.

16 Apr 2015 - 11:30am 1 comment

Twitter opens Hong Kong office for closer ties with Chinese businesses

Twitter's IPO launches at the New York Stock Exchange in 2013. Photo: Reuters

The move is a clear sign that the US social media giant has kept alive its ambitions for doing business in the lucrative Chinese market.

16 Apr 2015 - 11:30am 2 comments

Hashtag or cashtag? Indian bank allows customers to transfer money via Twitter

Twitter-based banking has big potential in India, where there are 120 million smartphone users. Photo: Reuters

India’s ICICI Bank has launched a new service called “icicibankpay” that allows customers to transfer money using Twitter.

22 Jan 2015 - 6:11am

Now you can search Twitter archive for every tweet sent since 2006

Twitter had built a searchable index of the billions of tweets posted during the past eight years. Photo: Twitter

Twitter has begun letting users search through every tweet publicly fired off at the globally popular one-to-many messaging service since it launched in 2006.

20 Nov 2014 - 5:25am

Twitter lets users listen instantly to music and other audio in tweets

All it takes is one tap to start the audio stream. Listeners can enjoy the content and see all the info and art full-screen, or minimize it without interrupting audio. They can continue to use Twitter while streaming audio.

Twitter has begun letting people instantly listen to music and other audio by clicking on tweets from the popular microblogging service.

18 Oct 2014 - 3:46am