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. 

Obama considers Twitter lawyer as internet adviser

Nicole Wong. Photo: AP

The White House is creating a new senior adviser position to focus on internet and privacy policy, and Nicole Wong, a lawyer known for her work at Google.

and Twitter, is a leading contender for the job, a source familiar with the situation said on Tuesday.

Wednesday, 8 May, 2013, 11:49am

Twitter jitters

Illustration: Emilio Rivera

It took less than 140 typed characters to wipe US$140 billion off the value of US stocks last Tuesday. After hackers broke into Associated Press' Twitter account and tweeted that there had been two explosions at the White House, injuring President Barack Obama, the markets went into a tailspin.

29 Apr 2013 - 3:59am

'News' on social media must be treated with caution

The false Twitter announcement from the hacked Associated Press account that caused US shares to tumble.

There is no denying the worth of social media in keeping us in touch and informed. In careless hands, though, it can cause panic, anguish, pain and suffering. The hacking of a news agency's Twitter account that led to a plunge in US stocks and the wrongful implication of a man in the Boston Marathon bombings put the problem sharply in focus. Users need to think twice about what they read, check where it comes from and be less compulsive about passing it on.

28 Apr 2013 - 5:02am

Twitter seeks television partnerships

Twitter wants to add entertainment and news content that will get users to spend time on the site and watch promotions. Photo: AFP

The San Francisco-based company has held talks with Viacom about hosting TV clips on its site and selling adverts, according to people familiar with the private talks on the matter. Twitter has discussed a content partnership with Comcast's NBCUniversal, said two of the people.

17 Apr 2013 - 4:56am

SEC likes company updates on Facebook

US companies will be able to update their status on Facebook as long as investors have been told in advance where to look. Photo: Bloomberg

Companies in the United States will be able to post their earnings on Twitter or update their status on Facebook as long as investors have been told in advance where to look.

The US Securities and Exchange Commission issued guidance on Tuesday permitting companies to use social media sites, including Facebook and Twitter, to communicate company announcements.

4 Apr 2013 - 3:35am

Who to follow for the best Hong Kong Rugby Sevens tweets

Rugby Sevens fever hits Twitter.

Twitter is abuzz with chatter of the Hong Kong Sevens, which start this weekend. Here are some of our favourites:

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Users urge Google to keep Reader website tracker running

Outrage over Google's decision to pull the plug on Reader flooded the internet as lovers of the service for tracking website updates lobbied to keep it alive. A "Keep Google Reader Running" petition at had racked up more than 88,000 signatures by yesterday.

16 Mar 2013 - 3:18am

Talking points

Park Geun-hye

Park Geun-hye is officially headed to the Blue House as the country's first female president. Park, the daughter of a former strongman, has already faced a test over Pyongyang's recent nuclear missiles testing. 

25 Feb 2013 - 6:00am

Hackers target Burger King's Twitter account

Hackers target Burger King's Twitter account

Which burger giant do hackers prefer - McDonald’s or Burger King? According to the latest hacking incident ­– McDonald’s.

@BurgerKing, the official Twitter account of Burger King Worldwide, was hacked on Tuesday after midnight.

19 Feb 2013 - 2:25pm

Dissident blogger Yoani Sanchez allowed to leave Cuba on tour

Cuban blogger Yoanis Sanchez waves goodbye to her family at Havana's airport. Photo: AFP

Cuban dissident blogger Yoani Sanchez, who has been denied permission to travel abroad for many years, was allowed to embark on Sunday on a three-month trip to Latin America, Europe and the United States.

“My trip will begin in Brazil and could take me to as many as 12 countries,” Sanchez said.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Tweet blog takes twittering to the end

Reeva Steenkamp. Photo: AP

Someone's famous last words are now likely to be famous last tweets. A blog launched last week, captures some of those final 140-character comments as part of a tribute to the newly departed.

18 Feb 2013 - 5:47am

Twitter says hackers compromise 250K accounts

Twitter says hackers may have gained access to information on 250,000 of its more than 200 million active users. SCMP Photo.

Twitter says hackers may have gained access to information on 250,000 of its more than 200 million active users.

In a blog posting on Friday, Twitter says it detected attempts this week to gain access to its user data. It shut down one attack moments after it was detected.

2 Feb 2013 - 9:41am

Former Google China boss complains of censorship on Twitter

Former Google China boss complains of censorship on Twitter

After a “departure” of nearly 150 days, Kai-Fu Lee, former president of Google China and one of most influential celebrities among Chinese netizens, resumed posting original tweets on Twitter, complaining against censorship in China.

30 Jan 2013 - 5:37pm

Briefs, January 30, 2013

Ballerina Svetlana Lunkina, who has fled to Canada. Photo: AFP

Concerns have been raised about Twitter's iPhone video-sharing service Vine after pornography appeared in the "Editor's Picks". Twitter apologised for Monday's mistake, blaming "human error", but provided little detail.

30 Jan 2013 - 5:05am

Digest: How can Twitter make itself a media company?

Digest: How can Twitter make itself a media company?

#DigitalChina: Social Coding Site Github Unblocked and Accessible Again in China -- Tech In Asia

24 Jan 2013 - 12:12am

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