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New Delhi, April 6, 2017: Twitter on Thursday introduced fast, data-friendly ‘Twitter Lite’ in India with Vodafone as its first global launch partner.

‘Twitter Lite’ is a new mobile web experience optimised for speed with up to 30 per cent faster launch times, reduces data usage up to 70 per cent with data saver mode turned on and takes up less than 1MB on mobile devices.

“With ‘Twitter Lite’, we’re excited to give our existing Indian users a better overall Twitter experience, as well as reach many more Indians outside of the main metros who can now try Twitter as their best way to see what’s happening in the world right now,” said Maya Hari, Managing Director, Twitter Asia Pacific, in a statement.

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As the first global launch partner for Twitter Lite, Vodafone is providing a customised timeline of top cricket-related Tweets available via Twitter Lite to the telco’s smartphone customers throughout the T20 season.

Vodafone subscribers may receive an SMS alert with a link to the special curated timeline on ‘Twitter Lite’ where users can get live updates on the T20 cricket season.

“Even when you temporarily lose connectivity, ‘Twitter Lite’ will offer offline support so you will never be interrupted while reviewing the latest cricket match updates in the specially curated Twitter timeline,” the company said. (IANS)

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U.S. Library of Congress will not collect every tweet on twitter

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FILE - The Twitter app is seen on a mobile phone in Philadelphia, April 26, 2017
U.S. Library of Congress will not collect every tweet on twitter. VOA

US, Dec 31, 2017: The U.S. Library of Congress says it will no longer collect every single tweet published on Twitter as it has been doing for the past 12 years.

The library said this week that it can no longer collect everything across the entire social media platform because of recent changes Twitter has made, including allowing longer tweets, photos and videos.

It said in a blog post this week that its first objective with collecting and archiving tweets was “to document the emergence of online social media for future generations.” The library says it has fulfilled that objective and no longer needs to be a “comprehensive” collector of tweets.

FILE - In this Dec. 19, 2013 file photo, the Library of Congress is seen in Washington.
FILE – In this Dec. 19, 2013 file photo, the Library of Congress is seen in Washington. VOA

The Library of Congress said it will still collect and archive tweets in the future, but will do so on a more selective basis. It said going forward “the tweets collected and archived will be thematic and event-based, including events such as elections, or themes of ongoing national interest, e.g. public policy.”

The library said it generally does not collect media comprehensively, but said it made an exception for public tweets when the social media platform was first developed.

The library said it will keep its previous archive of tweets from 2006-2017 to help people understand the rise of social media and to offer insight into the public mood during that time. “Throughout its history, the Library has seized opportunities to collect snapshots of unique moments in human history and preserve them for future generations,” it said.

“The Twitter Archive may prove to be one of this generation’s most significant legacies to future generations. Future generations will learn much about this rich period in our history, the information flows, and social and political forces that help define the current generation,” it said. (VOA)

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