Twitter’s Play for More Users, A Chrome Extension You Must Download, and More


You know what it is: it’s 5! 4! Wednesday!

  1. Twitter launched @TwitterFood today. Twitter’s curated feeds — there’s also @TwitterSports and @TwitterMusic — are meant to make it easier for new users to find and follow topics and other Twitter users. There’s no knowing if such an approach will help Twitter’s bottom line, which apparently needs a boost.
  2. Google has released an extension for Chrome that will alert you if you ever type your Google credentials into a phishing site. Wired has a clear, concise explanation; see Google’s Official Blog for more details and to download the extension.
  3. It seems like modularity promises a bunch and seldom delivers on what it promises. We hope that’s not the case with the Nexpaq modular smartphone case, because this thing looks awesome. (Note: this is a Kickstarter project; the Nexpaq is not available yet.)
  4. Amazon, Apple iCloud, Dropbox, Flickr, Google+, Microsoft OneDrive, Picturelife, and SmugMug. If you can’t find a online photo management solution you like among these eight options, maybe you should just stop taking pictures ;-). Be sure to check out the comparison table at the bottom of the article.
  5. What may be more secure than a password? Your computer activity. Researchers are investigating if what someone does on a computer or phone is a more reliable means to authenticate them. If you can answer questions such as “who texted you last night at 11pm” and “what was the last video you watched on YouTube,” those answers may soon be your authentication keys.

Joseph Sullivan

Joe Sullivan is a User Experience Designer for the Center for REALTOR® Technology.

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