Twitter, You’re Awesome, But Fix The Spam Problem. Here’s A Suggestion.

Most of you that read LaptopMemo on a daily basis (lowest being 3,500 people everyday), would possibly know that I’m quite the avid Twitter user, as @stefanetienne. You may have seen me in funny conversations between other tech bloggers, either mocking them, making fun of them, making fun of myself, getting schooled by them, showing off Twitpics of new review devices, or tweeting new Black Ops K/D ratios. It also turns out that I have quite the following; some of the most influential persons on the internet, to some of the most influential technology (and then some) companies in the world.

But this post isn’t about me. Oh, no, no, no. It’s about Twitter. Fix the spam. Fix it. Fix it, now.

You see, as avid as a user I am, I’m very familiar with Twitter spam. If you tweet something out with the name of a device or other popular item, you are sent a barrage of 3-4 spammy tweets. That was fine with me, at a certain point. I’d report all the fools as spammers and their tweets would be removed from my stream. But now, the war has changed, big time. With every day that goes by, the amount of spam messages go up, and now spam followers, making my rather crisp and clean following look like bots and free Apple product sites.

This type of spam is unbearable. With an email client like Gmail, you could easily ignore spam by creating tougher filters, reporting multiple messages as spam, and so forth. But with Twitter, where the world is real-time, you also find real-time spam. And a darn large amount of it, all the time.

So how could Twitter fix this problem, you ask? Well, for example, create a Twitter bot that is capable of seeking out spammy tweets, and immediately banning them. A bot like this may replicate in some way what the Google Bot does — that is, ranking real tweets, and drowning the spammers. By using this bot account, Twitter could also better analyze the amount of spam it receives, and combat it in more effective forms then what I just described.

We don’t want a Yahoo! Mail of social networking, do we? We all know where bad and spammy web applications go: the way of the floppy disk.

Minecraft To Add Beds In Upcoming Update: Zzzzz

Guess what? Anything that has to do with Minecraft, Call Of Duty, Crysis 2, or Halo goes up on LaptopMemo. I’m sorry, it’s just a rule. Plus there’s little news, so yeah, there you go.

Notch will be adding beds to Minecraft, next Tuesday. You’ll be able to craft each bed, sleep in it to wait for the mornings or nights, and that will be all. However, in an update scheduled later on, you’ll be able to use a bed as a respawn point, which comes in handy for players who explore large, creeper-filled areas. Via: Rock, Paper, Shotgun

Twitter Blocks UberTwitter And Twidroyd Apps Because Of Violations (updated)

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If you’re an avid of Twidryod and Ubertwitter, some of the most popular Twitter apps for Android and BlackBerry, respectively, then you can’t use the app, because as of now, Twitter has blocked both apps for unknown reasons. Actually, the reason being is that both apps were “violating [its] policies”, although other than that, little was spoken.

Unless of course, you read this paragraph:

Every day, we suspend hundreds of applications that are in violation of our policies. Generally, these apps are used by a small number of users. We are taking the unusual step of sharing this with you because today’s suspension may affect a larger number of users.

Update: And so, Twitter has released a very candid response to TechCrunch:

“Today we suspended several applications, including UberTwitter, twidroyd and UberCurrent, which have violated Twitter policies and trademarks in a variety of ways. These violations include, but aren’t limited to, a privacy issue with private Direct Messages longer than 140 characters, trademark infringement, and changing the content of users’ Tweets in order to make money.”

Via: @TwitterglobalPR, Help Section

Google Cranks Out A New Chrome Beta With “CrankShaft” Javascript

In lieu of the Chinese New Year, Google has mentioned that it’s the Year of The Rabbit. More importantly for Google, Crankshaft offers a 66% increase in speed for their updated V8 engine for Chrome 10. At the moment, Chrome 10 is available on Google’s beta channel, but to try and convince you to take the leap, the big Goog has dished out a few more good features besides speed, like password sync, GPU-accelerated video, new settings tab, and then some.

In the meantime, the Chrome beta can be found right about here, and Google’s two blog posts about Chrome 10 are here and here, in order of importance.

President Obama Talked Jobs With Steve, Zuckerberg, And Schmidt

While the Internet was speculating about the subject of a meeting in Northern California between Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, and Google CEO (for now) Eric Schmidt, Reuters just picked up what the meeting as specifically about, mostly that the meeting, “was part of Obama’s push for technological innovation to help boost the economy and reduce unemployment.”

Other major technology figures that attened were Twitter CEO Dick Costolo, Cisco CEO John Chambers, Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz, Google CEO Eric Schmidt, Oracle CEO Larry Ellison, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings, Genentech Chairman Art Levinson, Stanford University President John Hennessy, and former state controller and venture capitalist Steve Westly.Via: Reuters, TNW

Google Pushes Out New Toolbar To Some Users, +1 Rumors Commence

According to Google, this is nothing but a visual upgrade. According to others (read: MG Siegler and this post), this is the first bit of preparation for Google +1, their social network/something we hardly know about. As of today, my Google account has the new visual upgrades, which change very few things, except a few good user interface tweaks. The upgrade is rolling out slowly to users, in the meantime, go make a new Google search, if you are so inclined.