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hi my name is Jack Dorsey and I'm one of

the cofounders of Twitter and this is

Twitter support at Baby seok's my

English teacher just told me the Twitter

bird's name is Larry well our co-founder

biz is from Boston and when we decided

that the bird was going to be our logo

he naturally went to the most famous

bird for him maybe the most famous bird

in the world

Larry Bird I will say though if you

follow bird watching on Twitter no

tweets about Larry Bird and Maddie

creates us why does Twitter have a

character limit still I'm tired of

sacrificing my grammar for the good of

the tweet unhappy face so some history

on the character limit we originally

started with 140 characters so that we

could fit in one text message which is

what the whole service was based on in

the early days but we also believe that

the constraint was really useful because

it inspired a lot of creativity and this

resonated with comedians it resonated

with journalists it resonated with poets

and hip-hop artists and creatives of all

type figure out ways not to sacrifice

their grammar but to actually make it

work but we thought they might be good

to increase the limit just a little bit

and we decided to do it twice the amount

which seems enough for most people and

if that's not enough we have threads you

can link all the tweets together so we

have a 280 character limit but you can

link as many tweets as you want so it's

really limitless at my wife is Joanie

asks how can I identify a Twitter bot I

have suspicions over one or two I see

but cannot prove it at Twitter support

well I'm from Missouri which is a Show

Me State we're all skeptics and I would

always recommend that we'd be skeptical

of everything that we see if you have

suspicions go through a reporting flow

but you don't necessarily have to assume

that everyone is a but some people just

haven't updated their profile picture

and some folks haven't chosen their own

ad name so if you see some

thing that is suspicious we have a

reporting flow you can send it over to

us and we'll look for it I always be

skeptical at Peter I'll stone asks when

will Twitter Facebook and Google be

regulated like the public utilities they

are the information economy moves fast

maybe soon we believe fundamentally that

the job of regulator is to protect the

individual and level the playing field

for everyone and our job is to help

educate regulators around smart paths

forward so we're always having

conversations around the world with

regulators about what technology makes

possible and how Twitter fits into that

we welcome smart regulation and we want

to help guide it as well

at tazeed horas s IO Twitter can we get

that edit button in 2020 the answer is

no the reason there's no edit button

there hasn't been at a button

traditionally as we started as a SMS

text messaging service so as you all

know when you send a text you can't

really take it back we wanted to

preserve that vibe and that feeling in

the early days but now you know we have

an app and a lot of people are using us

on the web and there's some issues with

edit that we can we can solve one is you

might send a tweet and then someone

might retweet that and then an hour

later you completely change the contents

of that tweet and that person that

retweeted the original tweet is now

retweeting and Bri broadcasting

something completely different so that's

something to watch out for a lot of

people want it because they want to fix

a quick spelling error or a broken link

or whatnot

and that's great we've considered a one

minute window or a 30-second window to

correct something but that also means

that we have to delay sending that tweet

out because once it's out people see it

so these are all the considerations it's

just work but we'll probably never do it

okay at southern Peaks instead of an

edit feature Twitter should allow our

users to see how many times a tweet link

has been copied because we all send

tweets with did you see this one message

you know just to liven things up smiley

face I agree that's a that's a pretty

good idea

we'll look at that one at Allen lamp a

author hey Twitter God can you please

activate spell check I can't believe

there are so many trending misspelled

hashtags especially from writers at

least Tran that properly spelled

hashtags first hashtag writing community

hashtag writing community spelled wrong

hashtag writing community once again

build on our algorithms would actually

notice if these three hashtags were

trending and grouped them together so we

don't do the spell check and we don't

edit your tweet but we will group them

appropriately in the right way so that

everyone can find your content even

though you may have misspelled it at

Andre 3xk at Twitter why don't you

follow your boss at check Twitter was

following me for a while and then we

decided to do something much much cooler

we put a bunch of people on billboards

and their tweets on Billboard's all over

New York and San Francisco and we follow

them now and now we can DM them as well

so I don't really mind okay so at Garry

weights ask question of photographers

artists illustrators and creative types

have you read the new terms for Twitter

does this mean Twitter can do what they

like with our content and if you look at

the first screenshot it says you retain

your rights to any content you submit

poster display on or throughout the

services what yours is yours you own

your content and your incorporated audio

photos and videos are considered part of

the content so what that means is you

own it you can take it down at any point

you want me to read all the Terms of

Service study thanks tears well at Peter

Kim Frank is this article satire among

other things it claims that jack

regularly meditates two hours each day

spends 52 minutes each day doing sauna

plus ice baths eats just five meals per

week some of its real I try to meditate

two hours every single day I definitely

do not do a sauna and ice baths every

day and I eat seven meals every week

just dinner at LogMeIn 92 how does one

acquire the illustrious check mark on

Twitter there's a guy named Kevin and he

handles all the verification which is

the blue check mark so if you either DM


or mention him you have a high

probability of getting a blue checkmark

so it's at K a y VZ verification he's

the verification God so just go to him

and he'll get you sorted okay I have a

question from adapt to reality question

why is Jack going to Africa I am going

to Africa because it's a pretty

incredible collection of entrepreneurs

and folks that I think we all need to

learn from but I wanted to make sure

that I had a good understanding of

what's happening on the continent and

how folks are thinking about technology

and anything that we can do to help

support at vampire spelled VA EMP why

Ari does Twitter sell my data

immediately I like a few posts and I

immediately get ads about it no we don't

sell your data we try to match whatever

we think you might be interested with a

advertiser that is selling or offering a

service that matched those interest at

AI flops straits at Twitter when will

there be a dislike button we've never

actually thought of that so let's I'll

get that to the team and we'll get on at

bald subhan so apparently we can now

follow topics on Twitter but we can't

use or generate those topics wouldn't it

have been a thousand times easier better

to just let us follow hashtags well so

this is one step for us we're trying to

determine what the most interesting

topics are to start and this is all

based on our machine learning and deep

learning algorithms we bubble those up

so that you can follow them I recommend

following bird watching it's incredible

the other good one is weather but

there's over a thousand right now and

will get better and better so you should

see more and more topics but eventually

you might be able to follow a hashtag

but what's interesting about this

approach is that even if a hashtag is

not mentioned you'll still see a

relevant tweet above bird watching at GH

Mon berg asked at Jack what is your

favorite feature on Twitter well right

now it's the ability to follow topics I

think it's incredible it's awesome and

it works really really well

I'm finding so many accounts that I end

up following and so many tweets that I

would not have otherwise seen for sports

for weather and of course for

bird-watching at Robson ass at Twitter

can you just give us the ability to use

reg X unmuted tweets they never work

right so that's a very UNIX technical

term that's a regular expression

it's a pattern matching tool for a lot

of computer scientists we thought that

might be a little bit out of reach for

most people but it's a good suggestion

and our engineers back at the company

would love it so it probably can be done

tomorrow at underscore denial with two

A's in two ways

Twitter should have a close friend list

to write at Twitter who would you put on

your close friend list we'll look into

that but you can actually create a list

with all your close friends and put them

right at the top of your timeline and

switch quickly to them at any point so

we cannot really have that and Naini

Neal how does one trend on Twitter I've

been trying to figure that out for quite

some time who do you sell your soul to

not interested in trending but I'm

looking to get into the soul business

you know I think if you spread this

tweet around this one will probably

trend at the sorry paparella at Twitter

can we get translation option for any

tweet this already exists you can

translate any tweet that you see you

just tap into it and you hit translate

tweet at the Friars wife how do you

think or hope decentralizing Twitter

will transform the user experience well

the most amazing thing is I have no idea

and that's what makes it so exciting

we believe that Twitter is best served

by having the largest corpus of

conversations by having different

perspectives on how people consume those

conversations and interact with those

conversations I think generally it's

just going to create a ton more

invention for us and innovation for the

community using Twitter every single day

at koja Hiskey a tutor support is it

possible to claim an abandoned Twitter

handle that has zero followers only one

tweet and has been inactive since 2014

you can reach out to support directly

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out and we'll see what we can do thank

you this has been Twitter support I'm

Jack Dorsey and I would really love to

wish you all look great I ran out my

characters oh we have 280 I have a great

thing have an amazing day I hopefully I

was helpful if not mentioned me on

Twitter and I'll see what I can do