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October 25, 2016

What’s Up With Twitter?

If you have been paying attention to anything other than elections on the internet, you will likely have noticed that there is a lot going on with Twitter. From rumors of a buyout to DDOS attacks. Twitter has been a lot more than just tweets. DDOS Offensive The DDOS attack is what affected people the most, for about 24 hours. On Friday October 21, Twitter was one of many sites affected by a massive worldwide DDOS attack. This attack collapsed the entire network. Twitter reported rolling outages around the world. The affects ranged from a completely downed site to API connection issues, and account authentication issues. For people creating new accounts and attempting to verify emails, make password changes or edit profiles, they started seeing issues on Thursday (October 20) afternoon and continued to see some squirrely behavior on Twitter continuing through Monday, October 24. It appears that internet-connected webcams and DVRs were primarily responsible for the attack. The weak default passwords associated with the devices made them susceptible to attack and their inclusion in the Mairai botnet that was used to flood Dyn’s DNS. Part of the solution? If your components have passwords, make sure to change it from the default and always have strong passwords. NFL's Twitter Thursdays In a $10 million deal, Twitter and the NFL are teaming up. Twitter will be live streaming ten Thursday night football games. This is part of its larger strategy to become a live streaming platform, as well as a media resource for the untethered (people only connected to mobile internet). This could make Twitter the place to be on Thursday night. Football fans will now be able to stream the game from their mobile device without a subscription to anything. Time for porn to get some football-themed content to take advantage of that Thursday night trend coming to Twitter. Getting into VR? Twitter has been a bit behind the times as far as VR tech is concerned. Facebook has already integrated 360 photos and videos onto the platform. But Twitter is not ignoring VR. In fact Twitter execs hired and fired Gregory Gopman to lead their AR/VR initiative, in the same week! There are talks of Twitter integrating 360 video into their live streaming platform, which would be a step above the current Facebook 360 capabilities. This could be a good addition for VR cam platforms. Cam girls can give VR previews to entice people to their VR live cam show. Overall, a VR integration into Twitter would be good for porn as it could help the VR uninitiated start making the jump into VR. Buyout Rumors There are always buyout rumors surrounding Twitter, but lately they have been increasing in frequency and seriousness. The first one to cause a scuffle was Disney. Rumor had it that Disney was looking to buy Twitter. Looking at the NFL live streaming deal, Disney’s interest was likely in both the live streaming element as well as the sports. Disney owns ESPN, which is already a NFL partner. From Google to Salesforce, Softbank is the newest contender in the buyout rumors. An acquisition by private market is anticipated as good for Twitter. The overall thoughts are that a private market could allow for more development of the company without as much worry about the effect on quarterly earnings. Now that the DDOS attack is over, let’s hope that football tweets drown out some of the political tweets. Because everyone is pretty tired of those. No matter what, Twitter news has been anything but boring and it looks as if Twitter may have an interesting future. If you have any questions about Twitter, how the platform’s current business decisions are affecting adult entertainment, or how to get involved in VR on Twitter, email lauren@7veils.com. 7 Veils is a leading social media firm in adult entertainment. Lauren MacEwen serves as social media content developer and social media analyst for 7 Veils Media.

 
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