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Seven million referendum tweets sent since 5th August

The latest statistics show that seven million referendum-related tweets have been sent since early August.

They also show that the Yes campaign has been dominant in the Twitter debate.

  • 7m referendum-related tweets sent since 5th August
  • A fifth of these have been sent in the past 48 hours
  • 1.55 million tweets have used hastags related to Yes Scotland campaign
  • 500,000 tweets have used Better Together hashtags.
  • In the past 48 hours, there have been 378,000 mentions of 'Yes' hashtags, and 138,000 mentions of No hashtags

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Twitter explains the strange tweets in your timeline

Tweets from people you do not follow may now appear in your timeline as a result of changes implemented by the social-networking site Twitter.

Twitter has been trying out changes to the way the timeline works on the social-networking site Credit: Chris Ison/PA Wire

"When we identify a Tweet, an account to follow, or other content that's popular or relevant, we may add it to your timeline," Twitter said in a statement.

Its stated goal is to make Twitter users' timelines "even more relevant and interesting".

Another change that has been tested and now implemented is that favourited tweets will appear in your timeline, alongside your tweets and re-tweets.

The changes have so far proved unpopular with some users taking to Twitter to vent their frustration.

Twitter to 'improve policies' after Zelda Williams abuse

Twitter says it has "suspended a number of accounts" following the abuse that Robin Williams' daughter suffered on the social media site following his death.

A statement reportedly from Twitter's vice president of trust and safety, reprinted in the Washington Post, said:

We will not tolerate abuse of this nature on Twitter. We have suspended a number of accounts related to this issue for violating our rules and we are in the process of evaluating how we can further improve our policies to better handle tragic situations like this one. This includes expanding our policies regarding self-harm and private information, and improving support for family members of deceased users.

– Del Harvey, Twitter VP of Trust and Safety

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15% of 18 to 24 year olds 'pretend to text than help'

Young people would rather use social media than help a person in need, according to a poll carried out by a blood cancer charity.

According to the survey by Anthony Nolan:

  • 9% of 18 to 24-year-olds would write a post on Facebook or Twitter or share a photo.
  • 15% of 18 to 24-year-olds have pretended to be on the phone or texting to avoid helping a stranger who was in danger.
  • 6% of people aged 25 to 34 would post about such event on social media.
  • 7% of people aged 25 to 34 would take a photo on their mobile phones.
  • 3% of people said they would take to the internet if they saw a stranger in trouble.

Youngsters 'more likely to use social media than help'

Almost one in 10 youngsters would immediately take to social media to tell their friends and followers if they saw a stranger in a risky situation, a poll suggests.

Nine percent of 18 to 24-year-olds would Credit: Jan Haas/DPA/Press Association Images

Nine percent of 18 to 24-year-olds would write a post on Facebook or Twitter or share a photo, the poll by Anthony Nolan found.

The poll comes after an epileptic woman spoke out about two strangers who refused to help her during a fit but were instead laughing and filming her on their mobile phones.

World Cup final sets record for most tweets per minute

Germany's victory over Argentina in the World Cup final last night set a new record for the most tweets per minute.

Germany winning the World Cup set a new Twitter record. Credit: Twitter

There were 618,725 tweets in the 60 seconds after the final whistle was blown at the Maracana beating the previous high for a sporting event, which was Brazil's humiliating 7-1 defeat to Germany.

However, the champions' semi-final win over the host nation kept hold of the most tweets sent during a sporting event record with 35.6 million compared to last night's 32.1 million.

The most mentioned players on Twitter were Germany's Mario Gotze, who scored the winning goal, and Argentina's talisman and captain Lionel Messi.

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