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Twitter 'allows people to behave as one for a moment'

Twitter is the only technology which allows large groups of people to "behave as one for a moment," according to one of the co-founders of the micro-blogging site.

Biz Stone told Good Morning Britain about the first time he realised Twitter had become a phenomenon - a man tweeted a recommendation for another bar after he had become fed up with the noise in the pub he was sitting in.

"He sent out a tweet recommending another pub and he sent that to his followers. They thought it was a good idea and so they sent it and so forth. In the eight minutes it took him to walk to that pub it had completely filled to capacity and there was a line around the block!"

Twitter users told to log out of TweetDeck after bug

Twitter has urged users to log out of their TweetDeck service after it was hit by a bug which caused a random surge of retweets across a large number of accounts.

They tweeted the statements below.

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A security issue that affected TweetDeck this morning has been fixed. Please log out of TweetDeck and log back in to fully apply the fix.

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We've temporarily taken TweetDeck services down to assess today's earlier security issue. We'll update when services are back up.

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Twitter introduces 'Hashflags' to celebrate World Cup

With the start of the World Cup just two days away, Twitter has unveiled a new feature- 'Hashflags'- to allow users to use world flags as a new form of hashtag in their tweets.

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Twitter's just unlocked its new World Cup feature - from today country codes become hashflags! Shak #COL #ESP #BRA #FRA #GER #daretodream

By posting a tweet with a hashtag in front of the relevant three-letter country code, like #BRA and #FRA, an icon of the country’s flag will appear after the text.

Twitter will tally up all of the Tweets with hashflags over the next few days and unveil The World Cup of Tweets winning country prior to the first match this Thursday.

Send a tweet cheering on your team with a hashflag here.

Man, 62, arrested over 'James Bulger's ghost' tweets

A 62-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of sending offensive Twitter messages about murdered toddler James Bulger.

James Bulger was two when he was murdered in February 1993.
James Bulger was two when he was murdered in February 1993. Credit: PA

The man, from Bexhill, Surrey, was arrested after Twitter users reported an account called 'James Bulger's Ghost' that displayed a picture of the two-year-old and an image of the child's gravestone.

James' mother Denise Fergus was contacted directly in one offensive message sent from the account on the anniversary of her son's death.

She highlighted the messages to her own 23,000 Twitter followers.

The man was interviewed by police and bailed until 28 August.

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