Twitter adds ‘Tip Jar’ donations feature including Bandcamp
Tips economies are increasingly big business on social apps and video services of all kinds. Now Twitter is making its move. It is introducing a feature called 'Tip Jar' that will help people to donate directly to other...
May 7, 2021
Party like it’s, er, 2010 with Billboard’s new Twitter chart
“Billboard and Twitter have partnered on a first-of-its-kind Billboard chart that will showcase the most talked-about songs on the social media platform,” announced Billboard yesterday. And strictly speaking,...
May 6, 2021
BPI boss praises YouTube and Facebook for anti-piracy progress
Yes, you read that right: 'BPI boss praises YouTube' is not a sentence that we get to write too often in our news coverage. However, the British industry body has been taking part in roundtable discussions, alongside other...
May 5, 2021
Twitter opens up Clubhouse-style ‘Spaces’ to many more users
‘Spaces’ is Twitter’s equivalent of Clubhouse: a feature that enables people to create virtual rooms and hold live audio discussions. Now it’s opening up in a big way beyond its initial invitation-only audience. “Today,...
May 4, 2021
Music bodies slam Twitter for ‘rampant theft of creative works’
Yesterday, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey (and his *sigh* bitcoin clock) made an appearance before a US House hearing about online extremism and misinformation. Copyright wasn’t the matter at hand, but a group of music industry...
March 26, 2021
Twitter ‘Super Follows’ will help creators to make money
Are your tweets – or perhaps more relevantly, those of your artists – worth paying for? Soon you might be able to find out. Twitter has announced plans for a feature called ‘Super Follows’, which will enable...
February 26, 2021
Twitter isn’t buying Indian TikTok rival Moj – but it might have
‘Company X not buying Company Y’ may seem like a pointless news story: we may as well tell you that Music Ally isn’t buying Spotify, right? But news that Twitter was in talks about a potential acquisition...
February 22, 2021
Twitter ended 2020 with 192 million daily active users
Twitter is the latest tech company to publish its financial results for the final quarter of 2020. It ended the year with 192 million ‘monetisable daily active users’ (mDAUs – its chosen metric) which was...
February 10, 2021
Twitter under pressure from rightsholders to license music
Twitch has been under fire from music companies in recent months over its licensing status, but it’s got company. Twitter is firmly on the radar of labels and publishers alike in the US, with a Billboard piece suggesting that...
January 29, 2021
RIAA slams Twitter: ‘Piracy on an industrial massive scale’
Yesterday, Music Ally had one of our tweets from 2019 taken down by Twitter due to a copyright notice: for a video we’d recorded showing our experience watching Korn playing a virtual concert in a mobile game, FYI....
December 17, 2020
New features for Twitter and Instagram: Fleets and Guides
Has it really taken this long for Twitter to copy the ‘stories’ format from, well, every other social app? It has. The company’s test of ‘fleets’, which was announced earlier this year, is now becoming...
November 18, 2020
Q3 financials overload: Facebook, Amazon, Twitter…
It wasn't just Alphabet, Spotify and Apple publishing their latest financial results yesterday: Facebook, Amazon and Twitter were at it too. Here's a precis of the key figures. Facebook's revenues grew by 22% year-on-year...
October 30, 2020