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Twitter: an Apple ‘bug’ lost us 4 million monthly active users

Starting with iOS 7, Apple added a new "shared links" tab to its bookmarks in Safari. If you have a Twitter account connected to your iPhone, a tab in the bookmarks button called "shared links" (and marked with an @ symbol) will show you a list of links included in tweets by people you follow. In iOS 8, Safari no longer automatically asks Twitter for new links. Instead, it only looks for new links when the feature is actually invoked by the user. That meant million fewer MAUs are now counted for Twitter.
JP Mangalindan, for Mashable

 

It’s good to know that Twitter counts people who don’t actively use Twitter in their monthly user counts.

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Twitter Reports Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2014 Results

"We closed out the year with our business advancing at a great pace. Revenue growth accelerated again for the full year, and we had record quarterly profits on an adjusted EBITDA basis," said Dick Costolo, CEO of Twitter. "In addition, the trend thus far in Q1 leads us to believe that the absolute number of net users added in Q1 will be similar to what we saw during the first three quarters of 2014."
Dick Costolo, CEO of Twitter

 

Translation: We’re losing money, adding users at a glacial pace and need to do fuzzy math to make it sound like we’re doing well.

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