• Twitter Execs Talk iOS 8 Problems

    On Thursday, Twitter reported its Q4 2014 earnings and, in the process, Twitter's top execs took a jab at Apple when discussing the microblogging giant's user base.

    Although Twitter's earnings were impressive, beating estimates, the company fell short of targets on user growth. (Twitter confirmed 288 million monthly active users as opposed to the projected 295 million). Twitter's response?

    Apple's iO8 is at least partially to blame.

    Twitter CFO Anthony Noto pointed his finger at Apple when discussing the shortfall. "We lost approximately 4 million net users due to rollouts of iOS 8," said Noto, dwelling on the September release of the latest operating system.

    Noto's assertions, however, weren't immediately or warmly embraced by some. In fact, many knowledgeable social media users and investors alike were mystified by the comments. So what is Noto referring to? Business Insider attempted to get to the bottom of the underlying issue.

    "In iOS 7, if you are logged into Twitter, the Shared Links section will automatically show you recent tweets from people on your connected Twitter accounts," BI reports. "iOS 8 got rid of that automatic polling, so tweets weren't immediately up to date. You can also follow RSS feeds in the Shared Links section, which may have reduced the prominence of Twitter links there. Twitter said that another 1 million people dropped out as they upgraded and could not get their passwords to work because of an encryption issue."

    So... legitimate or lame excuse? You be the judge.

    Source: BI
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Twitter Execs Talk iOS 8 Problems started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 6 Comments
    1. NSXrebel's Avatar
      NSXrebel -
      sounds like a lame excuse.
    1. King_O_Hill's Avatar
      King_O_Hill -
      Lame. Just another greedy corporation!
    1. Carvensno's Avatar
      Carvensno -
      I think people are getting tired of the app. A lot of my friends and myself don't really use it anymore, and my use was never a lot in the first place..
    1. Perceptum's Avatar
      Perceptum -
      If users like something, they will figure out a way. Sounds like a lame excuse to me.
    1. a2943149's Avatar
      a2943149 -
      I only have the twitter app installed because other apps use its core. I never directly use the twitter app I use Tweetbot.
    1. NewD's Avatar
      NewD -
      It's the "casual" Twitter user they lost. Not the ardent daily Twitter users that use the main app or tweetbot. If there's even a hint of problem with an update of an app - the casual user (like me) will say - "this ain't worth it" and move onto to some other source.. The claim could be legit.
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