Twitter Starts Rolling Out New Look for Web, Apps, TweetDeck, and Twitter Lite

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Twitter has unveiled a new look, and much like some previous changes the company has made to its short-messaging service, it’s not going over so well with the Twitterati.

“Today, with lots of feedback and ideas from you, we’re refreshing our product too and making it feel lighter, faster, and easier to use. We listened closely and kept what you love,” Twitter said in a blog post announcing the new design.

The San Francisco company says the new design emphasises simplicity, making it faster and easier to use, with bolder headlines and more intuitive icons. It also changed users’ profile images from square-shaped to round. On its apps and TweetDeck, tweets will “now update instantly with reply, Retweet, and like counts so you can see conversations as they’re happening,” Twitter added.

The company said the new user interface will roll out on twitter.com, Twitter for iOS, Twitter for Android, TweetDeck, and Twitter Lite in the coming days and weeks.

Twitter users immediately responded Thursday by tweeting jokes and memes critical of the changes. There were almost 30,000 tweets about the new user interface, or UI, within hours of the change, the vast majority of them either complaining about the new look or mocking it. A popular image was a suddenly round SpongeBob SquarePants.

Twitter also took heat from users last year when it changed its algorithm that orders the tweets users see. Users also tweeted their dismay when the company rolled out its Moments feature, and when it got rid of its star icon signifying a “favorite” tweet, in favor of a heart icon, similar to Facebook’s “like” button.

The redesign is Twitter’s latest attempt to freshen the messaging service, which has struggled to attract new users at the same pace as Instagram, Facebook and Snapchat. Twitter revenue growth has stalled for years, and the company has cut costs and shuffled executives while still never posting a quarter of profit.

 

Top 5 Personality Traits Investors Look for in an Entrepreneur

People often ask me what kind of personality traits successful entrepreneurs possess? I’ve always maintained a mental list, based on my observations over years of meeting with entrepreneurs who have founded, scaled and exited businesses.

To explore this further, I thought it might be interesting to gather the perspectives of professional investors at venture capital funds who have backed some of the biggest names in technology startups including Pinterest, Uber, Boxed and SeatGeek. In general, several recurring attributes emerge, supporting the fact that investors believe there is a certain personality profile that is predictive of success. Furthermore, many of these traits are areas that entrepreneurs can diligently work on and improve, and not necessarily things that are innate — meaning people aren’t just born with it. Five traits that tend to be associated with the most successful entrepreneurs include:

Top 5 Personality Traits Investors Look for in an Entrepreneur

1. Tenacity.

In my interactions with VCs, this probably comes up as the single most critical ingredient to realizing entrepreneurial success. The value of tenacity was not lost on Woody Allen, who’s credited with coining the notion that “80 percent of success is showing up.” Nihal Mehta, ENIAC Ventures, looks for a founder’s ability to break through walls. He suggests, “startups have many twists and turns, ups and downs. Founders who go the distance look at each challenge and pace themselves to overcome each and every one.”

2. Passion.

Related to tenacity is motivation — why is an entrepreneur so focused on solving a particular problem? Chances are, if it’s purely about fame or fortune, the inevitable frustration that will come along when things don’t go smoothly may start eroding the intensity needed. Some investors look for opportunities where an entrepreneur is trying to solve a personal problem. “I like entrepreneurs who decided to solve a pain point that affected them personally,” says Vasu Kulkarni, Courtside Ventures. “The conviction to solve a problem is always stronger when you are passionate about it, and generally that tends to stem from issues that you can relate to personally.”

3. Confident humility.

Though it may sound like a contradiction, investors cite confidence and humility as traits that they’d like to see in the founders they back. Changing the status quo requires conviction and steadfastness that is convincing to investors, customers and employees. At the same time, the ability to listen and adjust is critical in being responsive to ever-changing challenges. Checking individual pride at the door is key to this. David Frankel, Founder Collective, looks for “audacity” but encourages entrepreneurs to balance this with some degree of humility and to always be asking questions.

4. Clarity of thought.

A straight line between a problem and a solution demonstrates a mastery of knowledge that presents an entrepreneur as someone who knows his or her stuff, as well as as an ability to effectively communicate. Having domain expertise is critical, but if you cannot present it as such, it can give the impression that there may be holes in the vision or ability to execute it. Matt Turck, FirstMark Capital said, “The best founders are deep students of their industry and entrepreneurship in general. They focus on understanding every single nuance. This manifests itself through clarity of thought.”

5. Curiosity.

An important part of being innovative is thinking about the “what ifs” of a business. Being reactive and responsive is important but it should be blended with a proactive approach to identifying and solving problems. This requires a level of curiosity which can save time and money. Matt Hartman, Betaworks, says “we invest in people building products that are fundamentally about new consumer behaviors. In these types of products, it’s critical to be curious about how and why new behaviors emerge.”

It is no coincidence that as businesses evolve and go from one stage to the next, so does the development of their founders and leadership team.

 

Summer fashion needn’t be boring. Here’s how to look casual and chic

Try A-line kurtas, asymmetric hemlines, capes and palazzos, to look casual and chic at the same time, say experts.

Sanhita Dasgupta of Myntra and Jimmy Kaul of Shopotox list down some fashion tips.

Fashion low-down for summer

1) Checkmate the weather with all things cropped — culottes, flared jeans, formal trousers, so on and so forth. Hemlines above the ankles should be your uniform in this weather.

2) Look chic and formal in black socks and clear boots. Replace your socks with colourful and fun prints if you’re heading for a party.

3) Layer up and stay ready for the abrupt mood change of the day. Stock some light and peppy jumpers, quick-dry shrugs or cropped jackets to fight the wind.

4) Spruce up the styles: Instead of the dull and plain kurtas, try different styles. Opt for long, asymmetrical kurtas or A-line ones. Ensure that you choose from cotton, linen, khadi and viscose fabrics. These are some of the best fabrics to opt for in the summer as they will keep you cool and comfy. You can pair your long kurtas with classy heels and a satchel bag to look on point at office.

5) Lap up loose bottoms: Instead of tight leggings or churidar pants, embrace loose bottoms like palazzo pants, culottes and parallel pants. Stay at ease throughout the day by pairing a contrast long kurta or a long top with palazzo or cotton pants.

6) Waistcoats are the way to go: A printed waistcoat on a plain kurta can instantly amp up your style quotient in summer. Waistcoats not only flatter your figure but also give a whole new dimension to the formal office wear look. As you’re looking for formal wear, do not go for heavy prints and shimmery fabrics.

 

 

Look who copied Rohit Bal’s design, and got shamed on Facebook for it

Plagiarism is hardly new to fashion — be it in India or on the global stage — but thanks to social media, copycat behaviour has become easier to catch. And, the same came in handy for designer Rohit Bal, who spotted a copy of his creation on Facebook.

Model Amit Dahiya’s profile picture, a shot from designer Seema Mehta’s collection, had him wearing a velvet mandarin-collared jacket with distinctive floral embroidery — a creation strikingly similar to Bal’s design that he showcased for his summer/resort 2016 collection in Mumbai. Incidentally, Bal’s design was also worn by Dahiya on the runway.

After noticing the similarity, Bal posted a strongly-worded status update on Facebook and Instagram: “The original by Rohit Bal on the ramp. The fake by some parasitical designer. Adding her name would be giving her unnecessary publicity. We are surrounded by wannabes and parasitical desperate designers who should really hide their heads in shame and not strip this creative art of all its dignity and respect. Shame on you SM. She has also used the same model. Just the height of blatant shamelessness and utter disrespect for this profession. Feeling disgusted and appalled.” (sic)

When contacted, Bal insisted on not naming the designer, but did add that the issue of plagiarism was larger, and that he intended to tackle it head on. “I don’t really wish to harm her. She just needs to get the message. However, there are much bigger fish in the ocean who need to be exposed. I am compiling a list of my originals and their copies of our designs. They even sell them as our designs blatantly. Will expose them soon!” he said.

Rohit Bal

When contacted, Mumbai-based designer Seema Mehta, who is in Switzerland currently, initially refused to comment. However, she later, on a message, denied that it was her design. Although the model (Dahiya) named Mehta as the designer of the creation on Facebook, she denied knowing him.

Other designers also came out in support of Bal, stressing on the need for strict action against fashion plagiarism. “We all know that this is rampant…I think what is needed is the creation of a social media/ press campaign on behalf of the FDCI and signed by the originals which takes the issue of plagiarism up on a larger platform . I face this issue every few days with my designs (as most of us do) and recently, what was most shocking, was when some clients of mine who had liked Anamika’s work on social media (but were unaware that it was hers) had another ‘popular’ designer duo offering to make it for them anyways. It was also sad to note that this duo were members of the FDCI and we all know that several of such types are around stealing from the originals and blatantly cheating clients as well. Change, if initiated, has to be through a serious campaign educating the client about the importance and respect of originality for the development of any country’s fashion identity. Suggest we make this a board agenda,” designer JJ Valaya wrote as a response to Bal’s post on Facebook.

Bal, didn’t stop there, as he continued to call out other labels that have also copied from him. “Here is another example of blatant plagiarism which has been carrying in for a while . A brand called Asiana Couture has been doing this for some time now . The worst part is that they just don’t care . I’ve tried my best to stop them but nothing has worked . These are the sort of establishments that need to be targeted . Am posting a few examples . They even gave the audacity to put their name on the images when they advertise them . It’s gut wrenching and infuriating and really cuts into my business . But they have been doing it blatantly and without any sense of shame. Despicable Parasites .”

Some examples copies the designer shared on Facebook. (Rohit Bal/ Facebook)

 

Twitter Starts Rolling Out New Look for Web, Apps, TweetDeck, and Twitter Lite

Twitter has unveiled a new look, and much like some previous changes the company has made to its short-messaging service, it’s not going over so well with the Twitterati.

“Today, with lots of feedback and ideas from you, we’re refreshing our product too and making it feel lighter, faster, and easier to use. We listened closely and kept what you love,” Twitter said in a blog post announcing the new design.

Twitter Starts Rolling Out New Look for Web, Apps, TweetDeck, and Twitter Lite

The San Francisco company says the new design emphasises simplicity, making it faster and easier to use, with bolder headlines and more intuitive icons. It also changed users’ profile images from square-shaped to round. On its apps and TweetDeck, tweets will “now update instantly with reply, Retweet, and like counts so you can see conversations as they’re happening,” Twitter added.

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The company said the new user interface will roll out on twitter.com, Twitter for iOS, Twitter for Android, TweetDeck, and Twitter Lite in the coming days and weeks.

Twitter users immediately responded Thursday by tweeting jokes and memes critical of the changes. There were almost 30,000 tweets about the new user interface, or UI, within hours of the change, the vast majority of them either complaining about the new look or mocking it. A popular image was a suddenly round SpongeBob SquarePants.

twitter ios redesign twitter

Twitter also took heat from users last year when it changed its algorithm that orders the tweets users see. Users also tweeted their dismay when the company rolled out its Moments feature, and when it got rid of its star icon signifying a “favorite” tweet, in favor of a heart icon, similar to Facebook’s “like” button.

The redesign is Twitter’s latest attempt to freshen the messaging service, which has struggled to attract new users at the same pace as Instagram, Facebook and Snapchat. Twitter revenue growth has stalled for years, and the company has cut costs and shuffled executives while still never posting a quarter of profit.