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The NSA's Best PR Move in Months

Monday, May 05, 2014

The NSA could really use some good PR right now. It has had a rough year, deservedly so. With information about the agency's hoovering of personal information continuing to leak as well as the FISA court's alleged rubber stamping of government requests for surveillance, the revelations by contractor Edward Snowden have cast the NSA in a very negative light. It hasn't helped that the agency's response to the leaks by both the agency and The President was slow, and for the most part unsatisfying. Surprisingly, the first thing I've seen the NSA do correctly in months has arrived in the form of total gibberish.

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You Can Buy Amazon Stuff on Twitter Now. How is this a good thing?

Monday, May 05, 2014

Marketers are still only lukewarm on the platform, but Amazon thinks its found the key by turning your tweets into one part advertisement, one part buy-it-now button.

 

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Newt Gingrich Will Answer Your Question

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Newt Gingrich is a panelist on CNN's political debate show Crossfire. Also, he has a funny Twitter tic that New York's Stefan Becket noticed. 

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The New York Police Department Is Having A Rough Day on Twitter

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

This afternoon, whoever runs social media for the NYPD asked people to tweet out photos of themselves with police officers. It's not going so well.

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A Teenager Said Something Stupid On Twitter, and Barely Anyone Freaked Out

Monday, April 14, 2014

This weekend, a teenager* directed a stupid terrorism joke at an airline's Twitter account. In return, the airline promised to send the FBI after the teenager. The teenager freaked out. That short exchange was retweeted over 30,000 times.

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If You Livetweet Your Favorite Shows, You're An Outlier

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Television pushes social media really hard in its advertising these days. You'll see ads and even TV shows with hashtags in the corner, and anyone who watches AMC shows knows about their whole "second screen experience" deal which keeps you tethered to your computer while you watch The Walking Dead or Mad Men. But Nielsen has found that most viewers aren't all that engaged with social media while they watch TV. 

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The Best, Most Inaccurate Twitter Pic Account Around

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

A few weeks ago, we did a TLDR episode about the general inaccuracy of those "amazing pics" accounts, which frequently post photoshopped, poorly sourced, unattributed photos.

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Twitter Cartography

Friday, March 14, 2014

With more than 240 million active users engaged in activities ranging from abetting revolutions to reporting tornadoes, Twitter’s cultural impact can’t be denied. But can we use it to chart how we actually communicate, not just with our own cohorts, but the world outside? Bob talks to Pew Research Center's Lee Rainie about mapping the informational ecosystem of Twitter.

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An Older Man From Beaumont, Texas, Goes To Battle With Ellen Degeneres’s Twitter Record

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Terry Shipman, a man with four tweets and under thirty followers to his name, managed nearly 45,000 retweets in one night.

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A Computer Created A Pretty Good Ashton Kutcher Burn Today

Friday, February 28, 2014

There's a specific genre of formulaic joke that you see a lot of on the internet. The way this joke works is that you take two topical but unrelated news stories and jam them together. 

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Why We Should Ban All Parody Twitter Accounts (And Why They're Never Going Away)

Friday, February 28, 2014

If it exists, there will eventually be a parody Twitter account for it.

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A Morbid Fight For @JamesDean

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Today in macabre Twitter handle fights - The Indianapolis Star has news about a feud between an anonymous fan and the actor's estate over who the @JamesDean Twitter handle should belong to.

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Twitter Tries to Cash in on Large Minority Userbase

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Ther have been two wholly unrelated truths about Twitter almost since the service premiered. The first is that it has a black and Hispanic userbase that is much larger than the internet as a whole. The second is the service remains unprofitable. Twitter is hoping to seize on the first point to rectify the second.

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Twitter + Libel = Twibel?

Friday, January 17, 2014

The first Twitter Libel case in the United States went on trial last week. The actress and recording artist Courtney Love is accused of defaming her former lawyer in a 2010 tweet. Bob speaks to Ellyn Angelotti, a lawyer and member of the Poynter Institute's faculty, who says the decision in this case could set a social media precedent for defamation -- and explains how the libel standard for print could apply to an 140-character format.

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Obama’s NSA Surveillance Orders, the Uncertain Future of Net Neutrality, and more

Friday, January 17, 2014

President Obama announces changes to the NSA's surveillance practices, the first U.S. case to consider libel on Twitter could set a precedent for defamation on social media, and a devastating blow to net neutrality.

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A Weird, Gwen Ifill-Related Twitter Mystery is Happening Right Now (Update: Solved!)

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

At 2:01 this afternoon, a bunch of journalism-related Twitter accounts suddenly started tweeting this cryptic message: "f gwenifill." If you search twitter for the phrase, you see that it's very widespread, and that no one really seems to know what's going on. 

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Of Course You Can Tweet About Having Cancer

Monday, January 13, 2014

UPDATE: 12:37PM. Wow, The Guardian pulled the columnCached copy is here. It could've been because of the content, or because of this. Guardian's notice just says that it was "inconsistent with the Guardian editorial code."

 

People are angry about a Guardian op-ed by Emma Keller titled: “Forget funeral selfies. What are the ethics of tweeting a terminal illness?”

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The Weird Allure of Stories about Hypothetical Twitter and Facebook Changes

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Yesterday, blogger Matthew Keys published the kind of nerdy exclusive that excites a small percentage of geeks (present company included). Twitter, Keys wrote, was going to add an “edit” button in the near future.

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About Twitter's Block Changes and Harassment

Friday, December 13, 2013

Last night, Twitter abruptly changed the way its block function works. 

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