Germany on Tuesday crushed Brazil in a World Cup semi-final game that will remain in the history of the sport for breaking numerous records – the European team scored five goals in the first half, with the game ending 7-1 – but also in Twitter’s history. The Next Web reports the Brazil vs Germany semi-final match registered 35.6 million tweets, becoming the most tweeted sports event ever. More →
“Three inseparable friends enjoying a laugh, and one moron in the corner drooling over some meaningless Silicon Valley gossip.”
I’m spending far less time on social media these days than I once did. A combination of factors have led to this. First off, there’s the inherent risk of saying something that ends up crossing an esoteric line and gets you fired while you’re high above the Atlantic en route to Africa. Second, it’s simply too noisy to make sense of in any sane amount of time. And third, I’ve found that focusing more on my surroundings — things that I choose to take enjoyment in — leaves less time for negativity to find its way into my soul via someone else’s keystroke. More →
One of the most fascinating trends in recent years has been the increasingly important role Twitter plays in news coverage. From storms and tragedies to elections and celebrations, the commentary of every individual with a Twitter account is just a few clicks away, so Google is teaming up with the social network to begin including tweets in its Public Alerts service during times of crisis.
You won’t be able to stop reading this Twitter account that sends out random bits of overheard conversations in NYC
Ever wanted to spend a day as a fly on the wall in a public place and just listen in to what people are talking about as they passed you by? Well now you have a Twitter account you can follow that’s doing it for you. @Conversnitch is an account that has been set up to listen in on and then tweet out bits of conversations of people who are walking through a particular area in New York City. The Guardian informs us that the account has been set up by two artists who used “only a credit card-sized Raspberry Pi computer, a microphone and a Wi-Fi card hacked into a lightbulb fitting, and a piece of open source software hosted at Github” to create a snooping device that is virtually undetectable. More →
Amazon is ready to offer shoppers an interesting new way to purchase various goods by letting them connect their Amazon and Twitter accounts in order to add new products to their Amazon shopping carts with a simple hashtag. By adding #AmazonCart in replies to tweets that have Amazon product links in them, users will be able to add those products to their carts, The Next Web reports. More →
Now that Twitter is a publicly traded company, it seems to be looking to neighboring social network Facebook for inspiration at every turn. We know that Twitter is in the process of beefing up its advertising products — if there’s one company that knows a thing or two about ads, it’s Facebook — and the company also recently acquired Cover, possibly in an effort to create a product similar to Facebook Home. Now, Twitter has announced an upcoming profile page redesign that is quite obviously inspired by Facebook. More →
If no one wants to own a Facebook-centric phone, why should we think a Twitter-centric phone would fare any better? Nonetheless, it seems that Twitter might be trying to come up with a Facebook Home-type product of its own because it’s just acquired Cover, a replacement Android lock screen that was designed to help Android users manage the plethora of apps that clog up their device’s home screen. More →
Three years ago, Apple was slammed by Greenpeace for being one of the dirtiest tech companies in the industry, due in part to its decision to locate its data center in North Carolina. In 2014, Apple appears to have made a complete recovery as Greenpeace now lists Apple as one of the leaders of “green internet” innovation. The latest report from Greenpeace awards Apple straight A ratings in transparency, policy and advocacy, and a B in efficiency. More →
Ellen DeGeneres was not shy about using a Galaxy phone during Sunday’s 86th edition of the Academy Awards to take pictures of herself and others both on stage and backstage during the Oscars, Entertainment Weekly reports. One of Ellen’s pictures quickly became Twitter’s most retweeted tweets of all time, breaking the previous record held by a photo posted by President Barack Obama at the end of his 2012 reelection campaign. More →
The popular WhatsApp messaging app got even more attention following the unexpected $19 billion Facebook purchase, with various reports revealing even more details about the company. Interestingly, Brian Acton’s tweets from previous years reveal some of the factors that led to the creation of WhatsApp. Before starting the venture with Jan Koum, Acton applied for jobs with both Twitter and Facebook… and both companies shot him down.
Everyone hates spoilers, but now that Netflix is releasing entire seasons of shows overnight, it’s harder than ever to avoid them. Thankfully, Business Insider has drawn our attention to one mobile solution to the barrage of spoilers you can’t escape online. Spoiler Shield syncs with your Facebook and Twitter feeds and then gives you the option to decide which spoilers you want filtered from view. The app already has a relatively comprehensive list of shows and sports teams, so you won’t have to do any additional legwork. Posts that mention those shows or games will then be covered with a shield, but you can double tap a shielded tweet or Facebook post to reveal the message. The app is free for Android and iOS, so if you’re preparing for a weekend full of House of Cards, it might be safest to give Spoiler Shield a try.
It pains me greatly to acknowledge it, but blurting out whatever comes to mind on Twitter, Facebook or any number of social channels is a terrible idea. You already knew that, of course, but I’m talking about something more serious. Pecking out a furious tweet with a couple of typos is fairly embarrassing, but lately I’ve become fixated on the long-term consequences that are yet to be fully realized. It’s a notion I haven’t been able to shake since Justine Sacco was hastily fired from her job in December of 2013, and I’m not entirely certain that the world at large paused long enough to digest what that sequence of events truly described.
For those who were off preparing for the holidays, here’s a synopsis: Sacco fired off an admittedly less-than-glamourous tweet before boarding a long flight that was devoid of Wi-Fi. Hours before, she was relatively unknown from a celebrity standpoint. As she was passing through customs at her destination, it became clear that she no longer had a job.
Over the past few weeks, I’ve come to realize that her undoing wasn’t necessarily what she said, but where she said it. More →