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Precarious permanence: Cementing your legacy 140 characters at a time

By on February 4, 2014 at 12:20 PM.

Precarious permanence: Cementing your legacy 140 characters at a time

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 →

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PayPal GoDaddy Security Issue

PayPal and GoDaddy will hand your data over to just about anyone

By on January 29, 2014 at 3:03 PM.

PayPal and GoDaddy will hand your data over to just about anyone

An app developer who had a rare Twitter username revealed he has been hacked by a person that wanted to own the @N handle at all costs, with PayPal and GoDaddy serving as unsuspecting accomplices in the ordeal. After blocking Naoki Hiroshima out of his PayPal and GoDaddy accounts, the hacker demanded to compromise – “access to @N for about 5 minutes while I swap the handle in exchange for your GoDaddy and help securing your data,” he wrote in an email. More →

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NSA Proof Twitter Alternative

New Twitter for paranoids uses Bitcoin and BitTorrent to hide from NSA

By on January 14, 2014 at 5:30 PM.

New Twitter for paranoids uses Bitcoin and BitTorrent to hide from NSA

Fearful of the NSA after all of the Snowden leaks, an engineer in Brazil is creating a secure and decentralized Twitter alternative that uses two tools beloved by digital renegades: Bitcoin and BitTorrent. More →

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Twitter Shark Tracking Australia

Twitter is now literally a life-saving technology

By on January 3, 2014 at 11:45 PM.

Twitter is now literally a life-saving technology

If Twitter had been around in the 1970s, would Jaws have even been a threat? NPR reports that government researchers in Australia have started equipping sharks with electronic transmitters that post updates on their locations to Twitter whenever they get close to a public beach. Chris Peck, operations manager of Surf Life Saving Western Australia, explains that the goal of the project is to give beach goers real-time information so they can alert others to flee the waters before any sharks even get close to them. More →

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“We no longer have to seek news, we have to seek refuge from it.”
— Darren Murph
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Twitter Analysis

2013: The year Twitter became too big to actually follow

By on December 24, 2013 at 11:00 AM.

2013: The year Twitter became too big to actually follow

Do me a solid, will you? Imagine the sweet, succulent release in finally letting go of something that’s been dragging you down, and then take a moment to ponder the agony of having no choice but to admit defeat and move on from something good sans finality. I get the feeling that a lot of Twitter users are now finding themselves in one of those two camps. For me, 2013 has become the year that the white flag was waived over Twitter.

A service that once acted as a curation engine for all of the noise that eventually hits the web has now found itself in dire need of curation, and as the stream crests, I’ve found myself disillusioned with the prospect altogether. Twitter has long since attempted to mimic Facebook’s crème de la crème News Feed approach with its Discover tab, but most would agree that said attempt has failed.

When your only hope of ever keeping up with Twitter is to simply unfollow people, brands, and services that you truly do care about… one has to question the usefulness of the infrastructure itself. More →

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Twitter Facebook Apple Best Places to Work

Twitter, Facebook and Google workers are among tech’s happiest

By on December 11, 2013 at 7:30 PM.

Twitter, Facebook and Google workers are among tech’s happiest

A couple of months ago, a group of current and former Apple employees revealed what it’s like to work in the stressful yet rewarding environment that is the Apple Campus. Now that the year is coming to a close, Glassdoor has released its annual list of “Best Places to Work,” and although Apple did make the list, the Cupertino company fell behind some of the other giants in the industry. More →

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“We now live in a world where there is no downtime.”
— Darren Murph
Always-on Lifestyle

Email, Twitter and the always-on lifestyle: Today’s double-edged sword

By on December 2, 2013 at 10:50 AM.

Email, Twitter and the always-on lifestyle: Today’s double-edged sword

Today, I made a choice. I made a choice to carve out a chunk of time to write this article, but I did so at the expense of communication. I very intentionally decided to cast my eyes in the other direction by ignoring a deluge of inbound inquiries, and to be honest, I’m still unsure as to whether it was the right decision. Five years ago, I might have suggested that those employed in the digital industry would understand where I was coming from, but today, I’m more inclined to believe that everyone in a developed country would get the gist. This is the era where personal time becomes a relic, silence is the new distraction, and 24/7 expectations bleed from petrol stations into every possible aspect of your life. Consider this: how many requests are you presently ignoring by taking the time to read these words?
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Twitter Spam Bots Analysis

The seedy world of Twitter bots: Dealers, buyers and suppliers

By on November 25, 2013 at 3:20 PM.

The seedy world of Twitter bots: Dealers, buyers and suppliers

Twitter has had a major spam problem ever since it started to gain popularity. Without any tangible restrictions on account creation, spambots run rampant by automatically responding to key terms and following tens of thousands of users in order to boost their own follower counts. The Wall Street Journal spoke with Jim Vidmar, a Twitter bot “dealer” who buys fake Twitter accounts from suppliers and then sells them to users who wants to improve their standings on the popular social network. According to their findings, the problem is not going away any time soon. More →

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Twitter IPO Mobile Messaging Apps

Twitter’s triumphant IPO means party time for mobile messaging apps

By on November 7, 2013 at 11:35 AM.

Twitter’s triumphant IPO means party time for mobile messaging apps

Twitter stock opened trading at $45.10, instantly soaring 80% above its initial public offering price. This means that having a lot of users is much more important to investors than having any sort of plan to become profitable. We are back to 1999 and eyeballs are in vogue. This is manna for messaging apps like WhatsApp, LINE, KakaoTalk, WeChat, Kik, Viber, Tango, Nimbuzz and BBM. More →

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Twitter App Disable Photos

Here’s how to disable Twitter’s annoying new timeline photos

By on October 30, 2013 at 1:10 PM.

Here’s how to disable Twitter’s annoying new timeline photos

As most active Twitter users undoubtedly noticed, Twitter on Tuesday added a new feature to its website and mobile apps that is definitely making waves. In a move that pushes the service one step closer to the likes of Facebook and Tumblr — and makes ads much more valuable as well — Twitter now displays photo and video previews right in users’ timelines. There have been plenty of complaints out of the gate, as there always are when new features roll out to a social network, though most Twitterers will undoubtedly get used to them over time. If you’d rather not even give Twitter’s new photo previews a chance though, here’s a simple guide on how to disable them in the company’s iPhone and Android apps. More →

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Vine Video Interview

Why are Vine videos 6 seconds long?

By on October 25, 2013 at 3:15 PM.

Why are Vine videos 6 seconds long?

Instagram tried to crush Vine when it added video-sharing to its popular mobile service, and initially it looked like the company might succeed. Vine is still going strong, however, and the firm’s iPhone app sat at No.17 on Apple’s top free apps chart in the U.S. at the time of this writing. While people continue to enjoy making brief 6-second video clips and sharing them on Twitter, a question remained: Why did Vine choose 6 seconds as the limit for its videos? In an interview with NPR, Vine co-founder Dom Hofmann provided an explanation. More →

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Twitter IPO Share Price

Twitter hopes for $1.4 billion IPO, shares priced between $17 and $20

By on October 24, 2013 at 4:30 PM.

Twitter hopes for $1.4 billion IPO, shares priced between $17 and $20

Twitter announced on Thursday after the market closed that it is setting its IPO share price at $17 to $20 per share and is looking to sell 70 million shares. Twitter’s offering could raise up to $1.4 billion, although it will raise somewhere around $1.2 billion if it sells all its shares at the median price. Twitter’s opening ask is much more modest than that of fellow social networking dynamo Facebook, which famously issued public stock at $38 a piece and raised a whopping $16 billion last year.

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Twitter Music Service Shut Down

Twitter #Music reportedly a dud, may soon be shut down

By on October 21, 2013 at 9:45 PM.

Twitter #Music reportedly a dud, may soon be shut down

In the wake of countless music streaming services popping up over the past several years, Twitter’s own offering never made much of an impact. AllThingsD reports that Twitter will likely be shuttering its own #Music app after downloads have nearly slowed to a halt since Twitter launched the service back in April. Initial numbers were reportedly promising, but Twitter could not maintain the momentum and now Twitter #Music cannot even be found in the App Store’s top 1,000 apps according to market data company Onavo Insights. More →

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