Politicians Twitter Gaffes

Twitter just made it more difficult to hold politicians accountable

By on August 25, 2015 at 8:20 PM.

Twitter just made it more difficult to hold politicians accountable

Nothing ever really disappears on the Internet. It’s both terrifying and fantastic, depending on the circumstances — and on which end of the stick you’re on. Once an article is published… once a photo is leaked… once a tweet is tweeted… it’s out there forever.

In the case of politicians who have a tendency to tweet without stopping to think first and consider the ramifications of what they’re about to post, the permanency of the Internet can help the public see these elected officials’ true colors. Interestingly, however, Twitter just made it slightly more difficult for us to hold politicians accountable — and the company used the worst possible logic in doing so. More →

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Twitter Contest Robot Automated Entries

A man built a Twitter bot that automatically entered and won 1,000 contests

By on August 13, 2015 at 9:40 AM.

A man built a Twitter bot that automatically entered and won 1,000 contests

Social networks like Twitter and Facebook are often used for marketing, and many accounts hold contests to generate buzz around a product or event. Anyone can enter them and win the prizes, but one man took it upon himself to create a Twitter bot that would automatically enter every contest it could find, without raising any flags.

The robot entered 165,000 contests over the course of nine months, and it won prizes 1,000 of them. More →

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Tim Cook Twitter Apple Photos

Disappointed in Apple? Tweeting at Tim Cook is surprisingly effective

By on July 21, 2015 at 5:45 PM.

Disappointed in Apple? Tweeting at Tim Cook is surprisingly effective

Have you ever tagged a CEO or a company in a Twitter message out of sheer frustration? Maybe Delta lost your luggage or you found a glass shard in your salad at Panera Bread. Whatever the case, it can be a decent way to blow off steam, but every once in a while, the subject of the complaint will actually get the message. More →

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U.S. Maps Popular Curse Words State

What’s the most popular swear word in your state? Find out with these maps

By on July 17, 2015 at 9:00 PM.

What’s the most popular swear word in your state? Find out with these maps

Like it or not, life constantly brings you in the sort of scenarios where you need to swear, and thanks to the Internet, you can do that online nowadays. While not everybody uses the same bad words, it turns out that some people tend to have similar cursing habits depending on where they live. A linguist looked at what kind of curse words people tweet and created heat maps of the U.S. for them. More →

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Bad Date Live-Tweet

This Is What Happens When You Live-Tweet a Miserable First Date

By on July 7, 2015 at 4:08 PM.

This Is What Happens When You Live-Tweet a Miserable First Date

Dating is awkward, but nothing is more anxiety-inducing than a first date. The most you can realistically hope for is a pleasant experience with someone you’ve never met, but sadly, that’s not always the way the cookie crumbles.

Anne Thériault, a Toronto-based writer, recently stumbled upon one of these nightmare scenarios while sitting in a coffee shop and did what any quick-witted, tech-literate person would do — she live-tweeted the whole thing. More →

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How Old Is America 4th July

Believe It or Not, America Isn’t Turning 2015 Years Old Tomorrow

By on July 3, 2015 at 4:11 PM.

Believe It or Not, America Isn’t Turning 2015 Years Old Tomorrow

Yes, America’s birthday is coming up, and you’re probably thinking about ways to get a head start on the celebration. However, before wishing your country a happy 2015th birthday on social channels, you might want to make sure you know precisely how old the country is. Because 2015 is… not the right answer. More →

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Periscope App

Will the Periscope Revolution Steer Twitter’s Future?

By on June 19, 2015 at 2:18 PM.

Will the Periscope Revolution Steer Twitter’s Future?

To get a sense of why Periscope has come to be regarded as the buzzy new social app of the moment, a good place to start might be with the habits of regular “scopers” like Rosie Brown.

Brown (@rosiebrownuk) is a friendly, socially active British expat who now calls Melbourne home, and part of her daily routine involves pulling out her smartphone regularly to broadcast via Twitter-owned Periscope to her friends as well as to perfect strangers around the world. Her sessions usually include showing highlights of the places she goes and the things she does over the course of a day, things like drinking with friends, strolling through the city, and visiting its myriad iconic sites. More →

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Twitter Block List Sharing

Twitter’s shareable blacklists are a nightmare for the web’s worst trolls

By on June 10, 2015 at 7:45 PM.

Twitter’s shareable blacklists are a nightmare for the web’s worst trolls

Twitter has plenty of issues, but chief among them is how easy it is for dirtbags with too much free time to berate other users. Twitter has tools to block and mute these users, but that’s not quite enough to get the job done, which is why the social media platform is introducing shared block lists today. More →

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Google Twitter Takeover Rumors

Could Google be planning a Twitter takeover?

By on April 7, 2015 at 11:56 AM.

Could Google be planning a Twitter takeover?

Following discussion of a potential takeover bid on Tuesday morning, Twitter shares soared to over $52, a 3.5% increase over yesterday. Although there are very few details to go off of, Barron’s reports that two unnamed companies are approaching Twitter with “serious” interest of a takeover.

One of those companies could very well be Google.

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Twitter Periscope App Store Download

Twitter’s awesome Periscope app can make anyone into a TV news broadcaster

By on March 26, 2015 at 7:00 PM.

Twitter’s awesome Periscope app can make anyone into a TV news broadcaster

Anyone who’s ever wanted to be a TV news broadcaster can fulfill their dreams with an awesome new iPhone app from Twitter. Called Periscope, the new app lets you stream live video broadcasts over your iPhone so people can watch what you’re watching in real time. More →

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Twitter Harassment Policy

Here’s how Twitter is finally attempting to cut down on harassment

By on March 24, 2015 at 9:35 PM.

Here’s how Twitter is finally attempting to cut down on harassment

Twitter has been under fire for the past several months for failing to provide adequate tools to fight harassment on its social network. The company has recently admitted to its shortcomings, and in an attempt to make the website a safer place to interact with other users, it’s testing a new “quality filter” to block notifications that contain abusive or offensive content. More →

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