Showing posts with label Twitter. Show all posts
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May 4, 2013

Tweets of The Week } Jason Colonists, Pope Benedict, A Girl Eaten by Colonists

 Jason Collins, Pope Benedict, a model of a Jamestown teenagereaten by Jamestown colonistsJason Collins, the former Pope Benedict and a 3D model of the 14-year-old girl who scientist believe was
For the week ending 3 May, here's a look at the news making waves in America, all in 140 character or less.
1. Jason Collins' coming out [article] is an illustration of how far we've come, and its comments section is a reminder of how far we have left to go.
TV personality Dave Holmes (@DaveHolmes). Pro basketball player Jason Collins penned an article for Sports Illustrated this week declaring he was gay. In doing so, he became the first active male player in a major US team sport to come out of the closet.
2. Obama mangles "al-Shabab," calling it "al-Shahab." This guy is the worst secret Muslim ever.
Middle East scholar Andrew Exum (@abumuqawama) scoffs at Obama's pronunciation of the Somalia-based chapter of al-Qaeda. Obama discussed the group during a rare press conference.
3. Obama says this is just "the first round" on gun control, but he can't have many rounds left since he's against high capacity.
Humour columnist Frank J Fleming (@IMAO). Despite losing a crucial gun control vote last month to eliminate loopholes in background checks, the president says the fight is not over.
4. I get Pope Benedict moving back home. This job market sucks.
TV writer Ben Schwartz (@benschwartzy). Pope Emeritus Benedict XVImoved into his new residence at the Vatican this week after spending time on the Italian coast following his stepping down.
5. "Throw something in a dumpster for me" is like "Hold my beer and watch this" - nothing good is going to come from it.
The internet humorist known as @pourmecoffee. This week, three new suspects were arrested with connection to the Boston marathon bombings. The men, college friends of bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, are accused of obstructing justice after they threw away evidence that linked Tsarnaev to the case.
6. I relate to that guy who spent his life savings trying to win a stuffed Rasta Banana more than I care to admit.
Musician Karen Kilgariff (@karenkilgariff). This week a New Hampshire man, who was actually trying to win an Xbox, spent $2,600 (£1,670) trying to win a carnival game. He returned the next day to complain and was given a refund of $600, as well as a giant stuffed banana with dreadlocks.
7. Some gnawing questions about Jamestown settlers appear to be settled
New York Times writer David Carr (@carr2n) can't resist an awful pun about news that the first British settlers in the US turned to cannibalismto survive.
8. Man, all anyone in Arizona can talk about is the Daily Beast/Howard Kurtz intrigue! Ha ha, kidding, no one outside DC gives a crap.
Slate writer Dave Weigel (@daveweigel). Media critic Kurtz parted ways with the Daily Beast this week after one of his columns had to be retracted. The change was big news in New York and Washington DC media circles.
9. If I'm gonna fight a Sherpa, it's sure as hell going to be at sea level.
Twitter user Jamie Rhonheimer (@JRhonheimer) recognises the unfair advantage one might have fighting a Nepalese mountain guide on his home turf. Nevertheless, two European climbers attempting to scale Mt Everest got into a brawl with Sherpas this week at 7,470m (24,500ft).
10. Monthly jobs report always makes me wish more of my past disappointments were subject to later upward revision
Television critic James Poniewozik (@poniewozik). On Friday the US posted better than expected jobs numbers for April, and the low March numbers were revised to show more growth than previously thought.

January 22, 2013

This Might Piss U Up! Lady GaGa Overpassed in Twitter by_____

____________ is now the reigning King of Twitter. The 18-year-old pop idol has overtaken ___?_____
to become the most-followed person on the popular social media site.
Lady Gaga even marked her rival’s achievement with a congratulatory tweet to Bieber, writing:
 “So proud of @justinbieber and all the Beliebers! I’m only happy to see your fans growing in size, you all deserve it! Monsters support you.”
Bieber’s followers now number 33.32 million followers, while Lady GaGa comes in a close second with 33.32 million.
Gaga had been the most followed person on Twitter since she herself dethroned Britney Spears back in 2010.
Bringing up the top three just below Gaga and Bieber, are Katy Perry at 31.481 million, Rihanna at 27.946 million, and President Barack Obama with 26.158 million followers.
BBC Newsbeat reports that Lady Gaga and Bieber have been the two most popular users on Twitter for some time, but somehow Gaga managed to stay ahead as she became the first to hit 10 million, then rising to 20 million, before she sailed past the 30 million milestone.
Inevitably, both artists have used Twitter to cultivate their connection with their fans — “Little Monsters” and “Beliebers” respectively.
Bieber’s social media victory over Lady Gaga is not total though.
The Born This Way singer trounces Bieber on Facebook with 54.98 million ‘likes’ compared to Justin Bieber’s 50.66 million, and Rihanna beats them both with 65.579 million, Digital Spy notes.
Here’s the virtual lay of the land on Twitter:
1. Justin Bieber – 33.321m
Lady GaGa – 33.320m
Katy Perry – 31.481m
Rihanna – 27.946m
Barack Obama – 26.158m
Britney Spears – 23.366m
Taylor Swift – 23.182m
YouTube – 22.226m
Shakira – 19.376m
Kim Kardashian – 17.233m

November 24, 2012

Tweeting Can get You Tweet Out of a Job

Former MLB pitcher Mike Bacsik was suspended and later fired from his job as a sports radio host for drunk tweeting a string of inappropriate remarks.
Former MLB pitcher Mike Bacsik was suspended and later fired from his job as a sports radio host for drunk tweeting a string of inappropriate remarks. Photo: Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images
Step 1: Drunk tweet
As any Spring Break partier knows, drinking impairs your judgment. It seems to have also impaired the judgment of Major League pitcher-turned-sports-radio-host Mike Bacsik, who put on quite a show during a San Antonio Spurs and Dallas Mavericks NBA game in April 2010. While watching the game, Bacsik bragged that he was "About 12 deep and some shots." He proceeded to unleash a string of insults aimed at NBA commissioner David Stern, accused the refs of fixing the game, and even threatened to blow up the NBA's offices. But the one that really got people riled up came after the Mavericks lost the game, when Bacsik tweeted: 
@MikeBacsik: "Congrats to all the dirty mexicans in San Antonio."
After sobering up, Bacsik deleted the offending tweets and issued an apology. But it was too little, too late. Numerous people complained to his radio station, which first suspended Bacsik and later fired him. After his dismissal, he told ESPN Dallas, "When you tweet like that, it's not a playful, harmless thing… I'm very sorry and will try my best for my actions to speak louder than my tweets."
Step 2: Break the law (or just anger your governor)Twitter has become a great tool for politicians to connect to the voting public. Former Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour, for one, has really embraced the technology as a way to share his opinions and views. For example, in December 2009, he sent out a tweet saying:
 @HaleyBarbour: "Glad the Legislature recognizes our dire fiscal situation. Look forward to hearing their ideas on how to trim expenses."
Jennifer Carter, one of his Twitter followers who worked for the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMC), read this message and offered up a suggestion on how Governor Barbour could personally save the taxpayers money:
"Schedule regular medical exams like everyone else instead of paying UMC employees overtime to do it when clinics are usually closed." 
This "Oh, snap!" moment referred to an incident that had occurred three years earlier, when the governor requested the medical center open on a Saturday, when they were normally closed, and bring in a staff of 15-20 people who were paid overtime to administer his annual check-up. This happened before Carter worked for UMC and she was simply repeating what she had been told by other employees. 
The governor's office tracked down Carter and made a formal complaint to UMC, saying Carter had violated the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, a privacy law that states no employee of a medical facility can reveal any information about a person's "protected health information." Some argued that Carter didn't violate HIPAA, since she didn't actually give out any information about the health of the governor. However, others believe that simply saying the governor had even visited a doctor is a violation. 
Semantics aside, UMC administrators said it was a violation, so they suspended Carter for three days without pay and strongly suggested she resign to avoid further disciplinary action, which she did.
Step 3: Have an NSFW lifestyle
St. Louis-based blogger "The Beautiful Kind" had been writing online about her polyamorous sex life for years. Knowing that not everyone would agree with her chosen lifestyle, she was always very careful about maintaining her anonymity, especially when it came to the workplace. So when she signed up for Twitter, she wanted to be anonymous there as well. She thought that, thanks to the similarities between the two, it was like signing up for an online message board — you supplied your real name to the website privately, but could choose to be known publicly by your username only. But when she logged in for the first time and saw that, not only did it show her username (@TBK365), but also her real name on her profile, she immediately went back and removed it. 
Thinking she was now safely anonymous, she used Twitter to promote her blog and to discuss sexually explicit topics with her followers. However, when her boss at the non-profit group where she worked was told by upper management to do a Google search of all employees, TBK's Twitter account information — with her real name still associated — came up on the Twitter tracking site
The next day, TBK was called into her boss' office and fired on the spot. Afterwards, her former boss sent her a letter saying, "While I know you are a good worker and an intelligent person, I hope you try to understand that our employees are held to a different standard. When it comes to private matters, such as one's sexual explorations and preferences, our employees must keep their affairs private." Because Missouri is an at-will employment state, meaning employers can fire someone for just about any reason, TBK was SOL.
Step 4: Question company policy
When California Pizza Kitchen (CPK) traded in their standard white shirts for black ones, employee Tim Chantarangsu wasn't happy with the change. So he tweeted @calpizzakitchen his opinion:
@traphik: "black button ups are the lamest s**t ever!!!"
He didn't expect anyone to notice or care, but the next day he received a direct message from corporate asking what restaurant he worked for. He knew better than to respond, but they tracked him down anyway and he was fired. They not only referenced his tweet about the shirts, but also an earlier one where he had said he was getting ready to work at "Calipornia Skeetza Kitchen." 
Little did they know that Chantarangsu is kind of a big deal on another social website, YouTube. Under the name TimothyDeLaGhetto2, Chantarangsu has hundreds of thousands of subscribers, accounting for over 10,500,000 views of his videos at the time. Of course he made a YouTube video telling his Twitter story and it has been viewed well more than 100,000 times. Shortly after the incident, he asked his followers to bombard CPK's Twitter account with RTs (re-tweets) of his offending message, which they were more than happy to oblige.
Step 5: Make a celebrity look bad
During his five years on the job, Jon Barrett-Ingels had served a lot of celebrities as a waiter at Barney Greengrass, an upscale restaurant in Beverly Hills. One day, Jane Adams, star of the HBO series Hung, came in and had lunch to the tune of $13.44. Unfortunately, when the bill came, Adams realized she had left her wallet in the car. Ingels knew who she was, so he told her she could run out and grab it and come back. The actress left, but didn't return. Instead, someone from her agency called the next day and paid the bill. However, they didn't leave a tip. Ingels had recently signed up for Twitter and so, his sixth tweet to his 40 followers said:
@PapaBarrett: Jane Adams, star of HBO series "Hung" skipped out on a $13.44 check. Her agent called and payed the following day. NO TIP!!!" 
Over the next few weeks, Ingels started using Twitter to send out a few harmless observations about celebrities that came in to eat — mainly what they ordered or what they looked like that day. Then, out of the blue, Jane Adams came back to the restaurant. According to Ingels' blog, she was clearly upset and begrudgingly slapped $3 on the bar for Ingels as a tip. Surprised, Ingels told the actress she really didn't have to do that, but her gesture was appreciated. She allegedly replied with, "My friend read about it on Twitter!" before storming off. Adams complained about the tweet to management, so someone from Barney's corporate started following Ingels on Twitter to see what he was up to. After reading his celebrity tweets, it didn't take long before they gave him the boot.
Step 6: Don't get hired in the first place
If you've followed steps 1 – 5 and you still have a job, here's the ultimate way to make sure Twitter will keep you from gainful employment.
When recent college grad Skye Riley heard back from Cisco, the computer networking giant, about her job application, one of her first instincts was to tweet about it. Unfortunately, this is what she tweeted:
@theconnor: Cisco just offered me a job! Now I have to weigh the utility of a fatty paycheck against the daily commute to San Jose and hating the work.
The unfortunate part? An employee of Cisco, Tim Levad, came across her post while doing a Twitter search for Cisco. He replied to her by saying:
@timmylevad: Who is the hiring manager. I'm sure they would love to know that you will hate the work. We here at Cisco are versed in the web.
Riley's story was the tweet heard round the world. It became a hot topic on tech blogs for weeks afterwards, with writers calling it the "Cisco Fatty" incident. She later claimed that the tweet was taken out of context — that part of her message was referring to a well-paid internship she had turned down — but it appears the damage had already been done. While only she and Cisco know what really happened, according to her online resume, she has never worked for the company.
 — Rob Lammie

October 17, 2012

Twitter in Legal Hot Water Over anti-Semetic Tweets

Twitter may face legal action over anti-Semitic tweets

Following a wave of anti-Semitic posts on Twitter, anti-racism groups in France say they were looking at all legal options to target the authors of thousands of offensive tweets - and possibly Twitter itself.

By Tony Todd   

French anti-racist groups on Tuesday said they were launching wide-ranging legal action following a wave of anti-Semitic posts on microblogging site Twitter.


The move follows an explosion last week in the use of the Twitter hashtag #unbonjuif - meaning “a good Jew” - to spread anti-Semitic jokes online.
By October 10, the hashtag was trending third in France (meaning it was the third most popular tagged subject on the site in the country) and a deluge of offensive posts -- as well as tweets decrying the racist tone of many of the comments -- continued for days.
And with anti-Semitic hate crimes on the rise in France, organisations like SOS Racisme and the French Jewish Students Union (UEJF) said they were determined pursue those that took part through the courts.
“We are taking this extremely seriously,” said SOS Racisme director Guillaume Ayne. “There is a deep-rooted anti-Semitism in France, and there is a very small step between racist words and racist acts.”
Ayne told FRANCE 24 that SOS Racisme’s lawyers were exploring “all avenues for legal action” to respond to the tweets, which have raised issues relating to the use of social networks and blogs, and the application of France’s strict laws against racism and anti-Semitism.
“We absolutely have to tell people that just because they are sitting behind a computer, they can’t assume they’ll get away with making racist comments,” he said.
One problem, said Ayne, is that sites like Twitter are hosted outside of France, and getting the company to divulge the IP addresses of often anonymous users posting offensive comments can be an arduous -- and expensive -- process.
Meanwhile, individuals complaining of racist or defamatory remarks against them are obliged to make a complaint to the police, hire lawyers and pursue the case through the courts, which is expensive and no guarantee of success.
‘Sue, sue, sue’
According to French lawyer and online media specialist Gérard Haas, Twitter, as a publisher, is legally responsible for the content of its website, just as much as its individual contributors.
He told FRANCE 24 that the only solution for anti-racism organisations was to target individual tweeters and “sue, sue, sue” in response to last week’s anti-Semitic Twitter binge.
“Twitter has to improve its reaction to events like these so that the justice system can quickly identify who has made posts that are illegal under French anti-racism laws,” he said.
“Organisations that have the resources to take people to court should do so, in the greatest numbers possible, to send out a strong message that the freedom of the Internet does not mean carte blanche to break the law.”
Taking responsibility
On Tuesday, the French Jewish Students Union said they were due to lodge a complaint at a Paris court [the Tribunal de Grande Instance], with a demand that Twitter remove references to the hashtag, provide the IP addresses of offenders and delete the offensive tweets.
EUJF President Jonathan Hayoun added: “If the court accepts the complaint, it will demand a response from Twitter within 48 hours. If that doesn’t happen, we will go after Twitter itself as the responsible publisher.”
Hayoun insisted that the legal action was not intended to hamstring the hugely popular social networking and micro-blogging site.
“But Twitter cannot become a zone where people behave with impunity,” he told FRANCE 24. “Everyone has to take legal responsibility for their actions and statements, wherever they are made, and whichever racial or religious group they offend.”

December 19, 2011

Twitter got a Surprised After He Tweeted A Homophobic Remark to Will Young

The offending comment was deleted by Twitter after being reportedby    
Will Young has reported a Twitter user for a homophobic tweet last night, with the offending user defending himself by saying he was not anti-gay, because everyone “has a choice”.
Young, 32, addressed a comment directed at him on the micro-blogging site which said he was “such a bender”.
The musician replied: “now Bender? Is that homophobia? Do clarify…. Cos if so I can get the police on to you….. Have a think about it mate…. [sic]”
Young added he thought he would “report it anyway and see what they say”.
The user, based in the UK, responded that it was “definitely not homophobia, I have no issue, everyone has a choice”.
He later added: “Literally can’t say anything to famous people these days, it’s only twitter for god sake. All their fans on you like a ton of bricks.”
Other users who took exception to the tweet rounded on the original poster, calling him homophobic and later “ugly”, for which he apologised before asking why people were not at work.
One user suggested that he apologise to Young, adding that considering his age he “probably didn’t mean to be offensive”.

December 10, 2011

Twitter's ‘Major’ Redesign } Talking Points

The popular micro-blogging site is rolling out a new design, and in many ways, Twitter's new look is awfully similar to Facebook's, reviewers say. Photo: CC BY: Rosaura Ochoa 
Best Opinion:  CNET, BBC, IBT
The tweets, they are a changing. This week, Twitter announced a"major" redesign of its popular micro-blogging service, in a move aimed at attracting new users and big brands with a simpler, more intuitive interface and more opportunities for companies to show off their stuff. The new look will be rolled out in the coming weeks across, Twitter apps, and TweetDeck. (Watch a video demonstration here.) Here, four things you should know:

1. It's (supposed to be) easier for new tweeters
Twitter's message to "newbies" here is "try it, you'll like it," says Stephen Shankland at CNET. Twitter execs say the big empty text box on the old site was alienating for first-time users, so now the emphasis is on helping newcomers find content that interests them. The new interface has several friendly tabs, and potentially confusing concepts like hashtags have been re-branded for new users with less threatening action verbs, like "discover."A spokesperson says: "The new version of Twitter is a faster, simpler way to stay close to everything you care about." 

2. It's also friendlier to brands and advertisers
Companies will be able to launch customized, branded pages and show embedded multimedia. Twitter says it's aiming to be "an even more compelling destination" for companies. Experts caution that Twitter must be careful that it doesn't "compromise users' experience" by getting too cozy with businesses. "It may make Twitter's members feel that its commercial interests are being put ahead of their own," says one digital consultant.

3. Twitter is becoming more like Facebook
The branded pages "look like a blatant borrowing" from Facebook, says Paul Sloan at CNET. And that's not the only part of the redesign reminiscent of Mark Zuckerberg and Co. While photos used to be a pain to tweet, they now handily appear as part of a tweet — sound familiar? "A big part of Facebook's appeal — and something that keeps users coming back and sticking around — is that it's an easy place to share and store your photos." Now Twitter is, too. New profile pages are also very Facebook-like. This "redesign sends a clear message to the social networking universe: Facebook, we're coming for you," says the International Business Times.

4. Conversations are easier to follow
"One of the more annoying things about the old Twitter design was the inability for users to follow conversations easily," says the International Business Times. No longer. Under the redesign, conversations and comments pile up beneath the original post. Yep, another Facebook-like move.

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