Thursday, November 29, 2012

POTUS Urges Americans to Use Twitter

Letter-writing campaigns are officially a thing of the past. President Obama is calling on Americans to use Twitter as a device to pressure Congress into saving middle-class tax cuts. “If there’s one thing that I’ve learned, when the American people speak loudly enough, lo and behold, Congress listens,” he said Wednesday. The president urged the middle class to tweet their support of his proposal not to raise taxes on families earning less than $250,000, with a specific hash-tag: #My2K. “If we get this wrong, the economy is going to go south,” the president said.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Twitter archive

How new Twitter archive will reveal all those embarrassing messages you sent in the past? Read here.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Why Men Don’t Cheat

With the news of late full of General Petraeus and other men who’ve had affairs, there’s a lot of talk about what makes men cheat. Pat Robertson said, “I mean, he’s a man”, and the world seems to agree: Men cheat because they’re men. But wait a minute… We here at The Good Men Project know a lot of guys who don’t cheat—guys who are committed to being faithful to their partners. And knowing all these good guys, we certainly do not support the notion that masculinity=infidelity. And so, as a response to The Huffington Post’s “Why Do Men Cheat: 26 Reasons Guys Cheat, According to Men“, we offer you 31 reasons men do NOT cheat, from men and those who love them.

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Twitter shows urban language evolves

Where do new words come from? On Twitter at least, they often begin life in cities with large African American populations before spreading more widely, according to a study of the language used on the social network. Read here.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Twitter Censor

For the first time ever, Twitter censored a controversial account at the request of local government earlier this week. It was run by neo-Nazis. The ban, which is the first of its kind under a relatively new Twitter policy that gives the company "the ability to reactively withhold content from users in a specific country -- while keeping it available in the rest of the world." As such, the ban is only effective in Germany. The rest of the world is free to follow the bigots.

We're not sure what to think about this one. On one hand, we want to give Twitter a high five for not giving neo-Nazis another forum to spread hatred. Neo-Nazis are really awful! This particular group, Besseres Hannover or @hannoverticker, sparked a wildfire of complaints from other readers for their racist, hateful and generally unpleasant banter on the microblogging network. According to the Financial Times, "it distributed racist materials in schools, sent abusive video messages to officials and threatened physical violence against immigrants." Who likes encouraging school children to be racists and promoting xenophobic violence amongst the masses? Nobody does, because that's hateful and horrible. Which is exactly why the Ministry of the Interior in Lower Saxony banned the group, and local law enforcement pressed Twitter to close the organization's Twitter account.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Twitter at Conferences

As the debate over social media and Twitter use at conferences continues, Anastasia Salter offers suggestions for conference presenters looking to be “tweetable” or get good feedback and conversation through Twitter. Read here

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Tweet Me

I used my account to talk blogs, business and technology. Until I fell into an affair that was erotic, baffling and heartbreaking. A man I never met broke my heart. He followed me on Twitter. We flirted about anything: waterfalls, suede boots, doughnuts. He was witty, attentive, charming. His punctuation was exquisite. After dark, we sparked. This is how it happened

"Somehow this hurt worse than a real breakup."