Posts Tagged ‘Twitter’

120-Character Tweets Pile Up In the Library of Congress

September 23, 2016

120-Character Tweets are Piling Up In the Library of Congress

The Library of Congress announced its plan to archive all public messages on Twitter in 2010 (on Twitter, of course). The Library has the very first tweet, the Twitter equivalent of the Gutenberg Bible. It preserves Barack Obama’s presidential victory tweet as well as George Washington’s diary.

But Since 2010 the fire hose of tweets has become an endless tsunami, 500 million messages each day. And volume is the least of it. Archiving is not just amassing stuff. The Library has yet to figure out how to make the stuff usable while protecting privacy. And the tweets keep on coming.

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“Can Twitter Fit Inside the Library of Congress?” Andrew McGill, The Atlantic

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Carlos Danger Rides Again — Into Bachelorhood

August 30, 2016

Carlos Danger Rides Again -- Into Bachelorhood
Disgraced former congressman Anthony Weiner (aka Carlos Danger) was caught with his pants down again, outed by the New York Post for sending sexty photos to strange women. His wife, foreign relations pro and Hillary campaign advisor Huma Abedin, invoked the 3-strikes-you’re-out rule and announced the couple’s separation.

Since quitting Congress and losing a local election in New York City, Anthony Weiner has been a commentator for Time-Warner cable news outlet NY 1 and a columnist for the New York Daily News. The TV outfit has put him on “indefinite leave,” and the Daily News cut him loose.

Serial adulterer and Anthony Weiner campaign contributor Donald Trump expressed sympathy for Ms. Abedin and smeared her boss Hillary Clinton in a single tweet. Anthony Weiner should remind his pal Mr. Trump how dangerous Twitter can be.

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“Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin says she’s separating with Anthony Weiner amid third sexting scandal,” Jeff Stein, Vox

“Trump sees personal tragedy and embarrassment as just political fodder,” Ruth Marcus, Washington Post

“Don’t Expect Donald Trump to Stop Lying About Huma Abedin,” Robert Mackey, The Intercept

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Twitter Is Old. Really Old.

March 23, 2016

Twitter Is Old. Really Old.

Twitter is now ten (10) years old. Jack Dorsey sent the first “Twttr” a full decade ago. In internet years, that means the social media site is like … ancient. Once the “cocaine of blogging,” today Twitter is more like Diet Coke sugarless chewing gum.

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“Twitter at 10: a people’s history,” Casey Newton, The Verge

“On Its 10th Birthday, a Short History of Twitter in Tweets,” Julia Greenberg, Wired

“Twitter at 10: ‘A Window Into Other Lives,'” Katie Rogers and Daniel Victor, New York Times

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Turkey Tries to Turn Off Twitter

March 24, 2014

Turkey Tries to Turn Off Twitter

In a frantic effort to keep a lid on dissent, Turkey’s political leaders are blaming an outside agitator — Twitter — and they’re desperately trying to shut it down. The real problem seems to be insider information on corruption in those tweets, though, and not the micro-blogging platform itself. And work-arounds make a shut-off attempt futile. Twitter can be accessed through other sites and even by SMS text messaging.

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“Turkey: Twitter allows ‘character assassination, ‘” Suzan Fraser, AP via Fort Worth Star‑Telegram

“Twitter May Have Exposed Government Corruption, So Turkey Is Banning Twitter,” Sara Morrison, The Wire

“Turkey blocks use of Twitter after prime minister attacks social media site,” Kevin Rawlinson, The Guardian

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Purgatory Pass? Tweet the Pope.

July 20, 2013

Purgatory Pass? Tweet the Pope.

“In its latest attempt to keep up with the times the Vatican has married one of its oldest traditions to the world of social media by offering ‘indulgences’ to followers of Pope Francis’ tweets.

The church’s granted indulgences reduce the time Catholics believe they will have to spend in purgatory after they have confessed and been absolved of their sins.”

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“Vatican offers ‘time off purgatory’ to followers of Pope Francis tweets,” Tom Kington, The Guardian

And for His Holiness:

“The Complete Guide to Twitter Lingo,” Amy-Mae Elliot, Mashable

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The Library of Congress Has All Your Tweets. Now What?

January 4, 2013

The Library of Congress Has All Your Tweets. Now What?
The Library of Congress archives all public messages on Twitter. This was announced two years ago (on Twitter, of course). The Library has the very first tweet, the Twitter equivalent of the Gutenberg Bible. It preserves Barack Obama’s presidential victory tweet as well as George Washington’s diary.

Now that the Library has amassed this huge and growing sea of  social media data, it doesn’t know what to do with it. Meanwhile, the tweets keep gushing in.

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The Pope is on Twitter.

December 14, 2012

The Pope is on Twitter.
Pope Benedict XVI is on Twitter, tweeting encyclicals in 140 CXL letters. Actually, His Holiness was on the Twitter last year, about the same time he went on Facebook, but this is his very own personal account, and his handle is @Pontifex. Twitter Followers: 1,104,394, Following: 0.  That’s your Vatican table of organization right there.

But Twitter works in mysterious ways. The Pope invited questions to the hashtag #askpontifex, unleashing a flood of tweeted inquiries about faith, sex, scandal and lunch. More queries of the curia curious can be found here and here.

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“To Tweet the Infallible Tweet,” Steven Mazie, Big Think

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The Pope Tweets

November 10, 2012

The Pope Tweets

Pope Benedict XVI is on Twitter. Well, he will be before the end of the year, anyway.

Actually, His Holiness was on the Twitter last year, about the same time he went on Facebook, but this will be his very own account.

We look forward to reading encyclicals written in 140 CXL letters.

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“Pope Benedict to guide followers with personal Twitter account,” Amanda Holpuch, The Guardian

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Twitter McNuggets

January 25, 2012

Twitter McNuggets

The McDonald’s Corporation started 2012 with TV ads personalizing the multinational fast food giant through first-person “McDonald Stories” narrated by its rural, agricultural suppliers. A few days back McDonald’s took the human element a step further, inviting consumers to add their own 140-character #McDStories on Twitter, a recipe for disaster. McDonald’s found the results not to their taste, and 86ed the Twitter campaign.

More:

“#McDStories: When A Hashtag Becomes A Bashtag,” Kashmir Hill, Forbes

“‘McDialysis? I’m Loving it!’: McDonald’s Twitter Promo Fail,” Colleen Curry, ABC News

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