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Jack Dorsey: Twitter rules don't make sense. Are you the person to run the Queen’s Twitter account? | UK news. Name: @BritishMonarchy. Appearance: Stuffy-chic. Age: Seven years. I’m no historian, but I’m pretty sure I remember there being a British monarchy more than seven years ago. Oh, it’s more than 1,000 years old, dear boy. What we’re talking about, however, is @BritishMonarchy, the Queen’s Twitter account, which was started in April 2009. Ah. I thought she was @Queen_UK? I see. Ah yes. How come? What’s that? I’m their man! Instagramming corgis?

Oh, definitely. Where’s the joy in liaising with stakeholders if you can’t do it every day? One thing: I have a gender and an ethnicity, which I’m worried may go against me at the interview stage. A hereditary monarchy that is committed to recruitment purely on merit? Not that I can see. Do say: “Where does one see oneself in five years’ time?” Don’t say: “Any chance of the House of Lords?”

Twitter's role in modern warfare. Image copyright Getty Images Virtual warfare is being waged on social networks with the majority of users unaware that nations and militant groups alike are targeting their hearts and minds. Modern conflicts are no longer about warring states and control over territory, but more about identity, control of the population and the political decision-making process, argues military researcher Thomas Elkjer Nissen.

This makes Twitter - which is marking its 10th anniversary - ripe for exploitation in any conflict. It is the network users turn to for news, and where news organisations break stories, so interested parties need their version of events to appear on timelines It has been used most notably by jihadist groups but, increasingly, there are also worries that states such as Russia may be using the network to influence populations without anyone noticing. Grooming recruits Despite this, the group has used Twitter to gain and hold the attention of a mass audience, and to attract supporters. 10 years of Twitter: The tweets that changed lives. Image copyright Sumita Dalmia Ten years after Jack Dorsey launched Twitter with the words "just setting up my twttr", the micro-blogging site has become a feature of millions of people's lives - but for some it has been life changing.

From a 140-character marriage proposal to inspiring a revolution from the comfort of a sofa, people have been sharing their stories to mark 10 years of Twitter. The first Twitter marriage proposal Image copyright Flickr: Greg Rewis When American Greg Rewis was thinking of an unusual way to propose to his then girlfriend Stephanie, he decided to tweet her after she had turned him down on a private messaging service. "The proposal started as a joke" he told BBC News. "It was quite a shock when I found out that this was the first proposal on Twitter. Image copyright Twitter: Greg Rewis Image copyright Twitter: Stephanie Rewis "We now live together and split our time between Phoenix and California, but I have to travel a lot for work. 'I met my husband on Twitter' Futurelearn. Studies of social media have tended to focus on individual platforms, which may lead to the impression that each platform is mainly used in one particular way by everybody.

This then informs our generalisations about what social media is and its consequences.. This description of a platform as constituted by one mode of usage is often determined by how it was used initially or by the intentions of its creators. But platforms are constantly changing, both in terms of how people use them and in terms of design. For example, Facebook today is very different from the Facebook of 2006. In this reading we illustrate the problems of associating a platform with one dominant mode of usage, through an examination of Twitter use as we encountered it among residents of The Glades. The Many Uses of Twitter One of the main uses of Twitter we encountered was for joking conversation between school pupils. Why Do We Use a Particular Platform? Our Genres of Communication. Twitter to train prosecutors in fight against online abuse | Technology.

Twitter is to train prosecutors in England and Wales to better fight online abuse, as the internet is increasingly used as a weapon by perpetrators of domestic abuse, rape and sexual violence against women. The Crown Prosecution Service said the US-based social network would help it contend with criminal activity such as using the internet to post explicit images of former partners – an offence under the new revenge pornography laws – and the monitoring and stalking of victims using spyware and GPS. Jenny Hopkins, chief crown prosecutor and the CPS lead on violence against women, told the Guardian that Twitter experts were being brought in to train prosecutors and update their skills and knowledge.

“Social media is increasingly being used as a tool against women and I think it is really positive that Twitter is going to be training our lawyers in the months ahead,” Hopkins said. The CPS is publishing new guidelines on prosecuting new and emerging social media crimes. Stephen Fry quits Twitter, saying 'fun is over' after Bafta spat. Bafta show host Stephen Fry has confirmed he has left Twitter declaring "the fun is over". He faced criticism online after comparing costume designer Jenny Beavan to a "bag lady" when she picked up her Bafta for Mad Max: Fury Road. The presenter later insisted Beavan was a "dear friend" and had "got" the joke. Fry said he has not "slammed the door" on Twitter but said the site had become a "stalking ground for the sanctimoniously self-righteous".

He said people needed to "grieve" for what Twitter had become, writing: "I like to believe I haven't slammed the door, much less stalked off in a huff throwing my toys out of the pram as I go or however one should phrase it. "It's quite simple really: the room had started to smell. Image copyright Stephenfry.com Fry has been presenting the Bafta film awards for 11 years and audiences have become used to his cutting wit, often involving quips about many of the stars involved. "It's as nasty and unwholesome a characteristic as can be imagined.

Stromae - carmen. The end of Twitter? Not for its users – we love this great leveller | Dan Snow | Opinion. Few of us enjoy a blitzkrieg of obscene invective from perfect strangers. But that’s what happens – a lot – when you express opinions on Twitter. I don’t particularly relish that bit. But it has been a miniscule price to pay for a revolutionary phenomenon that has changed my life, and millions of others. A lot of people who know far more than I do are pronouncing Twitter dead.

Finished. Myspaced, Nokiad, Kodaked. The greatest strength of Twitter – its revolutionary democratisation of discourse – is now its terminal weakness. Its enemies are mighty and numerous. The powerful hate it because nobodies can tell them to shove it. Now the markets hate it because it isn’t producing the billions of revenue that it is supposed to. The scientific revolution, the political upheavals of the Enlightenment and the Industrial Revolution were all galvanised by groups of people socialising and writing to one another. And laughed. Twitter updates cyberbullying restrictions. Image copyright Getty Images Twitter has updated its rules to highlight it is taking a tougher stance against abuse. It follows claims the social media giant had not done enough to tackle cyberbullies or extremists in the past. In a blog, the firm said the new language emphasised it would "not tolerate behaviour intended to harass or intimidate".

It also said it had clarified what it considered to be "abusive behaviour and hateful conduct". This includes: making violent threats or carrying out "targeted abuse or harassment"running several similar accounts to work around one of them being suspendedimpersonating other users for deceptive purposes The firm promised to suspend or close the accounts of users who "cross the line into abuse". Multiple accounts Pressure is growing on social media firms to tackle issues such as online extremism and cyberbullying, which are said to affect millions of young Britons every year.

New protections. Greek PM goads Turkish PM on Twitter over downing of Russian jet. A highly unusual online exchange has taken place on Twitter between the prime ministers of Greece and Turkey before the former deleted his tweets – but only from the English version of his account. The official English-speaking account of Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras posted four tweets addressed to his Turkish counterpart Ahmet Davutoglu on Sunday, goading him about Turkey’s downing of a Russian jet and Turkey’s violations of Greek airspace. “To Prime Minister Davutoglu: Fortunately our pilots are not mercurial as yours against the Russians #EuTurkey” Tsipras tweeted. Both men attended an EU-Turkey summit on refugees in Brussels on Sunday.

Tsipras did not explain whether his tweets reproduced a conversation between the two or were written especially for Twitter. “What is happening in the Aegean is outrageous and unbelievable #EUTurkey” Tsipras continued. “We’re spending billions on weapons. Tsipras said the two countries should focus on saving refugees, not on weapons.

How To Use Hashtags to Power Your Social Media Posts. If you’re a social media user, you must’ve seen hashtags everywhere. Hashtag (#) is a part of the social media language. It adds context to your social updates, and helps you communicate between the lines messages. It’s a tagging system that helps you categorize content on social media, and make it searchable for users. But there’s a lot more to hashtags than just witty communication. You can use them in a number of ways to boost your social media posts, create loyal communities, power your sales and marketing campaigns and reach audiences far and wide. Hashtags are widely used across different social networks.

But before I tell you about the different ways you can use hashtags, let’s have a quick look at some eye-opening stats on why hashtags are so important. A. Tweets with hashtags get 2x more Retweets, favorites and replies.Tweets with 1-2 hashtags 21% more engagement than simple tweets.40% of Tweets with Hashtags get Retweets. b. C. D. 1. Managing these chats is easy. 2. 3. 4. 5. Twitter's first TV ad confuses World Series viewers. Image copyright Twitter The first television advertisement campaign by Twitter has left some American viewers confused.

A selection of baseball-related tweets were featured in the ad, which was shown during the live coverage of baseball's season-ending World Series. However, text appeared so quickly in the lively sequence that some took to the web to express bewilderment. The ad was made to promote "Moments", which highlights trending stories on the social media platform.

How our leaders can avoid Twitter blushes. Prime Minister Joseph Muscat tweets regularly. Photo: Matthew Mirabelli As crucial a platform as social media has become for politicians and other public figures, it’s safe to say not all of them get it right every time. Perhaps acknowledging the scale of the problem, Twitter’s government and elections team recently released a bumper 136-page handbook for politicians to help them navigate the service. The guidebook covers everything from developing “new and innovative strategies to grow your Twitter presence” all the way down to how to actually write a tweet. Although the guide is mainly aimed at politicians in the US, Malta has not been spared its share of social media gaffes. From tourism envoy Joe Grima lashing out at the President for condemning racism to MP Luciano Busuttil telling frustrated commuters to stop “whining” about traffic, the online world has proven itself to be a potential minefield for politicians.

“Don’t expect total agreement. Facebook posts • Spellcheck. The Internet of Tweets — The Message. While the Internet has never shied away from offering unsolicited advice to Twitter’s leadership, it has perhaps never faced such impassioned arguments about how the company can get its mojo back from some of its closest supporters. While many businesses would envy the fact that Twitter has pretty huge revenues and a user base that is enormous in comparison to almost anything except Facebook, it’s become conventional wisdom that the company needs to work to find its bearings again. And oddly, getting Twitter back on track may mean taking another look at one small bit of news that got overshadowed by a Black Eyed Pea on that day five years ago. Let’s Get It Started In the spring of 2010, Twitter was just graduating from being the hottest startup in tech to being a genuine cultural phenomenon.

Chirp was the company’s first big conference, a glitzy coming-out for the company and its leaders. Where is the love? But when Anita Baker and Cheryl Lynn have beef on Twitter, it’s only on Twitter. Twitter Has A 136-Page Handbook For Politicians And It's Hilarious : It's All Politics. The cover of Twitter's manual for governments and elections. Twitter hide caption itoggle caption Twitter Twitter seems simple — just type in 140 characters and hit enter, right? But Twitter can be tough. Building an audience. Keeping that audience. Finding a voice. Well, elected officials, fear not! The manual has been "wildly popular," said Bridget Coyne, a manager on Twitter's Government and Elections Partnership Team who helped put the manual together (see below for more of our interview with her). Here's a look inside: Page 9: "The best way to earn a voter's support is no different today than it was a century ago: a simple handshake and a look in the eye.

Page 25: Page 24 and 25 of the manual. This page contains questions like these: — What Is Twitter? — Where Do Tweets Appear? — Why 140 Characters? And killer quotes like this one: "Brevity keeps Twitter fast-paced and relevant by encouraging people to Tweet in the moment and to focus on the essential ideas they want to communicate. " Isis threatens Twitter employees over blocked accounts | Technology. How to Get 2000 Organic, Targeted, & Engaged Twitter Followers in Just 2 Months  — Best of BeTweet. Grow Your Business. Twitter changes: 20 hits and misses from the social network's history | Technology. Promoted tweet used to complain about British Airways. The Beginner's Guide to the Hashtag. Stephen Fry on the future of Twitter: 'it's become like a utility' 23 Seldom-Used Ideas for Utilizing Twitter Lists. The Beginner's Guide to Twitter. Twitter Tips for Beginners: Everything I Wish I Knew When I Started.

Part 2: Conversational Archetypes: Six Conversation and Group Network Structures in Twitter. The Beginner's Guide to the Hashtag. The Technology Hidden Inside Every Tweet. A Brief History Of Twitter [Infographic] Hashtags. Hashtags considered #harmful. Hashtagging & Collective Intelligence. How Many Twitter Accounts Should a Brand Have? How does Twitter make money? How to Film a Revolution - a tutorial - Occupy the Movie. Follow the Pope on Twitter and spend less time in purgatory, says Vatican. 7 Great Twitter Tools That Will get all your Tweeting Needs Covered! 10 Tips To Help You Use TweetDeck And Twitter More Efficiently. How to Get Started With New Twitter Lists.

Mashable. 16 Effective Ways to Get People to Read and Retweet your Content. Starbucks extends gifting platform to Twitter. 75 Things I Learned on My Journey to 100,000 Twitter Followers. Getting More Leads with Social. Zappos uses Twitter to generate over 1,200 conversations per month with its customers.

A scientific guide to posting tweets, Facebook posts, emails and blog posts at the best time. A New Study Says Twitter Can Predict US Elections - Robinson Meyer. TweetChat. Listening vs. Hearing: increasing your Twitter engagement rate | BLOOM Social Business.