Twitter Sues Five Spamming Sites Twitter's had it with spammers and wants to send a message with the help of law enforcement. On Thursday, the company filed a suit against five separate web tools and providers that allegedly make it easier to spam people on Twitter. "Twitter now has more than 140 million active users, and we continue to grow at a record pace," Twitter said in a statement.
Biz Stone, a cofounder of Twitter, told an audience in Montreal this week that spending up to 12 hours a day on the platform is not necessarily a great idea. "To me, that sounds unhealthy," he said on Wednesday at the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal business conference, according to a report in The Guardian. Stone told the audience that users should leave the site after they found the information they were looking for. "I like the kind of engagement where you go to the website and you leave because you've found what you are looking for or you found something very interesting and you learned something," Stone said, according to the report."I think that's a much healthier engagement. Obviously, we want you to come frequently." Twitter Co-Founder: Spending Too Much Time On the Site is 'Unhealthy'
Twitter needs to turn over the identiy of a user who made threats against Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., according to a federal judge's ruling that was released Thursday. The user was identified as Mr. Twitter Ordered To Turn Over I.D. Of User Who Threatened Bachmann
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Twitter Is Selling Your Old Tweets [REPORT]
Twitter is the latest social network to turn a buck with content you created. The company sold two years worth of old tweets to Datasift, a marketing data firm. Datasift will make the tweets and other data, including the locations of where people were when they used Twitter, available to its clients. Datasift is the first of what is believed to be more than 1,000 companies on a waiting list to purchase the data. We've asked for Twitter to comment and will update as soon as we hear back. By now, most people know that social networks generally claim ownership of content and other data users post using their services. For Sale: Your Old Tweets
Tweeting as a defensive Oscars sound tech, Barrett Tryon was apparently mistaken for a spambot by Twitter.Photo courtesy Barrett Tryon Editor’s note: This story has been updated to indicate that @OscarsAudioGuy is back online. The Twitter account @OscarsAudioGuy was suspended for several hours Monday, leaving its operator theorizing that some of Hollywood’s power players had complained about his satiric tweets regarding sound problems during the Academy Awards show. “I’m just going to add it to my resume that I was banned by the Academy,” said Barrett Tryon (@barretttryon) in a phone interview with Wired.com. In reality, the suspension resulted from the account being mistaken for a spambot, according to an e-mail from Twitter that Tryon forwarded to Wired.com. “Twitter has automated systems that find and remove multiple automated spam accounts in bulk,” a Twitter rep told Tryon in an e-mail. Twitter Pulls Plug on @OscarsAudioGuy Spoof Account | Underwire
Twitter Investors, Including Employees, Can Only Sell 20% of Their Stock [REPORT] In a move designed to forestall an IPO for as long as possible, Twitter has a rule barring any investor, including employees, from selling more than 20% of their stock, according to a report. Twitter initiated the rule about a year ago, but it hadn't been made public, according to CNNMoney. The guideline is somewhat controversial within the company and allegedly prompted Senior Technical Engineer Evan Weaver to resign last August. According to the article, Weaver's departure prompted an explanatory email to staffers from CEO Dick Costolo. The email outlined Twitter's reason behind the policy: To keep to the SEC-dictated limit of under 500 investors.
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What Are Your Twitter Followers Worth, and Who Owns Them? A new lawsuit values a Twitter follower at $2.50 per month and argues that each one belongs not to the tweeter, but to their employer. The ramifications for employees who tweet and who leave their company are huge, says Brian Ries. It wasn’t too long ago when hastily departing employees were denied the chance to grab Rolodexes from atop their desks.
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Meet the Writer Being Sued For His 17,000 Twitter Followers At any conference, product launch or other event where the top tier of tech reporters gather, Noah Kravitz is easy to pick out of a crowd. He's the affable guy with glasses, earring and a cue-ball head; a supersmart cellphone-loving thirtysomething with a finely tuned sense of the absurd. Online, Kravitz often goes by the handle "Kravy Krav," an homage to hip-hop legend Flavor Flav. KravyKrav was also the name of his very first (and now inactive) Twitter account.
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Lawsuit Over Twitter Followers May Not Set Precedent For Similar Cases The outcome of a lawsuit in which a company is suing a former employee over Twitter followers will most likely hinge on how the list was developed and what value each side places on the followers, according to legal experts. "This case is another example of the application of relatively old legal rules applied to new technology," said Bill Nolan, an attorney with Barnes & Thornburg LLP. "It's the 2011 version of the salesperson taking the Rolodex when he/she leaves the company." PhoneDog cleared the first hurdle in the lawsuit earlier last month when a court rejected Noah Kravitz's request to dismiss the lawsuit. PhoneDog is seeking $340,000 from Kravitz, or about $2.50 for each Twitter user that started following the account @Phonedog_Noah while he was tweeting and writing for the online publication.
An Update on PhoneDog v. Kravitz, the Employee Twitter Account Case [Post by Venkat Balasubramani] PhoneDog v. Kravitz, No.
Twitter Ordered To Turn Over Data On WikiLeaks Backers Twitter will have to comply with a ruling by U.S. District Judge Liam O'Grady to turn over information collected in the accounts of three WikiLeaks backers. Icelandic parliament member Birgitta Jónsdóttir, computer security researcher Jacob Appelbaum and Dutch activist Rop Gonggrijp had filed a request blocking the subpoena while the case was considered by a federal appeals court. O'Grady denied the motion, saying their appeal had little chance of success based on existing U.S. case law. "Litigation of these issues has already denied the government lawful access to potential evidence for more than a year," O'Grady said in his ruling. "The public interest therefore weighs strongly against further delay."
Leaked Twitter Subpoena Raises Online Privacy Issues UPDATE: Twitter would not comment on this particular matter, but gave us this statement: "To help users protect their rights, it is our policy to notify our users about law enforcement and governmental requests for their information, unless we are prevented by law from doing so." The leaked subpoena sent to Twitter this month by the Suffolk District Attorney's Office in Boston is causing some hoopla on the web and raising the issue of law enforcement's access to online personal data. On Dec. 14, the D.A.'s Office issued a subpoena to Twitter in order to access the account information of two users who tweeted a list of personal information they allegedly obtained by hacking into the Boston Police Patrolmen's Association.
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