The Mysterious Words You Can’t Tweet The legend goes something like this: as a child, Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey’s father would relentlessly hound him to “Get better”, so Jack eventually banned the phrase from being tweeted. Go ahead and try it, the tweet won’t go through. But the legend? It’s a hoax. See, way back when, Twitter wasn’t a popular smart phone app, it was a way to publish up to 140 characters to the Internet via text message. To let people follow and unfollow each other, change their bio, and more straight from SMS, Twitter created a list of commands that when sent wouldn’t be tweeted, but would trigger actions instead. How to Turn Twitter Into a Dashboard-Style Web App This is a screenshot of Twitter. No gimmicks, no PhotoShop. (Click to enlarge.)
Twitter study casts doubts on ministers' post-riots plan Analysis of more than 2.5m Twitter messages relating to the riots in England has cast doubt on the rationale behind government proposals to ban people from social networks or shut down their websites in times of civil unrest. A preliminary study of a database of riot-related tweets, compiled by the Guardian, appears to show Twitter was mainly used to react to riots and looting. Timing trends drawn from the data question the assumption that Twitter played a widespread role in inciting the violence in advance, an accusation also levelled at the rival social networks Facebook and BlackBerry Messenger. The unique database contains tweets about the riots sent throughout the disorder, which began in Tottenham, north London, on 6 August. It also reveals how extensively Twitter was used to co-ordinate a movement by citizens to clean the streets after the disorder.
Details about #litdinner x Here you'll find news about events, my upcoming novel, blog postings, and other things that seem relevant (and sometimes irrelevant, but interesting nonetheless) to my writing and my life. Please scroll down to see what's up. "A satisfying story....I won't give away the twist at the end but will say every time I think of the way Goldie made her own party, I smile." -- Anne Clinard Barnhill, Historical Novel Society "The Secret of the Nightingale Palace is beautifully conceived and written. It would make an ideal book club selection because you are going to want someone to discuss it with afterward.
Mapping the Mixed Emotions following Osama bin Laden's Death The Death of a Terrorist: A Turning Point? [nytimes.com] provides an overview of the wide and varied mix of emotions following Osama bin Laden's recent death. Gathered from about 10,510 unique comments, the dotplot diagram contrasts the responses with negative (left) versus positive (right) emotions, against whether they consider the death significant (top) or insignificant (bottom) in terms of being a turning point in the current war on terror. Squares with darker shades represent multiple comments on the same emotion versus significance location.
Cards Introduction With Twitter Cards, you can attach rich photos, videos and media experiences to Tweets, helping to drive traffic to your website. Simply add a few lines of markup to your webpage, and users who Tweet links to your content will have a “Card” added to the Tweet that’s visible to their followers. The Tweet embedded below shows a Player Card along with 140 characters: Drive engagement from your Tweets The different Card types each have a beautiful consumption experience built for Twitter’s web and mobile clients:
measure and share real-time local twitter trends Open Feedback Dialog love beats hate in Midtown T-Shirt Embed Share your GeoMeme with your real friends! Map Data Map data ©2014 Google Government backs down on plan to shut Twitter and Facebook in crises The government has climbed down on plans to ban suspected rioters from using social networking websites in times of civil unrest. The home secretary, Theresa May, told social networks at a meeting on Thursday that the government had no intention of "restricting internet services". Research in Motion (RIM, the maker of BlackBerry), Facebook and Twitter were summoned to the meeting with May after David Cameron signalled a clampdown on the sites following the recent riots in England.
GoodReads Profile RUNNING AWAY TO HOME has been chosen as Best Nonfiction Book of 2011 by the American Society of Journalists and Authors. Jennifer Wilson has worked as a Big Band disc jockey, a high-school English teacher, detasseler of corn, and a reporter and editor for newspapers and magazines. She's written for Esquire, National Geographic Traveler, No Depression, Traditional Home, Gourmet and many other national magazines and newspapers. RUNNING AWAY TO HOME (St.
What's hot? Introducing Zeitgeist We've just launched an exciting new project which, as you can see from the screenshot above, looks (and behaves) a bit differently from most other things on the Guardian site. Zeitgeist is a visual record of what people are currently finding interesting on guardian.co.uk at the moment. While other bits of the site are curated by editors (like the front page, or individual sections) or metadata (like blogs, which display in reverse-chronological order), Zeitgeist is dynamic, powered by the attention of users, which is why we've put this into the Community section. The combination of content objects changes throughout the day, sometimes by the minute, as activity shifts around the site, stories get linked to or talked about, new stories are published and become widely-read and so on.
Share Bookmarklet Updated on Wed, 2014-02-12 17:33 Overview The Share Bookmarklet makes it easy for you to share any webpage on Twitter, even if there isn’t a Tweet Button. It works in all major browsers and is easy to install. Search Twitter users by Location and Bio and Create Twitter List Search and filter options allowing you to find people to follow depending on location, influence, number of followers, how active users are on Twitter and many more! Find the most beneficial people to target so that you can grow and increase the quality of your Twitter community. Find out your best time to tweet, discover the interests of a custom sample of users and endless extra features! To find out more about our product
Should journalists confirm information before passing it along on Twitter? On Thursday many journalists unknowingly perpetuated a hoax that CNN had suspended Piers Morgan due to the British tabloid phone-hacking scandal, sparking a conversation about whether journalists need to slow down before tweeting. Others have chronicled the spread of the rumor, including TheNextWeb and Ross Neumann with a Storify. But as people were issuing mea culpas to their followers, Reuters’ Felix Salmon wrote a provocative post on his Tumblr blog, suggesting that Twitter is more like a newsroom than a newspaper. Rumors happen there [on Twitter], and then they get shot down — no harm no foul. … In the newsroom, we say things like “did you hear that Piers Morgan just got suspended?”