Posts Tagged ‘twitter’
In all honesty, Blake Griffin himself could start a social network that served no purpose outside of featuring his dizzying (and disgusting, if you will) array of dunks, and it’d probably go over quite well. Instead, he — along with other superstars in the National Basketball Association — will soon see replays of in-game highlights making waves across Twitter in more official fashion. Hot on the heels of a deal between ESPN and Twitter comes this: a partnership between the NBA and the aforesaid social network that’ll get video highlights to the world while the game is still ongoing.
#NBARapidReplay will be the hashtag to watch for as the playoffs progress, and as you’d expect, short advertisements will appear alongside those clips. Twitter’s foray into the television universe is hardly a new one, but it’s becoming ever more obvious that the company is following the ad dollars into the homes of everyday viewers. Up next? A deal to tweet highlights from the 2014 Masters golf tournament… but only in extremely soft spoken, lowercase, predominantly pompous characters.
Filed under: Internet
The ever-changing web portal that is Yahoo under Marissa Mayer will receive its next tweak with help from Twitter. In addition to providing summarized stories, Yahoo newsfeed will soon include occasional tweets based on your interests. Folks in the US can expect to see the change in the coming days across desktop and mobile versions of Yahoo — just try to keep your excitement contained to 140 characters.
Two months after appointing Todd Park as Chief Technology Officer, the White House has picked Nicole Wong for the newly created position of Chief Privacy Officer. Details about the job are still MIA, but she’ll likely be working closely with Park. One thing’s for sure, though: Wong brings some serious Silicon Valley cred to the table, having worked on product copyright and privacy issues at Google for eight years and, more recently, serving as Twitter’s legal director. If you recall, the EFF gave that social network high marks when it released its annual report last week — an auspicious sign if we’ve ever seen one.
Filed under: Internet
If you’re not familiar with Kevin Thau, you ought to be: he worked on many of Twitter’s early mobile efforts, helped integrate it into major platforms and headed up the Twitter #Music app. That’s what makes his newly confirmed move to Twitter co-founder Biz Stone’s new firm, Jelly, so interesting. While little is known about Jelly beyond its plan for a decentralized service, Thau will be heading up numerous aspects of business operations at the company while it builds “world class mobile products.” We’ll have to wait awhile before we see his influence, but his presence hints that Jelly is more than just a casual project.
Via: The Next Web
Without seeming like a troll. Also: dealing with friends who say “LOL” out loud, and erasing a bad internet date.
My friend isn’t using twitter nicely — he manually retweets everything! How do I tell him he's stealing everyone else's thunder without being the equivalent of that grammar troll in the comment thread?
How many followers do this goon even have? You can tell him I said that, verbatim. He'll say, “who … is that” and then you'll have to explain about the column and my self-granted, time-honored, proud but ultimately powerless rule of law and everything, but at least you will have someone to throw under the bus. “I'm not saying I have a problem with you. Someone on the internet does. I just thought you should know.” Like that!
Also, you can give him a primer. My colleague Katie Notopoulos recently wrote a comprehensive guide and ruling on the issue of the manual retweet. She came down hard on using manual RTs for jokes, but said there are cases where using them for news and/or links makes sense. I agree.
The most salient point is this: if he has less than a few thousand followers, probably, there just really isn't any REASON for him to use the manual retweet. He's just hoarding material without a specialized audience to distribute it to. But he might not have understood that. So just ask him! I'm not sure that this doesn't make you an internet behavior troll of sorts. But that is also my job description, literally, so. Come join me, under this bridge.
This is kind of almost an IRL etiquette question as opposed to a tech etiquette question, BUT: what do we do about people who use internet speak (lol, brb) IN REAL LIFE, even if as a joke?? Out loud, in words?
One of my good friends Gchats in sentence fragments. She puts a period where you’d pause in real-life speech, and then she hits enter, and then she finishes the sentence in the next entry. So it'll be like. This kind of? I used to type out great big paragraphs when I talked to her anyway, because it was always my tendency to ramble. But at the same time, I thought her style was endearing, because it made me hear the way she'd say it in real life. And eventually I just sort of started typing her way too, at least some of the time. It just happened, because we talk everyday.
I have also, perhaps more alarmingly, started talking like a cartoon caricature of a Midwestern cattle farmer. I probably always did, but it's gotten worse, thanks in part to the jokey-folksy speech patterns of a few of my internet friends. It's funny, but it's also getting out of hand. I've started saying “what in tarnation.” I said “got dangit” the other day and surprised even myself. I typed “what in the heck” to a friend, and she asked me why I was talking like a grandpa. I wrote back, “I'm kidding obviously! I don't *really* talk like that. It's, like, this joke thing people do.” But IS it? Or is this just who I am now?
So, first: we are all influenced by the way the people around us talk and type, even if we pretend not to be. We're all making it kind of okay for each other to write and speak like this by doing it ourselves. And second: there is no such thing as an ironic speech pattern. If you are someone who says “what in the heck,” or someone who says “BRB” out loud, you can't really fairly claim you're doing it “as a joke,” especially when it's a joke you only have with your three nerd friends from the internet. That's just how you talk, and that is fine. It won't be everyone's thing, but it doesn't have to be. However! The only truly unacceptable internet-based acronym to say out loud is “LOL.” Don't say it if we can see it's not true. That's just — as the teens would say — wack.
Those who preferred Twitter’s earlier, more liberal ways have regarded May 7th with a sense of dread, as that’s when API 1.0 (and our chance at a truly competitive app ecosystem) was supposed to go dark. While the company isn’t about to reverse course, it is giving the refuseniks a break by delaying the shutdown until June 11th. More time is necessary for blackout tests, Twitter says. We wouldn’t lean too heavily on remaining API 1.0-era apps and services when that instability exists, but the extra month does allow for a gentler transition into API 1.1′s brave new world.
[Image credit: Coletivo Mambembe, Flickr]
Via: Android Central
The anatomy of a tragic data trail.
Betaworks' Gilad Lotan and Justin Van Slembrouck mapped out Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's social footprint for a pretty amazing look at how the suspect's Twitter network responded to the news. Check out the entire feature over at Digg.
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Nope, it’s not your picture of “the best duck confit I’ve ever had” that’s causing your Twitter post to error out — the service is down for “some users,” says a Twitter status page update. It’s unknown what’s causing the issue (again, probably not your photweet), but we’re assured “engineers are currently working on this issue.” Hang tight!
But maybe don’t try to while away your time on the iTunes Store or by backing up your phone to iCloud, as those services are also experiencing some downtime issues this morning. An Apple support page lists both as seeing “some users affected;” we’ll just have to assume engineers are also hard at work on fixing that. As always, we’ll let you know when things get better.
Filed under: Apple
The backlash against the “RT:” is getting nasty. Let's try to figure out some rules here, shall we?
As the role of social media in breaking news comes under fresh scrutiny, an old grudge, long simmering below the surface, has bubbled up again: hatred for the manual retweet.
A manual retweet is when you type in “RT” before someone else’s tweet, instead of a “true” retweet using the official retweet button.
The ire comes from two places. Firstly, a manual retweet in a way claims someone else's tweet as your own — sort of a Twitter version of putting your watermark logo on someone else's photo. Secondly, a manual RT robs the original tweeter of potential retweets and favorites. By manually RTing, you're bogarting the favs, man.