What would happen if your Governor — not the press secretary but the Governor — suddenly blocked specific journalists from attending press conferences?
In a perfect world, newspaper editors and TV station news managers would tell the Governor that he didn’t get to decide who reports on the business of the state.
Down in Texas, we have a one-step-removed situation that illustrates one challenge of our 24x7, always on, 21st century life: negotiating the dividing line between public and private life, especially when you are an elected official.
What changed in how people read their Tweetstream while UberTwitter and Twidroyd were shut off from the Twitter API?
Twitter for Blackberry got a big (more than 50%) boost, which suggests that at least some UberTwitter customers opted for a new client. TweetDeck lost share, which doesn’t make sense (it wasn’t blocked) but moved up in ranking. Another ranking boost: the Mobile Web moved from position six to position five, suggesting some of those Blackberry and Android customers simply switched to their browsers.
To put into perspective the impact of Twitter’s having shut down UberTwitter and Twidroyd today, look at these data from TwitterSource for “last day” (which one assumes means yesterday) on the various ways people read their Tweetstream:
- The web: 35%
- Ubertwitter: 7.3%
- Twitter for iPhone: 6.6%
- Twitter for Blackberry: 6.2%
- Tweetdeck: 5.3%
Shutting down 7 percent of your traffic? Ballsy. That must be a serious policy violation: TechCrunch reports that at least part of the complain was trademark violation. [continue reading…]
The California gubernatorial race took a humorous turn on Monday when a retweet was a missing letter from the URL it was promoting.
Sarah Pompei, a Meg Whitman spokeswoman, had intended to retweet a post from Whitman adviser Mike Murphy. Murphy’s tweet proclaimed: [continue reading…]
On September 11, the Washington Post claimed that Rev. Terry Jones kicked off the campaign for his International Burn A Koran Day on July 12 on Twitter. When I began researching the claims in the article, I found errors and holes, as this post documents. The post was developed on Storify, a platform that extends the concept of Posterous, making it very easy to pull snippets of information from the web and pull them into (one hopes) a coherent whole. [continue reading…]
USA Today features Chicago restaurant Wow Bao (@BaoMouth), “an upscale fast food place,” as an example of how food service is using Twitter to respond to digital word-of-mouth. [continue reading…]
If I asked you to tell me which professions have the deepest Rolodex, I bet you wouldn’t start out with computer programming or accounting. I’m guessing you’d list marketing, sales, HR (recruiters, anyway) and PR. So it shouldn’t be a surprise that marketing and human resources/recruiting were the most “social jobs” on thejust-released NetProspex Social Index (NPSI), which is based on a database of “crowdsourced business contacts” (tip: TechFlash). The NPSI is a function of three things:
In an interview at Dangerous Minds, William Gibson (@GreatDismal) raves (in an understated way) about Twitter.
Q: Every morning, when you fire up your computer, where do you start looking?
A: Twitter… I find Twitter to be the most powerful aggregator of sheer (shared?) novelty that humanity has yet possessed… Quite seriously. If you are following the right 70 people, and each of them is a full-on aggregator of novelty, you’re getting their picks… It’s like you’re getting this incredible triple-filtered hit. It would be the 1990s equivalent of a shopping bag filled with $500 of imported magazines.