Insulting a celebrity is basically a victimless crime, right? Perhaps, but it’s hard to look at Jennifer Garner as she reads a particularly rude tweet without cringing and feeling some sympathy. A HuffPo post about the sixth Jimmy Kimmel Show‘s “Celebrities Read Mean Tweets” (many are NSFW) reminded me that I’ve wanted to mention this series for a while.Read more
Twitter came under some fire this week for the lack of gender diversity on their board. Their CEO was defensive saying he wasn’t going to add women simply to increase diversity, implying there are no women qualified to sit on Twitter’s board. It isn’t just Twitter- this “no women are qualified” attitude spreads unfairly throughout Silicon Valley.
“Just because you can include some technological advance in your consumer product, it doesn’t mean you should.” That’s really the thought that came to mind when reading about a pair of new, upcoming headphones. Muzik (while I’m on a rant… I hate it when companies intentionally spell words incorrectly) just announced their first product – a pair of “smart headphones”.Read more
Some have called Twitter the ‘new police scanner’, an analogy which makes sense for those of us who had relatives with police scanners and CB radios back in the 70s when they were all the rage. This was very true during the attacks at the finish line of the Boston Marathon: I found myself with four tabs open on myRead more
Over the Christmas holiday, Randi Zuckerberg (Mark Zuckerberg’s sister and former director of Marketing at Facebook) posted a picture of her family around the kitchen island having fun, and someone else shared the image on Twitter. This was picked up on Buzzfeed and more thoroughly explained on GigaOm amongst other places. Zuckerberg called the person out, saying that she had
I have a coworker who often complains about our limited abilities to discuss work over social media. He claims it is a draconian and old-fashioned approach. Most of the time I let it roll past me, but more and more I think that it’s not strict or unreasonable, but in fact extremely smart. For some reason, Twitter seems to trigger
Yesterday was Khamidov Timur’s birthday. No, no, not the 14th century Turkic Mongol conqueror, but the modern developer of a very nice Twitter app named Tweet It! for Windows Phone, and you, dear reader, get the gift! For the next 36 hours or so his Tweet It! app is free!
From the developer:
Simple, but Powerful!
Fast and awesome UI!
Before I get into Sh-tter, the Twitter Toilet Paper (and yes, it is a real product!), I need to share a quick story. You see, this is not my first experience with novelty toilet paper. After college my friend made extra money by advertising moving services on Craigslist, and somehow a bunch of us got sucked into helping. One of
A couple of weeks ago during the long and arduous Daytona 500, Brad Keselowski who races in the Sprint Cup racing series for Penske racing caused quite a stir while the cars were parked on the track during a red flag. He tweeted from the track. What did he tweet? Pictures from his vantage point on the track of the
Have you ever seen someone post a ‘now listening’ Tweet with the #nowplaying hashtag? It is a cool thing, but if your Twitter feed is anything like mine then those posts come and go before you get the chance to make note if you are on the go. This is where Twusic enters
Here are some details:
After being the
I doubt that anyone would seriously debate that we have lost significant freedoms in this country over the last decade, though it is generally presented with a caveat that what has changed was needed for enhanced security. Sometimes this is true, other times it is for the appearance of greater security, and other times it is simply an authoritarian power
I use Twitter, but there are times when I have to wonder if (or why) anyone cares about my random musings and shared links. Of course, my rationale for using Twitter in the first place is that many of my friends are all over the country (if not the world), and this is a great way to keep in touch.
I’m not one of those parents who is totally panicked by the idea of all the kinds of scary things that are made available by new tech like cell phones, social media, and the like. Yes, there are a lot of scary things kids can access or be sucked into via new technology. But as a guy who spent his
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I once attended a work event where someone explained how he knew the so-called “tech bubble” of the early 90′s was over and done. It was Christmas Eve, he said, and his retired, conservative mother-in-law asked if she should own shares of Amazon.com. As he told it, at that very moment he turned to his wife
Twitter, so young and unassuming not long ago, is all grown up. Now it has millions of followers, has help start revolutions, has kept people in touch during disasters and more. Yup, Twitter is no longer just about “OMG, I just had the most delicious ribs at Outback Steakhouse”.
Yes, Twitter has matured and so have the apps that let
Photo courtesy of the The International Business Times
When all of Iran seemed to be exploding in the wake of “President” Mahmoud Ahmadinejad‘s “victory” in the 2009 election, the news was noteworthy not just because a country struggling against authoritarian rule was trying to free itself, but also because of how the news got out: Twitter. Before cell phones
Image courtesy of CleanSlate and Better Homes and Gardens
I’m 47 years old–the “wedge” generation just after the Baby Boom, and just before Generation X. I’m old enough to have owned a black-and-white TV (13″; it was my high school graduation gift!), had rotary dial phones (Michael just talked about these the other day!), one phone company for the whole
I’ve always loved watching caricature artists quickly plot out their exaggerated perception of their subjects, but this new offering from Orange UK’s The Feed takes the art to a whole new level. They are offering “secret portraits” of twitter users based on a tweeted self-description. I am about to enter mine, and I thought you might want to give it
It seems Twittering might have put Chicago chef Rick Bayless in trouble with the White House.
Bayless, who is the Chef at Chicago’s Frontera Grill and Topolobampo, is in Washington, D.C. to prepare Wednesday night’s State Dinner to honor Mexican President Felipe Calderon. Chef Bayless was so excited about the trip he started tweeting about it Monday.
But theRead more
One of the most popular Twitter clients for the iPhone, Tweetie 2, seems to have mysteriously disappeared from the iTunes App Store. We don’t believe for a second that it was pulled for some sort of violation though.
Twitter recently purchased the application and promised they’d be releasing it as “Twitter for iPhone.”
Perhaps it’s to be bundled with the
Every job I’ve had has been sales or customer oriented in some capacity, so I always geek out a bit at innovative ways to improve customer service. Today I came across a company that used Twitter very effectively to reach out and interact with me as a customer, and I wanted to share that story.
I found out about Kigo
It’s no secret this Twitter thing has done a bit more than just ‘caught on’. If the Libary of Congress is archiving tweets then, yeah, that’s kind of a good indication that this is a big deal. A technological, cultural and communicative big deal. The kind of thing that has power. Just look atRead more
I’m about ready to say I’ve seen it all.
Designers Ben Perman and Murat Multu have created a Teapot that Tweets.
Embedded into the teapot is WiFi hardware that actually connects to the internet and more importantly Twitter, and then sends you a Tweet when it begins to boil.
Imagine you put the teapot on the stove and head into
Cindy Kelly is conducting a Twitter Research Survey for her grad school project, and she could use your help. If you are over the age of 18, and you don’t mind answering simple questions about your motivations and expectations from Twitter usage, you’d be doing your good deed for the day if you clicked the link and helped Cindy with
If you’re a burglar, and you are tired of staking out homes only to be stymied as you break in because the owner is still there, have I got an application for you!
Stop staking out houses and start staking out the new site, Please Rob Me. Instead of watching to see if there is activity in a house,