February 15, 2012 |
Twitter is a dangerous place for movie stars, famous athletes and other public people. The average person might feel shame after impulsively tweeting a borderline insane rant against an airline after being asked to stop playing Words With Friends during takeoff -- but when a celebrity does it, (Alec Baldwin), it becomes a national news story, and an official, publicist-approved apology must be issued. We've been seeing a lot of those official apologies over the last few months as public people from across the entertainment spectrum have found that despite the 140-character limit, the tweeting of a dumb joke, a thoughtless observation or an impulsive can have a big impact.
September 26, 2013 |
New Jersey Senate candidate Cory Booker uses Twitter more than the typical politician. He tweets cheesy maxims; replies publicly to just about everyone who mentions his name, and relentlessly catalogs his schedule of ribbon cuttings, football games and speeches. He also apparently exchanges direct messages with single women, including a tattoo-covered stripper from Oregon who works in a vegan strip club, a detail that's gotten the New York media world excited after a few long weeks during which no local politicians did anything even remotely scandalous.
May 13, 2013 |
Fox and Twitter have entered into a partnership to promote the broadcaster's programs and allow advertisers a way to reach TV audiences as they discuss the shows on the social network. In an announcement Monday timed to coincide with its upfront presentation to advertisers and media buyers in New York City, Fox said it would use Twitter to distribute clips of upcoming TV shows, tout highlights of live events or share video after episodes of various shows have aired. Brand marketers would use Twitter's advertising platform to promote this network content. PHOTOS: Tech we want to see in 2013 "Social media is a fantastic complement to compelling, live television content," said Toby Byrne, president of advertising for Fox Broadcasting Co. "Not only is it a great marketing tool for us, but it serves as the new water cooler for the most engaged fans ... so that opens up additional ways for us to connect brands with our audience.
July 31, 2012 |
You can now use the $ on Twitter to turn stock symbols into clickable links. The new feature came Monday afternoon when the company announced it in a tweet. Now you can click on ticker symbols like $ GE on twitter.com to see search results about stocks and companies - Twitter (@twitter) July 31, 2012 The use of $ before stock symbols was already common, especially among those working in Wall Street-related fields, but by giving the symbol clickability, Twitter is making the practice more worthwhile.
February 19, 2013 |
Former baseball slugger and noted critical thinker Jose Canseco (yes, that Jose Canseco) took to Twitter on Tuesday to explain gravity to us, the huddled masses. Canseco said he was giving gravity a lot of serious though in light of the recent meteorite that exploded over Russia, and came up with the following theory, which he unveiled on Twitter. "Ancient gravity was much weaker. "You ever wonder why nothing REALLY big exists today in nature? "Elephants today eight tons.
August 2, 2011 |
Twitter Inc. doesn't seem to be in any hurry to offer its shares to the public. Instead it has raised another round of funding from some very deep-pocketed and plugged-in private investors. The San Francisco company acknowledged a "significant" round of funding from preexisting investors and new investor Digital Sky Technologies, the investment engine run by Russian billionaire Yuri Milner. Milner has significant stakes in social networking's hottest companies, including Facebook Inc. People familiar with the funding peg it at $800 million, which would make Twitter worth $8 billion.
December 20, 2011 |
Saudi Arabia's Prince Alwaleed bin Talal has scooped up a substantial stake in Twitter Inc. The multibillionaire has made a $300-million investment in the popular social media site that activists used during the "Arab Spring" uprisings in North Africa and the Middle East. That's roughly a 3% stake in the San Francisco company. Twitter confirmed the investment, which was announced in a news release from Kingdom Holding Co. that touted Alwaleed's desire to invest in "promising, high-growth businesses with global impact.
March 12, 2011 |
The Federal Trade Commission has agreed on a settlement with Twitter resulting from the site's alleged "serious lapses" in data security that allowed hackers to take over Twitter twice in 2009, accessing users' private information and hijacking accounts to send out phony tweets. According to an FTC statement, the settlement "resolved charges that Twitter deceived consumers and put their privacy at risk by failing to safeguard their personal information. " Twitter, which was about 2 years old at the time of the incidents, was a young site that often struggled under the weight of its fast-growing traffic and server demands.
November 16, 2012 |
Twitter is rolling out new features that should make it easier to find pictures and videos as well as email tweets to people who don't use the social network. The San Francisco microblogging service said that when users search a topic or hashtag, the results page will now display a grid showing images and videos. Twitter also said that its search tool will now help users better understand why they see the tweets they do in their results. Tweets in search results will now show who has retweeted them or have listed them as their favorites, Twitter said in a blog post . Additionally, tweets that link to pictures and news stories will automatically show previews when they come up on search results.
September 21, 2010 |
Have something you have to tweet this morning? You might want to stay away from Twitter.com. Thousands of Twitter users are dealing with what seems to be a security flaw that is causing messages and third-party websites to pop up on the page when users "mouse over" posted links on the popular messaging site. The outside content appears even if users don't click on the links. [Updated at 7:21 a.m.: Twitter said it has identified and patched the flaw and is urging users to message @safety in the future with information about problems.