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.
June 20, 2013 |
Over at the New Yorker's Page Turner blog, essayist and novelist Thomas Beller has a fascinating post about how writers interact with Twitter. “Almost everybody who is a writer these days,” he observes, “gets, at some point, a lecture on the necessity of being 'on' Twitter and Facebook. It's a tool of selling and career building. It is, for writers of all ages and stages, not so much required reading as required writing. The whole thing seems stupid at first: you ignore whoever is giving you this lecture, until one day you decide, O.K., let's try it out, and then discover that it's kind of fun. And, as long as it's done in moderation, it is kind of interesting.
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 11, 2012 |
Tepid apology? Thinly veiled insult? You be Daniel Tosh 's judge. A woman's Tumblr post that went viral Tuesday claimed Comedy Central's "Tosh.0" host singled her out during one of his stand-up gigs and said, “Wouldn't it be funny if that girl got raped by like, five guys right now? Like right now? What if a bunch of guys just raped her?” We're struggling to find humor (or proof of Tosh's humanity) in that one. Faced with Web backlash, the foul-mouthed comedian took to Twitter: “All the out of context misquotes aside, i'd like to sincerely apologize,” he wrote , linking to the woman's post.
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.
September 28, 2009 |
Each Internet fad is followed by a wave of books seeking to explain, analyze and capitalize on the trend of the moment. Self-proclaimed experts churn out guides, surveys and instruction manuals for search, e-commerce and blogs. So it was inevitable that Twitter, the messaging service that has exploded in popularity, would receive similar treatment. Several books with Twitter in the title have already appeared; now comes "Twitterville" by Shel Israel. As a self-styled social media expert, Israel might look the type to write meandering assessments of the latest Web craze.
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.
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.