If you own a laptop, tablet PC, or smartphone -- and who doesn't these days? -- feel free to bring them with you when you visit the Quincy District Court in Massachusetts. Unlike nearly every other court in the country, not only does this one allow these electronic devices, but it's actually encouraging users to live blog, post to Facebook, and update their Twitter accounts once court is in session.
We don't run a feature called "Quirky Lawsuit of the Month," but if we did, two California residents who decided to sue Twitter for sending an SMS notification after they withdrew their consent would be a shoe in. Hear us out on this one. It's not that we have a problem with punishing companies that blatantly ignore opt-out requests, but that isn't what happened here. Hit the jump to find out exactly what Twitter did.
Say what you will about Twitter, but it’s ubiquity is startling. Consider the following statistics:
• An average of a billion tweets are sent each week. That amounts to approximately 140 million tweets per day. Per day!
• When Michael Jackson died back in June 2009, Twitter saw 456 tweets per second. Almost two years later, the record stands at6,939 tweets per second. (That occurred in Japan on New Year’s day.)
• Twitter is seeing almost half a million accounts being created each day.
The most interesting thing about Twitter is that it’s simultaneously entertaining, informative, connective, distracting, and (potentially) destructive. As with all things multi-dimensional, the key to making the most of Twitter is understanding how to use it. With this in mind, we present a litany of tips. Feel free to chime in with your own (or disparage ours) in the comments section below.
Outdated laws that have seen people arrested for leeching off open Wi-Fi networks certainly elicit a few chuckles over its absurdity, but a very real Canadian law could, if interpreted literally, result in mass arrests during the upcoming federal elections on May 2nd. Section 329 of the Canadian Elections Act forbids the transmission of local polling station results across time zones, and it just so happens Twitter and Facebook would fit the definition of a “transmission medium”.
Listen up all you single ladies and gents, if you're looking for a long-term relationship, don't date an active Twitter user. Turns out that relationships might be taking a backseat to microblogging, at least according to data by Match.com's OKCupid portal, which suggests that Twitter users make for flighty boyfriends or girlfriends and bail on their mates faster than non-Twitter users (or maybe it's the other way around).
Everyone from Congressional heavyweights to Joe Internet on the street is concerned about privacy these days. So it's a fitting time for the EFF to release their updated Privacy Score Card. This handy document tells you which companies are looking after your online privacy, and which aren’t. You might be surprised by the standings.
A preliminary report from the Wall Street Journal claims that Twitter is in "advanced talks" to buy the popular Twitter client TweetDeck for $50 million. Neither company is talking, but The Journal apparently has multiple sources on the matter. If true, Twitter will have taken yet another step toward controlling the application ecosystem for their platform.
Does searching through Twitter suddenly feel faster to you? It should. According to Twitter, the microblogging site's integrated search engine is now 3x faster than it used to be. Twitter has actually been working to improve search performance since the spring of 2010 and launched a real-time search engine in October of last year. Last week, Twitter says it launched a replacement for its Ruby-on-Rails front-end, a Java server it's calling "Blender," and that's the reason for the performance gain.
TweetDeck is one of the most popular desktop Twitter clients out there, and a new beta program is aiming to bring the app into the web. TweetDeck is preparing to open a limited beta test of the new HTML5 TweetDeck web app. The product will initially support Chrome, Firefox 3.6, Firefox 4 and Safari. Internet Explorer 9 and Opera support will be added later.
We're all familiar with stories about Apple pulling an app from its App Store for suspect reasons. Even Google has gotten in on the fun as of late, but now its Microsoft's turn. An app called Imagewind is in imminent danger of being pulled from the Windows Phone 7 Marketplace. The developer was originally told the app was being pulled immediately, but has now been given a grace period of indeterminate length.