As tempting as it might be to dump your drink on the person sitting in front of you or jar their seat like you're trying to kick the winning field goal as a not-so-friendly reminder of cell phone etiquette, consider for a moment that maybe they're actually supposed to be using their smartphone during the live performance of The Lion King or Wicked. Love it or hate it, dedicated seats for tweeters are growing in popularity.
It's not uncommon for local law enforcement to use social networking tools to keep the public informed, especially in times of emergencies. But when Muskingum County Sheriff Matt Lutz logged into Twitter after dozens of dangerous animals broke free from an Ohio reserve, he apparently forgot about the 140-character limit and left citizens wondering what to do if they spot a lion, tiger, bear, or even a wolf. Oh my!
The brand recognition Netflix is going for with its Qwikster spin-off probably isn't one of a pot-smoking Elmo, yet up until this morning, that's the image people would have seen if they tried to follow Qwikster on Twitter. That's the sort of thing you risk by not doing your due diligence, and in this case, Netflix failed to check the social networking scene before settling on the name Qwikster, which is the Twitter handle of someone who likes to blaze, play soccer, and rage about his ex-girlfriend.
There's no way around it, "Tweet" is an official word, having now cracked its way into the Merriam-Webster Collegiate dictionary, according to an Associate Press report. The announcement comes after "Retweet" made it into the 12th edition of the Concise Oxford English Dictionary. Tech and social media terms are having their day in the sun.
Few could have known at the beginning that a platform allowing Internet users to post updates on what they're doing in 140-character chunks would turn out as popular as it has. Today there's no arguing the popularity of Twitter as a major social media tool, but lest you need some hard numbers, try this one on for size. According to an official Twitter blog post, there are now more than one million registered applications designed to work and/or integrate with Twitter.
For now at least, Twitter isn't in a mad rush to go public and watch its stock price soar in what some are calling the second coming of the dot-com bubble. But that doesn't mean the microblogging service is hard up for cash, either. On the contrary, Twitter is trying to finalize an additional $400 million in funding that, if successful, would value the company at around $8 billion, the New York Times reports. What is Twitter really worth?
Travel back in time to January 2009 and you'll discover that Twitter users were sending out 2 million tweets a day. Fast forward to today in which we're halfway through 2011, and users on Twitter are now hammering out 200 million tweets each day from their PCs, tablets, and mobile phones, the microblogging service announced in a blog post.
In this latest edition of As the Hacking World Turns, the hacker group known as Lulz Security (LulzSec) celebrated its 1,000 twitter post, issued a long-winded mission statement that boils down to the group saying, "we do things just because we find it entertaining," and the announcement that it's teaming with Anonymous, another hacking organization, to effectively declare war on "any government or agency that crosses their path."
Anyone in need of a lesson in how not to use Twitter or any Web 2.0 outlet to promote a product, here it is. Following the backlash of bad and sometimes venomous reviews of Duke Nukem Forever, the game that, in a sense, has been 14 years in the making, Duke's PR team responded with a knee-jerk Twitter post essentially threatening to blacklist reviewers who were overly critical of DNF from receiving future games.
Twitter is taking steps to make itself more self-reliant, and towards that end, the microblogging service on Tuesday announced it will automatically slice and dice URLs into shortened links. This essentially cuts out the middlemen, like Bit.ly, TinyURL, Goo.gl, and whatever else you might have been using to free up as many of those 140 characters as possible.