The not-so-shocking study of the day comes from Telstra, a telecommunications and information services company in Australia. No need to brace yourself for this one, but according to Telstra's research, Generation Y teens often user their smartphone apps in conjunction with social networking sites in order to boost their social cred. For example, a third of Gen Ys who participated in the survey admitted to downloading iPhone apps simply to appear cool.
Oh Sony, how silly can you be? The PlayStation 3 maker has been stirring up quite the stink over the online publishing of PS3 jailbreak code that allows unsigned software to run. In its attempt to put the genie back in the bottle, Sony's been threatening to sue anyone who posts links to the code, but that's only the beginning. Did you watch the YouTube video made by PS3 hacker George Hotz, or even just comment on it? If so, Sony wants to know. In an ironic twist, Sony should consider suing itself.
For better or worse, more and more professional athletes are voicing their opinions about each other on Twitter, taking public things that often times should be kept private. One recent example involves Detroit Pistons forward Charles Villaneuva calling out Boston Celtics forward Kevin Garnett for allegedly calling him a cancer patient (Garnett denied the claim calling it a "major miscommunication").
Some felt Villanueva did the right thing by posting his criticism of Garnett's alleged comments, while others felt that whatever was said on the court should stay on the court. It appears those that favor the latter are losing out.
More recently, Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler was the target of near-instant criticism for sitting out most of the second half of the NFC playoff game with an injured knee. Players took to Twitter with harsh comments for Cutler's sideline act, including comments by Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew.
"Hey I think the urban meyer rule is effect right now... When the going gets tough........QUIT ..," Maurice-Jones tweeted. "All I'm saying is that he can finish the game on a hurt knee... I played the whole season on one...," he wrote in a follow-up tweet.
Maurice-Jones later claimed that his comments were made in jest, which most found hard to believe, including a handful of commenters who supposedly issued death threats against the running back.
"I guess death threats towards me and my family isn't head line news but me tweeting my opinion about a person is... The society is backwards I guess we haven't came far enough as human beings," Maurice-Jones wrote in an expanded tweet.
Fair enough, but does anyone else miss the days when sports news was ruled by highlight reels, upsets, and even the occasional non-Twitter related controversy?
We're not surprised Courtney Love said/wrote something that earned her a lawsuit, we're just surprised this is the first time a celebrity's been sued over comments left on Twitter.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Love had been in a dispute with Dawn Simorangkir, a fashion designer seeking payment for clothes worth several thousand dollars. For whatever reason, Love decided to fire off a string of insults and personal attacks against Simorangkir on her Twitter account.
"She has received a VAST amount of money from me over 40,000 dollars and I do not make people famous and get raped TOO!," Love tweeted.
That was the least of Love's comments, according to the Hollywood Reporter, which says Love also accused the fashion designer of being a drug-pushing prostitute. The end result is the first high-profile defamation trial over Twitter comments.
"We don't believe there's any defamation, and even if there were defamatory statements, there was no damage," says James Janowitz, an attorney for Love.
The big question -- and potential precedent -- is whether or not users would legally interpret Love's Twitter posts as facts rather than opinion.
There are three ways you can get your canine companion posting on Twitter. First, you can create an account for your puppy and update it yourself. Alternately, you can try teaching your dog to type, which would require an even bigger investment of your time. And the third way? Let Mattel do all the work for you.
Mattel has come out with an electronic dog tag called "Puppy Tweets," and it does exactly what you think. Just attach it to your dog's collar, install the USB dongle to your PC, and start following your pet's Twitter account.
Our friends over at Engadget posted an in-depth review of the device, noting that the $30 medallion is a bit on the large side, but works as advertised.
"In Typical fashion, the cat down the street is registered as an Independent. They can't ever commit to anything," one of the 500 pre-recorded tweets reads. Yet another says, "Getting up from my nap to tweet clearly demonstrates that I get daily exercise."
So how does it work? There's a motion sensor tucked inside the device, and according to Mattel, it measures the level of activity and sends a tweet based on whether it's high or low. And to prevent duplicate posts, Mattel says it's working on download packs that should be available soon.
Faced with a moral dilemma, the world had a choice between exiling Alicia Keys, Justin Timberlake, Kim Kardashian, Lady Gaga, Ryan Seacrest, and Usher from Twitter forever, or raise $1 million for the Digital Life Sacrifice campaign on behalf of Keys' charity, Keep a Child Alive. Twitter users chose the latter.
The above mentioned celebrities vowed to stop tweeting until the campaign raised a million bucks, going so far as posing for ads in which they were photographed laying in coffins, a symbol of their digital demise. The ads called on fans to send donations via text messaging, who collectively responded and have now brought the stars back to life, UK's Daily Mail reports.
Despite raising $1 million, the campaign wasn't as successful as Keys and company hoped. Donations were slow to roll in, and it took a $500,000 check from billionaire pharmaceutical executive Stewart Rahr to meet that goal and ensure millions of Twitter of fans would see their favorite stars realign with Twitter.
A New York Times report suggests that Twitter is all set to blaze past the 200 million user mark by the end of the year. This has come amid suggestions that Twitter’s growth could be tapering off. According to the report, Twitter is adding 370,000 users each day to its current tally of around 175 million users.
The microblogging service has certainly come a long way from its early days when founders likened it to ice cream. Now they want it to be seen as a tool for sharing information. People don’t seem to care, though. It is adding more than half as many users each day as the total it had three years ago – 503,000.
Apple's Steve Jobs didn't hold back his contempt for Google's Android platform during Monday's earnings call. According to Jobs, Android is "very, very fragmented and [it] becomes more so every day." Oh really? Not so fast, says Iain Dodsworth, CEO of the TweetDeck client for Twitter.
"Did we at any point say it was a nightmare developing on Android?," Dodsworth tweeted. "Err nope, no we didn't. It wasn't."
Dodsworth went on to post another Twitter message saying, "We only have two guys developing on Android TweetDeck so that shows how small an issue fragmentation is."
TweetDeck is available for the desktop and as a mobile app for both Apple's iOS and Android.
Have you ever asked a child what they want to be when they grow up? Typical responses include doctors, lawyers, fireman, and 'hustlas' (old school Snoop fans know what we're talking about). And then there's the kid who declares he wants to be President of the United States or a professional athlete. Twitter co-founder Evan Williams reminds us of that kid.
How so? In a recent fireside chat, Williams declared "Twitter will get to a billion members." With social networking the hottest trend right now, Williams' declaration is certainly possible, but is it likely? That's up for debate.
Certainly that's the next goal for Facebook, but unlike Twitter, Facebook is more than halfway there. Twitter, on the other hand, is home to more than 100 million registered users and adds another 300,000 every day, according to a study published back in April. If that rate doesn't change, it would take Twitter a little over 8 years to reach 1 billion members.