Online adults who use Twitter are microblogging their thoughts twice as much as they were one year ago, according to a comprehensive study by Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project. Pew Research pinged over 2,200 adults, including 901 cell phone interviews, on their Twitter usage and then broke the results into several categories and demographics sure to excite statisticians.
When you're a billionaire media mogul, you have the luxury of saying just about whatever you want on social networking and mircroblogging sites. Rupert Murdoch's recently registered Twitter account underscores this, and the fact that he's making more waves in two weeks than Charlie Sheen did during his prolonged meltdown proves he's either using Twitter entirely the wrong way or exactly the way it should be. Quite frankly, we're having trouble deciding.
There have been nothing but headlines since Rupert Murdoch joined Twitter less than two weeks ago. After owning an account for just 48 hours, Murdoch managed to offend an entire country by suggesting the "Brits have too many holidays for a broke country." Shortly after, a fake Wendi Murdoch (wife of Rupert Murdoch) account was mistakenly verified by Twitter as real. Never shy of the spotlight, Murdoch this morning went on record saying he and his team "screwed up" MySpace in just about every way imaginable.
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.
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."
You could see this one coming a mile away, or weeks away if you follow our complex conversion algorithm for distance and length of Internet rumors and speculation. Twitter's impending takeover of TweetDeck has been rumored since the beginning of the month, and it's now semi-official. According to reports, Twitter spent more than $40 million acquiring TweetDeck, though the exact figure isn't yet known since Twitter is so far refusing to commit 140 (or less) characters confirming the buyout.
It took Twitter 3 years, 2 months, and 1 day to log its one billionth tweet. Now, Twitter users whip out 1 billion Tweets each week. We know this not because we counted them all, but because Twitter revealed these and other mind boggling stats in a blog post. To say that Twitter is growing at a record is an understatement.
In 2009, the NBA fined Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban $25,000 for criticizing referees via his Twitter account. Since then, comments made via the social networking service have led to a few libel lawsuits. Former Welsch mayor, Colin Elsbury, would have been wise to pay attention, as he's become the first British man fined for a libelous tweet.
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.