With Anonymous and LulzSec being a bit on the quiet side recently – maybe because the law is breathing down their necks? – you knew it was only a matter of time before some other smart-mouthed organization stepped into the limelight in a quest to annoy us all. Enter the Script Kiddies. This group’s not targeting databases or disfiguring websites; their M.O. is hijacking Twitter accounts and posting dumbass fake stories. Fox News and NBC News have already fallen victim to their idiocy – now add USA Today to the list. This hijacking spread promotional material rather than FUD, however.
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.
You can now follow people you don't personally know on Facebook, just like on Google+ and Twitter. All you have to do is mash the Subscribe button in the upper-right corner of someone's profile. You're then given the same granular control over subscription feeds as you are with your friends, allowing you to filter how much information gets piped to your news feed.
If you’re a follower of NBC News’ Twitter account, there’s a good chance you crapped your pants last Friday evening. “Breaking News! Ground Zero has just been attacked!” the feed blared, followed by flight numbers and rumors of hijacking attempts. Ten minutes later, a group calling themselves “The Script Kiddies” came clean and announced that they’d hacked the account. NBC’s been trying to figure out how the account became compromised ever since, and now they think they’ve found the culprit: a Trojan Christmas tree.
After closing a massive new round of funding, Twitter CEO Dick Costolo has casually mentioned that Twitter now has 100 million active users. Back in April, Twitter officially passed 200 million registered users, so this new milestone also serves to remind us how many users simply don’t use their accounts.
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.
Rahul Sood doesn't hold a grudge against HP. As a matter of fact, he "really loves HP," as he confessed in a recent blog post, and is hoping that when HP's finished reinventing itself, the OEM "comes back stronger and better than ever." Those are kind words for a company that ultimately drove Sood's Voodoo PC brand into the ground, but after witnessing HP do the same with Palm/webOS and try to duck out of the PC business altogether, one can't help but make some harsh observations.
Even if you're lucky enough to toil away in an enlightened work places that lets you Tweet away to your heart's content during the day, your boss might not be very understanding if your feed's full of porn links from your potty-minded pals. Your days over hovering over bit.ly links, paralyzed in fear may soon be over. Twitter's rolling out a new tweak to its API that will let you block your friends' linkbombs from even showing up.
Government bureaucrats have a reputation for being stodgy and without a sense of humor. Well, the aid tasked with running the @whitehouse Twitter account might have just proved that wrong. The White House just Rickrolled a user that complained about the entertainment value of recent Obama briefings. Take that!
One of the hazards of signing up with a start up is that the stock they use to lure employees in usually can’t be cashed out until the company allows it. That’s been the case with Twitter for years now, and both employees and investors are getting antsy. But the social service’s new round of funding, reported to be around $800 million, will include $400 million just for cashing out stock options.