It’s only a matter of time. No matter whether we’re talking about a natural disaster like the recent earthquake and consequent tsunami in Japan, or the epic man made idiocy associated with last year’s Deepwater Horizon oil spill, disasters will strike, and when they do there’s precious little any of us can do about it. All anyone can do—from individuals citizens right up the crisis management food chain to the very top levels of government—is to plan for the worst and hope for the best. That said, when it comes to protecting your family and loved ones it’s better to do a lot of planning so that you can afford to keep the hoping to a minimum. Not sure where to start? No worries. Maximum PC has put together a list of tips, technologies and gadgets to help to help you weather any storm—man made or otherwise—as stress-free and comfortably as possible.
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.
There’s nothing better than discovering music that moves you. Too bad we have to wade through so much crud to find that one aural gem that’ll keep us bopping all week long. For those of us sick of what mainstream joints Amazon or the iTunes Store have to offer, you’re going to want to know about the awesomeness that is exfm, our Browser Extension of the Week.
Advertisers seem to be finding a ton of value toting their products and services on Twitter, the microblogging service that has yet to seek an IPO. The return on investment is apparently so good that 80 percent of the companies that advertise on Twitter end up renewing their marketing efforts, Twitter CEO Dick Costolo said on Wednesday.
The “Tweet” button has been available for some time, allowing users to share links easily on Twitter. Now the short messaging service has added a feature from the other side of the coin. The Follow button can be placed on websites to allow visitors to easily follow an account. No more awkward linking to profile pages, just a one-click follow.
It's official: TweetDeck, the makers of a popular app that allows social media fanatics to tweet and update their various social media profiles from a single interface, has been purchased by Twitter. Rumors about the deal have been swirling around the Internet for a week before reaching a fever-pitch Tuesday afternoon. Tweetdeck laid all the speculation to rest earlier today, and even managed to tweet the deal in under 40 characters: "Official: TweetDeck Has Been Acquired By Twitter http://j.mp/lUHTnH"
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.
Egads! Friday the 13th's evil mojo is proving a menace for microblogging loud mouths who feel compelled to tell the world what they just ate for lunch or, unadvisedly, who they just murdered and where they hid the body (we'll stick to using it for posting article links and contest announcements). Casual users probably didn't notice that something's awry, but if you stay connected to Twitter throughout the day, expect intermittent hiccups.
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.