Twitter co-founder Biz Stone has confirmed that Twitter will begin the beta roll-out of a new Twitter service – the Twitter verified account service – designed to confirm and verify that the Twitter accounts of celebrities, public personalities, and other famous people are actually the accounts of the people they say they are, and not imposters and pretenders.
With just two days until the 20-year anniversary of the horrific massacre at Tiananmen Square, the Chinese government has censored and blocked Twitter, Flickr, YouTube, Live.com and Hotmail.com, and even the new Microsoft Bing.com
It would seem that Phil Spector is Twittering from prison. While it seems unlikely, even unbelievable – and speculation about whether it’s really Phil Spector Twittering from jail, or an imposter, abounds – in reading the actual Twitter messages, if it’s not Phil Spector (whose full name is actually Harvey Phillip Spector, or “Harvey P. Spector”), then it’s a darned good facsimile Tweeting in Phil Spector’s name.
Sources have revealed that there is a Twitter reality television show in the works, which would feature real time Twitter messages (“tweets”) from the show’s contestants, who will be pitted against one another in an effort to track down celebrities.
Twitter has boldly gone where no social media has gone before: space. More specifically, one of the current crew members of the space shuttle Atlantis, Mike Massimino, is Twittering from space.
Proving that it really wants to be the hip Internet administration, the WhiteHouse now has a Twitter account, a Facebook page, and a MySpace Page. Check out the Whitehouse Twitter account, Whitehouse Facebook account, and Whitehouse MySpace account here.
That darling grapevine of the 21st century, Twitter, is being socially indicted and implicated in the increasing panic over the currently-anticipated swine flu epidemic. According to Evgeny Morozov, a fellow at the Open Society Institute, in an article published on the website of the Foreign Policy magazine, “having millions of people wrap up all their fears into 140 characters and blurt them out in the public might have some dangerous consequences.”
One of the very interesting things about Twitter is that there are real celebrities on there, who really interact with their fans. However, there are also celebrity impersonators – unauthorized imposters – and they have the potential to wreak real havoc.
Following closely on the heels of the defendant who was acquited because the arresting officer revealed too much on MySpace and Facebook, two different trials are being appealed due to jurors Twittering and Facebooking about the trial, including in one extremely high-profile case.
The social networking generation gap technology has created is smaller than you may think. Online social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook used by adults? You bet! Facebook and Twitter are increasingly being used by Internet business people and entrepreneurs to reach both customers and peers. Taking a moment to update your Facebook status, or send the occasional message (“tweet”) on Twitter can pay big dividends! It’s the digital age and social networking online is a big part of online business! No longer are adults asking “What is Facebook?” – instead it’s the teens complaining that “Facebook is recently becoming very overpopulated with grownups!”
Recently I got a notice that someone of whom I’d never heard was following me on Twitter. Now, this isn’t all that unusual – it happens to me at least once or twice a day. But when I checked this person’s profile, it said they were following 32,244 people! Yes, I’d run into a new breed of spammer – pushing a new breed of Twitter spam.
If you are like many people, you may be wondering what people see in Twitter – why use Twitter – what do people use Twitter for – what are the uses of Twitter (or, for that matter, even, what is Twitter?)
If you are a Twitter member who is using Twitter to post Tweets to let your fellow Twitter users know what you’re up to, then you’re going to love this! Now you can easily post a Tweet to Twitter anytime – from anywhere – by making a telephone call!