The Week: Most Recent The Digital Age:Twitter Revolution recent posts.en-usTue, 19 Feb 2013 17:00:00 -0500http://theweek.com Recent The Digital Age:Twitter Revolution from THE WEEKTue, 19 Feb 2013 17:00:00 -0500'We've been hacked!': @MTV and @BET's annoying Twitter stunt<img src="" /></P><p>After a string of hacks over the last few days&nbsp;littered the major corporate Twitter accounts of @BurgerKing and @Jeep with unprintable expletives, shoutouts to competitors like McDonald's and Cadillac, and references to Chicago rapper Chief Keef, someone at Viacom decided to have a little fun with the handles belonging to @MTV and @BET.</p><p><br /> <br /><br /><br /><br /> <br /><br /> <br /></p><p>The hacks turned out to be fake.</p><p>Naturally, the stunt provoked a collective groan across the Twittersphere, with everyone from&nbsp;<em>BuzzFeed&nbsp;</em>to&nbsp;<em>ABC News&nbsp;</em>initially reporting the hacks as the real thing. (And understandably so.)</p><p>And not...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/chris-gayomali" ><span class="byline">Chris Gayomali</span></a>Tue, 19 Feb 2013 17:00:00 -0500Twitter's weird, bold plan to become an online shopping mall<img src="" /></P><p>Twitter, in its seemingly endless quest to effectively monetize itself, is looking across the internet to Amazon for a little inspiration. The social-messaging network now wants to become something of an e-tailer, and is partnering with American Express to let consumers purchase products by &mdash; you guessed it &mdash; tweeting.</p><p>The project is still in the experimental phase, but so far, here's what we know about how&nbsp;Amex Sync would work: Retailers would make deals with Twitter to sell specific products and services at a discount to Twitter users. Then on the consumer end, you'd link your...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/chris-gayomali" ><span class="byline">Chris Gayomali</span></a>Tue, 12 Feb 2013 10:18:00 -0500How I learned to stop worrying and love Twitter<img src="" /></P><p>Twitter is <em>dead</em>, you guys. Writers used to send pithy tweets across cyberspace, borne on the golden wings of Hermes. Now, as T.S. Eliot would say, "Our dried voices, when we whisper together are quiet and meaningless." Twitter is so uncool, that even if we resurrected the spirits of Jim Morrison and Jimi Hendrix and got them to tweet never-before-heard song lyrics from the grave, they would have like, 20 followers, tops. And most of them would be spambots. Do you know what else is dead? Rock and roll. When I put on the Dead Weather or Jay-Z, my parents inform me that music used to be all about...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/dana-liebelson" ><span class="byline">Dana Liebelson</span></a>Fri, 01 Feb 2013 08:55:00 -0500Why I love Twitter<img src="" /></P><p>Matt Lewis' latest column here at&nbsp;<em></em>&nbsp;&mdash; where, of course, I'm a columnist, too &mdash; caught my attention. Matt says he hates Twitter. He compares it to prison.</p><p>I've never met Matt, and he seems like a nice guy. But when it comes to Twitter, he's wrong.</p><p>In many respects, Twitter, a new media platform, reminds me of two old ones: television and all-news radio. I spent many years in both before retiring from the business a few years ago. Let's have a look at TV first.</p><p>In 1958, Edward R. Murrow, then as now the standard bearer of excellence in American journalism, gave...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/paul-brandus" ><span class="byline">Paul Brandus</span></a>Thu, 31 Jan 2013 09:48:00 -0500Why I hate Twitter<img src="" /></P><p>Soren Dayton and Rob Bluey &mdash; two conservative tech geniuses &mdash; talked me into joining Twitter during a lunch Ed Morrissey organized at an Iraqi restaurant in Minneapolis during the 2008 Republican convention. Life hasn't been the same since.</p><p>Of course, I can hardly claim to be an early adopter. But by virtue of signing up in 2008 (my original handle was @MattLewis01), I was at least well ahead of the curve. And soon enough, I became not only a proponent of Twitter, but also a sort of evangelist.</p><p>It's hard to even fathom now, but at the time, few journalists were really using Twitter...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/matt-k-lewis" ><span class="byline">Matt K. Lewis</span></a>Wed, 30 Jan 2013 06:37:00 -0500Vine: Is Twitter's new porn problem overblown?<img src="" /></P><p>Vine, Twitter's video sharing app for easily digestible 6-second clips, has been the toast of the internet since it launched last week. Creative-types love it. Someone even took the time to build a fansite, Vinepeek, that automatically streams newly uploaded videos in real time.</p><p>But the Vine love-fest isn't all hearts and puppy dogs &mdash; even though there is a lot of that. A modest search for the hashtags #porn or #sex reveals a vulgar depository of NSFW clips rivaling any curious teenager's browser cache. On Monday morning, Vine upset more than a few fans when it floated an explicit video...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/chris-gayomali" ><span class="byline">Chris Gayomali</span></a>Mon, 28 Jan 2013 10:15:00 -05004 tips for creating a successful Twitter parody account<img src="" /></P><p>A chorus of Twitter elite got really angry on Friday when an opportunistic user decided to register @GowanusDolphin, a horrible account that premised itself on a dolphin trapped in New York's murky&nbsp;Gowanus Canal.&nbsp;<strong>Update:&nbsp;</strong>The dolphin died.</p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Not sure how I feel about parody account @gowanusdolphin. Poor guy. Don't find funny at all.</p>&mdash; Craig Kanalley (@ckanal) January 25, 2013</blockquote><blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>I don't think I'm exaggerating when I say that this @gowanusdolphin account is far worse than the Holocaust.</p>&mdash; Joel Johnson (@joeljohnson) January 25, 2013</blockquote><blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>It's because we all laughed...</p></blockquote> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/chris-gayomali" ><span class="byline">Chris Gayomali</span></a>Fri, 25 Jan 2013 17:15:00 -0500Should Twitter be forced to reveal racist users?<img src="" /></P><p>A cursory Twitter search for any number of hate-filled phrases too vulgar to print here reveals a deep well of nastiness and ugly racism. In the United States, users are protected under the First Amendment. But what happens when a user's hate-speech violates the law in other countries?&nbsp;</p><p>A French judge ruled Thursday that <strong>Twitter would have to reveal the details of users who post racist or offensive tweets</strong>. The social network has not decided if it will comply, and insists that it is only subject to laws in the United States, where it maintains offices and stores information.&nbsp;</p><p>It all...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/chris-gayomali" ><span class="byline">Chris Gayomali</span></a>Fri, 25 Jan 2013 11:43:00 -0500Introducing Vine: Twitter's 6-second video-sharing app<img src="" /></P><p>GIF-lovers take note: There's a new media-sharing tool in the Twitter world. On Thursday, the social network introduced Vine, "a mobile service that lets you capture and share short looping videos." And they're not kidding when they say short. Vine allows you to post six-second videos that can be viewed in your followers' Twitter feed. Here's our first attempt:</p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Our first Vine: It's cold in Bryant Park</p>&mdash; The Week (@TheWeek) January 24, 2013</blockquote><p>Twitter has been trying to get into the video-sharing game for a while. It acquired Vine in October last year, and while...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/jessica-hullinger" ><span class="byline">Jessica Hullinger</span></a>Thu, 24 Jan 2013 13:05:00 -0500Social media masters, ninjas, and gurus: How Twitter pros describe themselves<img src="" /></P><p>Is it weird for you to see your name without an @ symbol in front of it? Do you ever wake up in a cold sweat after dreaming about your Klout score? Does the mere thought of losing your iPhone make your hands tremble?&nbsp;If you answered yes to any of these questions, read on.&nbsp;</p><p class="p2">FollowerWonk, an analytics tool that allows you to keep tabs on your Twitter account, released a list of the most popular terms users deploy to bolster their "social media" bona fides in their Twitter bios &mdash; "Social Media Pro," for example.</p><p class="p2">The list, which started off with just 16,000 Twitter users in 2009,...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/chris-gayomali" ><span class="byline">Chris Gayomali</span></a>Tue, 08 Jan 2013 16:38:00 -0500The 17 most memorable tweets of 2012<img src="" /></P><p class="p1">This has been a big year for Twitter. The platform saw&nbsp;its active&nbsp;user base rise to more than 200 million&nbsp;people.&nbsp;The 2012 presidential election became the most tweeted-about political event ever, with&nbsp;20 million tweets. The London Olympics generated more than 150 million tweets. 2012 even saw the invention of Twitter toilet paper. And of course, it was on everyone's favorite fast-paced social network that so much of this year's news broke and played out, in bursts of 140 characters or less. Here, a look back at some of the most memorable Twitter moments of 2012:&nbsp;...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/jessica-hullinger" ><span class="byline">Jessica Hullinger</span></a>Mon, 24 Dec 2012 10:55:00 -0500Connecticut massacre suspect: How the media IDed the wrong guy [Updated]<img src="" /></P><p>As the country reels in the wake of a&nbsp;horrifying school shooting&nbsp;in Connecticut that left a reported 20 children and 6 adults dead, people all over the nation are searching for answers. And as they do, many details of this terrible tragedy are quickly coming to light.</p><p class="p2">For instance, on Twitter, <em>CNN</em> reported that the name of the alleged shooter is Ryan Lanza. (<em>The New York Post</em> reports that the shooter is actually Adam Lanza, Ryan's brother.)</p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet tw-align-center"><p>CNN's @susancandiotti reports the suspect is Ryan Lanza and is in his 20s. The latest on @cnn TV and our live blog:</p>&mdash...</blockquote> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/chris-gayomali" ><span class="byline">Chris Gayomali</span></a>Fri, 14 Dec 2012 15:45:00 -050010 famous first tweets from the Pope, Barack Obama, the Dalai Lama, and more<img src="" /></P><p>A newcomer to social media, Pope Benedict XVI blessed his followers on Twitter for the first time Wednesday, sending out the first tweet from his brand-new account, @Pontifex (Latin for "greatest pontiff").</p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet tw-align-center"><p>Dear friends, I am pleased to get in touch with you through Twitter. Thank you for your generous response. I bless all of you from my heart.</p>&mdash; Benedict XVI (@Pontifex) December 12, 2012</blockquote><p>In a few short hours, the Pope's initial volley was retweeted 41,000 times and designated a "favorite" tweet nearly 14,000 times. How does his embrace of the technology stack up against the virgin...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/chris-gayomali" ><span class="byline">Chris Gayomali</span></a>Wed, 12 Dec 2012 12:21:00 -0500Twitter adds Instagram-style filters: What it means for you<img src="" /></P><p>In a blog post late Monday, Twitter revealed a new feature that lets users apply vintage filters to their photos through the service's iOS and Android smartphone applications. The announcement, which comes just a few days after the popular photo-filtering app&nbsp;Instagram yanked the ability to view its photos within Twitter's preview cards, is yet another salvo fired in what's become an increasingly heated war between the two former partners.</p><p class="p2">Starting today, Twitter users can apply one of eight filters &mdash; which range from "black &amp; white" to "vintage" &mdash; to their images to add,...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/chris-gayomali" ><span class="byline">Chris Gayomali</span></a>Tue, 11 Dec 2012 10:25:00 -0500Instagram vs. Twitter: Why their beef is bad news for you<img src="" /></P><p>Once upon a time, a tiny photo-sharing app named Instagram came out of nowhere to trounce all the other photo-sharing apps &mdash; thanks to a helping hand from Twitter, which made it awfully easy for Instagram users to post their photos within 140-character missives.&nbsp;<strong>Twitter and Instagram's friendly relationship made sense</strong>: Instagram founder Kevin Systrom once interned for Twitter co-founder Evan Williams, and Twitter chairman Jack Dorsey was an early investor in the photo service.&nbsp;</p><p class="p1">But now the two internet services are no longer BFF&nbsp;&mdash; and <strong>the growing rift is&nbsp;bad news...</strong></p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/chris-gayomali" ><span class="byline">Chris Gayomali</span></a>Wed, 05 Dec 2012 16:10:00 -0500Celebrities' most controversial tweets [Updated]<img src="" /></P><p>Celebrities usually learn to be tight-lipped in interviews, but that's not always so with their tweets. Whether they're sparring with haters, like Chris Brown did, or just revealing their own&nbsp;cluelessness, these celebrities prove they're just as infallible as the rest of us. Click through for a look at missives the famous tweeters probably wish they had never sent.</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffTue, 27 Nov 2012 13:30:00 -0500