I surprised some people when I said I was taking November off Twitter.
I’ve been using Twitter since July 2006 (user #1568!) with almost completely unbroken usage since late 2007, so that reaction is understandable—most especially from those in my life who consider me addicted to my iPhone.
“I used to believe that time was the most important thing I have, but I’ve come to believe differently. The single most valuable resource I have is uninterrupted thought.” Ever thought about giving social media a break?
Some Twitter users received emails Thursday from the social media company stating that their account may have been compromised after a potential security breach.
“Twitter believes that your account may have been compromised by a website or service not associated with Twitter. We’ve reset your password to prevent others from accessing your account,” the email stated.
Twitter also stated in the email that users should not reuse their old password and should create a new password that included a combination of letters, numbers and symbols.
The company also recommended that users check their browser’s address bar when visiting the Twitter website to make sure the URL is indeed Twitter’s legitimate site.
“Phishing sites often look just like Twitter, so check the URL before entering your login information!” the company said in the email.
To answer your question: No, Pheed isn’t the new Twitter. (In fact, it’s already been banned by Twitter for spamming.) Instead, it reminds you of what MySpace was back in 2007 … with few (or, as cofounder O.D. Kobo claims, all) of the innovations that have come since. This is a network where you can pay $2.99 to hear what Chris Brown is talking about at any time. (The per-feed charges are the big selling point.) It’s a place where you’re encouraged to read the deep thoughts of the DJ from Limp Bizkit. Where the biggest star currently on the site is Miley Cyrus. This is a place so “hip” in the Total Request Live sense that it has a maximum character count of 420, and you get the impression that the designers chose that specific number because they thought it was funny. In an age where clean social network design is becoming increasingly important and sites — like, well, MySpace — are upping their game, and individual social media users are becoming more creative by the week, Pheed feels like a dark, hollow place devoid of that creativity. So hollow that not one, but two technology sites have already called Pheed a cheap money grab. We’re not strictly a technology site, but make us number three.
To be able to come into work every day and build things that help a billion people stay connected with the people they care about every month, that’s just unbelievable.
Mark Zuckerberg • Speaking to Matt Lauer about hitting one billion active users on the site — a number which is bound to give his company’s battered stock a jolt. Regarding that stock, he says: “Things go in cycles. We’re obviously in a tough cycle now and that doesn’t help morale, but at the same time, you know, people here are focused on the things that they’re building,” he explains. “I mean, you get to build things here that touch a billion people, which is just not something that you can say at almost anywhere else, so I think that’s really the thing that motivates people.”
The Golden State is pioneering the social media revolution and these laws will protect all Californians from unwarranted invasions of their personal social media accounts.
Calfornia Gov. Jerry Brown • On the signing of two separate bills that block employers and universities from asking their employees or students, respectively, for social media passwords. Brown says the bill came as a result of reports of employers asking for the passwords. While the federal government didn’t take it up, some states — including California — did.
So yeah, MySpace is getting another reboot. It pains us to say this, but … we might actually use this. Because it’s actually really freaking MOTHER OF GOD I CAN’T BELIEVE THEY PULLED THIS OFF good. (BTW, play a game of “Where’s Justin” when watching this — Justin Timberlake is one of the investors in the site.)
good Yesterday, the Federal Communications Commission hosted a Twitter chat with Julius Genachowski, the agency’s head. Great! Let’s get people talking!
bad For the first 23 minutes of the half-hour chat, Genachowski’s answers didn’t show up, because he wasn’t using the designated hashtag #AskJulius.
worse Where to start? 1) He was actually at Twitter’s headquarters at the time of his chat, but nobody helped him. 2) The FCC tried to convince the press not the cover the story of his inability to use TweetChat. 3) The head of the Federal Communications Commission doesn’t know how to communicate on Twitter. #fail source
Over the past five years or so, social media has become an important tool for some to promote their business, fight for a revolution or even keep up with the news. But B.J. Mendelson, who has spent years as a marketer and online journalist, would like to inform you that it’s all not what it seems. To sell his point home, his new book is called “Social Media is Bulls***” — and he’s not afraid of taking on a few sacred cows in the process. Curious? Check out our profanity-laced interview with Mendelson, laid out using the experimental design and publishing tool Jux, after the jump.
Farewell, Twitter? Perhaps someday there will be a better way to embed Tweets on Tumblr…
This can’t be good for Twitter.
To be clear, it’s probably not Tumblr’s fault.It’s most likely Twitter’s. What you’re seeing is a land war on consumer choice that’s taking place in bits and pieces. This is part of a slow deterioration of your rights as a social consumer, and it’s not some nerdy thing that doesn’t mean anything to you. This makes your life harder. It breaks connectivity and makes it harder to use a service that used to work — and it’s all because Twitter wants to encourage you to stay, because their model is built around making money from ads, not their API. At what point does Twitter cause a backlash from normal users instead of merely power users? And at what point does Facebook or Tumblr or LinkedIn or another network start doing the same thing in retaliation? Everyone, take a look at what Matt Buchanan has reported on Buzzfeed regarding this issue. He called it about a month ago, and Twitter keeps proving him right.
To our dismay, Twitter has restricted our users’ ability to “Find Twitter Friends” on Tumblr. Given our history of embracing their platform, this is especially upsetting. Our syndication feature is responsible for hundreds of millions of tweets, and we eagerly enabled Twitter Cards across 70 million blogs and 30 billion posts as one of Twitter’s first partners. While we’re delighted by the response to our integrations with Facebook and Gmail, we are truly disappointed by Twitter’s decision.
Start following this, guys. This may be their business, but it’s your right as a consumer to export your data.
Obama’s campaign has made far more use of direct digital messaging than Romney’s. Across platforms, the Obama campaign published 614 posts during the two weeks examined compared with 168 for Romney. The gap was the greatest on Twitter, where the Romney campaign averaged just one tweet per day versus 29 for the Obama campaign (17 per day on @BarackObama, the Twitter Account associated with his presidency, and 12 on @Obama2012, the one associated with his campaign). Obama also produced about twice as many blog posts on his website as did Romney and more than twice as many YouTube videos.