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Entenmanns steps into Casey Anthony/Twitter controversy

July 6, 2011 Leave a comment

The real story here is that Entenmann’s even has a Twitter account.  Who knew?

Pope Benedict tweets his first tweet

June 29, 2011 Leave a comment

Japanese suffering brings out the worst in our national media

March 13, 2011 Leave a comment

I first read via Twitter sometime on Friday that some network anchors were making their way to Japan to “cover” the disaster there.  My first literal reaction was one of disgust.  This sums it up perfectly:

[L]et’s call this what it is: A publicity stunt, a star-system celebrity-status game where it’s not enough to let reporters do the reporting, but instead the networks want to send their Famous Faces With Big Names.

The purpose is to signify that this is really important news and that their anchors aren’t just Pretty People who read a Teleprompter in a Manhattan TV studio but are actual honest-to-God journalists.   It’s like how, when TV news does a story about Congress, it’s important that the reporter be on camera with the Capitol dome in the background — “See? He’s really there at the Capitol, covering Congress!” — even if what he’s reporting is just stuff that anybody could have picked up off the AP wire.

So now we’ll get to watch footage of Christiane Amanpour and Anderson Cooper walking through scenes of earthquake-and-flood devastation, because it’s important for the networks that we see this story “reported” by their $4-million-a-year superstars.

Yes, yes, a thousand times yes.  There’s nothing more important to these people than self-aggrandizement and a desire to feel relevant in an environment that with each passing day, finds them further and further behind every breaking news story.  Thank goodness for other sources of information like Twitter, from which I get the bulk of breaking news anyway.

Charlie Sheen goes to Twitter

March 2, 2011 Leave a comment

Opened his Twitter account yesterday and had half a million followers by the end of the day.

Up to 743,000 as of 9:00 AM today, and he’s tweeted twelve tweets.

Flipping the switch: cutting off the internet in Egypt

January 28, 2011 2 comments

In the form of a graph:

James Cowie writes:

[I]n an action unprecedented in Internet history, the Egyptian government appears to have ordered service providers to shut down all international connections to the Internet. Critical European-Asian fiber-optic routes through Egypt appear to be unaffected for now.

But every Egyptian provider, every business, bank, Internet cafe, website, school, embassy, and government office that relied on the big four Egyptian ISPs for their Internet connectivity is now cut off from the rest of the world. [...]

What happens when you disconnect a modern economy and 80,000,000 people from the Internet? What will happen tomorrow, on the streets and in the credit markets? This has never happened before, and the unknowns are piling up.

[Via Twitter]

Tweet of the Year Nominee

October 18, 2010 1 comment

Courtesy of Dan Riehl:

This had me laughing out loud.

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The internet never, ever forgets

August 23, 2010 Leave a comment

After weeks of being lazy, I finally got around to reading this interesting piece from the Times’ magazine a few weeks ago.

This bit sums up the article best:

We’ve known for years that the Web allows for unprecedented voyeurism, exhibitionism and inadvertent indiscretion, but we are only beginning to understand the costs of an age in which so much of what we say, and of what others say about us, goes into our permanent — and public — digital files.

The fact that the Internet never seems to forget is threatening, at an almost existential level, our ability to control our identities; to preserve the option of reinventing ourselves and starting anew; to overcome our checkered pasts.

This should be required reading for anyone who enjoys posting every frickin’ detail of their lives on Facebook or if they have kids who do the same.  Even if you don’t, read the whole thing.

Is email becoming obsolete?

August 2, 2010 Leave a comment

Email is slowly losing its place as our main avenue of online communication:

Checking e-mail has long been considered the primary pastime of the online user. However, if data from Nielsen is to be believed, that’s no longer the case. The firm found that on average, about 23 percent of our online time is spent on social networking sites, versus 8.3 percent on email.

This was a much wider spread than last year, when it was 15.8 and 11.5 percent respectively. The changes could be explained by the fact that social networking sites are the primary method of communication between friends these days, which makes sending an e-mail much less necessary.

First, we stopped hand-writing letters because of email.  Now, not even email provides enough instantaneous self-gratification for our time-obsessed society.

The World Cup final on Twitter

July 25, 2010 Leave a comment

Some eye-opening Twitter action during the World Cup:

In a post on the company’s blog, Matt Graves, a Twitter employee, said that the final match of the World Cup “represented the largest period of sustained activity” for a single event since Twitter started several years ago.

Mr. Graves also said that during the final 15 minutes of the game the company was seeing more than 2,000 World Cup-related tweets per second, being generated from over 170 countries in 27 languages. Once Spain scored its winning goal, that number passed 3,000 posts per second.

Pretty remarkable stuff considering that there was nearly a revolution in Iran tweeted on Twitter.

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How do you spell “irony”?

April 15, 2010 Leave a comment

Here is an actual exchange between Vladimir, a  friend of mine, and Dalton, a friend of Vladimir’s, that I overheard the other day (the names have been changed to protect the innocent):

(Vladimir):  “I will still not sell out to Twitter, and that is the truth.”

(Dalton):    “Hell yeah, I still have no Twitter account…I thought I was the only one!”

This “conversation” took place on Facebook.

I just think it’s amazing how Facebook is becoming such an ingrained part of so many people’s lives, it’s almost second nature to a lot of people.  Most of the people I know are considered lemmings, and I don’t mean that in a bad way by any means.  But they are lemmings in the sense that most people are lemmings–that they really aren’t at the forefront of anything.   They are on Facebook because everyone else is.  And yet, they consider joining Twitter as “selling out”.

Myself, I only joined Facebook back in October because I had two college acquaintances with whom I had lost contact with, begging me for a year to join.  When I finally did, I realized that I too, was a lemming.

I can see why Facebook is important if you had a “brand” to push, or a business, or for a politician (last I checked Mitch McConnell doesn’t have a Facebook page, which I think speaks volumes).   But as a regular person?  Why not just start a blog?

Anyway, this video sums up my attitude towards Facebook for the non-brand pushers:

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