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January 23 2014

Iranian President Rouhani Doesn't Write His Own Tweets
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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Thursday told reporters at the World Economic Forum that his "friends" write his English-language Facebook and Twitter posts.

Rouhani's English language social media presence has been inclusive, approachable and seemingly designed to build a new Western perception of Iran. Since his election in June, 2013, the president's account has tweeted 2,465 times as of Thursday morning, and he's garnered more than 170,000 followers, at least in part due to the account's messages of religious inclusion and diplomatic cooperation.

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December 22 2013

PR Exec Justine Sacco Apologizes for Offensive Tweet: Report
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Public-relations executive Justine Sacco issued an apology Sunday after publishing an offensive tweet that joked about AIDS and race, according to a report

"Words cannot express how sorry I am, and how necessary it is for me to apologize to the people of South Africa, who I have offended due to a needless and careless tweet," Sacco said in a statement to ABC. "There is an AIDS crisis taking place in this country, that we read about in America, but do not live with or face on a continuous basis. Unfortunately, it is terribly easy to be cavalier about an epidemic that one has never witnessed firsthand." Read more...

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January 19 2012

December 14 2011

Ashton Kutcher Wins First ‘Foot in Mouth’ Award for Joe Paterno Tweet


Ashton Kutcher has been awarded the first-ever “Foot in Mouth Award” by CelebTweets.com for his recent tweet regarding Joe Paterno and the Penn State child abuse scandal.

CelebTweets.com – in partnership with CelebGossip.com — has kicked off an award series that will showcase celebrities who demonstrate the exceptional ability to post something on Twitter that they immediately regret. The awards aim to encourage celebrities to think before they tweet.

Last month, the Two and a Half Men star sent a tweet that defended Penn State coach Joe Paterno, who was fired after being implicated in a scandal related to assistant coach Jerry Sandusky’s alleged history of sexually molesting children.

“How do you fire Jo Pa? #insult #noclass as a hawkeye fan I find it in poor taste,” Kutcher tweeted.

He then followed up his message with additional messages: “Heard Joe was fired, fully recant previous tweet!” and “Didn’t have full story. #admitwhenYoumakemistakes.”

Although those tweets have since been deleted, he has since left up another apology expressing his remorse for all involved with the Penn State case.

“We chose Mr. Kutcher for our first award for two reasons – first, he is often credited as being the first celebrity to fully embrace Twitter and second, he’s often said a lot of foolish things in his tweets,” says David Palma, Celeb Gossip Network’s spokesperson. “All of that weird stuff with Demi over the last few months doesn’t hurt either.”

Kutcher had been vocal about his relationship with now-estranged wife Demi Moore.

Following Kutcher’s tweet about Paterno, the actor announced he was taking a leave of absence from Twitter: “As of immediately I will stop tweeting until I find a way to properly manage this feed,” Kutcher wrote. “I feel awful about this error. Won’t happen again.”

SEE ALSO: Ashton Kutcher Is Making a Big Twitter Mistake

CelebTweets.com noted that it’s not unusual for celebrities to retract and apologize for tweets.

“It is not uncommon for an error to come to their attention following an avalanche of criticism or a panicked call from an agent or manager,” CelebTweets.com said in a statement. “The first step is to often delete the tweet in hopes of mitigating the damage.”

The site said it has introduced its “Foot in the Mouth” award to remind celebrities to use caution when tweeting.

“While we will be the first to admit that celebrities are just like us — humans who are prone to mistakes — we don’t feel that they should be able to hide from them. In fact we believe that because of the power they wield with their voice, they should in fact think before they Tweet,” CelebTweets.com said.



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The actor formerly known as "Doogie Howser" -- who's experienced a comeback of sorts on How I Met Your Mother -- joined Twitter with a comedic message that pokes fun at the 140-character limit.

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October 11 2011

Twitter Secures “Tweet” Trademark


Twitter has settled a lawsuit that will give the company control over the “tweet” trademark, according to a new report.

Twitter doesn’t currently own the trademark to the term. Instead, Des Moines-based Twittad controls the trademark. Twittad, a provider of sponsored advertising on Twitter, has trademark its tagline, “Let your ad meet tweets.” It also has trademarked various variations of the word “tweet.”

Twitter and Twittad have been in a legal struggle for years over the trademark. Twitter has argued that the term “tweet” was famous as a Twitter term before Twittad secured the trademark. The courts have thus far disagreed.

The two companies have settled their differences though, according to The Wall Street Journal. As part of the settlement, Twittad will transfer the “tweet” trademark to Twitter, though Twittad will continue to use its current trademark.

“Twitter and Twittad have arrived at a resolution recognizing a consistent use of Tweet while supporting the continued success of Twitter ecosystem partners like Twittad,” a Twitter spokesperson told Mashable.

Neither company revealed whether money exchanged hands as part of the settlement, though we’d be surprised if Twitter didn’t have to part with a good amount of cash to secure the trademark.

Image courtesy of Flickr, Blueberry4Park

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July 08 2011

Space Tweets: 23 Must-Follow Twitter Accounts for Astronomy Lovers


Let’s face it — we all wanted to go to space camp when we were little. Here’s a list of people who probably did, and then forged careers from their obsessions with the final frontier.

Twitter provides a wealth of space information. NASA’s comprehensive Twitter presence tracks all of their space missions and astronauts. Physicists and space writers constantly pose theories on the future of space exploration. And space advocates get behind Congressional policy. So click the follow buttons to space out your Twitter feed!

Please let us know your favorite galactic tweeters in the comments below.


1. @NASA


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A convenient feed for all things NASA, including launch news, astronaut updates, space discoveries and interactive media.


2. @nasa_astronauts




A handy little tool to keep track of NASA astronauts in one convenient Twitter feed.


3. @Astro_Ron




One of the astronauts currently tweeting from space, with hashtag #fromspace.


4. @Astro_Satoshi




Another astronaut currently in space, Satoshi's tweets keep you on the edge of your seat: "It’s been the one got closest to ISS ever. The relative speed was 13km/second.If it hit ISS, it would have been a disaster with holes on ISS."


5. @Astro_Mike




The first astronaut to tweet from space, Mike Massimino tweets like a regular guy despite his orbital credentials.


6. @Astro_Naoko




She tweets mostly in Japanese, but translate astronaut Naoko Yamazaki's feed to hear about her experiences logging over 362 hours in space.


7. @Astro_Nicole




Astronaut Nicole Stott presents her space perspective with photos like this.


8. @Astro_Soichi




Astronaut Soichi Noguchi plays guessing games with his space twitpics.


9. @ClaraMoskowitz




Space.com writer Clara Moskowitz lets her geeky space enthusiasm shine brightly!


10. @garrettlisi




Physicist and thrill-seeker Garrett Lisi does motocross and gets "lifted to a hundred feet by a crane, and rappelled from the sixth floor window of a fire crisped building." Oh, and he also tweets about space.


11. @ProfBrianCox




A research fellow in the particle physics department at the University of Manchester, Brian Cox applies political and economic spin to space travel.


12. @badastronomer




Snarky tweeter and astronomer Phil Plait petitions for Congressional funding for space exploration.


13. @neiltyson




Astrophysicist and author Neil deGrasse Tyson gets snarky about the state and funding of space exploration today.


14. @michiokaku




Best-selling author and physicist Michio Kaku shares blog posts from his own wealth of knowledge.


15. @astronomymag




Astronomy Magazine publishes a great collection of space news and entertainment. Plus they tweet about "zombie stars."


16. @SETIInstitute




The institute poses cutting-edge theories and arguments for the prospect of contacting extra terrestrial life.


17. @SPACEdotcom




Space.com is a go-to source for space news - very comprehensive!


18. @chandraxray




Part of Chandra's mission is to study black holes - let's hope it doesn't get sucked into another Twitter dimension!


19. @NASA_Hubble




The good ol' Hubble telescope tweets charming and poignant pictures.


20. @CassiniSaturn




If you like it, then put a ring on it. The Cassini spacecraft gathers stunning data and images of Saturn's rings, moons and storms.


21. @NASAVoyager




This feed posts occasional updates fom NASA’s twin Voyager 1 & 2 spacecraft.


22. @AsteroidWatch




NASA's official Asteroid Watch on Twitter tracks the celestial bodies as they near earth, and provides photos and videos of their paths across the sky.


23. @NASAWebbTelescp




Although it's looking at a 2018 launch date, this feed includes preparations and building procedures for the future Webb Telescope.

Image courtesy of Sweetie187.

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July 06 2011

President Obama Sends First Live Tweet at Twitter Town Hall [PIC]


President Barack Obama is answering questions from Twitter users in a live Twitter Town Hall event hosted by Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey. The President kicked off the event with his first ever live tweet to commemorate the occasion.

Obama referred to himself as “the first president to live tweet.” He then took to a nearby computer to tweet the following: “in order to reduce the deficit, what costs would you cut and what investments would you keep – bo.”

While Obama’s Twitter account has been active for several years, the president first sent a “real tweet” on behalf of the American Red Cross Twitter account in January 2010. In June of this year, the office of the President announced that Obama would begin to pen his own tweets with the -BO Twitter signature and do so regularly.

Today’s Twitter Town Hall is only the latest example of the president’s interest in social media. In May, the president named Twitter CEO Dick Costolo to his National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee.

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PayPal UK Twitter Account Hacked


Another day, another high-profile hack. The Twitter account of PayPal UK was hacked Tuesday and used to post links to an anti-PayPal site.

“This account was hacked earlier. We have it in our control now. Your personal data is still 100% safe, hack occurred on Twitter not PayPal,” tweeted PayPal UK after regaining control of the account late Tuesday.

The rogue tweets posted links to paypalsucks.com, an “anti-PayPal site exposing the nightmare of doing business ‘the PayPal way.’” The tweets were later removed by PayPal UK.

In a similar attack, hackers recently seized a Twitter account belonging to Fox News and used it to disseminate fake news about the assassination of U.S. President Obama. Attacks on Twitter accounts belonging to celebrities, companies and brands aren’t as harmful as attacks that actually steal user data — like the recent attack on Sony’s PlayStation Network — but are just as embarrassing.

[via Reuters]

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July 04 2011

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden Sends First Tweet


Vice President Joe Biden’s office sent out its first tweet on Independence Day.

Although the @vp Twitter account was created on June 28, the Vice President’s staff waited until July 4 to tweet: “VP & Dr. B [Dr. Jill Biden] hope you take time to think about our troops & military families this Independence Day, Happy 4th from OVP! @joiningforces.”

The White House Blog wrote that Vice President Biden’s office joined Twitter in preparation for the first ever Twitter Town Hall with President Obama, scheduled for this Wedensday at 2 p.m. EDT.

The tweeters behind the account promise to keep followers updated on the activities and news surrounding the Vice President’s executive actions and travels, as well as “a behind the scenes look at Veep-life.”

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June 27 2011

Olympic Committee: 2012 Athletes are Welcome to Tweet


Athletes competing at the 2012 Olympic Games in London are free to tweet during the competition, the Olympic Committee said.

The athletes are actively encouraged to “take part in social media and to post, blog and tweet their experiences,” the guidelines from the Olympic Committee (AOC) say, as long as it’s not for commercial purposes.

There’s a couple other stipulations, too: tweeters must steer away from curse or vulgar words, use “first-person, diary-type formats,” and they shouldn’t report on events in the manner of journalists. On the other hand, “accredited media may freely utilise social media platforms for bona fide reporting
purposes.”

As far as photos go, anyone who takes one is welcome to upload it to social media site, but is not permitted to sell it or distribute it in other ways. During the last Olympics, held in Beijing in 2008, uploading photos taken at venues was prohibited.

Broadcasting audio or video taken inside the venues will stay prohibited in the 2012 London Olympics. Breaching the guidelines could mean getting banned from the competition.

Read the entire document here.

[via Reuters]

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May 12 2011

UFC Fighters To Get Bonuses for Tweeting


The Ultimate Fighting Championship, the world’s largest mixed martial arts (MMA) organization, is going to award fighters with monetary bonuses for using Twitter, the head of UFC announced at the UFC Fighter Summit in Las Vegas.

UFC and Strikeforce (another MMA promotion company) have a unique plan on how to do that. Starting June 1, they will divide their fighters into four categories based on their Twitter follower count. Then, after every three months, three fighters from each category will get a $5,000 bonus based on how many followers they’ve gained, the biggest percentage of new followers gained and the most creative tweets, judged by UFC head Dana White.

This is an interesting and innovative approach to social media, uncommon in mainstream sports, where players are often reprimanded for tweeting. The UFC’s approach allows the big stars who already have a large Twitter following have the same chance of getting a bonus as the up-and-comers.

UFC fighters and the MMA community are very lively on Twitter. Feuds between fighters — common in the sport — are fueled by comments on Twitter, and tweets from fighters and trainers are often a source for news about upcoming fights.

On the other hand, young, new fighters often earn a couple of thousand dollars per fight (and in MMA, every fight has the potential to cause injuries that could keep a fighter out of the octagon for weeks or months). Now fighters will also be able to use their wit and creativity to make a living.

Image courtesy of EliteSportsTours.ca via Flickr

[via MMAfighting]

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May 06 2011

First Tweet Sent From Top of Mount Everest [VIDEO]


British mountain climber Kenton Cool used a 3G connection to make a call and send a tweet on the summit of Mount Everest.

This was made possible when the Nepali mobile network operator Ncell installed the first 3G station at the base camp of Mount Everest in October 2010.

Now, in a nifty marketing trick, Samsung sponsored Cool to use its most powerful smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy S II, to make the first 3G call and tweet from the summit.

“I’ve climbed Everest before but have never been able to share the exhilaration and excitement I experience when I reach the top with those back home,” Cool said. He’s climbed Mount Everest eight times before and is one of Britain’s most successful alpinists.

Cool also unboxed the Samsung Galaxy S II at the base camp at Everest. We’ve included the video of that below.

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December 14 2010

The Most Powerful Tweets of 2010 According to Twitter


Once upon a time, Twitter (do you remember when it was called twttr?) was just a simple tool that enabled users to say what was on their minds. Now, having experienced tremendous growth over the past couple of years, and being embraced by celebrities, government organizations and PR companies around the world, it’s much more than that, and it’s clearly visible in Twitter’s list of the most powerful tweets of the year.

Among Twitter’s choices, some tweets really made a change, such as Leigh Fazzina’s cry for help after a biking accident, and Ann Curry’s plea for the U.S. Air Force to let Doctors Without Borders planes land in Haiti.

Some were a sign of the times, such as the White House welcoming Russian President Medvedev to Twitter, or Jonathan Schwartz announcing his last day as the CEO of Sun on the microblogging service.

However, we feel that what really showed the power of Twitter weren’t individual tweets, but rather avalanches of messages showing that the public really cares about some topics, like the Haiti earthquake and the Gulf oil spill and — perhaps more importantly — that it has opinions that cannot easily be swayed by PR departments and soothing TV statements.

Check out the full list of the most powerful tweets of 2010 here.

Image courtesy of Twitter

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November 12 2010

September 13 2010

Army Commander Will Tweet From War-Torn Afghanistan


A British army commander will tweet updates about life in the military while serving a six-month tour of duty in Afghanistan. It’s an unlikely task considering the life-and-death security issues involved.

The soldier is Lieutenant Colonel Dougie Graham, and he commands the 2nd Battalion of the Royal Regiment of Scotland — a sizable force of 450 soldiers. He’s currently in talks with his own commanding officers to work out exactly what he can and can’t include in his Twitter updates.

The battalion actually already has a Facebook page, so social media isn’t a new thing for them, but Graham hopes that a frequently updated Twitter account will help connect him and the men and women serving under his command with their families back home.

Telegraph, our source for this story, quotes Graham saying, “I would like to be able to give people a feel for the reality because it’s not all fighting, it’s not all bombs and bullets.”

Military officials around the world are understandably concerned that soldiers could create risks for themselves, their campaigns and others should they inadvertently share information on social media that would be useful to enemy forces. But the initial concern has been easing up lately.

The United States military recently reversed a general ban on social media that was imposed by certain branches such as the Marines. There are myriad caveats and potential exceptions, of course, but it’s a step for soldiers who want to stay in touch with friends and families while fighting abroad.

Image courtesy of iStockphoto, Fribble


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September 07 2010

3% of Twitter’s Servers Dedicated to Justin Bieber


Would you believe that Justin Bieber and his legion of fans use up 3% of Twitter’s server at any given time — such a large amount of activity that “racks of servers” are dedicated to Bieber mania?

So said a Twitter employee, according to web designer and blogger Dustin Curtis. Yesterday he sent out the following tweet:

“At any moment, Justin Bieber uses 3% of our infrastructure. Racks of servers are dedicated to him. – A guy who works at Twitter”

When we asked Curtis who the Twitter employee is, he said his source is someone “who would know such things. I obviously can’t give you his name. But I trust that the information is absolutely correct.” So maybe you’d better believe it. Bieber consistently appears on the top Twitter trends chart we publish each weekend, and he topped a “Twitter’s most listed” chart too.

We shot an e-mail Twitter’s way to confirm, and while the Twitter rep we contacted didn’t confirm the figure, she didn’t discourage us from believing it, either. “While we don’t break out metrics like this, everything around and about Justin Bieber is consistently popular on Twitter,” she said.

Curtis also tweeted that “most of the popular users on Twitter have dedicated servers for their accounts.” He believed the Twitter employee and tweeted what he said in part because he thinks the numbers make perfect sense:

“Every time Bieber tweets, his messages have to be delivered to more than five million people who then endlessly retweet it. Apparently, his account receives more than 60 @-replies per second for a while after he tweets, which is something Twitter wasn’t originally designed to handle.”

He’s certainly no Justin Bieber, but Curtis isn’t totally unknown on Twitter himself. He appeared in our “10 Web Design Bloggers You Should Follow” list a couple of months ago.


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August 15 2010

Twitter Allows Tweets Longer Than 140 Characters (By Accident)


If you’re crafty, you can now publish a tweet longer than 140 characters. It’s not a feature but rather a bug of course, so don’t expect it to be possible for much longer.

We first read about the bug in the Twitter Development Talk Google Group, where forum user Chris White posted a step-by-step of how to make it happen. He wrote that you go directly to the Twitter Share URL (http://twitter.com/share?url=) in the Firefox web browser and put your tweet’s text after “url=” — for example, “http://twitter.com/share?url=This is a test of the Twitter 140 character bug.”

The result is a tweet box with a shortened http://t.co/ link (that’s Twitter’s URL shortener). Then you can just click the tweet button and the full-length tweet will go out on your account. It will display properly on Twitter’s website, but many third-party web, desktop or mobile apps will fail to show the whole message.

Twitter user TenhoMania published a tweet that included the entire first chapter of the book of Genesis from the Hebrew Bible — not a wholly original idea at this point, but special for its 3,000+ character length, at least. That and several other lengthy tweets have been retweeted numerous times.

Twitter employee John Adams posted a thanks to Chris White on Google Groups for exposing the bug, and said “I filed a bug with our webclient team,” so a fix is sure to come in the very near future.

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June 18 2010

A Tweet Too Far? Utah Firing Squad Execution Announced on Twitter

Earlier today, convicted killer Ronnie Lee Gardner was executed by a Utah firing squad; the first execution of its kind in the United States in 14 years. Shortly before that, Attorney General Mark Shurtleff announced it with a couple of tweets.

One of them read: “I just gave the go ahead to Corrections Director to proceed with Gardner’s execution. May God grant him the mercy he denied his victims.” Earlier, he tweeted: “A solemn day. Barring a stay by Sup Ct, & with my final nod, Utah will use most extreme power & execute a killer. Mourn his victims. Justice.”

Were these tweets really necessary? For the most part, the 140-character messages about death, devoid of any emotion, did not sit well with many Twitter users.

A Twitter user named diptychal tweeted: “@MarkShurtleff’s tweet will probably go down in history as the dumbest most disgusting use of Twitter ever.” Another user, named drhonk, simply tweeted: “What a way to announce someone’s execution … twitter .. geez.”

The incident raises an interesting question. Is Twitter really appropriate in every occasion, even one as serious as an execution? What do you think, should Mark Shurtleff have tweeted about it? Voice your opinion in the comments.



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Tags: tweet, twitter, Utah firing squad


May 29 2010

Twitter: 15 Billion Tweets and Counting [PIC]

Twitter has surpassed 15 billion tweets less than three months after it broke the 10 billion count.

The above tweet, sent minutes ago from @EGRK, is the 15 billionth tweet sent on the popular microblogging service. It is yet another milestone for the maturing company.

Tweet #15,000,000,000 is also proof that Twitter’s growth is accelerating. Twitter broke one billion tweets in November of 2008. It took nearly a year for it to reach 5 billion.

Tweet growth has been accelerating, though. Twitter surpassed 10 billion tweets on March 4th, 2010, growing by 5 billion tweets in just four months. Now it has jumped from 10 billion to 15 billion in less than three, showing that engagement is rising, not falling.

We want to note that tweet #15,000,000,000 may not correlate to the actual 15 billionth tweet, because the tweet IDs have been changed several times due to the Twitpocalypse. The count is artificially high, but it’s unclear by how much. Still, the engagement growth is a great indicator for the health of the Twitterverse.


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May 03 2010

Twitter to Launch Embeddable Tweets?

A new blog post from the Twitter media team suggests that the company will launch an embeddable tweets feature sometime tomorrow.

Most of the time, when a blog or website wants to add specific tweets to its blog posts (say, like, this one), it has to either quote the text or screenshot the tweets and put them in the post. Suffice it to say, the former doesn’t have have the same impact as the latter, but the latter is a time-intensive affair.

That’s why Twitter’s cryptic blog post today piqued our interest. The company alludes to these issues, using ReadWriteWeb as an example. But it’s the last paragraph that really gives it away:

“But the truth, of course, is that a pasted-in image of a tweet is a bit of a hack. We have a simple alternative to propose; it’s coming tomorrow.”

Embedded tweets are almost certainly coming, and while we don’t know what form they will take, they should become popular. We’re personally tired of making screenshots of tweets, and an alternative that includes the ability to learn more about (or follow) the people who are quoted will be welcomed with open arms.

We’ve reached out to Twitter for comment and will report back when we learn more.



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Tags: Embedded Tweets, tweet, twitter


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