How mainstream media outlets use Twitter

News organizations are primarily using Twitter to distribute their own headlines, rather than engage with their audiences or curate information from other sources, according to a new study from the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism and The George Washington University’s School of Media and Public Affairs. This isn’t that surprising to anyone […]

Twitter to launch political advertising

Twitter is beginning for the first time this week to sell political advertising, in an attempt to capitalize on the upcoming election cycle and the key role Twitter is already playing as part of the national political conversation, Politico reports.

Google developing Flipboard competitor app for tablets

Google is reportedly developing a reading app for tablet devices that will compete with popular apps such as Flipboard, Pulse, Zite, AOL’s Editions and Yahoo’s Livestand. The app is reportedly called “Propellor” and being developed for both Android and the iPad.

News that broke on Twitter

Here is a nice short summary of five prominent news events that broke on Twitter – including Osama bin Laden’s death, the Hudson River plane crash, the Royal Wedding announcement, and several presidential campaigns.

Entenmann’s hijacks Casey Anthony #notguilty hashtag

As Twitter erupted today over the Casey Anthony verdict, Entenmann’s tweeted “Who’s #notguilty about eating all the tasty treats they want?!” The tweet spurred outrage over Entenmann’s insensitivity, causing the baked goods company to remove the tweet and send out an apology. The questionable tweet was actually sent out not by Entenmann’s but on behalf of […]

Same-sex marriage reaction on Twitter – versus traditional media

Watching the news of the same-sex marriage victory spread across Twitter this weekend, especially the real-time reaction from the West Village, it was hard not to be emotionally moved by the events. The experience illuminated how learning the news live through Twitter — via first-person sources — is such a different, and in may ways more immersive, experience […]

What if real life were like Facebook and Twitter?

Imagine what it would be like if people asked to be your “Friend” on the street, asked you if they could “Poke” you, and followed you around? English National Opera has produced a hysterical look at what the world would be like if your social media activities occurred in real life. Check it out….

What @MayorEmanuel teaches us about real-time information flow

Information can at times move so quickly these days that it can be almost impossible to control the narrative that it creates — even one of your own creation. Dan Sinker, who created the @MayorEmanuel parody Twitter feed when Rahm Emanuel began running for mayor of Chicago, gave a fascinating look at how information flows across […]

First reports of Osama bin Laden’s death on Twitter

It looks like the first reports of Osama bin Laden’s death came not via online news sites or cable TV but via Twitter. Keith Urbahn, Donald Rumsfeld’s chief of staff, reported on Twitter at about 10:25 pm ET, “So I’m told by a reputable person they have killed Osama Bin Laden. Hot damn.” A few […]

How to track the Royal Wedding online

TechCrunch has a great collection of ways to follow the Royal Wedding online, including the British Monarchy’s Facebook Page and official Twitter account, @clarencehouse, which will both be posting news and photos from the event. And for those of you who are already sick of it, here are some tips on how to avoid all the talk […]