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John Capone

TweetDeck Hits The Web (Do You Give A Hoot?)

Many dedicated TweetDeck Users had tired some time ago of running a bulky, memory-hogging desktop application to control Twitter (and then other social streams) some time ago when web-based options such as Hootsuite became available. The folks at TweetDeck heard their cries, and Wednesday released its own long-awaited Web app. But there’s one thing that still rankles.
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Tweetgrid Multiplies Realtime Search, But Shines In Hashtag Chats

For some, a little Twitter search ain’t enough. And for them, there’s Tweetgrid, a fully customizable Twitter search tool for tracking multiple keyword-based searches in real time. With up to 10 realtime searches flowing through it any given time, a Tweetgrid can start to look like your personalized mission control. And one of Tweetgrid’s key features, the ability to share the customized dashboard (which can be made very much on the fly) by posting the url has made it an invaluable resource to those hosting hashtag chats and the like.
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Demonstrators March On Twitter HQ

San Franciscans picked up picket signs emblazoned with “Shame on You!” and converged on Twitter HQ at 795 Folsom Street Tuesday morning to voice their displeasure at proposed tax breaks for the company. The company had asked for local tax exemptions to stay in San Francisco, and signed a letter of intent to do so earlier this month when the incentives were promised. The 50 or so protesters, according to reports, were not from any one group, but comprised a broad coalition of (hyper) local activists.
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Harnessing The Power Of Twitter To Make Tweet Music

Social media has been credited with everything from wasting employees’ time to igniting revolutions across the middle east. It had, however, up until now never been accused of making music. Sam Harmon, an “audio technologist” and applications developer from the UK is working to change that with an app he created called Twinthesis, which uses Twitter’s public API to power a synthesizer on a Mac.

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Aflac Wrong To Quack Down On Gottfried

As documented in the movie “The Aristocrats,” by telling a nearly mythic dirty joke comedian Gilbert Gottfried turns around a booing audience angry that he’d made a 9/11 crack soon after the tragedy. He won’t be able to pull off the same trick after Aflac, the insurance company whose iconic duck Gottfried has voiced for years, fired him Tuesday over jokes he tweeted about Japan. But would Aflac have been better off ignoring the comments?
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Is There Any Value In Branded Twitter Clients?

The video game series “Yakuza” is big in Japan, and its fifth installment, “Yakuza: Of the End,” which pits the gangsters against zombies (a match made in game geek heaven), even has its own branded Twitter client. According to the description in the iTunes store the Yakuza series has sold more than 400 million copies. The Twitter client, not so much.
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Unfollow Day #Fail: More People Following Charlie Sheen Than Ever

Try as they might to better mankind (or at least the Twittersphere), the well-meaning souls behind “Unfollow Charlie Sheen Day” have failed miserably. In fact, the Tiger Blood is coursing more strongly than ever with followers for @charliesheen still rising steadily. Love him or hate him, charts don’t lie.
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Tweet From The Chaff: A Smarter Social Filter

If you view your Twitter and Facebook social streams as a firehose, the filtering app Refynr fits it with a gardenhose nozzle that can be adjusted to a fine mist or a trickle. Created by the one-man start-up team Aaron Longnion, the Web and mobile app seeks to tame Twitter, allowing you to filter tweets from the people you follow based on up to 20 keywords you are interested in (and 10 you don’t want to see). While the goal is to eliminate noise and optimize your stream, the approach is more one of filtering in things of interest, rather than similar services’ filtering out of annoyances (though, of course, that’s a byproduct — and “oh, bai, @charliesheen”).

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6 Third-Party iOS Twitter Apps Ready To Capitalize On The #Dickbar Debacle

On Tuesday night Twitter released an update to its official iOS app that addresses some bugs, but most notably changes the QuickBar (which had acquired the nickname the DickBar) so that it is pinned to the top of the screen and no longer floats. But third-party apps had been capitalizing on the #dickbar brouhaha, and it remains to be seen if the natives will be placated by the changes enough not to abandon the official app. What free third-party clients have the most to gain?
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A Duck, A Web Designer And Justin Bieber: The Top #DickBar Jokes

#Dickbar is making its way onto, well, the actual Dickbar. Amid the confused users asking “What is this Dickbar?” (and thinking they’d like to stop by for a drink) are those reacting with vitriol at the latest addition to Twitter’s iOS apps for the iPhone, iPad and Mac. The bar (officially a “Quick Bar”) displays the latest trending topics (along with Promoted trends). The trending hashtag is named in honor of Twitter CEO Dick Costolo (though the entendre is clearly intended).

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