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The World Needs More Twitter-Savvy Leaders, According To Twitter Co-founder

Is Twitter’s co-founder Jack Dorsey trying to send subliminal messages to potential voters?

Dorsey has expressed interest in running for public office before and now he’s telling folks how important it is for leaders to understand tech. Coincidence? I think not!

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Jon Stewart Starts Twitter Slapfight Between U.S. Embassy And Egypt [VIDEO]

Jon Stewart is hilarious and his observations are dead-on. If you don’t like him, you’re humorless (and won’t like this post).

But we wonder if he ever scares himself with how far his influence and irreverent humor travels? For example, one would assume starting a slapfight between two nations would be a tad stressful.

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Twitter Cooperates With Vladimir Putin To Block Access To Blacklisted Content In Russia

On the heels of the announcement that Twitter archives would now be available in Russian comes an announcement from Moscow that Twitter has cooperated with Czar Vladimir Putin to block access to blacklisted content in his country.

According to The Moscow Times, Twitter has “actively been engaged in cooperation” since early March with Russia’s Federal Service for Supervision in Telecommunications, Information Technology and Mass Communications.

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Twitter Sued For $50 Million Over Anti-Semitic Tweets

We told you about Twitter’s refusal to identity the account holders behind a series of anti-Semitic tweets and then a French Court ordering Twitter to comply . . . and now Twitter is getting sued for holding out.

But those on the other side of this lawsuit shouldn’t start counting their money yet, because in true Twitter form, the scrappy little blue bird is coming out swinging.

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Are Twitter Users More Liberal and Negative Than Most? [STUDY]

If you’re online any amount of time, you realize it’s a pretty mean place. People post things they’d NEVER say to someone in person, as the thought of hurting anyone’s feelings has become almost alien.

The suspension of disbelief online is pretty complete – and crazy. We smugly type horribly hurtful things at each other, while pretending it isn’t personal and then rail against the horrors of cyberbullying – talk about the bully calling the kettle black!

But is Twitter really any worse than the Internet overall? According to this study – yes (implied). And it also is NOT representative of overall public sentiment. So it looks like if you’re on Twitter, chances are you’re a jerk (and liberal).

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The White House Put A #JediMindMeld On Twitter

Who knows how to get the Twitterverse buzzing faster than the latest 4Chan meme? The White House.

They’re so good at it actually, that one is left wondering if this latest gaffe by President Obama (and the Twitteriffic response that followed) wasn’t actually an intentional slip-up?

Either way, these folks know their stuff and have, again, taken over Twitter. But is it enough to sway public opinion?

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#SOTU Tweets Top Last Year’s Volume Despite Dorner Distraction

If you were on Twitter last night, you may have missed President Obama’s State of the Union address as theDorner standoff proved a big distraction (particularly with all the “breaking news” that was reported).

But despite that, it’s interesting to note that the #SOTU still bested its last tweet record by a pretty hefty margin.

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French Government Bans ‘Hashtag’ And Renames It ‘Mot-dièse’

Those French! First they want Twitter to bend the rules for them and now they refuse to use a perfectly good word just because it isn’t au français. Bah!

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Clinton Hosting Global Town Hall On Twitter

In what is being called a “Global Townterview,” Hillary Rodham Clinton will be taking questions on Twitter from the Newseum in Washington, DC.

And it happens tomorrow.

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100% Of U.S. Senate Members Now Use Twitter [MAP]

Later today Barack Obama will be publicly sworn in as President of the United States Of America, and as the buzz builds across the Twitter the timing couldn’t have been any better.

As of Friday, all 100 members of the Senate, and 90 percent of the 398 members of the House Of Representatives have active Twitter accounts.

Back in 2011, just 44 percent of the Senate and 35 percent of the House were active on Twitter. There are 29 States with their entire delegation tweeting, and every State across America boasts a delegation tweeting rate of at least 70 percent. Not bad for a platform that was just getting started when President Obama was first elected.

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