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Archives: September 2011

Police Investigate “The Onion” For Satirical Tweet About Gunshots In Congress

Known for its biting wit and political satire, many people weren’t fooled when The Onion started tweeting about gunshots at the Capitol building. But some were startled, including the police.
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Are Twitter And Facebook Good For Democracy? [INFOGRAPHIC]

As the use of social media has grown in the United States, so too has students’ appreciation for the First Amendment, suggests a new study by Knight Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting journalism and supporting communities across the USA.

However, teachers aren’t quite as positive about the merits of platforms such as Twitter and Facebook as their students – almost half believe that social media actually harms the learning process.

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Too Nervous To Take Your Smartphone Into The Toilet? This Dispenser Will Print Out Your Tweets

There have been a few odd Twitter-hybrid creations in the past, like that Tweeting bench or coffee pot that starts brewing when you tweet to it. But this one deserves to sit on the throne, so to speak, of strange Twitter-ventions: a toilet paper roll that prints out your Twitter timeline while you wait.
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Choose a Twitter Background to Gain More Followers

I am constantly shocked by how little people pay attention to their Twitter backgrounds. Like they don’t mean a thing.

Sigh.

People, whatever online presence you have says something about who you are, what you do and what’s important to you. Let’s put it this way – you can use one of the default backgrounds that Twitter provides you, but that’s like getting all your clothes at one store because you can’t be bothered to go anywhere else.
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Businesses, Listen Up: Twitter Users Expect You To Hear (And Respond To) Their Complaints [STUDY]

A new study should serve as a bright red warning light for any business with a dormant or lazy Twitter presence: your customers are tweeting, and they expect you to hear them.
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The Most Popular People And Brands On Twitter, Facebook And Google+ [INFOGRAPHIC]

Socialbakers, the social media analytics company, announced a $2 million funding round yesterday, and have celebrated this event with the launch of a new infographic which measures the popularity of the top users and brands across Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and LinkedIn.

As regular readers of AllTwitter will know, Lady Gaga reigns supreme amongst individual users on Twitter, but her little monsters are only good enough to place her third on Facebook, behind fellow music superstars Eminem and Rihanna. Gaga isn’t on Google+ at all, which is still dominated by tech celebrities such as Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and Google’s Larry Page and Sergey Brin.

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Lady Gaga Passes 14 Million Twitter Followers, Adds One Million Little Monsters In Just 32 Days

Lady Gaga has reached 14 million followers on her Twitter account, accumulating her latest million in just 32 days.

Amazingly, this isn’t a personal best – it took Gaga just 31 days to move from 12 million to 13 million followers between July and August. Since she became the first user to reach 10 million followers back in May, she’s been gaining a million followers each month at an average of 34.5 days.

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The Mid-Afternoon Mood Slump Affects Most Twitter Users, Study Finds

We’re all chipper when we hop out of bed and start our morning routines, but as the mid-afternoon rolls around our mood gradually sours, says a new study which examined half a billion tweets over a two year period.
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Man Freed After 3 Months In Jail For Tweeting

Back in June, we wrote about Nasser Abdul, a Kuwaiti man who was both sued and detained for disparaging tweets he sent against the Baharain and Saudi Arabia ruling families. After more than three months behind bars for his 140-character thoughts, Abdul has finally been freed.
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Goodbye Information Overload: Strawberryj.am Digs Out The Best Links From Your Twitter Connections

Twitter is simply a deluge of information. Links, thoughts, images pour in non-stop, sending your timeline into a flurry of activity every time it’s refreshed.

Enter Strawberryj.am. This cute and simple app condenses all of the links shared by the people you’re interested in on Twitter, and only shows you the most popular ones. So instead of sifting through the 500 links in your timeline in the past hour and a half, you’re served only the juiciest, most-shared, and most-retweeted morsels.
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