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Media Wastes Little Time Catching Up to @SeinfeldToday

This may be a new record. Sunday afternoon, the Twitter account @SeinfeldToday was playfully launched to showcase the strands of nothingness that might preoccupy Jerry, George, Elaine and Kramer if their Thursday night NBC show was still on the air.

This morning, members of the Jerry-loving media were rushing to get the scoop and this afternoon (ET time), Atlantic Wire blogger Esther Zuckerman was chronicling the whole thing. A mere 20 hours in:

The man behind the account, BuzzFeed’s sports editor Jack Moore, started tweeting out scenarios with his friend, comedian Josh Gondelman, and then decided that the joke merited its own account. Moore is a Seinfeld fanatic himself: “I’m pretty much constantly watching episodes in the background while I’m doing anything,” he told us in an email. “I have a thumb drive with the whole series on it that I keep in my bag pretty much all the time.”

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Twitter’s Director of Trust and Safety Shares a Few Secrets

Her name is Del Harvey (pictured); her Twitter handle is @delbius; and she has one heck of an impressive job title at the chirping bird HQ – director of trust and safety.

During the first day of this week’s SMX Social Media Conference in Las Vegas, Harvey sat down with marketingland.com editor-in-chief Danny Sullivan to discuss exactly what it is that she does. Q&A topics ranged from how spam reported by users is handled to the infamous, temporary banishment from the service during the London Summer Olympics of former west coast Independent correspondent Guy Adams:

“It [Adams] was a case of two independent teams that happened to overlap. Trust and Safety processes reports blind to what else is going on in other departments. It wasn’t an ideal situation. Trust and Safety is completely separate from the rest of the organization. I report to our general counsel.”

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Best New Twitter Feed: Indie Romance Novel

Tweeting from “Echo Park Slope,” @IndieRomance is a literary spoof that is having fun with both trashy romance novels and the urban hipster. And we’re not ashamed to say, it made us swoon a little. Some highlights:

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Michael Ian Black Imparts Twitter Wisdom to Madeleine Brand

Sometimes a new gig means a new Twitter handle. Such was the case for Madeleine Brand, who recently made the leap from public radio station KPCC to a TV gig on KCET’s “SoCal Connected.” Her Twitter handle of choice was her name, but that was already taken, leaving Brand unsure how to, well, re-Brand. That’s when author and comedian Michael Ian Black, a man with 1.2 million Twitter followers and a whole lot of opinions, stepped in.

Madeleine Brand eventually settled on the sweet and simple @TheMadBrand. We’re following.

Janice Min Tweets Out Her Fall Book Tour

Janice Min is no dummy. With a new book to promote, the editorial director of The Hollywood Reporter has finally started to make use of a personal Twitter account (@janicebmin) that lay dormant for many months.

Min officially joined the Twitter revolution September 17, one day before the release of her beauty tips compendium How to Look Hot in a Minivan:

From there, Min quickly moved on in NYC to Wendy Williams and Inside Edition, accompanied by her third, newborn child Lila. More recently, it was back to the east coast for an appearance on Rachael Ray, followed by an LA sit-down with The Talk gang. And so on.

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The Fake Nikki Finke Outs Himself

@NIKKlFINKE, the hilarious Twitter parody account that popped up in July, so infuriated the real Nikki Finke that she demanded Twitter remove it. The crack team at Twitter couldn’t tell the difference between the real and fake accounts, so they suspended both of them.

The faux Finke tweeter, who continues his valuable service at @Fake_NikkiFinke, has until now chosen to remain anonymous. But this past weekend he finally revealed his true identity over at The Native Angeleno. Alex Litel, a self-described “20-something freelance human being,” understands that coming out of the closet means making himself a target of Finke’s legendary wrath. He writes:

Presumably, the reason I never received any variety of legal threat through the anonymous email address associated with the account is Nikki was not entirely sure who I was. I know for a fact that she did, however, threaten people who wrote about my fake Twitter account, so I imagine there will be bizarre tirade of dubious standing in my inbox within a half-hour of this post going online.

Litel also added a phone number to the post, in case Finke wanted to leave one of her infamous screeching voicemails.

Obama Tweets Response to Clint Eastwood

A good comeback, but the Obama team has always been adept at social media. Clint Eastwood, on the other hand, doesn’t even appear to have a Twitter account. But the empty chair he scolded last night does:

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Katie Couric Drops By Twitter’s New Headquarters

To go along with the San Francisco Giants sweeping the Dodgers at Chavez Ravine this week, Bay Area media are beginning to trumpet another piece of very good local news – Twitter’s decision to keep its offices in San Francisco.

Local ABC affiliate KGO-TV got the first on-camera look yesterday at Twitter’s new Market Street HQ, tagging along with Katie Couric. The veteran TV newswoman talked about how important the social media network has been for her and the role it will play in her upcoming syndicated talk show Katie, debuting September 10:

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Justin Bieber Deletes Simpsons Cameo Tweet

Good luck trying to erase the trail of a tweet when you have more than 26 million followers and your name is Justin Bieber.

It’s not clear why the Biebs would chime in yesterday about having just recorded a VO role for The Simpsons, then scrub that tweet. Did a ghost tweeter jump the gun? Did Bieber get a quick text message from FOX? It’s all moot, thanks to a report by EW’s Dan Snierson that has been widely picked up:

Executive producer Al Jean confirms to EW that Bieber will indeed play himself in an upcoming episode. How exactly does he fit into the story? “He tries to get into a talent show that Bart is playing piano in and they won’t admit him,” says Jean, quipping: “Draw your own conclusions.”

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Reporter, Editor Revisit Their Coverage of Occupy LA

During a special live chat sponsored on Thursday by Poynter, LA Times reporter Kate Linthicum and reader engagement editor Martin Beck discussed the role that Twitter and Facebook played in their coverage of the Occupy LA movement.

Beck mentioned that to locate the best hashtags and thus monitor the most dynamic Twitter eyewitness accounts, one of his favorite tools was and remains whatthetrend.com. He also said that both TweetDeck and Hoot Suite were invaluable in helping parse the identified, trustworthy Tweeters.

As a reporter, Linthicum figured out ways to take full advantage of the army of Ustream-ers:

“I would walk around camp and ask the people with cameras for their Twitter handles. I’d know when they were posting videos online, and then I could monitor what was going on from my computer, even when I wasn’t at the camp…”

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