Posts tagged ‘Twitter’

September 7, 2011

White Whine of the Day

by Vince Giordano

August 31, 2011

What Kind of Nations Will Come From The Twitter Revolutions?

by Vince Giordano

Looking back on the world’s history, I have a funny feeling that today’s revolutionaries may not turn their countries into such benign places as we’d like to think. How do we know they will be able to put everything together and democratically operate? Will a new despot emerge from the rubble? This is not to say that I prefer Mubarak or Ben Ali or Gadaffi, but it is too soon it some regards to sound the horn of cheer. The real work may still be before them. Countries like Tunisia have a lot of problems and a charismatic leader may emerge with a scapegoat strategy for rebuilding. Aaron Brady is more optimistic:

[I]nstead of the personality cult by which Presidents-for-life like Ben Ali and Mubarak have ruled for decades, the masses of nameless Cairenes and Tunisians—assembled on Facebook and in the street—represents a kind of anti-personality cult. When everyone is “Khaled Said” (or “Mohamed Bouazizi” in Tunisia), after all, the story being told is not only that the nation is united, but that it is united by the common experience of having suffered at the hands of the state. In this sense, instead of “leaderless revolutions,” perhaps we might think about how Facebook helped facilitate a “revolution of leaderlessness“?…

In other words, what Gladwell flags as a weakness of social media—the difficulty of producing strong commitment to a single idea or plan—might actually be what makes it uniquely valuable. By uniting around the crimes of Ben Ali and Mubarak, the much more difficult political question of what kind of government was to succeed him could be deferred until later.

H/T: The Dish

August 30, 2011

Hurricane Irene Quote of the Day

by Vince Giordano

“I’m very, very calm and pretty relaxed and laid-back – pretty much the opposite of a hurricane.  I guess that’s funny,” – Irene Tien, who has owned @Irene since 2006 and recently became inundated with tweets.

August 26, 2011

Hurricane Whining of the Day

by Vince Giordano

Also, check out the slideshow White Whine put together.

August 26, 2011

Privileged Tweet of the Day

by Vince Giordano

Thanks to White Wine, I will begin a new series dedicated to tweets, Facebook statuses, and other gripes by the priviledged few. Enjoy!

Got to love it.

June 1, 2011

The Magical Mystery Tour of Sarah Palin

by Vince Giordano

As I noted earlier today, Palin is making her cross-country trip, effectively rousing the people for a possible 2012 GOP bid. Palin is taking an unconventional route (no pun intended) in that she is purposefully eluding the press (and even her fans) and making them find her. In a sense, this tour will either give Palin the green or red light in terms of running in 2012:

According to a source with knowledge of Palin’s thinking, the tour is a test of whether she can do it “her way,” which the source described as “nontraditional, low-cost, high-tech…. The key is to be totally unpredictable and always keep her rivals off-balance.”

With that under-the-radar approach, Palin may have some gold up her sleeve:

Unscripted moments that go badly can haunt a politician on YouTube during a campaign and into the future, but Palin’s ease with a rope line and her politicking skills are one of her best assets. A Palin campaign may not have a press bus or the more formal interviews that reporters crave, but her team will undoubtedly factor in added time for her to greet supporters and campaign not just in large rallies but one on one as well.

The one major trait of Palin that could doom her chances is her divisiveness. Everything from her comments post-Tuscon to her Tweets, she polarizes the political debate to awful extremes (sometimes even cultural ones). Andrew Sullivan made this ironic point when she moved to Arizona, a state bitterly divided between the white, conservative north and the Hispanic south.

One other irony: Palin made the comment that she loves the smell of emissions. This comment could have many meanings behind it. It coincidentally was said by her the same day this report (eyes widen) was released:

According to the IEA, a record 30.6 gigatons of carbon dioxide was released into the atmosphere last year, mainly from the burning of fossil fuels. In light of these shocking numbers, experts now fear that it will be impossible to prevent a temperature rise of more than 2 degrees Celsius — which scientists say is the threshold for potentially “dangerous climate change.”

Picture by Flickr user Dave77459

May 22, 2011

The Secret Service Tweets?!

by Vince Giordano

I suppose they would have an account to track “secret” things, but this guy working one night screwed up big time:


The Twitter feed handler for the Secret Service’s verified account inadvertently tweets a personal post critical of Fox News, promptly deletes it, his employment.

The Secret Service released a statement apologizing for the “unapproved and inappropriate tweet,” saying it “did not reflect the views of the U.S. Secret Service,” and the individual responsible — “who mistakenly believed they were on their personal account” — has had their access to the official Twitter account revoked.

January 12, 2011

Character Watch: Lebron James

by Vince Giordano

Check our Lebron Jame’s tweet from last night.

It was ironically (?) after his previous team was drubbed by the LA Lakers 112-57, the lowest scoring effort by the Cavs in their franchise history.

I can understand Lebron may still be hurt by Dan Gilbert’s parting comments, but come on. Show some character and move on. This may be between Lebron and Gilbert but it is still an infliction on his former teammates.

November 20, 2010

Sarah Palin Quote for the Weekend

by Vince Giordano

“After the 2008 campaign revealed her weaknesses on substance, Palin was advised by those who admire her natural gifts to bone up on policy and devote herself to governing Alaska successfully. Instead, she quit her job as governor after two and a half years, published a book (another is due next week), and seemed to chase money and empty celebrity. Now, rather than being able to highlight the accomplishments of Sarah Palin’s Alaska, we get “Sarah Palin’s Alaska,” another cheesy entrant in the reality show genre. She’d so much rather be out dog sledding than in some “dull political office,” she tells the audience. File that.

There is no denying that Sarah Palin has been harshly, sometimes even brutally treated by the press and the news/entertainment gaggle. But any prominent Republican must expect some of that and be able to transcend it. She compares herself to Reagan. But Reagan didn’t mud wrestle with the press. Palin seems consumed and obsessed by it, as her rapid Twitter finger attests, and thus encourages the sniping. She should be presiding over meetings on oil and gas leases in the North Slope, or devising alternatives to Obamacare. Every public spat with Dave Letterman or Politico, or the “lamestream media,” or God help us, Levi Johnston, diminishes her.” –Mona Charen at Townhall

Here is a new York Times Magazine story I am reading on Palin. You have to sign up (for free, no strings attached, trust me) to see it all.

October 22, 2010

Social Networking Abuse

by Vince Giordano

Hat tip: TDW

September 17, 2010

A Talking Tree

by Vince Giordano

EOS Magazine, in collaboration with Happiness Brussels, hooked up a 100-year-old tree to a fine dust meter, an ozone meter, a light meter, a weatherstation, a webcam and a microphone, and are funneling the data directly to a  Twitter account, aFlickr account, a Soundcloud account, and a Facebook account, all for the purpose of answering the age-old question: What would a tree have to say if it could talk?

September 4, 2010

A History of the Tea Party

by Vince Giordano

David Weigel provides an indispensable look into the Tea Party:

The conservative media made would-be Tea Partyers aware that they had plenty of like-minded people out there, and provided them with the information that proved their doubts about the Obama agenda had merit. It was the Internet that really drilled this in. Activists tell pollsters – and have frequently told me – that they often hear about ominous programs via Glenn Beck or talk radio and then they go to the web to get more information. That information can be provided by think tanks but it can just as easily be provided by politicians or their staffs, operating Twitter accounts and cutting through the media filter, or by other Tea Partyers filming their events and uploading the content to YouTube. According to the Times poll, more Tea Partyers trust their fellow activists than trust information from newspapers.

Stunning is the word that comes to my mind. How about you?

August 12, 2010

Tweet Away!

by Vince Giordano

WordPress just added a very simple extra feature that now allows Twitter users to tweet WordPress posts directly from the blog post.

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August 2, 2010

Internet Addiction Ctd.

by Vince Giordano

A t-shirt.

July 8, 2010

Compatible with Twitter

by Vince Giordano

My blog is now compatible with API. So for all of the Twitter users out there, it should let you get updates through your Twitter account.

July 6, 2010

King James enters the Twitter World

by Vince Giordano

ESPN is going  bonkers on this and this huge free agency summer.