Posts Tagged ‘Tweeting’

Bill Gates On Twitter, But What About Steve?

January 21, 2010

As of yesterday, Bill Gates has officially begun Tweeting his thoughts to the world.

When I first learned of his Twitter account, 50% of his Tweets were directed to Ryan Seacrest.

Yeah right. I am pretty sure Mr. Gates and Mr. Seacrest speak often.

In the Noise Age, he who gets attention wins.

Bill Gates On Twitter

Bill Gates On Twitter

How much long will it take before the real Steve Ballmer starts Tweeting?

What About Steve

What About Steve


An IP Question For The Associated Press

October 14, 2009

Today I read an Associated Press article on Crain’s New York Business site about the Wall Street Journal overtaking USA Today as the top circulated newspaper in America.

I thought the article was interesting and decided to Tweet it for others to see.

Only after I Tweeted the article’s link – did I notice the following Associated Press claim:

©Copyright 2009 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Does my Tweeting their article violate the terms of their copyright claim?

Does Tweeting or Retweeting an Associated Press article constitute “broadcast” or “redistributed” material?

Does adding a url shortening link to an article’s original page address qualify as being “rewritten”?

If so, shouldn’t the Associated Press modify their copyright claim to include Tweet or ReTweet like my example below?

©Copyright 2009 Tim Cohn. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, redistributed, tweeted or retweeted.

Or are Tweet related copyright claims unnecessary?

I am not an IP attorney, however if you are an IP Attorney – feel free to tackle this question.

Twitter Accounts Being Hacked?

August 18, 2009

Today I received a direct message from my personal trainer that was out of character for two reasons.

1. The direct message was about weight loss – which neither of us are in need of.

2. My personal trainer barely knows how to use Twitter let alone direct message me.

Twitter Direct Message

Twitter Direct Message

Ordinarily, I would have chalked up this type of abnormal behavour as just that – abnormal.

However, my personal trainer is a pretty normal guy.

Once I received his direct message this evening I called him and asked him if he had sent it and he said no -what is it?

His response in turn made me question the series of Tweets his account posted yesterday that were also out of character.

His Tweets were about how much money he was making on Google.

Again totally out of character for my personal trainer.

Twitter Hacked

Twitter Hacked

What was even more revealing about his Tweets was they were each posted via API.

API is a term my personal trainer doesn’t know the meaning of – let alone have access to or use.

I decided to search Twitter for the url embedded in his Twitter Direct Message to see if it was being widely Tweeted by other Twitter users.

Twitter Accounts Being Hacked

Twitter Accounts Being Hacked

Yep – appears to be.

Based on the frequency and number of accounts Tweeting with this particular weight loss domain embedded in each Tweet leads me to conclude: Twitter accounts are being hacked en masse.

A search for “direct message” in Twitter search also reveals Twitter account holders asking their followers whether they sent the “weight loss” direct message or not.

The hacked accounts appear to be mostly lower Tweet volume accounts.

Making Twitter Updates Searchable

July 21, 2009

I have posted over 16,000 words 140 characters at a time to Twitter since I began Tweeting in May of 2008.

Recently I became concerned about the Twitter cloud’s ability to archive my Tweets for a prolonged period of time.

I don’t have the same concern about WordPress’ ability to archive my blog posts so I thought I would mash the two together to create a searchable archive of my Twitter updates both here in my WordPress blog and ultimately in Google’s search engine results pages via the Googlebot crawl.

To create a searchable archive of your Twitter updates, Go to your Twitter Updates link to scroll, scrape and copy all of your Twitter Updates into a Word document or Text editor.

Then create a new blog post in your WordPress blog and paste all of your Tweets into a post with or without each Tweets hashtag (#).

Once you have published your Tweet post in WordPress, visit your blog and search for any of your Tweets by date or keyword in your WordPress search box.

Your Twitter updates are now archived within WordPress.

Provided your blog is already in the Google index, your Twitter updates will then soon be locatable within Google search engine results pages too.

I have posted an example of searchable Twitter Updates on my personal blog

Yahoo Search Marketing on Twitter

April 1, 2009

The Yahoo Search Marketing team has begun posting to Twitter.

From the Yahoo Search Marketing blog:

We tweet throughout the week on our latest activities: about new products, from conference panels, and of course, with posts from the Yahoo! Search Marketing blog.

The official Yahoo corporate blogger is tweeting as well.

We’re not the only ones at Yahoo! serving up Twittery goodness. Nicki Dugan, the corporate blogger at Yodel Anecdotal, tweets on everything that the rest of Yahoo! is doing.

Follow Yahoo Search Marketing on Twitter @YahooAdBuzz

Yahoo Search Marketing Twitter

Yahoo Search Marketing Twitter

TED: Live Blogging (Tweeting) By Some of The World’s Brightest People

February 4, 2009

Twelve years ago, I read an article about Richard Saul Wurman the co-founder of the TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) Conference and I have been intrigued with TED ever since.

The annual TED conference is happening now in Long Beach, CA.

This year a convergence of the latest technology and new communication habits provides a rare glimpse into conferences like TED.

In this case, attendees at the TED conference who are Twitter users are Tweeting their individual impression of what is being said on stage by TED presenters.

Searching Twitter for TED effectively reverse engineers TED’s Tweeting audience which in turn provides a rich source of innovative thinkers for – those who are interested – to follow on Twitter.

For instance, 297 Tweets related to the TED conference have occurred since I began writing this post.

Ted Tweets

Ted Tweets

Most Tweets pertained to Tim Berners-Lee who just suggested to the audience they share their raw data over the web.

Many TED attendees have since provided the link to Tim Berners-Lee’s TED presentation which is here.

Searching Twitter for TED will provide any searcher with their own list of some of the world’s brightest people.

Twitter and the 2008 Shorty Award

December 17, 2008

Trending topics @ Twitter today include the term “Shorty Awards”.

According to the Shorty Awards will honor the world’s top Twitterers – those who have produced the best content in 140 characters or less during 2008 on Twitter.

Shorty Awards

Shorty Awards

I guess this post won’t qualify…

How to participate in the 2008 Shorty Awards:

To nominate someone for a Shorty Award, use form on this site, or send a tweet similar to this: @shortyawards I nominate @someone in category #news because… (but write something of your own).

The text of the tweet is completely up to you. As long as it contains @shortyawards @someone #category you can be as creative with the rest as you like.

You actually have to write something. Just submitting the default tweet doesn’t count.

It will be interesting to see how the (first annual?) Shorty Awards turn out.

There are 25 subject categories for nominations including the catchall category: “Other”.

Shorty Award Categories

Shorty Award Categories

The organizers of the Shorty Awards probably didn’t anticipate the “Other” category would quickly be commandeered by Twittwits to establish less than desirable subject categories like evilgenius and douche to describe and nominate top Twitterers.

While the 24 category winners will probably be excited to learn of their victories, the “Other” category winners probably won’t be tweeting about theirs.

Shorty Award Top Nominees

Shorty Award Top Nominees

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The Internet Flow Chart

October 31, 2008

For those of you circling your desktop this Halloween trying to sneak up and scare your pile of work away to another day, here is a map with a schedule of what your work day may end up looking like.

internet Flowchart

internet Flowchart

Thanks to Mark Dilley for Tweeting this Internet Flowchart and to for investing the time necessary to create it.

To get the full scale version of the internet flow chart click here.