06 6 / 2013
Top secret PRISM program claims direct access to servers of firms including Google, Facebook and Apple
Shocking revelations of U.S. gov’t unwarranted domestic surveillance:[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AuEIckdBQ0g&w=640&h=390]
The Guardian Reports: “The National Security Agency has obtained direct access to the systems of Google, Facebook, Apple
12 3 / 2012
March 12, 2012
Posterous has been bought by Twitter, and now the 36 employees of Posterous also work for Twitter. This means that the site may or may not close down, so keep a look out if you blog there. If it does shut down the Internet will lose another powerful blogging platform, that easily let you update all of your blogs across the web, which was one of my favorite parts. Now I will have to do them one by one manually.
Will miss you Posterous! A lot!
Also check out the article that TNW did on Posterous.
Posterous says here:
Big news: Posterous has been acquired by Twitter!
The opportunities in front of Twitter are exciting, and we couldn’t be happier about bringing our team’s expertise to a product that reaches hundreds of millions of users around the globe. Plus, the people at Twitter are genuinely nice folks who share our vision for making sharing simpler.
Posterous Spaces will remain up and running without disruption. We’ll give users ample notice if we make any changes to the service. For users who would like to back up their content or move to another service, we’ll share clear instructions for doing so in the coming weeks.
You can find more information answers to other questions you may have here.
Finally, we’d like to offer thanks to all of our users, especially those who have been with Posterous since day one. The last four years have been an amazing journey. Your encouragement, praise and criticism have made us better. Thanks for that. We look forward to building great things for you over at Twitter
11 8 / 2011
Twitter is making some big changes to make the user experience much better. I emphasise slowly rolling out these features because they already widely publicized the changes however majority of Twitter users including myself don’t even have these new features yet. But it should be here soon. In a blog post yesterday, Twitter shows two new key features that are in the works.
06 1 / 2011
30 12 / 2010
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It Gets Better Project. Started by Dan Savage, this is possibly the most positive, touching, productive viral video series in the history of the web. The project started when Dan and his partner made a video describing how much better their lives got once they left high school. Since then, hundreds of others have followed suit, from Obama to the staff of Facebook. These videos are in response to the rise of suicides by young GLBT people. The core message: you are valuable, life gets better after high school, life gets awesome. Keep going, and it gets better. To see this in action take a look at the first It Get’s Better Project video and my personal favorite, the video put out by Facebook. This site goes to show that powerful, meaningful videos can go viral just like silly, entertaining ones.
Social Media-Powered Youth Activism. From young people writing on Facebook walls of senators in support of the DREAM act to dedicated activism sites for young people; this has been the year of using the power of social media as a force for change. The DREAM act, which ultimately failed in the Senate, got much further than anyone originally anticipated due mostly to young activists advocating for the bill with the help of social media. Numerous campaigns to write on Facebook walls and tweet to officials remained popular among the young and proactive.
Jumo. Facebook Co-founder Chris Hughes is applying his social media savvy to the online world of charitable giving. This year, Hughes launched Jumo, a social networking site developed around various issues like women’s rights, HIV/ AIDS, and homelessness. The site is meant to primarily encourage activism. The idea being the stronger your community around an issue, the stronger your efforts. Jumo’s real advantage is it offers levels of support, whether you support the issue through Facebook likes, or donating and volunteering, it’s all there. Jumo was launched November 30th, and in the online world it still has some growing up to do, but Jumo is certainly a social media site on the rise.
Betty White’s comeback. Octogenarian actress of “Golden Girls” fame Betty White owes a lot to Facebook this year, specifically the Facebook group Betty White to Host SNL (Please), which after growing to 500,000 members caught the attention of NBC who gave in to popular demand and did just that. This was just one measure of the love felt for White in 2010 with a Snickers commercial last Superbowl that was voted the most liked spot and the aforementioned Saturday Night Live hosting earning the show some of its highest ratings in years and White an Emmy for outstanding guest actress in a comedy series. White also was voted the AP Entertainer of the Year and during her opening monologue jokingly said “I didn’t know what Facebook was, and now that I do know what it is, I have to say I think it’s a huge waste of time.”
Keep a Child Alive Digital Death Campaign. Keep a Child Alive, a campaign co-founded by Alica Keys, marked World Aids Day this year with a Digital Death fundraising campaign. The idea was that celebrities would surrender posting to their Facebook and Twitter accounts until one million dollars in donations were reached. The campaign involved a slew of celebrities from the Kardashian sisters to Justin Timberlake. Unfortunately, no one considered how much people would actually care that celebrities stopped tweeting. The fundraiser failed to bring in money as fast as the celebrities would have liked and their social networking itch needed to be scratched. Usher, broke his pledge in order to send a special birthday wish from the grave. Ultimately, after seven days, billionaire Stewart Rahr revived the dead celebrities when he donated 500,000 dollars.
Kanye West’s Twitter Tirade. Love him or hate him, we can all agree that Kanye West speaks his mind. All the time. Often, these days, through Twitter. His tweets range from bizarre to hilarious to stupid, but overall I think they are just unnecessary. Twitter could be a place for people to share relevant, interesting details of their lives, but when pop stars take to the 160 character megaphone and blast things like ‘I feel very alone very used very tortured very forced very misunderstood very hollow very very very misused’ in response to his meltdown on “The Today Show,” it just gets to be a pain. After his appearance on the show, he issued a mere 19 angry tweets in one hour. In a redeeming twist, however, the good people at Bablefish have put together reenactments of some of his most outlandish tweets in hilarious sketches featuring little kids. A MUST watch.
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Ping. Apple made a foray into social networking this year by creating Ping, a music community within iTunes. When Steve Jobs announced Ping it inspired some brief water cooler talk, but after that it quickly left my mind. I recently opened up iTunes and was concerned at what I saw. Ping works mostly on a feed of friends and musicians with appearance very similar to Facebook. I browsed around and chose about ten artist and groups to follow. The posts were mostly links to songs, albums, and videos… available for purchase through iTunes. The primary problem with this model is the free expression of ideas, critical to an online community, now comes with a price tag. Total cost for listening and watching everything suggested to me at first glance = $ 72.21.