1. Tech

    Twitter Has Stopped Displaying What Clients Folks Are Using

    Part of the Twitter experience is the many disparate applications that folks use to interact with the platform. Up until this point, it was clear exactly which way folks accessed and posted to Twitter due to a small line near the bottom of their tweets that listed the application's name. Now, where there used to be attribution next to the timestamp, there is only empty space.

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  2. Tech

    Twitter Working On Way to Retrieve Stuff You Said Months Ago

    Remember that absolutely hilarious analogy comparing toast and Darkwing Duck you made on Twitter a couple months ago? Twitter doesn't. At least, there's no way to easily find that specific tweet using the service. Due to the growing demand for tweets of the past, however, they're now working on providing a tool that would let users export every single glorious tweet they have ever made.

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  3. Tech

    The Supreme Court’s Obamacare Decision Spawned a Mere 13,000 Tweets Per Minute

    When the Supreme Court issued its decision on the Affordable Care Act, colloquially known as Obamacare, it was kind of a big deal. As with all big deals, people immediately took to Twitter and started yammering about it. Not only was the court's decision a bit contentious depending on your particular political leanings, but CNN and Fox News actually misreported the "Constitutional" ruling as "Unconstitutional," which just added conversational fuel to the fire. All told, the tweeting topped out at around 13,000 tweets per minute, or roughly 216 per second, practically nothing compared to current record holders.

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  4. Tech

    Nick Offerman is Back and Reading More Tweets from Young Female Celebrities [Video]

    Nick Offerman, the manliest man who ever manned, and actor who portrays Ron Swanson on Parks and Recreation, is at it again, reading tweets from young female celebrities as he performs manly tasks. In the second iteration of this Conan O'Brien segment, Offerman is featured in his workshop, doing what he does best, reading tweets from young female celebrities. Check out the original segment here and watch closely, you might learn a thing or two.

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  5. Weird

    High School Senior Expelled Over Profane Tweet

    There are a lot of ways to get in trouble in high school and, unfortunately, high schoolers tend to be prone to getting in trouble. Between things like skipping class, senior pranks, general goofing off, and skipping class, I think it's fair to say most of us got in some kind of trouble or another. It takes a lot to get expelled though; that's reserved for the real neer-do-wells, right? Apparently not at Indiana's Garrett High School, where Austin Carroll -- a senior just three months from graduation -- was expelled due to the school's overzealous tweet monitoring for tweeting the most harmless kind of profanity from his personal account.

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  6. Weird

    Tweeting About Partying and Quoting Family Guy Gets U.K. Tourist Jailed, Deported

    Leigh Van Bryan, a bar manager from Coventry, England, was planning on having a very good time during his trip to these United States last week. In a series of tweets, he announced his intention to party his ever-loving brain out while in the U.S.. His words were, perhaps, a little a crude, but Van Bryan could not possibly have imagined the furor his flippant tweets would earn him. When his plane landed at the Los Angeles International Airport, Van Bryan and his companion Emily Bunting were arrested. For tweeting.

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  7. Tech

    It Turns Out You Can Post to Twitter With Siri

    There are a lot of things Siri can't do -- understand anything anyone says if it is only slightly noisy in the background, for one. However, Siri not being able to post to Twitter, even if you speak very slowly and loudly and in a room void of noise, isn't something that defines Siri anymore. It's a workaround more than Siri actually being able to just post to Twitter itself, but the workaround is a quick setup and configuration, so those that really can't be bothered to open up their Twitter app and type out a tweet now have a quick and easy way to tell the world what their sandwich is like in 140 characters or less. Instructions after the break.

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  8. Tech

    According to Twitter, Everyone Is Getting Sadder

    On a few separate occasions, people have endeavored to use Twitter as a way to track our collective mood across the globe. A team at the University of Vermont have decided to get in there and take another look. Their findings? Everyone is getting sadder. Woo. The way this kind of analysis works is by snagging tweets from the public timeline and taking stock of their emotionally charged words. Said emotionally charged words were determined by volunteers who rated the 10,000 most common ones on a scale of happy-slappy to bummer. Words like "laughter" and "food" are happy words, "greed" and "terrorist" aren't. After the whole analysis, however, it can be seen that the overall saturation of happy words is going down.

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  9. Tech

    Death Penalty Conviction Thrown Out Due To Juror Tweets About Courthouse Coffee

    Convicted murderer Erickson Dimas-Martinez owes his life to Twitter. Dimas-Martinez, in 2010, was convicted of killing a 17-year old and subsequently sentenced to death by lethal injection in the state of Arkansas. Luckily for him, one of the jurors on the case, Randy Franco, tweeted about the subpar quality of the courthouse coffee so now he gets to live. No, but really.

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  10. Tech

    Twitter Launches Stories, Highlights Tweets that Made the World a Better Place

    By this point, we all know that tweets are more than just inane, 140 character messages -- they have a lot of power to actually change things, for better or worse. That being the case, Twitter has decided to launch Twitter Stories, a site that will focus on the positive effects tweets have had on some people's lives.

    Now, it's not just stuff like "Oh hey, some guy tweeted at me and it made my day," we're talking serious effects. For example, a few of the stories at launch include a guy who tweeted an offer to buy burritos for anyone who patronized his mom's failing bookstore and created a huge influx of business, and a guy who tweeted that he needed a kidney and then actually got one.

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  11. Weird

    Twitter is at 250 Million Tweets Per Day

    At a Web 2.0 summit in San Francisco, Twitter CEO Dick Costolo made known that Twitter has gone from 90 million tweets per day in September 2010, to 100 million tweets per day at the beginning of this year, to 250 million tweets per day currently. Over the course of four or five days, Twitter is home to one billion tweets. At the beginning of this year, Twitter had 30 percent of its 100 million users active each day, which has grown to 50 percent today.

    Though signups for Twitter have increased threefold with the recent Twitter integration into iOS 5, Costolo feels that the one fourth of a billion tweets per day means there is a wealth of content that new users should be able to find relevant to their interests, and that Twitter has to figure out how to "capture the volume at the same time as separating the signal from the noise." Costolo also mentioned that Twitter feels they can be on two billion devices around the world, and the way to do that is through simplifying, which'll be interesting to see, considering Twitter is already fairly basic.

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  12. Tech

    Researches Use Twitter to Track Global Mood Swings

    For years, researchers have suspected that moods on the whole tend to swing from happy to sad and back again in concert with with variables like amount of sleep, amount of daylight, and length of the work day. Seems pretty intuitive, right? Well until now, researchers didn't have too many good ways of actually verifying this theory. The options available tended to be very subjective and have relatively small scopes which made it hard to get any sort of conclusive evidence that was global instead of very specific.

    Now, by using Twitter, researchers at Cornell were able to find a solution to that problem. By tracking 2.4 million people in 84 different countries over the course of two years, Scott Golder and Michael Macy were able to analyze trends globally and publish their results in a paper called "Diurnal and Seasonal Mood Tracks Work, Sleep and Daylength Across Diverse Cultures." They didn't read the tweets themselves, of course, but rather fed them through software designed to analyze the tweets and were able to finally pick out some universal, global trends.

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  13. Tech

    iPhone App Trimit Can Remove Vowels, All Shreds of Dignity From Text

    In this world of 140 character Tweets and 160 character text messages (for those of use who are still trapped in the past) we all find it necessary to condense our thoughts from time to time. For the long-winded, like me, this is an important daily exercise that constantly reminds me I could be texting/speaking/communicating more efficiently, and encourages me to cut out unnecessary words and, I'll admit it, sometimes punctuation. If you can't be bothered to look over your text messages or, God forbid, edit your tweets for brevity, have no fear, the Trimit iPhone App is here and it will automatically maim your text to fit character limits by rmvng vwls & adding abbr.s 4 u. Trimit has a wealth of functionality to help you not only butcher your own text, but also that of others. The Trimit interface consists of a text box where you can type in your own text or import text from a url. After that, you can open up the settings and make a few choice decisions like whether or not you want Trimit to use abbreviations and eliminate vowels, and also how far you want the text condensed; there are specific buttons that correspond to the character limits of things like tweets or Facebook statuses. After you've taken care of that, just shake the phone and the words will be ground down into the equivalent of juice concentrate.

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  14. Tech

    TweetForger: Does What It Says on the Tin

    Want to make convincing-looking but too lazy to mess around with contentEditable JavaScript? Well lucky you, there's a new single-use web app called TweetForger that does just that. From the FAQ:
    Our artistic intent is to cause people to realize and think about just how subconsciously willing they are to suspend belief. If I get a tweet from a celebrity addressed to me, referring to something that only my friends know, do I immediately realize that it's a joke, or do I even for a minute actually think that this celebrity is actually tweeting me? If I do, does that say something about me or does it say something about the world in which we all live? We are using Twitter "tweets" as an example of the kind of Internet communication that people tend to accept as fact, but the cultural phenomenon on which we are commenting could just as easily happen with Wikipedia, Facebook, or any other site on which people rely for information.
    Deep! TweetForger is maybe a little too polite for mischief's sake about highlighting the degree to which a Tweet isn't real -- the fake Tweet template proclaims the fakeness of the thing several times, and there's even a giant box that eventually pops up that says "This is a FORGED tweet!" -- and the tweetforger URL may be the biggest tell of all. (TweetForger plus a URL shortener which doesn't auto-redirect could be more promising.) But that's probably all for the better, and it does look pretty. Check er out here. (TweetForger via TDW)

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  15. Tech

    “Drunk” Tweet Accidentally Sent From American Red Cross Twitter Account

    Last night, the above tweet appeared on the Twitter account of the American Red Cross, showcasing something pretty inappropriate for an emergency assistance humanitarian organization. The culprit of the odd tweet was simply someone who had access to the Red Cross Twitter account, and made a mistake using HootSuite. The Red Cross handled the situation pretty entertainingly--something that doesn't happen much these days--and released a charming followup tweet. The best part about all of this, other than the calm (or cold, calculating and secretly terrifying?) poise of the Red Cross, is that the Red Cross managed to turn this digital faux pas into receiving donations (which further solidifies the calculating and terrifying theory), as Dogfish Head Brewery, whose beer was mentioned in the accidental tweet, encouraged donations. Both the culprit's announcement of her mistake and the Red Cross followup tweet can be seen after the break.

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