Archive for the ‘Twitter’ Category

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Conan O’Brien takes to Twitter…about squirrels

February 25, 2010

Poor Conan O’Brien, some people would say, but late-show veteran is still having the last laugh.

Offered a whopping $45 million to boot his gig on “The Tonight Show” ($12 million for staff), O’Brien was told by NBC that he could not appear on television until September 2010.

In considering such terms, O’Brien took to the medium that has seen great success with other controversials: www.Twitter.com (**Clears throat** John Mayer).

O’Brien’s account (@ConanOBrien) was verified yesterday and has received 250,000-plus followers in the enticement of one tweet: Today I interviewed a squirrel in my backyard and then threw to commercial. Someone help me. His “bio” offers similar laughs: I had a show. Then I had a different show. Now I have a Twitter account.

In addition to his Twitter account, O’Brien could make millions off of a new show on his repertoire. Justice, produced by O’Brien’s production company, Conaco, is set to premiere on NBC this fall. He and his production company say that this had nothing to do with his breach in contract, but the blogosphere was eager to consider skepticism.

Nonetheless, O’Brien had captured the nation with his dream-shattered “Tonight Show” departure and inspired the “I’m With CoCo” movement. Mike Mitchell, a fan based in Los Angeles, created the “I’m With CoCo” logo and is now selling memorabilia to commemorate the late-night chaos.

The tees, prints and wristbands may be ordered at http://imwithcoco.myshopify.com/collections/all and proceeds will be donated to Haitian earthquake relief by means of Planting Peace. By doing so, Mitchell is acknowledging O’Brien’s wish and considering the ” more important things [going on in the world] then him [O’Brien] being bumped.”

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Twitter could get you sued….

July 29, 2009

Amanda Bonnen, a resident of Chicago, decided to express her frustrations on Twitter, like many users do. She tweeted a great disapproval of her landlord and their management system, and did not think that anything could stem from it. Horizon Group Managment, however, the company that manages Bonnen’s and 1,500 other apartments in Chicago, sued Bonnen on defamation charges at the Cook County Circuit Court on July 27th, according to InformationWeek.com.

Horizon Group claims that Bonnen used the Twitter username @abonnen to “maliciously and wrongfully” defame the company, and that they are a “sue first, ask questions later kind of organization.”**

Bonnen was not asked to remove the tweet, but could be sued an estimated $50,000 for its contents. The result has yet to be ruled.

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Ready to pay for Twitter???

July 10, 2009

“What are you doing?” …Celebrities, business executives, and everyday folk have answered this question on one of the fastest-growing online services this year: Twitter. In up to 140 characters, anyone can post their current ventures or future ideas, possibly receiving feedback from people around the world. It’s like sending an instant message…except people, internationally, can answer you back (depending on your amount of followers and where they reside, of course).

The instant-gratification site has won the hearts of many by another key factor: it’s free! However, on July 8, 2009, an “exclusive media summit” was held in Sun Valley, Idaho, to discuss capitalization on media. When it came to digital services, Twitter Inc. was first at hand, but head executives could not decifer how capital would derive from Twitter. In 2006, Twitter began with $55 million in capital, leaving execs to wonder how the site will survive once the capital runs out.

John Malone, a giant in the cable television industry, notes that Twitter cannot generate revenue without scaring away users. His solution: Charge addicitive twitterers a small fee. Warren Buffet stated that he enjoys online services so much, that he’s willing to pay $5 a month for a YouTube subscription. The online video giant is suffering the same fate, despite its rapid popularity and Google ownership.

Twitter Inc.’s co-founders, Evan Williams and Biz Stone, concluded that the idea of charging users is not in the near future. If need be, Twitter Inc. will charge companies that seek to use the site for advertisement and/or to learn what consumers think of their products.

**Note(s):
***1) http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5jA3DQn5C8DtPKjaW4yFqDtJYBp9gD99AVLR00

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Facebook Privacy Controls Challenge Twitter??

July 3, 2009

In a move that may actually pass without a huge uproar, Facebook has begun testing new privacy options that will make the service pretty much just like Twitter, but only if you want it to be. Or so they say.

If these changes pass without a big user protest it would mark something of a return to normalcy for the service, which in the recent past has become globally-recognized for its ability to tiff users at seemingly every turn.

Once the changes–now in beta and not yet final–are complete, users will be able to decide who can see their Facebook posts on a post-by-post basis. The sounds like a chore, and may be if not implemented properly, but it also makes Facebook potentially much more flexible and useful than Twitter.

With the enhanced privacy controls, described by Facebook execs here and here, users will be able to select quite specifically–from everyone on the planet down to a single friend–who sees which posts.

Twitter makes no such allowances. Once you’ve accepted a follower, they see everything you Tweet. That aspect is part of what makes Twitter more like a news or announcements service and less a way to share information with only your close friends. That, and the 140-character message limitation, which Facebook lacks.

The new Facebook controls, as I understand them, would allow me to post links to blog posts like this one for everyone to see, while items of interest only to my ham radio friends would be visible only to a group of people that I’ve specifically selected.

Create enough groups and you could make Facebook publishing a pretty granular thing, while still maintaining a public face by posting to everyone. This could become complex, but only if you want to add lots of groups and sometimes forget to select the proper setting before sharing.

Reading Facebook’s description of the planned changes, which include getting rid of the oh-so-useless regional networks, I can’t find anything that makes the hair on the back of my neck rise. That is an unusual experience with Facebook lately, so I’ll have to go back and reread a few times.

Still, with the addition of friendly URLs (I am http://www.facebook.com/coursey), and the forthcoming privacy changes, Facebook may become a better Twitter than Twitter as well as a better Facebook than Facebook is today.

Finally, a Facebook change I may not have to vote against.

(Source: http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article/167770/new_facebook_privacy_controls_take_on_twitter.html)

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“Follow Me” Tee????

June 30, 2009

Twitter is monstrously popular, around the world. People use the site to connect with others they may never meet, keeping everyone up-to-date on their whereabouts and activities. More and more celebrities are using the site as a way to connect with their fans — such as P. Diddy (@iamdiddy), Katy Perry (@katyperry), Keri Hilson (@MissKeriBaby), SouljaBoy (@souljaboytellem), Steven Colbert (@stevencolbert) and Emmy Rossum (@emmyrossum) — inspiring contests or feedback on what their next moves are or should be. Unlike Facebook and MySpace, Twitter is simply statuses, or “tweets” (as users would call them), that simply answer the question: What are you doing?

It is only fitting that memorabilia spur from the amazingly popular website. Avid users can go to http://www.thefollowmetee.com and order t-shirts with their Twitter username on the front, and the text “Follow Me” on the back. The shirts are priced at $19.99 (excluding shipping and handling) and can be ordered in Men’s and Women’s sizes, as well as customization by shirt and text color. The shirts have become pretty popular themselves, and have inspired a “Feature Product” — t-shirts dedicated to the recent Iran Elections.

For more information, go to http://www.thefollowmetee.com and follow them on Twitter: @thefollowmetee

If you do not have a Twitter account, you’re ignoring one of the most popular social-networking sites in the world! For more information, go to http://www.twitter.com.

How Could I Forget??? …Follow ME on Twitter: @iSHiNE11

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Conan O’Brien Blasts Twitter???

June 3, 2009

We don’t know how we missed this before, but sometime in the last few months, Conan O’Brien took over for Jay Leno as host of the Tonight Show! We know, we know, can you believe it? All kidding aside, night two of Conan’s brand-new gig was a better indication of how his show will go than night one, which mainly consisted of video bits highlighting Conan’s attempt to transform himself into an Angeleno. There were some of those last night, too — specifically, there was a mildly humorous pretaped segment where Conan got confused between the posh Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills and the rugged Rodeo Road in Compton — but in general, the show stuck a little closer to the kinds of topical humor that have been a staple of late-night comedy ever since the genre was invented. However, there was one topic that has bubbled up in popularity in the time since Conan went off the air in February that he finally got the chance to address: Twitter!

Judging by the way this bit was slanted, it’s readily apparent that Conan sees Twitter as nothing more than a way for celebrities like Miley Cyrus and Dennis Haysbert to indulge in ego-tripping. From the way the whole bit was positioned (which, btw, would’ve been greatly improved had Conan used real tweets instead of fake ones as a base), Conan kind of comes off like he’s dismissive of not only the banal ways in which a lot of celebrities tend to tweet, but also of the service in general. This, of course, stands in stark contrast to the way Jimmy Fallon has worked to position himself as someone who embraces Internet culture, new media, geeky gadgets, and the like.

While we would be remiss if we said we didn’t laugh out loud a few times during the bit (“Bro’s a No-no for CoCo?”), the stance it took did concern us a little. Sure, we can see how the sudden ubiquity of Twitter is not only something rife with comedic potential, but something that virtually demands a public takedown of some sort. However, Conan has always positioned himself as a bit of a comedic renegade, one who has built his audience by tailoring his comedy to the scores of college kids who watch his show while they’re putting off studying for their calc exams. And while we’re perfectly okay with anyone who participates in the backlash against Twitter, we couldn’t help but feel a little like this blatant dismissal of the service is something that, dare we say, a stodgy, old-school conservative comic like Jay Leno would’ve done. We’re cognizant that Conan has to tweak his comedy ever so slightly to appeal to the older-skewing 11:30 audience, but we’re hopeful that in his pursuit of winning over a more “adult” audience, he doesn’t end up alienating his core fan base along the way, by decrying the the kinds of things that “those youngsters with their rock-and-roll music” are wholeheartedly embracing.

(Source: http://nymag.com/daily/entertainment/2009/06/conan_fallon_twitter.html?f=most-viewed-24h10&imw=Y&f=most-viewed-24h10)