There comes a time in every start-up’s life when they have to move beyond, “If we build it, they will come,” and start focusing on guap. For StockTwits co-founder and investor Howard Lindzon, that time is nigh. But rather than the typical advertising or premium membership route, Lindzon’s New York- and San Diego-based Twitter-based financial network for traders and investors has opted to disrupt the staid field of corporate investor relations. Betabeat talked to StockTwits investor and executive editor Phil Pearlman today to find out why. Read More
Andrew Breitbart might have been the one to expose Anthony Weiner’s weiner to the world, but a certain swath of social media also saw it coming. A group of self-described conservatives who dubbed themselves the #bornfreecrew took up the cause of warning young women away from the Congressman’s Twitter followers. In public tweets, they contacted women they believed to be “school girls,” like 21-year-old Washington State college student Gennette Cordova, and urged them to keep their distance from Rep. Weiner. In fact, user @patriotusa76, whom we identified last week as Weiner-troll for following both Ms. Cordova and Rep. Weiner (and tweeting at the representative 287 times), is part of the group. @patriotusa76, who identified himself as Dan Wolfe online before deleting his Twitter account due to intensive media scrutiny, was the one who discovered the photograph. He retweeted it, shared it with his fellow #bornfreecrew patriots and their honorary mascot, Mr. Breitbart, who leaked it publicly the next day. Thereby unleashing the Weiner sex scandal they predicted. Read More
The man behind the fast growing and recently funded coder community, Forrst, has decided to create the web’s version of the island castaway question.
Instead of being stuck on a remote spit of land with just five books, Kyle Bragger has created a simple web app, My Five, that asks users to pick the five people on Twitter they would follow if that was all they could have. Read More
One of our nation’s top agents was assigned the task of watching. Trained to protect our nation’s leaders and combat terrorists and assassins, he Tweeted the following, Read More
First he was grumbling about aggregation, taking potshots at Arianna Huffington, and now New York Times executive editor Bill Keller does his stick in the mud routine with social media.
The Twitter trap, as Keller calls it, is an ever present distraction. “Unlike the virtual fireplace or that nesting pair of red-tailed hawks we have been live-streaming on nytimes.com, Twitter is not just an ambient presence. It demands attention and response. It is the enemy of contemplation. Every time my TweetDeck shoots a new tweet to my desktop, I experience a little dopamine spritz that takes me away from . . . from . . . wait, what was I saying?” Read More
If a tweet falls in the woods and nobody hears it…
Socialflow is a betaworks company that works no the science of real-time information. Today they tried to answer an interesting question that media types have been pondering from the human angle. “Keith Urbahn wasn’t the first to speculate Bin Laden’s death, but he was Read More
A wild night of online speculation and celebration kicked off around 10:30 pm with a tweet from Keith Urbahn, chief of staff for Donald Rumsfeld.
“So I’m told by a reputable person they have killed Osama Bin Laden. Hot damn.” Read More
How much is a tweet from 50 Cent worth? According to analysis by Joe Weisenthal at Business Insider, about $50 million. 50 Cent has been tweeting about over-the-counter shares in penny-ante company H & H Imports this past weekend, and the stock closed up 240 percent at 39 cents. Before anyone piles in at tomorrow’s Read More
The New York Post has an incredible story about restaurants keeping tabs on their guests—with the Internet.
Upscale eateries used to keep track of guest habits, dietary restrictions and tipping habits in a notebook, but now the waiters and maitre d’s take detailed notes using Open Table. They’ll remember your birthday. Read More