It seems like an obvious move. Why should Twitter sit by and let third-party companies profit from its massive content output without getting in on the fun? Still, marketing groups like Gnip have been profiting from social media companies for some time. Twitter is only the most recent in a line of tech startups trying to get in on the action.
Sometime around July 21, Mitt Romney’s Twitter account saw a bizarre spike in follower numbers, to the tune of 150,000 or so new accounts in about 48 hours. The presidential candidate’s opponents might be quick to blame Mr. Romney or his campaign, but Mr. Romney’s digital director already told Buzzfeed the campaign had nothing to do with it. Either way, someone clearly fluffed the former Massachusetts governor’s follower count with fakes and The Atlantic crunched the numbers to prove it. The post by Alexander Furnas and Devin Gaffney is densely detailed: Read More
Scandal on the Twttrs! Rep. Anthony Weiner’s (D-Brooklyn) Twitter account tweeted a photo of an underwear-ed man’s crotch this weekend, @replying a 21-year old girl in Seattle. The mis-tweet got picked up by conservative websites and Twitter users and has lead to the appropriate catchphrase “Weinergate” and fun headlines like, “Rep. Weiner: I did not send Twitter crotch pic” and “Did Anthony Weiner Tweet a Picture of His Weiner?” (Thanks Gawker.) Read More