Twitter Politics

Twitter Politics

Bitly CEO Not Surprised Twitter Finally Bought Its Own Tweet-Marketing Group

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Twitter announced yesterday that it’s acquiring Gnip, a company that analyzes tweets, Facebook likes and Tumblr reblogs for marketers.

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.

Bitly, too, sat on its own database of social behavior data for years before recently making moves to license it. So Bitly CEO Mark Josephson isn’t surprised by the Twitter acquisition. Read More

Twitter Politics

Who Is Buying Mitt Romney’s Twitter Robot Army?

Mitt Romney (Getty Images)

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

Twitter Politics

Crotch Photo Tweet Was a Hacker, Rep. Weiner Says, And I’m Calling My Lawyer


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