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Trump Brags About The Size Of His Nuclear Button On Twitter

Trump Nukes

Donald Trump’s irrational tweets are once again focused on the leader of North Korea.

Trump’s Tweets Are Hurting Him, And His Aides Can’t Stop Him

Trump Twitter

There’s growing evidence that Donald Trump’s tweets are hurting him but his aides have basically given up trying to control his Twitter habit.

Federal Judge: Official Violated First Amendment By Blocking User From Her Facebook Page


A Federal Judge has ruled against an elected official who blocked a constituent from accessing her Facebook page.

White House Communications Director Sends Past Criticism Of Trump Down The Memory Hole

Trump Twitter

Donald Trump’s new Communications Director has spent the weekend deleting all his old tweets criticizing Donald Trump: President Trump’s new White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci went on a Twitter purge Friday, deleting years-old tweets bashing his new boss and supporting positions like gun control. One of the deleted tweets referred to the Trump campaign […]

The New York Post On Trump’s Tweets

Trump Twitter

The New York Post has published an editorial on President Trump’s latest Twitter tirade: Stop. Just stop. Really, that’s all that needs to be said. The editorial links to a Post article about Trump’s attacks on Mika Brezinski yesterday and pretty much says all that needs to be said. Incidentally, a report yesterday on MSNBC stated that […]

Twitter Users Blocked By @RealDonaldTrump Claim First Amendment Violation

Trump Twitter

If Donald Trump blocks you on Twitter does that constitute a First Amendment violation? Two Twitter users say yes, but their argument is very weak.

Supreme Court Considers Whether There Is A Right To Access Twitter And Facebook

Twitter Facebook

The Supreme Court will now consider a case regarding whether or not a state can bar a former felon from accessing social media sites.

Families Of Pulse Nightclub Shooting Victims Sue Facebook, Twitter, And Google

Gavel And Scales Of Justice

Survivors and family members of the Pulse Nightclub attack have filed what amounts to a frivolous lawsuit.

America To Trump: Delete Your Account

Trump Twitter

Most Americans wish Donald Trump would stop tweeting. Good luck with that.

Twitter To Live Stream All Ten Thursday Night N.F.L. Games


All of next season’s Thursday Night N.F.L. games will be streamed live for free via Twitter.

Romney Campaign Required Campaign Tweets To Be Approved By 22 People

Romney Twitter

Clearly, the Romney campaign didn’t get the point of social media.

The Time A Drunk Al Gore Almost Bought Twitter


According to a new book, Al Gore made an effort to buy Twitter after throwing back a few drinks: He might not have invented the Internet, but according to Al Gore, he got pretty close to buying one of the Internet’s most popular websites back in 2009. GORE: ”My partner Joel Hyatt and I, back when […]

Twitter Hoax: SEAL Who Killed bin Laden Killed in Battle


Trending on Twitter this morning: “R.I.P. Paul Davis. The Navy Seal who killed Osama Bin Laden died in battle today. Retweet to honor him.”

Twitter Wars And The 2012 Election

Twitter Politics

Will Twitter impact the 2012 elections? The evidence seems thin that it will.

New Twitter Policy Leads To Misguided Cries Of Censorship


Censorship or sound business practice?

Breaking and Unbreaking News in Twitter Time


Within an hour last evening, I passed along and retracted two breaking news stories on Twitter.

Bad Journalism, Or A Reason Not To Have Private Conversations In Public?


Should journalists report things they happen to overhear in a public place?

Complaining About Gmail, Facebook, Twitter, and other Constantly Changing Products


Henry Farrell thinks “The New Gmail Sucks” and doesn’t care who knows it.

Hill Staffers Behaving Badly, And Tweeting About It


Three staffers for Washington State Democratic Congressman Rick Larsen find themselves out of work for taking to Twitter and, well, describing a work place that seemed more like Animal House than a Congressional office: They called it a “December to Remember”: a mission to spend the final month of the legislative session partying under the […]

Associated Press Reporters Reprimanded For Using Twitter To Send Out Breaking News


The Associated Press is trying to fight Twitter rather than engage it.

Is “Twitter Stalking” Free Speech?


A case pending in Maryland raises the question of when boorish online behavior crosses the line from protected speech to criminal act.

Newt Gingrich: I’m A Contender Because I Have The Most Twitter Followers

Newt Gingrich

He may be doing badly in the polls, but Newt Gingrich contends that he’s still a frontrunner because he’s winning the Twitter follower war: Gingrich referred to a news article that did an analysis of Twitter followers. “And it says, ‘now it’s true that Gingrich has 1.3 million followers and (Michele) Bachmann only has 59,000, […]

In Wake Of Weiner, Fewer Congressional Tweets


Perhaps understandably, the Anthony Weiner incident seems to have caused some politicians to rethink their Twitter strategy.

Breitbart Used Mind Control On Rep. Anthony Wiener


And the KosKids have the proof!

Twitter As Breaking News Source


Sunday’s announcement of the death of Osama bin Laden was the latest example of how Twitter has become the go-to source for “Breaking News.”

Pakistani Man Unwittingly Live-Tweets Raid That Killed bin Laden


A Pakistani man named Sohaib Athar unwittingly became part of history in the early hours of Sunday morning when he started telling twitter about some odd events in Abbotabad, Pakistan

Osama bin Laden’s Death News Broken on Twitter


Keith Urbahn, chief of staff of former defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld, broke the news.

Newt Gingrich Sending Tweets Down The Memory Hole


It appears that Newt Gingrich has been busy scrubbing his Twitter feed: Newt Gingrich—presidential contender, friend of polar bears, opponent/supporter of the invasion in Libya—is a simple man drawn to simple pleasures. Long before launching his exploratory committee, he frequently chronicled his life’s joys on his Twitter feed. Our favorite of Gingrich’s tweets was a […]

Charlie Sheen’s Women


Why is Charlie Sheen seen as likable despite his serial abuse of women?

When Reading 140 Characters is too Big a Strain


It only seems fair to take an entire tweet, lengthy though it may be, into account when reacting.

Meghan McCain Busted By Own Tweet


Meghan McCain canceled an appearance at Juniata College with only three days’ notice, citing “several unforeseen professional responsibilities.” She tweeted that she was “headed to sin city with my favorite crew of sinners instead.”

John McCain (R., Twitter)


According to a new study, John McCain wins the title of “Twitter Genius:” (CNN) – At nearly 74 years old, Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, might not be the first person to come to mind when you’re asked to name a social media “genius.” But according to a new joint study, he is just that–the U.S. […]

Internet As Your Permanent Record


If it’s online, it’s forever.

Managing Online Relationships


What do you do when you’ve reached Twitter Terminal Velocity?

Obama Twitters On The Internets


During yesterday’s summit meeting with Russian President Medvedev, President Obama commented on the fact that both he and the Russian President now had Twitter accounts: This one is sure to be a hit on the Youtubes. In fact, it may be the most important development in presidential web culture since George W. Bush discovered the […]

McChrystal Tweets


Gail Collins does a mock ‘General McChrystal Twitters” column that’s not particularly funny.  And, adding insult to injury, she doesn’t even bother staying inside the 140 character limits on her mock tweets.  #FAIL Luckily, some smartass has set up a GenMcChrystal Twitter account that’s actually pretty amusing and, by dint of necessity, adheres to Twitter’s […]

World Cup Jamming Twitter Servers


It looks like the World Cup is putting a strain on Twitter: Have you been seeing Twitter’s infamous “fail whale” a lot lately? It’s not your imagination. The microblogging service has been down repeatedly this month, and Twitter engineers expect “a rocky few weeks” while they work on the system, wrote Twitter communications chief Sean […]

Pennsylvania Attorney General Drops Twitter Subpoena


An update on my post on Wednesday regarding the subpoena issued to Twitter by the Attorney General of Pennsylvania. Earlier today, the subpoena was withdrawn and the purpose behind it revealed: Pennsylvania prosecutors are dropping their grand jury subpoena to Twitter demanding the identity of two account holders who used the microblogging service to criticize […]

Pennsylvania Attorney General Subpoena’s Twitter For Identity Of Anonymous Critics


Tom Corbett, Pennsylvania’s current Attorney General and, as of last night, the Republican nominee for Governor, has issued a subpoena to Twitter for the identity of two users who have been critical of him: Tom Corbett, current Attorney General of the state of Pennsylvania and Gubernatorial Candidate, has subpoenaed Twitter to appear as a Grand […]

Facebook Privacy Tip


Kieran Healy and Kevin Drum point to the existence of a site that exposes just how public your “private” information on Facebook is.  Kevin: Making use of a public programming interface that Facebook released a few weeks ago, three programmers in San Francisco wrote Openbook, a website that searches Facebook profiles for — well, for […]

Reverse Elena Kagan: Too Much Information


The Atlantic‘s Chris Good points out that, while some are grumbling over Elena Kagan’s lack of a paper trail, the far more common problem in the digital age is that most public intellectuals have so much information out there that it’s virtually impossible to corral it all. The last major judicial nominee reported out by […]

Sex and the Supreme Court

Supreme Court Women

Responding to the fact that, by nominating Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court, Barack Obama has now gone two-for-two in appointing women to the High Court — and, assuming she’s confirmed, would triple the number of female Justices in a matter of months — NRO’s Kathryn Jean Lopez tweets, “Just wondering: are men allowed to […]

Presidential Humor


Saturday night’s annual White House Correspondents’ dinner has provoked the standard commentaries about the insipidness/banality/sinisterness of the event, what with the press sucking up to the president and the highlighting of the thin line between politics and celebrity.   And then there’s the required assessments of the president’s talents as a stand-up comedian. The most common […]

NYT Apologizes for Singapore Truth


The following Correction ran in the March 24 NYT under the headline “Apology.” In 1994, Philip Bowring, a contributor to the International Herald Tribune’s op-ed page, agreed as part of an undertaking with the leaders of the government of Singapore that he would not say or imply that Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong had attained […]

Health Care Reform Unconstitutional?


Now that health care reform has been revived from its near death experience, it appears that it will face a series of Constitutional challenges.  My home state of Virginia has fired the opening shot. Via Twitter, no less. To emphasize how ready Virginia is to take the health care overhaul to court, take a look […]

Roberts Retirement Rumors: Twitter Telephone

Peter Tague Roberts Retirement Rumor Source

A well-known gossip rag circulated rumors that Chief Justice John Roberts would soon resign for “personal reasons.” While the story was soon retracted, it had already spread like wildfire thanks to Twitter, blogs, and other fast-moving media. Kevin Drum was rightly dubious of the rumor but, more to to point, “curious about is where something […]

Google Makes it Easy To Leave


Gizmodo’s Nate Anderson has an interesting piece on Google’s “cage free data” policy, which makes it easy to export the data you store in Gmail, Google Docs, Picasa and other of their systems.   The rationale behind it is not, as I’d have expected, giving users a sense of confidence — knowing you can leave makes […]

Why the Internet Will Fail


Newsweek presents a devastating essay by Clifford Stoll explaining why this newfangled Internet thing is unlikely to catch on. After two decades online, I’m perplexed. It’s not that I haven’t had a gas of a good time on the Internet. I’ve met great people and even caught a hacker or two. But today, I’m uneasy […]

Joe Stack, Austin Plane Crasher: Terrorist or Nut?

Joseph Stack Austin Plane Crash Photo

As everyone’s heard by now, a man named Joe Stack crashes his small airplane into a building in Austin this morning, thankfully killing only himself. Fox News reports: A pilot furious with the Internal Revenue Service crashed his small plane Thursday into an office building in Austin, Texas, that houses federal tax employees, setting off […]

Hard Left Rallies Against Healthcare Compromise


Yesterday, I wrote that there were signs that progressives were rebelling against the health care compromise reached in the Senate.  Since then, things have really heated up. Bernie Sanders, the Socialist senator from Vermont, showed up on Fox News to announce that, “As of this point, I’m not voting for the bill. … I’m going […]

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