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Twitter Users Blocked By @RealDonaldTrump Claim First Amendment Violation

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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

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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

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

America To Trump: Delete Your Account

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

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

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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

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

The Time A Drunk Al Gore Almost Bought Twitter

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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

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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

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

New Twitter Policy Leads To Misguided Cries Of Censorship

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Censorship or sound business practice?

Breaking and Unbreaking News in Twitter Time

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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?

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

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

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

Hill Staffers Behaving Badly, And Tweeting About It

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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

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

Is “Twitter Stalking” Free Speech?

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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

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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

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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

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And the KosKids have the proof!

Twitter As Breaking News Source

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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

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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

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

Newt Gingrich Sending Tweets Down The Memory Hole

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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

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

When Reading 140 Characters is too Big a Strain

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

Meghan McCain Busted By Own Tweet

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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)

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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

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If it’s online, it’s forever.

Managing Online Relationships

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

Obama Twitters On The Internets

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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?

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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

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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

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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

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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?

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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

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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 […]

GOP URL Shortener Short-Lived

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The Republican National Committee launched yet another URL shortener yesterday (coincidentally, on the same day that Google and Facebook did likewise) as part of their plan to catch up with the Democrats in social media space. As with their recent website relaunch, the debut was less than auspicious. The Republican party took down its innovative […]

Comparative Fringes

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Steve Benen is a bit disappointed that I didn’t “follow [Charles] Johnson’s lead and reject what’s become of the contemporary political right” in my post responding to his departure.  In particular, he thinks I’m too easy on the conservative fringe groups and understate their hold on the movement. I continue to think this is a […]

Twitter Not Just About Lunch

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Norm Geras remains baffled at the Twitter phenomenon.  Responding to a column by Nicholas Lezard, Norm asks: (1) Why would I want to record my daily activities for other people to follow? (2) Why would I want to follow the detailed doings of anyone else over the course of a day, and another day, and […]

Twitter Memes

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Becks observes, “I suspect many Twitter memes that I find annoying (one letter off movie titles, failed children’s books, etc.) would have been quite hilarious Unfogged threads.” The post title, “The Medium Is The Message,” is appropriate.  Several Twitter memes  (created by adding a hashtag such as #failedchildrensbooks) of the sort mentioned can be amusing […]

Email Era Over?

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“Email has had a good run as king of communications. But its reign is over.” So begins a column by Jessica Vascellaro in today’s WSJ. We all still use email, of course. But email was better suited to the way we used to use the Internet—logging off and on, checking our messages in bursts. Now, […]

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