Pizza Place Learns To Not Call Customer "Dumbass" On Twitter

Pizza Place Learns To Not Call Customer "Dumbass" On Twitter

There are some very good reasons why many traditional publicists hate Twitter and other social media outlets that give businesses unfettered access to immediately address their customers. Because it’s amazing how quickly you can anger your entire customer base in 140 or fewer characters. [More]

Rapper May Face Arrest After Tweeting Sheriff's Station Phone Number

Rapper May Face Arrest After Tweeting Sheriff's Station Phone Number

Rap artist The Game pulled a Twitter prank Friday by posting the Compton sheriff’s station phone number, encouraging his 580,000 followers to call the department if they wanted to apply for an internship. The station was bombarded with hundreds of phone calls for hours, and is now working on an official complaint it will file with prosecutors. Potential charges are “annoying or harassing phone calls via electronic device or the Internet whether or not a conversation ensues, delaying or obstructing a peace officer in the performance of their duties, and disrupting or impeding communication over a public safety radio frequency.” [More]

Twitter Pushes Ad-Generated Tweets To Tops Of Feeds

Twitter Pushes Ad-Generated Tweets To Tops Of Feeds

In an effort to give sponsors more bang for their buck while somewhat disregarding the needs of its users, Twitter has started to push sponsored tweets up to the tops of feeds. The 140-characters-or-less ads only show up in feeds that you follow, scroll down in the normal way as newer Tweets appear and can be deleted with a click. [More]

Eating Mini-Donuts Is Like Child Murder, Tweets Entenmann's

Eating Mini-Donuts Is Like Child Murder, Tweets Entenmann's

Attention, brands trying to be hip to the “Twitters”: while it can sometimes be good exposure to mention one of the trending words or topics publicized on the right sidebar of the site, make sure that you know what that trending topic is referring to. At minimum, make sure that it doesn’t refer to anything negative or potentially offensive. Such as a highly publicized murder trial. [More]

FTC Investigates Twitter For The Way It Deals With Third-Party App Makers

FTC Investigates Twitter For The Way It Deals With Third-Party App Makers

Twitter has found itself in the Federal Trade Commission’s cross hairs once again, this time over its treatment of companies that develop applications for the service. In March, Twitter settled with the FTC following an investigation of privacy violation allegations. [More]

Twitter Faces "Super-Injunction" Challenge Over User Privacy

Twitter Faces "Super-Injunction" Challenge Over User Privacy

Thousands of Twitter users have posted comments about a rumored affair between a British soccer player and a reality-TV star, and have included the athlete’s name, despite a British law that allows individuals to get a “super-injunction” blocking publication of their name. The player has now used that injunction to get a court order demanding that Twitter reveal the account information of users who’ve posted his name. [More]

Report: Twitter Takes TweetDeck Under Its Wing For $40-$50 Million

Report: Twitter Takes TweetDeck Under Its Wing For $40-$50 Million

Twitter has apparently won the bidding war for TweetDeck, an app available on computers and smartphones that allows users more control over their Twitter accounts. The rising social networking giant will have to dip deep into its pockets to swallow up the supplementary service, paying between $40 million and $50 million, according to a report. [More]

DHS Ditches Color-Coded Terror Alert System, Joins The Facebook & Twitter Crowd

DHS Ditches Color-Coded Terror Alert System, Joins The Facebook & Twitter Crowd

I know all of you have gotten used to checking to see if it was an orange, yellow, or red day according to the Department of Homeland Security’s color-coded terror alert system. But now that’s all gone, and you can check Facebook or Twitter to see whether or not the world is going to blow up today. [More]

Seattle Mariners Beer Guy Now Taking Orders Over Twitter

Seattle Mariners Beer Guy Now Taking Orders Over Twitter

After five seasons of scaling the steps of Safeco Field, home of the Seattle Mariners baseball team, selling beers to fans in their seats, one suds vendor is giving customers the chance to notify him directly of their beer needs via Twitter. [More]

NY Times Asks Twitter To Take Down Paywall-Subverting Account

NY Times Asks Twitter To Take Down Paywall-Subverting Account

As The New York Times puts the finishing touches on a metered paywall system that goes up March 28, cheapskate devotees of the news source are finding workarounds that will allow them to continue to read the paper for free, even after they’ve surpassed their allotted 20 stories per month. [More]

Twitter: Google Isn't Trying To Buy Us For $10 Billion

Twitter: Google Isn't Trying To Buy Us For $10 Billion

It was recently reported that Google is in the market to buy Twitter and that the price tag floating around for the company was somewhere in the $8-10 billion range. But today, Twitter’s CEO denied those reports — sort of. [More]

Is Twitter Worth $10 Billion?

Is Twitter Worth $10 Billion?

A lot of people expressed surprise at the $315 million purchase of Huffington Post by AOL. But that’s nothing compared to the figures Facebook and Google are reportedly considering ponying up to acquire Twitter. [More]

Tweeting Disney's President Over Missed BOGO Nets Free Gift Card

Tweeting Disney's President Over Missed BOGO Nets Free Gift Card

Jonathan was at first stoked to get two Oswald the Lucky Rabbit plushies for $28, usually $16.50 each. He was going to give one to his sister and keep the other one. Then a week later buyer’s remorse struck like a piano dropped from 30 stories above, squashing his hopes into the size of a quarter. There was a new deal – buy one get one free! So he reached out and Tweeted someone, Disney Store President Jim Fielding. [More]

Kenneth Cole Thinks Egyptian Turmoil Is Hilarious Way To Sell Clothes

Kenneth Cole Thinks Egyptian Turmoil Is Hilarious Way To Sell Clothes

When you think of Kenneth Cole, you probably don’t associate the apparel brand with edgy, topical humor. And you probably won’t ever again, after the company stuck its shiny leather shoe in its mouth with a Tweet referencing the current political upheaval in Egypt. [More]

What It Costs To Whore Out Celebrities On Twitter

What It Costs To Whore Out Celebrities On Twitter

If you’re a deep-pocketed advertiser who thinks all your product needs to get over the top is some Twitter love from Marlon Wayans, Khloe Kardashian or Lindsay Lohan, pull out your checkbook, because you’re just a payment away from making it happen. [More]

FCC Tweets Baseball Updates To Blacked Out Cablevision Customers

FCC Tweets Baseball Updates To Blacked Out Cablevision Customers

While some lawmakers are calling for the FCC to intervene in the Cablevision/Fox pissing match over carriage fees, the FCC made some attempt last night to keep blacked-out Phillies fans informed. [More]

Twitter Closes Up Loophole That Sent Unwitting Users To Potentially Dangerous Sites

Twitter Closes Up Loophole That Sent Unwitting Users To Potentially Dangerous Sites

Twitter patched up a security gap that sent users to other sites when they moved their mouse cursors over links. Using a JavaScript function called onMouseOver, spammy marketers drew in unwitting customers to their sites without them having to click. [More]

Twitter Makeover Lets You Embed Pics, Videos On Site

Twitter Makeover Lets You Embed Pics, Videos On Site

A Twitter redesign that’s rolling out incrementally alters the layout and lets users post pictures and videos directly on the site rather than just link to them. [More]