Hours Before Going Dark, Twitpic Acquired By Twitter – The Company Responsible For Its Demise

Hours Before Going Dark, Twitpic Acquired By Twitter – The Company Responsible For Its Demise

Twitpic users who feared their photos would soon be a casualty of the Internet blackhole received some slightly good news over the weekend: Twitter, which had a heavy hand in the demise of Twitpic, acquired the company, allowing photos stored on the site to live on. [More]

Rogers Twitter Account Is Apparently Run By Wisecracking Sitcom Teen

Rogers Twitter Account Is Apparently Run By Wisecracking Sitcom Teen

When you haven’t had phone service for several days and all you want is for someone at the phone company to tell you when it will finally be fixed, it’s not a good idea for a customer service rep to try to A) try to tell you about the benefits of its pay-TV service; and B) be a smartass about it. [More]

Twitter Sues Justice Dept., Says It Has First Amendment Right To Transparency

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While Twitter is a platform through which millions of users can instantly share and access real-time information about everything from anti-government protests in Hong Kong to who won the Head of Household challenge on Big Brother, the company itself can say very little about the ways in which federal authorities use Twitter for surveillance; it can’t even reveal if there have been no national security requests. In an effort to poke a hole in that steel curtain, Twitter has sued the Justice Dept., U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, the FBI and its Director James Comey. [More]

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4 Of 5 Restaurant Twitter Complaints Made Mid-Meal

If you’re looking at someone’s Twitter feed and seeing Tweets like “The soup at Joe’s Soup Shack and Hat Store is the worst!” or “I didn’t order a dead fly with my turkey pot pie! #worstdayever” (because you can’t complain on Twitter without a hashtag), chances are that these Tweets were written before the person even left the restaurant about which they are griping. [More]

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On a day when the entire country is paying tribute to the tragic events of September 11, 2001, we usually see a number of brands flounder when it comes to honoring the victims of that day and promoting themselves. While there are surely some flubs out there this year, it’s also pretty telling to see what companies were tweeting about right before they posted this year’s 9/11 tributes. Prepare to cringe. [via 910to911.tumblr.com]

Twitter Adds “Buy Now” Button For Limited Set Of Musical Artists, Nonprofits And Brands

Twitter Adds “Buy Now” Button For Limited Set Of Musical Artists, Nonprofits And Brands

Twitter is dipping its toes in the waters of ecommerce with a new “Buy Now” button rolling out today, and it’s doing so without trying to make a huge splash. The feature will only be available to just 26 handpicked musical artists and nonprofit organizations at the start, and just brands. [More]

Twitpic Shutting Down Over Trademark Spat With Twitter

Twitpic Shutting Down Over Trademark Spat With Twitter

While Twitter has allowed users to upload photos directly to their feeds for quite some time, some users still prefer Twitpic for hosting and sharing their images. But Twitter apparently has an issue with the “Twit” part of Twitpic’s name, so the service will soon cease operations instead of getting caught up in a drawn-out legal fight over a name. [More]

IRS Turning Its Baleful Gaze At Company Cafeterias That Churn Out Free Food

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Do you hear that noise? It’s thousands of forks clattering in the hands of Silicon Valley employees currently enjoying a free lunch. The Internal Revenue Service is taking a closer look at the trend of company cafeterias shoveling free food onto employees’ plates, saying that smorgasbord is a taxable fringe benefit. [More]

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Don’t Want To See Tweets In Your Timeline From Strangers You Don’t Follow? Too Bad, Says Twitter

As if it’s not already annoying enough to see promoted tweets in your Twitter timeline, an inevitable advertising move that we’ve grumbled about and gotten over, Twitter says it’s going to sprinkle strangers’ musings, missives and messages into users’ timelines. Just because it can, apparently. [More]

There’s Really No Way Twitter Can Stop Some Users From Being A-Holes

There’s Really No Way Twitter Can Stop Some Users From Being A-Holes

As you’ve probably heard, in the wake of actor Robin Williams’ death earlier this week, his daughter Zelda Williams was subjected to some particularly nasty messages on Twitter, causing her to close her account on the service rather than have to sort through hurtful, nasty statements from strangers. This is not good news for Twitter, which now has to answer to stockholders. And so the company is saying it’s looking into how to prevent this sort of thing from happening in the future, but there’s a bigger question — is that even possible? [More]

Tweet A Coke To Your Friends, If They Were Going To The Movies Anyway

Tweet A Coke To Your Friends, If They Were Going To The Movies Anyway

Do you want to give your movie-loving friend a gift, but not a really good gift? Thanks to a partnership between Coke, Twitter, and Regal Cinemas, you can tweet a Coke-branded beverage to a friend… or to a random stranger, if that’s what you’re into. Why? So someone would write an article about it, I guess. [More]

Family Kicked Off Southwest Flight Because Of Dad’s Tweet

Family Kicked Off Southwest Flight Because Of Dad’s Tweet

It’s pretty great when your customer complaint over social media receives a swift, decisive response from the target company. What is not so great is when that response is to boot you and your elementary-school-age children off a plane before takeoff because you complained about a specific employee’s actions over Twitter. [More]

Verizon Trying To Twitter-Snipe Mildly Annoyed Customers Of Other Carriers

Verizon Trying To Twitter-Snipe Mildly Annoyed Customers Of Other Carriers

Having written about every major wireless carrier over the last 4+ years, I’ve come to realize one thing: Just about everyone hates their current wireless provider and is constantly talking about switching. So it makes sense that these competitors would scour the competition’s social media feeds and try to lure away disgruntled customers. Yet only Verizon, by far the largest carrier in the U.S., seems to be making a go of it. [More]

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FAFSA Twitter Account Sorry For Posting “I’m Poor” Tweet Aimed At Financial Aid Applicants

You know what isn’t always that funny to people who can’t afford say, college? Calling them out for being poor on social media. Oh, hello, Federal Student Aid’s twitter account. You seem to have made a mistake in that area. [More]

The Tweet from Delta has since been deleted and replaced with an apology from the airline.

Delta Apologizes For Ghana Giraffe Gaffe On Twitter

Last night, the U.S. men’s soccer team edged out the team from Ghana for its first victory in 2014 World Cup play. People everywhere went online to congratulate the team, including Delta Air Lines, which didn’t do quite enough research about the wildlife in Ghana before it Tweeted. [More]

Millions Of Users In The Dark When Hijackers Take Down TweetDeck

Millions Of Users In The Dark When Hijackers Take Down TweetDeck

If you’re an avid user of Twitter’s TweetDeck you may have noticed something was awry this afternoon. The social media site shut down its popular service after discovering users’ account security was at risk. [More]

Denny’s Tweets About Vegetable Acquisition, Wins At Brand Social Media

Denny’s Tweets About Vegetable Acquisition, Wins At Brand Social Media

Yesterday, Apple and Beats Electronics announced that their union is official: Apple will acquire the headphone and streaming-music company for about $3 billion. As the news made headlines, one national brand wanted to nudge its way into the “trending topics” spotlight, and achieved the best current events/brand promotion tweet that we have ever seen. [More]

SDOT has since apologized for, and removed, this Tweet attempting to mine some humor from a Monday morning traffic jam.

Seattle Apologizes For Labeling Stuck-In-Traffic Drivers As “Scumbags”

When government organizations try to be funny on social media, it usually falls flat. And when that attempt at humor is directed at people who are likely in a humorless mood — like, say… people stuck in a traffic jam — it will probably end in an apology. [More]