Read a little. Learn a lot. • Tightly-written news, views and stuff • Follow us on TwitterBe a Facebook FanTumble us!

07 Nov 2010 21:27


Politics: Keith Olbermann breaks silence via Twitter; happy for support

  • Atta boy Keith. We don’t think what you did was particularly smart, but we think MSNBC overreacted. Glad to see you keeping up your spirits. source

02 Sep 2010 01:30


Tech: New Twitter iPad app blows every other Twitter iPad app away

  • Even though we’ve felt like Twitter’s official iPhone app (formerly Tweetie) has been overrated to some degree, we can’t say the same thing about Twitter’s official iPad app. It’s got this magical ability to be as simple or as complex as you’d like it to be, and that’s really hard to pull off. Layers can hide as necessary as the content requires. Links are done in a way that feels intuitive, and it could even teach Flipboard some things about elegance, which is saying a lot. Let’s just get it out there now: We’re fans. Nice work Atebits. source

22 Jul 2010 12:22


Culture: What the heck happened to mega-pastor Rick Warren?

My eyes were severely burned by a toxic poison.Hospitalized Mon.Excruciating pain.Now home.Pray my sight loss is restoredless than a minute ago via web

  • This guy’s a bit controversial, but it doesn’t mean that he deserves to be blinded. He also was the guy who gave the invocation at Obama’s inauguration. All the best for the guy.

11 Jun 2010 21:09


Tech: Dear Phil Corbett: Shut up and let us tweet in peace. OK?

  • Some social-media fans may disagree, but outside of ornithological contexts, ‘tweet’ has not yet achieved the status of standard English. And standard English is what we should use in news articles.
  • New York Times standards editor Phil Corbett • For some reason fighting the flow of the English language, which has already decided to call Twitter posts “tweets” (lowercase). Corbett calls the word “inherently silly” and says it’s possible people may not even be using the site in a year. OK, this would be fine if he had any good recommendations. But what does he come up with? “But let’s look for deft, English alternatives: use Twitter, post to or on Twitter, write on Twitter, a Twitter message, a Twitter update. Or, once you’ve established that Twitter is the medium, simply use ‘say’ or ‘write.’ ” In other words, he has no good ideas for what to call this thing that he’s railing against. How about we call it “tweet,” Phil? Seems like a reasonable name. It also seems dumb for a guy who uses “ornithological” to complain about the clarity of language.  source

14 Feb 2010 22:00


Politics: Obama needs an official Twitterer; must not suck at their job

  • Think you know how to use social media to the fullest? The Obama administration might want to use your services. The prior social media queen, Mia Cambronero, is leaving, and they have a job opening for the position. They need your help to make sure Obama’s Twitter, Facebook and MySpace pages are well-updated. Note: One of the main qualifications is “Ready to work hard; this isn’t a 9-5 sort of job.” Secondary note: Newsbusters is freaking out because Cambronero is tied to source

13 Feb 2010 21:15


Politics: We have a tip for Robert Gibbs: Don’t call it “the Twitter”

  • before A while back, our boy Robert Gibbs admitted in an interview that he wasn’t able to use Twitter from the White House, which hurts Obama’s until-then-solid Web 2.0 cred.
  • now Gibbs joined Twitter today as the account @PressSec, and his handle of the service is a little suspect. He called it “the Twitter.” He’s a PR person. Yikes. source

04 Feb 2010 10:24


Tech: Sun Microsystems CEO tweets his resignation, haiku-style

  • Today’s my last day at Sun. I’ll miss it. Seems only fitting to end on a #haiku. Financial crisis/Stalled too many customers/CEO no more
  • Sun Microsystems CEO Jonathan Schwartz • In a tweet about his last day at the tech company, which was recently swallowed whole by Oracle. Schwartz, who shows creativity even in defeat, is the first Fortune 200 CEO to ever tweet his resignation. Seems fitting for a tech CEO to go out that way. source

03 Feb 2010 10:20


Politics: New Yorker writer trashes Twitter even though he’s never used it

  • The truth is, I feel like yelling Stop quite a bit these days. Every time I hear about Twitter I want to yell Stop. The notion of sending and getting brief updates to and from dozens or thousands of people every few minutes is an image from information hell.
  • New Yorker staff writer George Packer • Complaining about the popularity of Twitter. He won’t use it because he’s scared of becoming addicted. He calls it “crack for media addicts.” He seems to not understand the appeal of the service at all. He’s a journalist – with sources who understand the need to be constantly connected – and he himself doesn’t even own a BlackBerry. Mr. Packer, stop complaining and catch up. If you want to be a journalist in this new environment, you have to catch up. source

12 Jan 2010 21:28


World: YELE: Wyclef Jean’s asking for your help in Haiti via text message

  • 501501 text YELE and donate $5 source

09 Jan 2010 20:36