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It was with good intentions that Comcast took to Twitter to promote Comcast Cares Day, an annual event in which thousands of its employees go out and volunteer in their communities. What Comcast didn't take into account is the snarky nature of Twitter and backlash it would receive on the social network. Comcast created its own hashtag to draw attention to its philanthropic outreach effort—#ComcastCaresDay—but instead of good vibes and high fives, it attracted a mountain of mockery. Some if it came from ticked off Comcast subscribers who were taken aback by what they viewed as obvious irony, while... Read more...
By this point, everyone and their dog knows that driving while pecking away on a smartphone dramatically increases the chance of accidents, yet many remain defiant, and sometimes even proud about their foolish deeds. Apparently, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has had enough of that, and has decided to begin calling out those who brag about it on Twitter. AT&T's #ItCanWait Don't Text and Drive Simulator from 2014 More often than not, it's a poor idea for a company (or agency) to use social media to call people they don't even know out. But when it comes to something... Read more...
And this is why we can’t have nice things! Microsoft's Technology and Research Division along with Bing developed Tay as an exercise in testing its advancements in artificial intelligence. In the case of Tay, it’s a “female” chatbot that is targeted at millennials ranging in age from 18 to 24. “Tay is designed to engage and entertain people where they connect with each other online through casual and playful conversation,” writes Microsoft. “The more you chat with Tay the smarter she gets, so the experience can be more personalized for you.” Microsoft unleashed Tay onto the world this week via... Read more...
Apple is spreading its wings when it comes to using social media to engage its vast user base. That expansion kicks off today with the launch of @AppleSupport on Twitter, which not only will provide Apple Customers with tips and tricks for its products, but also field questions from those in need of technical assistance. @AppleSupport made itself useful this morning by providing iOS users some helpful tricks to get the most out of the Notes app. Customers can simply mark their tweet with #AppleSupport to enlist the help of Apple Support. The Notes app has some awesome hidden tricks. A favorite... Read more...
ISIS is apparently pretty peeved with the deletion of social media accounts belonging to members of the terrorist organization. As a result, ISIS has issued a threat to Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg and Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey, saying that for account they delete, ISIS will hack 10 others.The threat was part of a 25-minute video created by ISIS and posted to Telegram, a social media messaging app with a claimed 100 million monthly active users. It was discovered and viewed by Vocativ, which reports that the video contained pictures of Zuckerberg and Dorsey strewn with bullet holes.... Read more...
Twitter has a harassment problem, and it’s looking for outside help to help combat Internet trolls that are turning the popular social media platform into a new age platform for bullying. Twitter’s newly formed Trust and Safety Council will work to offer “input on our safety products, policies, and programs” as it tiptoes the line between allowing the proliferation of free speech while at the same time protecting its users from hate speech. “Twitter empowers every voice to shape the world. But you can’t do that unless you feel safe and confident enough to express yourself freely and connect with... Read more...
We’ve been wondering what the next big step would be for the Twitter-owned Periscope live streaming app, and today we got a look at what’s been going on behind the scenes. Periscope announced today that it will support live broadcasting from GoPro action cameras. The Periscope app for iOS was updated to allow for direct integration with select GoPro cameras (Hero 4 Black, Hero 4 Silver). Live broadcasting is as simple as connecting your GoPro Hero 4 to your iPhone via Wi-Fi, opening the Periscope app and then hitting the Broadcast button. You can still use the Periscope app while you’re broadcasting,... Read more...
In a filing with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Twitter revealed that it's preparing to hand out 336 pink slips as part of a reorganization effort. In the short term, the layoffs, which amount to 8 percent of Twitter's workforce, will cost the company between $10 million and $20 million in severance pay. Investors at first reacted negatively to the news of the layoffs, sending Twitter's share price down by more than 6.8 percent to $28.75 on Monday. However, it's up more than 5 percent today at $30.24 per share. The quick recovery is a show of faith in Twitter co-founder... Read more...
At long last, Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey is back in the CEO seat. Dorsey made the announcement this morning in an 8-K filing and on an investor call - and also shared the news via Twitter, of course. The move heaps more onto Dorsey’s already-full plate; he is (and plans to remain) CEO of mobile payments service Square. Dorsey named Adam Bain to the COO spot and hinted at a major board shakeup while announcing that he was taking back the reins of Twitter. We are naming @adambain COO of Twitter, we're working to change the composition of our Board, and I will serve as CEO of Twitter and Square!—... Read more...
Earlier this year, Google and Twitter teamed up to embed tweets in your search results, and for both companies, the partnership made a lot of sense. From an end-user perspective, seeing popular tweets of ongoing events in your search results might give you the kind of answer you need right away. For popular Twitter users, it could even result in an increase of followers. Up to this point, the search feature has only been available for mobile users, whereas in an new update, it's been spread to the desktop. Unfortunately, I can't currently see the feature in order to share a screenshot, but it's... Read more...
If you thought the Angry Birds franchise had soared as high as it could possibly go and there would be limited interest in yet another release, you thought wrong. Angry Birds 2, the first official sequel to the original Angry Birds title released in 2009, notched 1 million downloads in just 12 hours, and 10 million downloads in three days.That's a far cry from the 920 million downloads the original Angry Birds has tallied to date, though it represents another fast start for yet another Angry Birds title, of which there have been several. While Angry Birds 2 is an official sequel to the original,... Read more...
Be careful what you post in jest on social networking sites like Twitter, Facebook, and even YouTube, lest the U.S. government labels you as a potential terrorist threat. It's the online world we live in these days, and in an effort to thwart the bad guys (and gals) before they can do harm, a new bill would encourage social media sites to notify federal authorities of online "terrorist activity."According to Reuters, which claims to have seen a text of the bill that was approved by the Senate Intelligence Committee, social media sites would have the green light to tattle on posts that talk about... Read more...
Sometimes it's better not to take the bait and get sucked into an Internet fight. Sprint boss Marcelo Claure is learning that the hard way after being drawn into battle with T-Mobile CEO John Legere on what can be considered his home field -- Twitter. If you're at all familiar with Legere, you know he loves to use Twitter to poke fun at rival wireless carriers, and he's turned himself into a bit of a rockstar using social media. We already covered the details leading up to this point, but to quickly recap, Sprint recently announced a new "All-In" unlimited phone plan designed to simplify everything... Read more...
Just a few days after Steve Wozniak stirred fears with comments about the inevitability of humans becoming pets for superior robots, the Twittersphere has found further “evidence” that humanity’s end is nigh. A robot at an automotive plant in Germany killed a worker this week and the reporter who first covered the news is named Sarah O’Connor. Lop the “O” off her name, and you have the lead character of the original Terminator movie (and its sequel). Now would probably be a good time for sci-fi fans everywhere to take a collective deep breathe and chill the heck out. The Volkswagon employee apparently... Read more...
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