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The Approval Rating of BP and Obama, By Way of Twitter

This week BP successfully recapped its ruptured oil well in the Gulf of Mexico. Test results are favorable and show that oil and gas are, for the time being, confined. This news inspires cautious optimism in the hearts of residents and spectators alike. Online, however, the social effect continues to flow across social networks and social graphs, echoing anger, hope, and the demand for resolution and prevention from BP and the Obama administration.

Google Runs First Super Bowl Commercial
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With millions watching, Google ran their first Super Bowl Commercial entitled "Parisian Love". If it looks familiar, that’s because it’s one of their "Search Stories" ads which was uploaded to YouTube back in November. You can check it out below…

What did you think of the commercial? Tell us.

Star Trek Online Has People Tweeting In Klingon

Twitter…the final frontier. These are the voyages of game-maker Atari. Its 2-month mission: to explore strange new social networks, to seek out new geeks and new game players, to boldly go where no ad campaign has gone before!

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Twitter Implementing Retweets On A Small Scale

Remember Twitter’s plans to make “retweeting” an official function?

Sure you do, the mock-ups looked like this:

Well, Twitter just announced the following:

NFL Player’s Tweet Is Going To Cost Him $600,000

You’re already careful about what you say on Twitter, right?

I mean, you read my advice on reputation management, so you know not to go around tweeting defamatory tweets in the name of "fun."

Right?

Twitter Denies Rumors of Video Inclusion

Seems like just yesterday that the Telegraph was reporting that Twitter was considering the introduction of video tweets into its playbook (actually it was just yesterday). Interesting and scary thought all at once (honestly, do you need to actually see some of the folks who pass along their nuggets of 140 character wisdom?). So while it makes for a nice article and creates the some speculation, what was actually given to the folks at Mashable was even more important.

An In Depth Look at Twitter’s New Terms of Service
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I know it may appear I go looking for trouble, but I promise you I just like to share with you my concerns. In the case of Twitter’s update to its Terms of Service, I started thinking about what the changes could mean to us users.

Ben Stiller Discusses Twitter With Mickey Rooney
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Comedic actor, Ben Stiller, just recently jumped into the social media game. Sure he’s new to the scene, but he’s already had a few videos go viral. His latest video, Mickey Rooney discusses twitter with Ben Stiller, will certainly become a web favorite very soon.

Teens: Tweeting Or Not?

While the subject is often debated, there is mounting evidence that the Internet community’s desire to pin the label of ‘early adopter’ for new technology advances on the youngest users may be misguided. Earlier this month we asked the question as to whether teens use Twitter and it looks like the answer is, for the most part, not so much.

Twitter Fails To Trademark ‘Tweet’

I love Twitter. I’ve also personally met co-founder Biz Stone, and he’s a great guy. That said, it does appear that they’ve strayed from their normal play book and are instead reading from the lesser-known Clue(less) Train Manifesto. 

Social Media: A Day In The Life Of An NFL Player

The Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver, formerly known as Chad Johnson, has been tweeting for sometime now. With just over 110,000 followers on Twitter and his own show on USTREAM, Ocho is giving the everyday fan a chance to see the daily life of an NFL player… however wacky the life may be.

Facebook For iPhone 3.0 Has Been Submitted To Apple

Soon you’ll be able take better control of your Facebook account as Facebook for iPhone 3.0 has been sent to Apple for approval.

Are you looking forward to the new Facebook app? Let us know.

Twitter Looking To Make ‘Retweets’ Official
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If you’re a new Twitter user, you’ve probably stumbled over the correct etiquette for "retweeting" someone else’s tweet. Do you use "RT: @andybeal…." or "Retweeting @andybeal….."? And what about those precious characters lost when you retweet? We only get 140 to start with!

Well, Twitter has watched the practice of retweeting closely and thinks it has an official solution. The question is, will you like it?

New Features Added for Seesmic Web
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One of the more popular Twitter web apps, Seesmic Web, allows you to process your Twitter messages in an "email-like interface"… essentially it’s a desktop app for your browser, minus a few bells and whistles. Recently though, they’ve added a few extra bells, they are as follows:

Facebook Cracking Down On Paid Content

Have you signed up for Sponsored Tweets on Twitter? Or Magpie? Or TweetROI? Do you offer sponsored posts and paid reviews on your blog? If so, you might have to re-think how you share this information, thanks to a Terms of Service update from Facebook.

ÜberTwitter Still Busted – That’s ÜberLame
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Most Twitter users are back online after the DoS attack that brought the microblogging site to its knees. Notice how I used the word "most"? Blackberry users who use the popular ÜberTwitter app are still having some major issues.

Facebook Tweets That Service Is Restored
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Earlier today social media came to a screeching halt, as both Twitter and Facebook were down for long periods of time. This left most people just staring at their screens, there were even reports of some people actually working. Oh the humanity!

But in all seriousness, Facebook just sent out the following tweet which explains their downtime:

The Use Of Twitter By The Teen Demographic

Yeah, yeah, yeah—I’m sure we can all name some anecdotal evidence of teens who either hate Twitter or who can’t get off it. But by and large, according to a new Nielsen report, teens just aren’t on Twitter.

Or are they? The chart from the report looks at users on Twitter.com (as opposed to on phones or desktop clients):

The Number Of Tweets Is Rising

While a lot of the talk around Twitter is hype and hyperbole and anything else that is based in theory there are some real numbers that Twitter can point to that are hard to ignore. In June, according to comScore as reported by TechCrunch Twitter had 44.5 million visitors to the site. This is a pretty large number on its own, placing it ahead of ESPN and just shy of Craig’s List as well as the BBC’s site.

ESPN To Employees: Only Tweet About ESPN
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UPDATE: ESPN has responded to the rumored Twitter policy, by releasing their "ADDITIONAL GUIDELINES FOR SOCIAL NETWORKING"

TweetDeck Announces That v0.27 Is Nearly Ready

TweetDeck has announced, via Twitter, that version 0.27 is nearly ready. They also promise "it’s a big upgrade". Question is: What new additions will we see with v0.27?

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