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Man receives 4.5 months of jail time for Twitter rape threats

Man receives 4.5 months of jail time for Twitter rape threats | SocialMediaTwitter | Scoop.it
Peter Nunn repeatedly attacked a politician and activist with menacing tweets.
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This is how the Internet responds when a porn star is beaten up

This is how the Internet responds when a porn star is beaten up | SocialMediaTwitter | Scoop.it

Last weekend, the adult performer Christy Mack landed in the hospital from injuries sustained during an alleged assault by her ex-boyfriend, the MMA fighter War Machine (a.k.a. Jon Koppenhaver). According to a statement she published on Twitter, Mack is currently hospitalized with a broken nose, 18 broken bones, a fractured rib, a ruptured liver, and several missing and broken teeth. She cannot walk, chew or speak. During the attack, “I believed I was going to die,” she wrote in her statement. (Warning: these photos are extremely graphic and disturbing and NSFW.)

To anyone familiar with the psychology of domestic abuse, it shouldn’t come as a surprise to learn that this was not the first time Koppenhaver, an MMA fighter and former adult performer himself, had assaulted a woman. In 2009, he attacked a former girlfriend at an adult industry party, and he has also tweeted about raping and assaulting Mack. (Both Mack and Koppenhaver claimed it was a joke at the time.)

To anyone familiar with the psychology of Twitter, it also shouldn’t come as a surprise to you that almost immediately after news broke that Mack had landed in the hospital, there was an onslaught of tweets in defense of Koppenhaver, claiming the fighter had caught Mack cheating on him, which justified the attack. (For what it’s worth, Mack has refuted the allegations that she was unfaithful to Koppenhaver on Twitter.)

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Porn Star Posts Graphic Photos of Brutal Attack By Fighter Ex-Boyfriend

Porn Star Posts Graphic Photos of Brutal Attack By Fighter Ex-Boyfriend | SocialMediaTwitter | Scoop.it
Mixed martial arts fighter War Machine is still on the run and tweeting apologies after allegedly attacking his ex-girlfriend, porn actress Christy Mack, on Friday.
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Twitter Drops Huge Hint of E-Commerce Plans

Twitter Drops Huge Hint of E-Commerce Plans | SocialMediaTwitter | Scoop.it
The company is testing a dormant menu option that appears to hint that commerce services will be coming soon.
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A Woman Live Tweeted IBM Executives Discussing Why They Don't Hire Women

A Woman Live Tweeted IBM Executives Discussing Why They Don't Hire Women | SocialMediaTwitter | Scoop.it
The news: Toronto-based editor Lyndsay Kirkham has started a firestorm this week after overhearing what was apparently an incredibly sexist conversation between IBM executives at lunch — and live-tweeting it. Unaware that they were transmitting sexist nonsense to cyberspace, the IBM executives openly discussed "why they don't hire women." If you take Kirkham's account at its word, it actually gets way worse.
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Everybody Misreads an AP Tweet, Responds by Getting Super-Pissed at AP

Everybody Misreads an AP Tweet, Responds by Getting Super-Pissed at AP | SocialMediaTwitter | Scoop.it
The Associated Press Twitter account is a must-follow for breaking-news junkies. It's also a great guide to the many ways you can fuck up breaking news. Like when it reported the status this morning of an aircraft carrying the bodies of MH17 victims back to Holland:
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Here’s what happens when your joke goes massively viral on Twitter

Here’s what happens when your joke goes massively viral on Twitter | SocialMediaTwitter | Scoop.it
On May 14, a regular guy named Chris Scott sent a tweet out to his 1,000 or so followers. Things promptly went bonkers.
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Horrifying Twitter trend mocks a teenage girl whose rape went viral

Horrifying Twitter trend mocks a teenage girl whose rape went viral | SocialMediaTwitter | Scoop.it
Jada, a 16-year-old girl in Houston, Texas, was recently raped at her classmate’s house after she says she blacked out during a party. If that wasn’t horrifying enough, she found out she was raped after she spotted videos and photos of her taken of her during the rape on her social media feed. And if that wasn’t horrifying enough, people are now mocking her rape by tweeting photos of themselves lying down in a splayed position as Jada does in the video, with the hashtag #jadapose.
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Twitter maps our favorite drugs in every region

Twitter maps our favorite drugs in every region | SocialMediaTwitter | Scoop.it
Where can you find the sex capital of America? What about drugs and gambling? A new study tried to find out the answers to these burning questions by analyzing 451,484 tweets in order to determine America’s vice capitals. The results vary from expected (Las Vegas loves gambling and Denver loves pot) to completely out of left field.
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Men: Do not send unsolicited d**k pics to women on Twitter

Men: Do not send unsolicited d**k pics to women on Twitter | SocialMediaTwitter | Scoop.it
Or else they might send it to everyone they know. And it's completely in their right.
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Twitter Buys Mobile Native Ad Startup Namo Media For Around $50M | TechCrunch

Twitter Buys Mobile Native Ad Startup Namo Media For Around $50M | TechCrunch | SocialMediaTwitter | Scoop.it

Twitter today has made another acquisition to build the social network’s ad tech business — specifically in the area of native ads. It has acquired Namo Media, a specialist in “native ad” content that integrates with the site where the ads are being viewed, with a focus on mobile ads. Twitter is not commenting on the price, but I have heard from reliable sources that it is around $50 million.

Namo Media is closing down its standalone operation and integrating into the MoPub platform that Twitter acquired last year, the startup wrote in a blog post announcing the news. There are around eight people working for the startup now and from what I understand most will be joining Twitter.

The idea of seamless ads fits in with how Twitter has been trying to ramp up its own advertising business both on desktop and mobile versions — eschewing banners and ads in the margins in favour of tweets, and more recently cards, that appear in a user’s Twitter stream in the form of Promoted Tweets and Promoted Accounts.

“Since we acquired MoPub last October, we have been working to bring native ads to mobile app publishers in order to create a more seamless and less intrusive ad experience for users,” Twitter’s ad head Kevin Weil wrote in a blog post announcing the deal. “We believe strongly that all app developers large and small should be able to monetize their applications without sacrificing the user experience.”

The cards that Twitter has been integrating into its stream have been growing in terms of the kinds of features that they cover — from buttons to get people to request more information, to videos and so on (with commerce potentially coming soon too?). So what Namo will bring is technology and engineers/expertise to expand that set of features. One recent example included adding a carousel-style feature to Namo’s ad format

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The Rules of Twitter Hashtags: Hits and Misses From 7 Big Brands

The Rules of Twitter Hashtags: Hits and Misses From 7 Big Brands | SocialMediaTwitter | Scoop.it
Check out the 7 best and worst Twitter hashtags of all time and what companies can learn from them.
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Young girl arrested over American Air threat tweet

Young girl arrested over American Air threat tweet | SocialMediaTwitter | Scoop.it
Dutch police arrested a 14-year-old girl after she sent a tweet to American Airlines pretending to be a member of Al Qaeda and threatening an act.
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The Islamic State May Have a New Target in Mind — and It’s Not a Political or National Icon: ‘The Time Has Arrived to Respond…’

The Islamic State May Have a New Target in Mind — and It’s Not a Political or National Icon: ‘The Time Has Arrived to Respond…’ | SocialMediaTwitter | Scoop.it
The Islamic State is calling for the assassination of Twitter employees in retribution for the social media platform closing accounts associated with the terror group, according to a news website. Vocativ reported Monday that a Twitter account associated with the Islamic State issued a direct call for attacks...
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Anonymous Backs Off Its Threat to Dox Ferguson Police Chief's Daughter

Anonymous Backs Off Its Threat to Dox Ferguson Police Chief's Daughter | SocialMediaTwitter | Scoop.it
On Sunday night, the network of hactivists known as Anonymous released an impassioned video demand for justice in the killing of unarmed black teen Michael Brown by police in Ferguson, Missouri. But a specific Anonymous threat against Police Chief Jon Belmar this afternoon backfired in a big way.
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Government Worker Suspended for Tweeting Amateur Porn Selfies at Job

Government Worker Suspended for Tweeting Amateur Porn Selfies at Job | SocialMediaTwitter | Scoop.it
The Swiss parliament has suspended a secretary whose nude selfies and amateur porn photos, sometimes posted from inside the Federal House in Berne, made her a national sensation.
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Tweet derails Cassidy DWI plea deal hearing

Tweet derails Cassidy DWI plea deal hearing | SocialMediaTwitter | Scoop.it
A horse racing tweet prompted prosecutors to halt a court hearing at which a lawyer for seventies heartthrob David Cassidy was supposed to accept a plea deal on the singer's behalf.
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The Best Twitter Feed in Congress Belongs to Its Longest-Serving Member

The Best Twitter Feed in Congress Belongs to Its Longest-Serving Member | SocialMediaTwitter | Scoop.it
Rep. John Dingell: "Staff has now informed me of what a Kardashian is. I'm only left with more questions."
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What a Major Airline’s Representative Reportedly Did to a Dad and His Two Kids Before a Flight Left the Father ‘Upset,’ ‘Embarrassed’ and ‘Humiliated’

What a Major Airline’s Representative Reportedly Did to a Dad and His Two Kids Before a Flight Left the Father ‘Upset,’ ‘Embarrassed’ and ‘Humiliated’ | SocialMediaTwitter | Scoop.it
A Southwest Airlines passenger said he was deplaned and then forced by the airline to delete a Twitter post critical of Southwest's customer service before he and his two children were allowed back on their flight.
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See the bizarre direct Twitter messages Ed Schultz sent me at 1:33 a.m. … and then deleted

See the bizarre direct Twitter messages Ed Schultz sent me at 1:33 a.m. … and then deleted | SocialMediaTwitter | Scoop.it
It all started with a harmless little tweet poking some fun at Ed Schultz. I don’t have that many followers on Twitter, so he could’ve just ignored it and the tweet would’ve been swallowed up, lost in the vast expanse of the twittersphere.
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Best Twitter Feed Fort Lauderdale and Palm Beach 2014 - @aGuyonClematis - New Times Broward-Palm Beach

Best Twitter Feed Fort Lauderdale and Palm Beach 2014 - @aGuyonClematis -  New Times Broward-Palm Beach | SocialMediaTwitter | Scoop.it
The New Times Broward-Palm Beach 2014 award for Best Twitter Feed in Fort Lauderdale and Palm Beach goes to @aGuyonClematis.
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Twitter COO resigns; will stay as adviser

Twitter COO resigns; will stay as adviser | SocialMediaTwitter | Scoop.it

Ali Rowghani has resigned as chief operating officer of Twitter, the first casualty of decelerating growth and a steep stock decline since the company's initial public offering in November.

Rowghani will stay on as an employee and advise CEO Dick Costolo, the San Francisco company said in a regulatory filing on Thursday. The resignation was effective on Thursday. A Twitter spokesman declined to comment.

In a tweet, Rowghani said "Goodbye Twitter. It's been an amazing ride, and I will cherish the memories."

In response, Costolo tweeted: "Thank you for being an incredible executive & partner. Twitter could not have succeeded without you."

Twitter does not plan to replace Rowghani who was once viewed as a possible successor to Costolo. Costolo will now directly oversee product development.

Twitter has generated growing revenue but user growth has slowed. Rowghani was charged with attracting new users and broadening Twitter's appeal.

Twitter's first-quarter results in April showed that growth was continuing to slow, dampening expectations from investors who had hoped Twitter could one day rival Facebook. With about 255 million users, Twitter lags far behind Facebook's 1.3 billion.

Costolo decided product and engineering should report to him, not to Rowghani, so that Twitter could move more swiftly to reignite user growth, but Rowghani disagreed, said a source familiar with the situation but not permitted to discuss is publicly.
"They arrived at an impasse," the person said.

Friction with Rowghani was reported by the technology blog Re/code on Wednesday.

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CIA joins social media, is immediately trolled

CIA joins social media, is immediately trolled | SocialMediaTwitter | Scoop.it
Though the US Central Intelligence Agency may use Facebook, Twitter, and the like to keep tabs on targets of interest, the spy agency has only now officially joined social media--a move hastened by an imposter who was using the agency's name online.
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Don’t Freak Out You Guys, But Twitter.com Has Switched To A New Font | TechCrunch

Don’t Freak Out You Guys, But Twitter.com Has Switched To A New Font | TechCrunch | SocialMediaTwitter | Scoop.it
Apparently Twitter has switched its web interface from the Helvetica Neue font to Gotham Narrow SSm. Honestly, I barely have any idea what that sentence..
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PRESENTING: The 100 Most Influential Tech Women On Twitter

PRESENTING: The 100 Most Influential Tech Women On Twitter | SocialMediaTwitter | Scoop.it
There’s been a lot of talk about how women are underrepresented in the tech world and the voice of tech tends to be more male-centric. Especially when it comes to the Twitter conversation, it can feel a bit XY heavy.
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