How #BlackLivesMatter matters: the presence of “Black Twitter”

Eric Garner protest

This weekend marked the one-year anniversary of the horrific shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed African-American man, by police in Ferguson, Missouri. As of this writing, the anniversary is being marked by various protests once more in Ferguson, with noted figures such as Cornel West being arrested. A rally last Saturday in Seattle for presidential candidate Bernie Sanders … Read more

Twitter to remove 140 character limit in direct messages

Twitter

Twitter’s been in the tech news a lot this week. The first news story is that its CEO, Dick Costolo, will be stepping down as of July 1, with Twitter co-founder/chairman Jack Dorsey to serve as an interim CEO. The other big news more directly affecting us Twitter users: also starting in July, Twitter’s lifting … Read more

Caitlyn Jenner sets Twitter record

Caitlyn Jenner (formerly Bruce Jenner) has joined Twitter, coinciding with her appearing on the latest issue of “Vanity Fair.” Jenner is a transgender woman whose main claims to fame are being a 70s Olympic athlete and appearing on reality shows with the Kardashians (apparently an in-law/was married to one of them). Not being a reality … Read more

President Obama now has an official Twitter account

President Obama

The White House announced today that it now has an official Twitter account for the President of the United States, @POTUS. Said account will belong to whoever occupies the role of commander-in-chief. President Obama has had a Twitter account already, but an unofficial one tied to related parties. Obama fired off the first tweet earlier today: … Read more

Ello, everybody: the newest social network

Ello screenshot

This week, I’ve been seeing more and more articles, Twitter remarks, etc. about a new social network called “Ello.” While I haven’t signed up (yet), Ello’s main appeal seems to be advertising itself as “Not Facebook.” While “Not Facebook” was the same initial appeal of the last major social network to come along, Google+, it’s … Read more

A look at my social network usage (Summer 2014)

Twitter screenshot

As everyone knows, social media networks dominate online life for most Internet users these days, with Facebook and Twitter the dominant ones. I thought I’d write up my feelings and experiences so far about the social networks I use. Most of the ones I use can be reached via the links section in the left sidebar. Facebook … Read more

Anthony wins “Love and Capes” Twitter contest

As those of you who’ve followed me on Twitter might recall, I’ve won a Twitter contest held by “Love and Capes” cartoonist Thom Zahler. The prize? A free T-shirt featuring the comic’s stars, plus a drawing of one of the characters (Mark as the Crusader)! Thanks, Mr. Zahler… Here’s a shot of each: Despite having … Read more

TweetDeck gets decked: Twitter ends support for iOS, Android, and AIR versions

Twitter, owners (since 2011) of the long-standing TweetDeck Twitter client software, has announced it’s shutting down the iOS, Android, and Adobe AIR versions of its client. The mass purge in support platforms is being done so TweetDeck can shift to primarily being a web-based (and Chrome-browser-based) service, though the Mac and Windows clients will continue … Read more

A summary of Super Bowl XLVII and technology

This year’s Super Bowl was definitely a memorable one for the halftime show (Beyonce), the “night the lights went out in Louisiana” (the power failure), and, I suppose, the game itself. From a technology point of view, observations about this year’s game: Twitter usage during this year’s Super Bowl hit an all-time high, with 24.1 … Read more

Android app review: TweetDeck

Lately, the app I’ve been using for posting to Twitter from my smartphone is TweetDeck. TweetDeck was originally developed as an independent app, before being bought last year by Twitter. I started using TweetDeck after wanting an alternative to Seesmic. TweetDeck offers basic functions for using both Twitter and Facebook. For the former, one can … Read more