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How One Stupid Tweet Blew Up Justine Sacco’s Life

But perhaps she had now come to understand that her shaming wasn’t really about her at all. Social media is so perfectly designed to manipulate our desire for approval, and that is what led to her undoing. Her tormentors were instantly congratulated as they took Sacco down, bit by bit, and so they continued to do so. Their motivation was much the same as Sacco’s own — a bid for the attention of strangers — as she milled about Heathrow, hoping to amuse people she couldn’t see.
Jon Ronson, for The New York Times

 

This is the best article you’ll read about social media this week.

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Facebook adds legacy contacts

Until now, when someone passed away, we offered a basic memorialized account which was viewable, but could not be managed by anyone. By talking to people who have experienced loss, we realized there is more we can do to support those who are grieving and those who want a say in what happens to their account after death.
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A good improvement from Facebook, even if it is morbid to think about.

Still, that’s going to be a fun topic to bring up at the dinner table.

 

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Twitter: an Apple ‘bug’ lost us 4 million monthly active users

Starting with iOS 7, Apple added a new "shared links" tab to its bookmarks in Safari. If you have a Twitter account connected to your iPhone, a tab in the bookmarks button called "shared links" (and marked with an @ symbol) will show you a list of links included in tweets by people you follow. In iOS 8, Safari no longer automatically asks Twitter for new links. Instead, it only looks for new links when the feature is actually invoked by the user. That meant million fewer MAUs are now counted for Twitter.
JP Mangalindan, for Mashable

 

It’s good to know that Twitter counts people who don’t actively use Twitter in their monthly user counts.

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Twitter Reports Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2014 Results

"We closed out the year with our business advancing at a great pace. Revenue growth accelerated again for the full year, and we had record quarterly profits on an adjusted EBITDA basis," said Dick Costolo, CEO of Twitter. "In addition, the trend thus far in Q1 leads us to believe that the absolute number of net users added in Q1 will be similar to what we saw during the first three quarters of 2014."
Dick Costolo, CEO of Twitter

 

Translation: We’re losing money, adding users at a glacial pace and need to do fuzzy math to make it sound like we’re doing well.

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Twitter now Syndicating Promoted Tweets

Thousands of web and mobile applications already syndicate Tweets to provide compelling content experiences, through products such as Fabric and Twitter for Websites. Combine that with the flexibility and control of a Promoted Tweet, and we think marketers will have an almost infinite capacity to create large-scale, rich and well-targeted advertising campaigns across a variety of platforms.
Ameet Ranadive, for Twitter

 

Twitter just came up with another way to fill up the blank advertising space across the web.

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How Facebook is changing election day

In other words, Facebook is already a powerful political tool, however it ends up being used. That's not terribly surprising by itself — there are hundreds of political science studies about the importance of social connection in voting behavior — but it suggests the platform itself is emerging as a new political force. It's easy to imagine a time when Facebook outreach is as important to a campaign as town hall meetings or television ads. Would that be more democratic or less? If the critics seem worried, it may be because it's too early to tell.
Russell Brandon, for The Verge

 

Who needs unlimited corporate campaign money when you can shame more than a billion people into voting?

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Twitter Timeline Experiments

One of our goals for experimentation is to continue improving your home timeline. After all, that’s the best way to keep up with everything happening in your world. Choosing who to follow is a great first step – in many cases, the best Tweets come from people you already know, or know of. But there are times when you might miss out on Tweets we think you’d enjoy. To help you keep up with what’s happening, we’ve been testing ways to include these Tweets in your timeline — ones we think you’ll find interesting or entertaining.
Trevor O'Brien, for Twitter

 
There’s a lot to break down in this short blog post from Twitter.

  • It’s interesting that they consider choosing who to follow as only a “first step” of finding interesting content. Until the invention of lists, that was the only way to get relevant updates.
  • It’s surprising that they also call out that tweets can be entertaining, and that they want to find tweets that entertain users. Moreso than any other social network, I see tweets called out as a form of entertainment on their own.

Overall tough, what’s most interesting is how Twitter seems to be placing their currency in tweets themselves, rather than the people and businesses creating those messages.

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