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Morrissey Posts His First Tweets

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Artist News, Upcoming Releases, Rock,

MorrisseyMorrissey has started using Twitter.

The "First Of The Gang To Die" singer joined the social media site in June 2009 but only posted his first message last night, writing, "Hello. Testing, 1, 2, 3. Planet Earth, are you there? One can only hope... [sic]."

The post has already been re-tweeted more than 14,000 times and he followed the tweet by, "Follow, follow, follow. Twitter is the perfect metaphor for...something. Dunno what [sic]."

The 54-year-old star has revealed the title track from his new album, World Peace Is None of Your Business, along with the artwork for the record.

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The Problem with Facebook [Video]

The problem is the only way Facebook has found to make money is by treating all entities on the site as advertisers and charging them to share their content.

This business plan backfires because 1) not all entities ARE advertisers and 2) it was the content from these people, specifically friends, family, and creators that made the site worth visiting in the first place.

Now the incentives are misaligned:

  • Individuals want to see great content, but they are now seeing more paid content and organically shared content which appeals to the lowest common denominator (babies, weddings, and banal memes)
  • Creators want to reach fans but their posts are being throttled to force them to pay to be seen
  • Brands and advertisers have to pay once to advertise their page on Facebook, and then pay again to reach the people who have already liked their page. Plus Facebook is not a place where people generally go to buy things.

Facebook stands in contrast to other social media like Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram where all content is shared with all followers.


Sylvester Stallone: Twitter Gets Me in Trouble

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Movies, Rants, Features,

Sylvester StalloneSylvester Stallone avoids social media because it gets him into "trouble."

The legendary actor found himself in hot water last year for criticizing fellow Hollywood star Bruce Willis on Twitter - after Bruce dropped out of his movie The Expendables 3 over a pay dispute - and he now chooses to be very "careful" about using social networking websites.

"Every time I use social media I get really in trouble! I think George Clooney said it best when he said you've got to be an idiot to be celebrity and use Twitter. You wake up in the morning when you're sober and your career is over! You've got to be really, really careful. You think you're a genius up there in the middle of the night and you wake up an idiot," he explained.

The 67-year-old star admits he isn't technologically savvy and doesn't quite understand the purpose of photo sharing mobile app, Instagram. "Everyone keeps wanting me to get on Instagram. Is that for younger people, Instagram? For, like, pervs? 'Here we are at the hospital getting our back checked' or 'I'm on dialysis... here we are!' I'm really basic with the iPhone. I think I've figured out how the camera works and that's about it. I keep it very simple," he quipped.

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Kimye to Forgo Money for North Photos, Will Unveil Them Online

Kanye West and Kim KardashianIn a not-so-surprising turn of events, Kanye West and Kim Kardashian are rumored to be following in the footsteps of their besties Jay-Z and Beyonce.

The new parents of one are rumored to be ditching the lucrative deals thrown at them by the likes of Vanity Fair so that they can post photos of their firstborn, North, through a social media site.

Whether it's because West doesn't want to "pimp out" his child (as UsMagazine reports he said) or because Kimye wants so hard to be like beloved power couple Jay-Z and Beyonce, it's unfair that the supposed $4 million offered to them for North's photos will no longer go towards a charity, as momager Kim Jenner previously stated it would.

I guess we'll just have to keep our eyes peeled and glued to Kanye's and Kim's Twitter accounts to find out their final decision.

Read More | Daily Mail

Quote of the Day: Ashton Kutcher on Twitter

Posted by Robin Paulson Categories: Movies, Television, Rants,

Ashton Kutcher

"For lack of a better verb, the media came and f--ked [Twitter] up... The bigger vision for Twitter when Jack [Dorsey] created it was to empower communication to happen as things were taking place. Now it's just a bunch of companies and people constantly pitching crap."

- Social media-savvy Ashton Kutcher rants about the direction the microblogging site has taken.

(Make sure to check out our other notable quotes.)

Read More | E! News

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Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Announcements, Internet,

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You can now automatically share your Netflix viewing activity on Facebook

Netflix Facebook Sharing

Netflix is more social in the US now that you or, better said, Netflix can share your favorite movies and television shows with your friends on Facebook.

The Internet video on demand streaming giant has been given the green light to share your Netflix activity among your Facebook friends. The added functionality is off by default, but users can turn it on and pretty much allow others to spy on what they're watching and liking. Thankfully, Netflix added another feature that will hide specific videos that you deem unworthy of sharing. The caveat is that you don't forget to click the "don't share this" button on a specific video.

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Tweetbot for Mac 1.2 update brings Vine, Flickr thumbnail support

Posted by John Kilhefner Categories: Apple, PC / Laptop, Software,

Tweetbot for Mac 1.2

Tweebot for iOS was updated about two weeks ago to include in-line viewing of Flickr and Vine content, and the same treatment is now available for the Mac version.

In version 1.2, Tweetbot for Mac allows for six-second films, as well as several new upgrades and bug fixes, such as being able to opt-in for notifications for specific Twitter accounts, as well as a new ability to begin messages by dragging videos or images to the app icon. The Mac app of Tweetbot also now features MP4 support and account reordering in the preferences section. Also, the software used is version 1.1 of the Twitter API, which supports a new Costolo and Co. approved UI.

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Twitter rolling out Archive feature, allows you to download your tweet history

Posted by John Kilhefner Categories: Corporate News, Internet,

If you thought you could just bury the past under an onslaught of new tweets, then you're about as wrong as Commissioner Gordon and Batman at the end of The Dark Knight.

The truth always comes out eventually, and this time it's coming out one tweet at a time in the form of your very personalized Twitter archive that, you guessed it, contains every tweet you ever posted. Each personalized archive is done up in HTML and divided by month, so you can remember the great (and not so great) times of your social media life a month at a time.

Twitter CEO Dick Costolo promised this feature earlier, but it appears to be rolling out for select users right now, and you may very well be one of them. To check, go to your Twitter account and see if you find "Your Twitter Archive" under the settings page.

Read More | The Next Web

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