The CIA Has Joined Twitter

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(PCM) Proving that some government officials do have a sense of humor, the CIA has jumped on the social media bandwagon and joined Twitter with an incredibly humorous first tweet.

In fact, it is probably the most witty starting tweet that any government agency has ever posted on Twitter now that we really think about it!

You can see the tweet below, which has already received over 250,000 retweets and over 150,000 favorites. The CIA is one of the last of the major government agencies to join Twitter.

The CIA has garnered over 500,000 followers since joining Twitter and are following 25 accounts, which are other government agencies of course…wouldn’t it freak people out if the CIA twitter account actually started following regular civilian accounts…haha!

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Ellen’s Tweet That Broke The Internet!

(PCM) True selfie history was made during last night’s Academy Awards telecast, when host Ellen DeGeneres took an epic selfie and literally broke the internet!

The selfie was snapped by none other than Bradley Cooper and now we all know why Ellen was wishing that his arms were just a little bit longer!

 

And it gets better! This amazing tweet is officially the most retweeted tweet of all time!  Its’ sheer awesomeness was even enough to crash the major social network for a few moments.

Sorry, our bad. #Oscarspic.twitter.com/VrjKjZ4YGl

— The Academy (@TheAcademy)

Truly, will there ever be a better selfie? We think not!

 

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Facebook Denied Whatsapp Co-Founder Brian Acton For A Job In 2009

(PCM) Talk about one heck of a comeback!  There has been a ton of internet buzz lately circulating around Facebook’s purchase of the messaging app WhatsApp founded by Brian Acton and Jan Koum for the price of $19 billion dollars in cash and stocks.

However, recently tweets have surfaced from the account of WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton that claim he was turned down for a job with both Facebook and Twitter back in 2009.  How’s that for irony! We are fairly certainly Acton is laughing himself all the way to the bank after closing the recent mega-deal with Facebook.

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Both Acton and Koum, who were both formerly employed by Yahoo!, left Yahoo! to form WhatsApp back in 2009. The company grew in record numbers over the past five years and currently boasts 450 million users worldwide. It is hailed as the most popular messaging app for smart phones.

The new business venture with Facebook will give WhatsApp “the flexibility to grow and expand” say Koum, who also joined the board over at Facebook as another part of the deal.

The recent acquisition between Facebook and WhatsApp marks the single highest price ever paid for a tech-start-up company.

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Find Out How Much Twitter Owes You!

twitter1(PCM) TIME Magazine has put together a fascinating interactive post that allows individuals to enter their Twitter user name in a box and TIME will then calculate the approximate amount of money that Twitter owes that person.

This study comes after Twitter has revealed a market capitalization of over $24.9 billion dollars. Several devoted Twitter users are firing back at the company claiming their tweets are what is being used to make bank for Twitter and they now want their cut. The company has over 230 million users, so that is definitely a lot of customer complaints to filter.

The TIME magazine study reveals that pop singer Justin Bieber, an avid tweeter, is owed nearly $21 million dollars, which the President is only owed a merely $5.16 million.

Want to see how much you would be owed?  Check out the link to the TIME Newsfeed story below:
http://newsfeed.time.com/2013/11/07/interactive-this-is-how-much-money-twitter-owes-you/?iid=nf-article-trend-now

Certainly gives us some food for thought and there has been no comment from Twitter in regards to any of the backlash.

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Revolutions & Retweets: A Look at Twitter’s Evolution As a 21st Century News Tool

(PCM) As reported by several national news outlets in the fall of 2013, social media giant Twitter followed on the heels of Facebook by launching its IPO to the tune of over $1 billion. Twitter has become more than a household name. It’s an ubiquitous social utility with growing influence on the way we interact with news, culture, and each other. Nearly half a billion tweets are sent each day, and while many of these are casual, off the cuff exchanges between friends, there’s no denying that Twitter has become an influential, and arguably indispensable, part of the news cycle.

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Image by Flickr user Jurgen Appelo

Tweet, Tweet, Revolution

One of the initial critiques of Twitter was that it was a platform designed solely for navel-gazing junk, like what users had for breakfast or other posts best kept unshared. But in 2008, an American graduate student jailed in Egypt while observing an anti-government protest effectively used Twitter to put pressure on his captors and win his freedom. CNN reports that the student used his cell phone to send the message of his arrest, which quickly spread among his friends and supporters, eventually leading to his university hiring a lawyer to arrange his release. Two years later, following Iran’s 2009 election, Time reported that users across Iran used the platform to send messages about the realities of the protests happening in the country, which generated interest and support worldwide for the burgeoning democratic state. Twitter helped many activities across the Middle East connect and mobilize during the “Arab Spring” in 2011. The availability of reliable Internet providers suddenly seemed more important than ever before. Portable and shareable, many outlets claim that Twitter was the perfect tool for quick updates from fraught countries where traditional reporting experienced censorship or dilution. Twitter’s role in these intense events seemed to solidify its role as a formative part of the international news cycle, and demonstrated a desire for political storytelling from everyday citizens on the forefront of political change.

Breaking News, in 140 characters or Less

But Twitter hasn’t just been used to spread information about political unrest and change. The speed of sharing information and images across the platform means that many exciting news events over the last few years have “broken” on Twitter. Janis Krums’ epic photo of the US Airways flight that made a landing in the Hudson River was one of many iconic images that were shared by everyday people and eventually went viral across the Twitterverse. More recently, tweets were sent out following the bombing of the Boston Marathon to share information, images, and breaking news about survivors and suspects. But Twitter is also used as a real time news source for lighter, pop culture events that nonetheless shape the daily fabric of our lives. Live tweeting of nationally televised award shows and sporting events has become the norm, with networks and corporate sponsors jumping on the hashtag bandwagon. It seems that we crave Twitter not just for the chance to socialize with the friends and family members we already know and love, but for the chance to be part of a larger conversation of newsworthy events happening all across the globe and right on our very own screens.

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