August 22, 2009

UK Teenagers Sentenced to 3 Months for Death Threats on Facebook

Keeley Houghton, 18, has been sentenced to 3 months in a young offenders institution after pleading guilty to harassment. Keeley had bullied Emily Moore for 4 years already when she wrote the death threats on her own profile.

Keeley is going to murder the bitch. She is an actress. What a ******* liberty. Emily ****head Moore.

Keeley was also given a restraining order banning her from contacting Emily in any way, already had 2 previous convictions for bullying Emily Moore. In 2005 she assaulted the victim on the way home and was subsequently expelled from school. Two years later, in 2007, she was convicted after she kicked the door at Emily’s parents home in.

According to the Daily Mail Keeley is thought to be the first person in the UK sentenced for cyber-bullying.

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August 21, 2009

Skank Blogger Plans To Sue Google After Judge Ordered Google To Reveal Blogger’s Identity

rosemary-portIn a story line which couldn’t have been created better by Oscar Wilde, Rosemary Port, the author behind the ‘Skanks in NYC’ blog announced that she plans to sue the Californian search engine.

Ms. Port’s identity was revealed after Court ordered Google to identify the anonymous blogger earlier this week, when Liskula Cohen, her ‘skank’ victim, filed a $3m claim yesterday. Port’s name was in the court papers. Although Cohen has already dropped her $3m defamation case, former promoter Port hired lawyer Sal Strazzullo, who told the New York Post they will pursue Google with all legal options, because…

I’m shocked that my right to privacy has been tampered with read more

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Tipjoy Shuts Down, Readers Didn’t Want to Share Their Money

tipjoy.gifTipjoy is shutting down, the micropayment service that wanted to let your readers send you a little something for your efforts have chosen not to pursue additional funding. This from their blog post:

When we evaluate why there’s been so much hype about payments on Twitter, and yet so little traction for us (and even far less for our competitors) it is clear to us that the reason is that a 3rd party payment service doesn’t add enough value. We strongly believe that social payments will work on a social network, provided that they’re done within the platform and not as a 3rd party. “Simple, social payments” is *the* philosophy needed to do digital payments right, but once a service groks that, they need only to implement it on their own. We’ve been the thought leaders in this space, we see the hype and excitement, and yet we know very intimately the difficulties in gaining actual traction. The only way to get around this is for the platforms themselves to control payments – then all people wanting to operate on that platform would have to play along. We believe that a payments system directly and officially integrated into social networks such as Twitter and Facebook will be a huge success.

It’s a shame really, the whole concept of making it easy for readers to show their appreciation by donating a little something easily is appealing. On the other hand, maybe this is proof that readers just won’t do that, and you need to create other incentives to make them send you some cash. Personally I also think that a PayPal donate button carries more weight and hence feels more secure for readers wanting to send the author some money, but I might be wrong. Either way, it’s a shame the concept didn’t work.

Hat tip: TechCrunch

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Gravatar.com Site Gets Updated, Video Released

The Automattic owned avatar service Gravatar.com got a much needed site refresh just recently, and an introductionary video for you to show off to your visitors, or anyone not really getting the global recognizable avatar concept. Since Gravatar.com is integrated in just about every WordPress theme these days, you might think that the video is a bit redundant, but the service supports a lot of other platforms as well. Check out the refreshed website and the blog post that talks about everything but just the new site.

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Sony partners with daddy bloggers for “Digidad Project”

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sony-digidad-projectSony has decided that it’s time that fathers got in on the blogging act and has launched the “Digidad Project”, a three month campaign which will see a number of top male bloggers getting hold of some Sony equipment and reviewing its use within their families.

Kit will include BRAVIA TVs, Blu-ray players, Cyber-shot cameras, DSLR cameras, Handycam camcorders, VAIO notebooks and the Reader.

The dads chosen are Michael Sheehan of HighTechDad.com, Max Kalehoff of AttentionMax.com, Brad Powel of DadLabs.com, C.C.Chapman of DigitalDads.com and CC-Chapman.com, Jeffrey Sass of DadoMatic.com, and Chris Brogan of www.ChrisBrogan.com and Dadomatic.com. read more

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Why Doesn’t Retweet.com Use Its Own URL Shortener?

retweetcom.jpgEver since digging slightly around the retweet.com debacle I discovered the rt.nu URL Shortener. A great domain and most of all a really short URL. Perfect for Twitter you would think. So why doesn’t Retweet.com use its own shorturl service? Nothing more than a quick look at the service’s popular links is needed to understand why. read more

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More Changes at B5Media: Chad Randall Fired? [Updated]

b5mediaceoIn an unconfirmed lead Duncan Riley, Blog Herald founder and b5media co-founder, reports that Chad Randall and B5Media have parted company and Randall went MIA.

Chad Randall, Vice President (Sales) for b5media is no longer with the company, The Inquisitr has learned and confirmed through an online source.

The circumstances behind his departure though have not been disclosed. What we do know is that at the time of writing Randall has not been replaced, and we are unable to find the position advertised online either at the b5media blog, or through an extensive Google search.

Without 100% certainty, the evidence points to Randall being put off unexpectedly. He’s removed b5media as his current job on LinkedIn, he hasn’t replaced it with a new job. He’s also disappeared online, not updating his Twitter account or blogs since he left the company; that’s more significant than it sounds because one of Randall’s blogs is dedicated to Twitter marketing, and he’s a heavy Twitter user. If he was leaving the company for another position or on happy terms, he would have likely mentioned it somewhere publicly, but instead there is silence. read more

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Facebook Launches Twitter Application for Page Admins. Where’s The Small Print?

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FacebookIn a blog post Facebook announced they will launch (the application is available already) the launch of its Twitter application for page admins, allowing these to both update their FB page and Twitter status. This is rather interesting considered that Facebook failed to acquire Twitter, then launched a redesign turning the news feed effectively into ‘Twitter on Crack’, and more recently the threat to not publish page updates to news feeds anymore.
How will it work?

If you manage a Facebook Page, you now will be able to decide whether to share updates with their Twitter followers, and you also will be able to control what type of updates to share: status updates, links, photos, notes, events or all of them. If you have multiple Pages, you will have the option to link each of those Pages to different Twitter accounts. This new feature will soon be available at http://www.facebook.com/twitter. read more

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August 20, 2009

RadioWaves school podcasting site revamped with new features

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radiowaves-logoRadioWaves, the British podcasting site aimed at school kids, has had a makeover and new features making it easier for children to share their thoughts with others in a safe, moderated environment.

The new “friends function” brings an element of social networking to the site, allowing students to connect and send secure messages to one another, bookmark other pages and access a news feed so they know when friends pages are updated. Not new features for anyone used to blogging and other social networks by any stretch of the imagination, but good to have them added to this more secure, niche educational site. read more

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Twitter Can’t Get Tweet Because Too Many Tweets Out There.

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twitter-logo.jpg‘Irony at its best’ perfectly resumes the story about Twitter’s ‘tweet’ trademark application. According to blogger Sam Johnston the microblogging compny applied for the trademark in April 2009 already and was informed about the rejection the day Twitter announced the application, 01 July 2009. This announcement followed only days after Twitter told a developer that Tweet was their trademark in a email, a story uncovered by TechCrunch:

Twitter, Inc is uncomfortable with the use of the word Tweet (our trademark) and the similarity in your UI and our own. How can we go about having you change your UI to better differentiate your offering from our own? read more

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