Kanye West latest hoax topic online as Amber Rose tries to trend #LongLiveYeezy

I am sure by now most of you will have noticed that Kanye West is making the headlines again, and it’s not even of his own doing.

Earlier today, “RIP Kanye West” became the top trending topic on Twitter and the most searched for item on Google in the US, after a hoax tweet suggested that West had been killed in a car crash.

An understandably angry girlfriend, Amber Rose, posted a multi-tweet response to the hoax: [Read more…]

Thoora launches real-time news discovery service

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thoora-logoThere are plenty of news discovery services online, but over the weekend Thoora announced the public launch of its own service which is supposed to “tear down silos between social and traditional media”.

The free service, which has been in private beta for about a month, delivers its perspective on breaking news based on Twitter, over 81 million blogs, and over 4,500 traditional media sources.

Features include over 25 news subcategories, social media sharing and internal commenting. [Read more…]

Flogs.com releases iPhone and Facebook digital calendar apps

The online calendar service Flogs.com has announced the launch of its free iPhone and Facebook applications which make it easier to sync calendars on these platforms.

Although you could already sync an iCal calendar on your iPhone, the app adds a range of functionality including the ability to search for local events based on GPS location and then add them to a calendar.

For Facebook users, it’s now easier to share Flogs and events with friends.

These two additions increase the wide number of services and platforms that Flogs.com calendars can be synced with.

Google PageRank finally demoted, but remains on toolbar

Google PageRank, which has caused its fair share of excitement, disappointment, worry and FUD over the years, finally seems to be on its way out.

Although Google has been telling people not to treat its public PR scores as an all-important metric for some time, the statistic has now been dropped from the Webmaster Tools.

Personally, I didn’t notice (I haven’t observed PageRank for years) but SEO Round Table and others found a thread on the Webmaster Central forums in which Google employee Susan Moskwa says: [Read more…]

Hoax AMBER missing child alert swamps Twitter

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98b351-tweetsTwitter and Facebook have seen a deluge of hoax messages about an abducted child, according to security firm Sophos.

You’ve probably lost count of the number of times a friend or colleague has sent you an email about a supposed virus that will destroy your computer, or some other urban legend that’s about five years old yet is still doing the rounds.

You may even have tried to educate people about checking out the facts before simply forwarding emails, with varying success rates.

Now, Twitter and Facebook are fuelling the fake AMBER alert about a missing child. [Read more…]

“The Nod” fashion site launches content widget

the-nod-widgetWe realise that widgets are ten-a-penny these days, but nonetheless here’s some interesting news for those who blog about fashion or celebrity news: UK-based The Nod has launched its own widget that will allow publishers to syndicate its content on their own sites.

As you’d expect, all you have to do is paste some code into the blog or social network template, with individual celebrity widgets available on each fan page.

As with most widgets, there’s an advantage on both sides. Smaller publishers get fresh content every day, while The Nod gets links to its site and merchandise. [Read more…]

Note to Trafigura/Carter Ruck: you can’t suppress Twitter

No matter how hard a bunch of fat cat solicitors representing a globally polluting oil company try to suppress traditional reporting of what happens in British parliament, they have no control over Twitter and the blogosphere.

And that’s exactly how it should be.

The Guardian may have been placed in a farcical position where not only could it not report on a certain question due to be asked in Parliament this week because of an injunction, but it couldn’t even report what the injunction was:

Today’s published Commons order papers contain a question to be answered by a minister later this week. The Guardian is prevented from identifying the MP who has asked the question, what the question is, which minister might answer it, or where the question is to be found.

The Guardian is also forbidden from telling its readers why the paper is prevented – for the first time in memory – from reporting parliament. Legal obstacles, which cannot be identified, involve proceedings, which cannot be mentioned, on behalf of a client who must remain secret.

The only fact the Guardian can report is that the case involves the London solicitors Carter-Ruck, who specialise in suing the media for clients, who include individuals or global corporations.

[Read more…]

British PM’s social media reputation flagging according to new audit

The Labour Party may lead the way when it comes to British political parties using Twitter and other online tools, but a new audit by Yomego suggests that Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s social media reputation is flagging.

Using various natural language technology algorithms, a social media reputation score is created by measuring not only how much a particular person is mentioned, but also how positive or negative that coverage is.

The PM scored just 42.59 out of 100, putting his ‘sentiment’ score even behind that of British National Party leader Nick Griffin. [Read more…]

Walt Disney launches theme parks blog

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disney-parks-blog-logoAiming to provide an official, central repository for news and behind-the-scenes information about its theme parks, Disney yesterday announced the launch of its new blog.

Unsurprisingly, Disney is a hot topic online, attracting attention on a huge range of unofficial blogs, forums and other sites, and the company wants to advance its official voice and further protect its brand.

Positive noises came from Leanne Jakubowski, director of social media for Walt Disney World, who suggested that Disney wants to be an active participant in the conversations its fans are having online. [Read more…]

Liverpool to host TweetUp North in November

twitter-logo.jpgAnyone in the north-wast of England wanting to meet with others to network and share best practices for using Twitter could do worse than attend TweetUp North in Liverpool in November.

The event will be held in the BT Convention Centre, whose general manager Jacquie Rogers said that they were “really excited to be hosting the first TweetUp North and see how social media can benefit the events sector.”

“Social networking can be perceived as taking away face to face interaction, but we are beginning to see new communities being created as TweetUps are organised across the country – where people who Tweet meet!” she added.

Exact details of the event will be announced on the BT Convention Centre Twitter page.