Earlier today, Twitter added a new celebrity to its ranks: Edwards Snowden, the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) whistleblower. Welcome to Twitter, Edward Snowden (you’re only basically a decade late). His bio reads, “I used to work for the government. Now I work for the public. Director at @FreedomofPress.”
If you’re an avid reader, you probably already use devices like Amazon’s Kindle or Apple’s iPad for flipping through those page-turners, but you may not be familiar with other aspects of the internet that can change the way you experience books. Self publishing, personalised children’s books and social media are changing the technological landscape for avid readers. Social media readings sites that give readers an opportunity to meet and discuss what they are reading virtually. Slowly, these social media networks are replacing your traditional book clubs, and that may be for the best. [Read more…]
Saudi Arabia’s government will soon execute a young man named Ali Mohammed al-Nimr for his pro-democracy demonstrations during the Arab Spring in 2012. In response to the Saudi government’s planned execution of al-Nimr, the hacktivist group Anonymous, infamous (or famous) for its cyber vigilantism, has attacked Saudi government websites.
Jared Rutledge and Jacob Owens, owners of Waking Life Espresso in Asheville, North Carolina, have been forced to close up shop. Last week, the dynamic duo were exposed as the men behind the blog, Twitter and podcast Holistic Game. On Holistic Game, Rutledge and Owens obsessed about their sexual exploits and made a habit of insulting women. Like their coffee shop business, the chauvinistic blog has been shut down.
Ansarullah Bangla Team (ABT), also known as Ansar Bangla, has published a list of bloggers that they have threatened to kill if their demand to strip the bloggers of their citizenship is not met. A number of secular bloggers are listed on the ABT’s blogger hit list, including at least two Americans.
In the United States, (American) football is king. An entire day of the week, Sunday, is devoted to the National Football League (NFL), but if you take into account Friday night’s high school football games, Saturday’s college football games, and the NFL’s Monday and Thursday night games, in the fall, Americans are practically always watching football.
Pop quiz: if hashtags about Pope Francis in America weren’t trending on Twitter, would he really be in America? In the news today, Pope Francis starts a trend (or two) on Twitter. Catholics and non-Catholics alike are buzzing over the Bishop of Rome’s visit to the United States.
A little after 10 AM eastern time, Donald Trump tweeted that he would be participating in a 2016 Q&A hosted by @TwitterNYC. Then, Twitter exploded. #AskTrump promptly started trending across the United States. Soon after, it started trending worldwide.
In the United States, with every successive political season, social media becomes more intertwined with the centuries-old democratic process. Microblogging websites like Twitter offer politicians the opportunity to fire off hundreds of short, simple posts every day; Twitter has become a virtual platform for politicians that’s always open, a place where someone is always listening. During the latest Republican debate, Democratic presidential hopeful Senator Bernie Sanders found quite an audience on Twitter.