The social-networking site sent a tweet alerting users to the feature, which, when activated, will turn users’ home-page backgrounds ghoulish and change avatars to zombies and ghouls. TechCrunch cautions that the feature only works for users who tweet only #trick or #treat, with nothing else.
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The store will launch around Thanksgiving and will initially carry 50 to 100 items. Salon Media Group CEO Richard Gingras told BayNewser:
The curator of the store will be there. We’re not just putting up anything that people think they can sell to the Salon audience. It’s what we think the Salon audience might be interested in. I don’t know what to expect from it for Salon. This is something we’re going to try and experiment with and learn and grow and evolve. I don’t think any brand can pull this off, but I do think Salon has a good opportunity here.
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If you’ve ever wished you could get into more detail while entering discussions or planning events on Facebook, just Cc:Betty.
According to Inside Facebook, once a Cc:Betty account is set up, users simply need to CC Betty when sending out invites, information or starting group discussions through email, and the service will mine key information into scannable categories, as well as using Google Maps to illustrate addresses, organizing photos and attachments in albums, sorting dates into individual events and creating a sidebar to view each person included in the email, with pictures when available.
Connecting Cc:Betty and Facebook places alerts in users’ news feed so that friends can join in on the discussion, like posts or add comments, as with any other entry in a news feed, but with the added ability to join through the Cc:Betty interface for a more complete picture.
Far from it, Fry says in this fascinating video interview (below) in which he puts such concerns in historical perspective and points out the tremendous advantages of modern communications technology. Fry, by the way, has more than 920,000 followers of his Twitter account and already has been “listed” nearly 5,000 times.
“I’m not particularly negative or pessimistic about the social qualities, the linguistic qualities, the concentration qualities of ‘Generation Web’, as they’re called.”
“We are constantly in need of connecting with people for friendship, love, sex, knowledge, growth, enmity, territoriality…all the imperatives that drive us as human beings. And we’ve created villages and towns to help us do that, and roads. And now we’ve created something that allows us to do it even more.”
“Where people make their critical error and criticize all this and think it’s a danger and is reducing our capacity to act as proper human beings is they think it’s all this: You either sit in front of a screen of some kind, tapping away all your life, going ‘LOL’ and being childish, and not writing in proper English sentences, or you sit in an old-fashioned study with books, and you read properly and you engage properly and you go for walks. Well, I do both. And most people do both. It is not one or the other.”
The clip below is billed as Part 1. Looking forward to more.
Some of the highlights:
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Last month Time Inc. launched an initiative called “Assignment Detroit,” in which Time journalists committed to “living in and reporting from the city of Detroit” for one year.
We’re only a month in, but Amanda Ernst, editor of our sister blog FishbowlNY, decided to check in via Skype to see how things are going. Earlier this week she chatted with Time magazine correspondent Steven Gray, who lives in the Motor City house the news magazine is using as its Detroit bureau.
Here’s one segment of their Skype interview below. You can find more at FishbowlNY.
It’s one thing to make a personal decision to delete your own Twitter account. It’s another thing altogether to declare that “everyone should leave Twitter.”
But that’s what tween singing sensation Miley Cyrus said in an interview this week with a Chicago radio station (video below), as reported by MTV.com.
Cyrus even goes a step further than the California watchdog agency that is considering proposing regulations for the privately owned microblogging service:
“I think Twitter should just be banned from this universe.”
No doubt we soon can look forward to Miley suggesting that insipid television shows marketed toward kids also be banned from this universe. Like, you know, Disney’s Hannah Montana. Because it undoubtedly pains her to see young people wasting their time on mindless, passive entertainment when they could, you know, “get out and do stuff and be in the world” — buying Miley merch!
The Foo Fighters will stream a live concert on Facebook Saturday night from the band’s Studio 606 headquarters in Los Angeles, TechCrunch reports.
Kaspersky Lab debuted a new tool that analyzes the millions of tweets posted on Twitter daily and blocks any malware associated with them, extracting URLs and analyzing the Websites they lead to, as well as expanding shortened URLs, CNET reported.
Kaspersky senior malware analyst Costin Raiu told CNET Krab Krawler scans nearly 500,000 new unique URLs that appear in Twitter posts every day and finds anywhere from 100-1,000 malware attacks, adding that although 26% of total posts contain URLs, most lead to spam sites and are not considered malware.
CNET pointed out that Twitter was also targeted by the Koobface virus, which posts malicious links from infected users’ accounts.
The Huffington Post is jumping all over this Twitter list thing, last night launching two pages utilizing the hot new microblog organizing feature — one focusing on health care and the other focusing on the World Series.
Here’s a list of other Huffington Post, um, lists. They offer a good example of how fast and easy Twitter lists can be used.
If you’re not quite familiar with them, Twitter lists allow users to organize people they follow into categories of their choosing. So if you follow a lot of people and want a list of your favorite tweeters, Twitter lists let you do that. Or, as HuffPost has done, you can organize lists by topic. Twitter users also can follow lists created by someone else. CNET News.com’s Don Reisinger has a good explanation of Twitter lists.
Twitter has been rolling out its lists feature all week and could be completed today. Maybe. Then we can all go crazy with the lists.