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Obama’s Tweet Fest Falls Flat (Boston Herald)
President Barack Obama’s attempt to make last night’s State of the Union address the most interactive in history was a bust. Not only were Obama administration officials forced to go on the offensive against a rumored hack by the notorious group Anonymous, only 190 people had used the hashtag #WHChat over a seven-hour period Tuesday, according to an analysis by the social media metrics firm Hashtracking. Mashable U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., was a little thirstier than he anticipated during his fired-up response to the State of the Union address. After stealing a quick, yet somewhat awkward nip of water from a fun-sized bottle off-camera, Twitter users were quick to comment. CBS News On CNN, Wolf Blitzer was captured saying, “uh oh” as Rubio put the water bottle down again, and gifs of the moment immediately popped up on Twitter. Rubio, however, acknowledged the incident in a lighthearted post-game tweet of his own — with a picture of the water bottle in question, along with the hashtag #GOPResponse. Twitter Blog On Twitter, the ebb and flow of tweets per minute illustrates some reactions from the rest of us. The highest spikes in conversation occurred when Obama discussed middle class opportunities and minimum wage, gun violence victims and need for legislation and early childhood education. CNN
As Obama spoke, citizens around the country were tapping away at keyboards, posting and sending messages — public and private — characterizing their own view of how the union, and its president, are faring. That endless and instantaneous conversation — and it is only going to grow more constant in the decades to come — is the contemporary reality to which each president must now adjust, the fresh fact of civic life. It is, in a fundamental way, the new state of the union.
Christopher Dorner Update: Social Media Support Seen for Ex-Cop Accused of Killing Spree (CBS News)
Christopher Dorner, the ex-cop accused of killing three people in a deadly revenge plot against the Los Angeles Police Department, has garnered support online from those sympathizing with his motives, CBS Sacramento reports. The station reports one Facebook page has gone as far as proclaiming Dorner for President. Mashable On Tuesday afternoon, law enforcement officials asked reporters to stop tweeting because a deluge of Twitter updates put officers in danger. While Dorner apparently engaged in an extended shootout with officers in Big Bear Lake, Calif., the official Twitter account for the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s office posted this message: “The sheriff has asked all members of the press to stop tweeting immediately. It is hindering officer safety.#Dorner — SB District Attorney (@sbcountyda) February 12, 2013. KTAR Fake Twitter accounts are all the rage, but someone has created a fake account for Dorner. The account, @Chris_Dorner_, has a profile that simply reads “Catch Me If you Can ” and has tweeted several pictures, all of which have been jokes.
Facebook: 200 Percent More Relationships Added on Valentine’s Day (AllFacebook)
Valentine’s Day, coming up Thursday, is a day for love — both in real life and on Facebook. Newly released statistics from the social network show that there are 200 percent more relationships added Feb. 14 compared with any other day of the year.
Foursquare Updates its Android App to Emphasize Discovery, Adds Improved Search and Navigation (The Next Web)
Foursquare has announced an update to its Android app, featuring an improved search experience, added prominence to “Explore,” and redesigned, drawer-style navigation. More specifically, Foursquare shares that over the past few months its Android users have increasingly relied on the app “to search for places to go.”
Chirpify Clinging Tightly to its Branch as Amex Chops Down the Twitter Tree (AllTwitter)
Twitter’s Amex partnership offers deals (via Twitter) that Amex card holders can purchase by sending a tweet with a specific hashtag and then confirming the purchase. Chirpify offers deals that anyone can purchase by sending a tweet with “buy” in response to specific promotions and confirming the purchase. It’s a little different.
Old Media is the New Hotness for Chris Hughes and Larry Kramer (AllThingsD)
The business of news is a hard one, but at least two people running publishing institutions say they’re optimistic. For the moment, printed publications are valuable because they’re an established way to make money, said Chris Hughes, publisher and editor-in-chief of the New Republic and Facebook co-founder, and Larry Kramer, president and publisher of USA Today.
While Twitter Doubles Down on TV, Facebook Reminds Everyone it’s Still a Big Player (LostRemote)
Facebook is notoriously quiet about its internal numbers, but vice president Dan Rose revealed a few TV statistics during his talk at the All Things D conference on Tuesday. He said they counted 54 million Super Bowl mentions and 20 million for the Grammys.
Beats Betting on Curated Playlists for Upcoming Music Subscription Service (The Verge)
Jimmy Iovine’s new project out of Beats will move beyond making bass-heavy headphones. It’s the Daisy music subscription service that the company began touting earlier this year.
Here Comes the Neighborhood: Nextdoor Hyper-Local Social Network Gains Traction (SocialTimes)
Nextdoor, a hyperlocal social network that launched in October 2011, Tuesday rolled out a second version and announced a $21.6-million round of funding. Used in more than 8,000 U.S. neighborhoods, the social network has de facto come to be used largely as a digital neighborhood watch group.