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Twitter Cracks Down on Abuse, Threats (USA Today)
Twitter announced plans to crack down on abusive behavior in response to recent online threats against women in the United Kingdom. Police in the U.K. are investigating rape threats made on Twitter against feminist Caroline Criado-Perez and Labour Party politician Stella Creasy, and bomb threats against several female journalists, including Guardian columnist Hadley Freeman, The Guardian reports. Reuters “I personally apologise to the women who have experienced abuse on Twitter and for what they have gone through,” Tony Wang, general manager of Twitter UK, said on his own Twitter feed. “The abuse they’ve received is simply not acceptable. It’s not acceptable in the real world, and it’s not acceptable on Twitter,” he said. The Telegraph #twittersilence is the hashtag associated with a one-day boycott of Twitter on Sunday. Journalist Caitlin Moran, who spearheaded the boycott, writes: “I’m pro the mooted 24-hour walk-out on 4th of August, because not only is it a symbolic act of solidarity – which are my favourite kinds of symbolic acts – but because it will also focus minds at Twitter to come up with their own solution to the abuses of their private company.” The Guardian Historian Mary Beard has become the latest woman to receive a tweeted bomb threat, sent on the eve of the boycott. Criado-Perez, whose savaging by trolls prompted outrage after she launched the successful campaign to keep a woman on bank notes, chose not to join the #twittersilence boycott. PC Magazine A major change to Twitter’s online service is that the company will be adding a “report button” — analogous to what’s found on the iOS Twitter app or on the mobile Twitter site — that will allow users to more quickly flag Twitter messages instead of having to fill out a complicated and lengthy form for each Twitter user that’s being abusive. Over the past week, Twitter representatives have hinted that the new feature would be added to the site.
Hashtag Creator Leaves Google to Join a Six-Person Startup (VentureBeat)
Google developer advocate Chris Messina is leaving the search giant to join a tiny startup. During his 1,300 days at Google, Messina spearheaded a number of community-focused initiatives, including the Google Developers site. He also developed the “hashtag,” which flourished on Twitter and Facebook. The Next Web The former developer advocate and UX designer for Google announced in a blog post that he will be working to build digital collectibles platform NeonMob’s community and service, something he describes as “an important, new platform for digital creatives and art enthusiasts.”
Twitter Updates Search, but it Won’t Blow Your Mind (SocialTimes)
We know you get busy and can’t be everywhere at once – so FYI: Twitter updated “search.” The changes are interesting, though slight. Expect to be underwhelmed by the result.
Should All Small Businesses Use Social Media? (Norwich Bulletin)
It’s important to consider whether it makes sense for your business to use social media. First, ask yourself, who are your customers? Do they use social media? What social networks do they use – Facebook? Twitter? Pinterest? LinkedIn? YouTube?
Facebook Restores Yanked Campaign Video of Texas Attorney General Candidate Dan Branch (AllFacebook)
Texas attorney general candidate Dan Branch debuted his first campaign video on Facebook Thursday, only to find that the social network wasn’t a big fan. The Republican candidate’s ad video was allegedly removed for violating the site’s community standards, according to The Texas Tribune. It turns out that the removal of the video was a mistake, Facebook said Friday.
Bar Shames Man Over Unpaid $100 Tab on Facebook; Man Jailed (CNET)
In other Facebook-related news, as KRNV-TV reports, a bar employee was upset when a customer allegedly ran out on a $100 bar tab. So he whipped out his cell phone and took a picture of the man — Saul Zelaznog. The bar’s next step was to file a police report and then post the picture to the bar’s Facebook page.
Screenshot Save for Snapchat Lets You Keep All of Your ‘Temporary’ Snapchat Photos (AppNewser)
Snapchat photos just found a way to lengthen their ephemeral lives with Screenshot Save for Snapchat, an app that promises to save all of those short-lived messages. The sender won’t even be notified!
Royals Take to Social Media for Thursday’s Game (The Kansas City Star)
On Thursday, the Royals will play host to #RoyalsSocial Media Night at Kauffman Stadium. The team said that fans who follow the Royals Twitter feed (@Royals), “like” the Royals official Facebook page or follow any of the official club social media accounts may purchase a special ticket package for the 7:10 p.m. game against the Red Sox.
How to Use Data to Create a Fool-Proof Tweet Calendar (AllTwitter)
By simply accessing the data freely available to you on Twitter and through third-parties, you can create a tweet calendar that will keep your content organized, on-message, and ensure that all team members are on the same page. You can think of a tweet calendar just like an editorial calendar, but much more specific.