Is the social web the wrong platform for remembering 9/11? This year, a number of major brands tried and failed at striking the right tone.
Twitter measures the world’s reaction to President Obama’s prime time speech on Syria.
YouTube is full of videos from the world’s hotspots, from Syria to Oklahoma tornadoes. But have you ever wondered whether what you’re seeing is real?
Enter Storyful, the journalistic arm of the social web. The organization calls themselves the world’s first “social news agency.” And, with a likely strike by the U.S. against Syria pending, the firm is preparing for a flood of coverage across social media.
Twitter Preparing for $15 Billion 2014 IPO, Say Sources [Report] (AllTwitter)
Twitter is preparing itself for an initial public offering (IPO) that could value the company as highly as $15 billion, reports The Sunday Times, citing anonymous (but nonetheless compelling) senior banking sources. Twitter’s CEO, Dick Costolo, has already met with potential advisers from Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs and JP Morgan, adds the paper, and is expected to select several investment banks in the weeks ahead in preparation for the stock market offering, which is anticipated to take place as early as the first quarter of 2014.
As the Obama Administration weighs how and when to take action against a Syrian regime that reportedly used chemical weapons against its own people, YouTube, Twitter and even Reddit have played a key role in both breaking the news and keeping the world informed.
Thomson Reuters Twitter Account Hacked by Syrian Electronic Army (Mashable)
Thomson Reuters appears to be the latest victim of hacking by the Syrian Electronic Army. The media company’s Twitter account, @ThomsonReuters, tweeted links Monday to images of political cartoons that support Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, along with the hashtag #Syria, according to AllThingsD.
Twitter Rolls Out Two-Factor Account Authentication (SocialTimes)
Twitter Wednesday launched a feature that will allow users to opt into two-factor account authentication on the service. Users who turn on the feature will receive an access code on their smartphone by SMS text message each time they attempt to log in to Twitter. They will be required to enter that code each time they seek to access their accounts.
Syria experienced a near total Internet blackout for 19 hours yesterday, and today the government said the outage stemmed from a cut cable, an explanation that security company CloudFlare called “highly unlikely.”
As the United States and Russia gear up to a summit to discuss their options for handling the ongoing civil conflict in Syria, the country has dropped 79 percent of its Internet connections, according to monitoring company Renesys.