The risky business of Trump the twittering president

twitter-trump-hat U.S. President Donald Trump is unprecedented in a lot more ways than could be listed in 140-characters. But his prolific and unpredictable use of Twitter is one difference that marks him out from presidents past… Read More

Trump fires a member of his transition team for tweeting fake news

Image (1) axen.jpg for post 188265 So-called fake news has real consequences and everyone in the U.S. keeps learning that the hard way. Not just executives at social networks like Facebook, Reddit and Twitter. Or disgruntled and brilliant Weather Channel meteorologists. Driven by misinformation masquerading as news, in the latest tragic incident, a gunman opened fire in a kid-friendly Washington D.C. pizzeria called Comet… Read More

Twitter Is Monkeying Around With The Order Of Tweets In Your Timeline

1469189397_bb3de49cc0_o I’ve been told by insiders at Twitter that “nothing is sacred” when it comes to making Twitter “easier to use” and ready to onboard the next few hundred million users that Twitter needs to be a powerhouse in media. The latest tweaks and horsing around have to do with the order of tweets you see in your timeline.
The hallmark of Twitter has been the reverse… Read More

Does Wall Street Like What It’s Hearing From Twitter (Again)?

twitter-up This has been quite a few past couple of weeks for Twitter, with a new CEO, a renewed double-down promise to developers, love to its employees (after some “tough love” by way of layoffs), Ballmer being in for 4 percent…and more.
The street agrees, with Twitter stock jumping up 5 percent today. Read More

Google Brings Tweets To Desktop Search Results

Screen Shot 2015-08-21 at 11.27.22 AM Back in May, Google and Twitter partnered to bring tweets into mobile search results. It was, and is, a pretty big deal for both companies. The relationship is apparently going well, as Google announced in a short update on its original blog post that it’d be including tweets within search results on desktop as well. Read More

Face Palm, Selfie, and Bacon: Meet The New Emoji Candidates

Anyone crossing their fingers in the hope that they could convey a desire for bacon via text or social media without using words may soon have their emoji wishes granted.

Emojipedia, a website that lists images and meanings for every existing emoji, recently unveiled 38 new emoji characters that could be included on the next updated list of emoji updates. The candidates include emojis depicting crossed fingers, as well as bacon.

If the candidates are approved by Unicode Consortium, the company that standardizes emoji across different operating systems, they will become available in “mid-2016.” Earlier this week, Emojipedia said in a blog post that the next list of updates could feature such highly-requested ideograms as the Face Palm or the Selfie, the latter of which depicts a person’s hand holding a phone that has just taken a “selfie.”

In its blog post, Emojipedia notes that the list of candidates only features “mockups to show how these might look if approved” and that new icons could eventually join the realm of approved emoji in next year’s Unicode 9 emoji list if they are approved. Other new candidates include Clown Face, Nauseated Face, a Rolling on the Floor Laughing face (for those too busy to type the acronym “ROFL” on their keypads), fist-bumping hands, and a pregnant woman.

First used in Japan, the popularity of emojis has reached such heights — nearly three-quarters of Americans use an emoji every day — that the icons’ creators must regularly field requests for new versions of the shareable images. In April, there was a lot of buzz around Apple’s release of a new mobile operating system that included racially diverse emoji, though the software update led to some weird glitches when users texted contacts who had not yet updated their phones.

Unicode Consortium released its Unicode 8 list of new emoji characters earlier this summer, an update that introduced the Taco emoji as well as Unicorn Face.

Gnip Launches Full-Archive Search API To Provide Instant Access To Nine Years Worth Of Tweets

Screen Shot 2015-08-11 at 8.12.20 AM Social data company Gnip, acquired by Twitter last year, has become an indispensable tool for all types of companies. Data, especially social data, is necessary to make decisions on things like timing a product launch or putting together a new marketing campaign. Until now, companies have been able to pull instant reports using up to 30 days worth of historical tweets. Today, through Gnip,… Read More

Here’s Roughly Every Controversial Thing Donald Trump Has Ever Said Out Loud

Donald Trump dominated airtime during the first GOP debate on the night of August 6, to no one’s surprise. And Americans were listening: the unprecedented 16 percent of households with televisions that tuned into the Fox News program exposed themselves to a cumulative 11 minutes and 14 seconds of Trump talk.

The current GOP frontrunner thundered his political agenda and his own feelings on just about every topic any of the 10 candidates touched. It certainly was not the first time the real estate tycoon has expressed himself with little, if any, filter. Here’s a look back at some of his most consequential statements:

On the death penalty and policing

Trump: “I hate seeing this country go to hell. We’re laughed at by the rest of the world. In order to bring law and order back into our cities, we need the death penalty and authority given back to the police. I got fifteen thousand positive letters on the death-penalty ad. I got ten negative or slightly negative ones.”

Playboy: “You believe in an eye for an eye?”

Trump: “When a man or woman cold-bloodedly murders, he or she should pay. It sets an example. Nobody can make the argument that the death penalty isn’t a deterrent. Either it will be brought back swiftly or our society will rot away. It is rotting away.”

(Playboy Interview, March 1990)

On Obama and Baltimore:

“Our great African American President hasn’t exactly had a positive impact on the thugs who are so happily and openly destroying Baltimore!”

(@realDonaldTrump, April 2015)

On estimating his own self-worth

“I’m a private company, so nobody knows what I’m worth. And the one thing is that when you run, you have to announce and certify to all sorts of governmental authorities your net worth…So I have a total net worth, and now with the increase, it’ll be well-over $10 billion. But here, a total net worth of—net worth, not assets—a net worth, after all debt, after all expenses, the greatest assets…So the total is $8,737,540,000.”

(Presidential campaign announcement speech, June 2015)

“‘Who the f— knows? I mean, really, who knows how much the Japs will pay for Manhattan property these days?”

(TIME Cover Story about Trump, January 1989)

On taxes

“I’d throw a tax on every Mercedes-Benz rolling into this country and on all Japanese products, and we’d have wonderful allies again.”

(When asked what his first action as President would be, Playboy Interview, March 1990)

 

On touching, while first considering a presidential campaign

“I think the handshake is barbaric… Shaking hands, you catch the flu, you catch this, you catch all sorts of things.”

(TIME, “Searching for an alternative to the classic grip-and-grin,” November 1999)

On love

“I’ve said if Ivanka weren’t my daughter, perhaps I’d be dating her.”

(On The View, March 2006)

On the number of Representatives in the House

“Well, I don’t want to answer your questions because this isn’t a history class…You could get some stiff that knows every one of those answers but is incapable of governing.”

(TIME, “Welcome to the Big Show,” April 2011)

 

On hiring working mothers

“She’s not giving me 100%. She’s giving me 84%, and 16% is going towards taking care of children.”

(Knowing Your Value: Women, Money, and Getting What You’re Worth by Mika Brzezinski, quoted in a May 2011 TIME article)

On treating aid workers with Ebola

“Ebola patient will be brought to the U.S. in a few days — Now I know for sure that our leaders are incompetent. KEEP THEM OUT OF HERE!”

(@realDonald Trump, July 2014)

On his party affiliation

“Well, if I ever ran for office, I’d do better as a Democrat than as a Republican — and that’s not because I’d be more liberal, because I’m conservative. But the working guy would elect me. He likes me. When I walk down the street, those cabbies start yelling out their windows.”

(Playboy Interview, March 1990)

On his political ambitions:

“I have no intention of running for President.”

(TIME, September 1987)

Playboy: “Wait. If you believe that the public shares these views, and that you could do the job, why not consider running for President?”

Trump: “I’d do the job as well as or better than anyone else. It’s my hope that George Bush can do a great job.”

Playboy: “You categorically don’t want to be President?”

TRUMP: I don’t want to be President. I’m one hundred percent sure. I’d change my mind only if I saw this country continue to go down the tubes.

(Playboy)

“I am officially running for President of the United States, and we are going to make our country great again.”

(Presidential campaign announcement speech, June 2015)