August 23rd, 2013


Tool: Retwact

Source: Stonly Baptiste

Description:  Retwact is a tool that automates the process of notifying anyone who retweeted an inaccurate tweet from your account. The goal is to help slow the spread of misinformation by making it easier to correct tweets. After being released to a lot of acclaim the tools was shut down for violating Twitter Terms of Service related to mass produced tweets. The developer has revised the tool so that it deletes the bad tweet and posts a correction and link to simply RTing the correction.

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Reblogged from Verification Junkie
August 9th, 2013


Tool: Dynamic Network Analysis

Source: André Panisson

Description: Panisson created a real-time infographic mapping tweets and retweets the day Egypt’s Mubarak was forced out of office. While the visualization in and of itself is interesting. As a tool for verification  it is particularly fascinating on a few levels. It helps you see the flow of information, or misinformation and track it back to its source. In addition, it helps you access who influential people are in a discussion, offering you leads and potential sources. Panisson described the project this way, “It was very interesting to see, in real time, the exact moment when Tahrir Square, from a mass protest demonstration, has been transformed in a giant party, and the burst in the Twitter’s activity. It was like covering in real time a virtual event, a big event that was happening in the Twitter virtual world.”

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TED Video of Storyful’s Markham Nolan talking about the tool:

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(Source: verificationjunkie)

Reblogged from Talking To Strangers
April 22nd, 2013

TweetDeck for AIR, iPhone, and Android to stop working May 7th | The Verge

How will TweetDeck’s discontinuation affect you? Are you concerned about losing functionality? Will it change the way you handle your daily routine on social media or cover breaking news? 

April 11th, 2013
An agile learning style is a key ingredient for today’s successful journalists.

Kevin Schaul, AP-Google Scholar. Read more on how an agile approach to education can help you be a better journalist in Kevin’s latest post on Plus, check out Kevin’s list of data journalists on Twitter to get you started.  

Read more: Browse Twitter list of data journo stars to stay agile - Online News Association

April 5th, 2013

Wired reporter, Spencer Ackerman (@attackerman), conducts an interview with wanted American jihadi Omar Hammami exclusively through direct messages on Twitter in 'There's No Turning Back': My Interview With a Hunted American Jihadist.

The story also demonstrates another example of how national security experts are leveraging social networks like Twitter to engage security threats.

Hammami engages with American security professionals who ask him about his current views on jihad, and he jumps into their discussions of counterterrorism. There’s a notable absence of rancor, and even some constructive criticism, however inadvertent. When Hammami criticized State Department initiatives at confronting extremists like him online, he said those efforts came across as tin-eared. [J.M.] Berger and Hammami have an extended, public colloquy about the justification and the efficacy of using violence to pursue jihad. All this comes leavened with Star Wars references. Berger wonders if this sort of collegial jihadi-counterterrorist dialogue is “the wave of future, when everyone’s on Twitter.”

Read more: 'There's No Turning Back': My Interview With a Hunted American Jihadist |

March 25th, 2013

‘Let Me Tweet That For You’ site raises concerns for journalists | Poynter.

A website that makes it easy to create fake tweets from other people’s accounts seems like it will only get people into trouble. 

March 15th, 2013



Twitter discontinuing iPhone, Android, and desktop versions of TweetDeck

That sound you heard was the social media journalist in the other room smashing his head into his desk in the wake of this news. To be clear, “desktop” means Adobe AIR. The native clients still work.

Reblogged from ShortFormBlog
March 14th, 2013


Twitter is not the world: Or America, for that matter. In a new study from Pew Research, reactions to events on Twitter often are detached from society’s reactions as a whole. While Pew found that Twitter consensus moves back and forth from liberal to conservative, what really sticks out is just how much more negative Twitter discussions can be.

For both [presidential] candidates, negative comments exceeded positive comments by a wide margin throughout the fall campaign season. But from September through November, Romney was consistently the target of more negative reactions than was Obama.

And as always, it’s important to understand the limitations of Twitter’s reach.

The overall reach of Twitter is modest. In the Pew Research Center’s 2012 biennial news consumption survey, just 13% of adults said they ever use Twitter or read Twitter messages; only 3% said they regularly or sometimes tweet or retweet news or news headlines on Twitter.

Read Pew’s full study here (or follow them on Tumblr, which will hopefully be proven to be more positive than Twitter).

Photo: Yasuyoshi Chiba / AFP

Reblogged from Los Angeles Times
February 12th, 2013

One of Pope Benedict’s last marks made? An embrace of social media


  • 1.5M the number of Twitter followers Pope Benedict XVI had built up for himself in the two months he had been on Twitter. Sending just 34 tweets, he quits the post by becoming the first Pope to show an earnest embrace of technology. Prior to the move, 53% of U.S. internet users were unaware of the Pope’s online presence.

Reblogged from ShortFormBlog
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