Twitter http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/24440/all en Soccer-Sordell becomes latest player to fall foul of Twitter http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130108/soccer-sordell-becomes-latest-player-fall-foul-twitter <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>LONDON, Jan 8 (Reuters) - News that Bolton Wanderers forward Marvin Sordell is being helped by his club for a possible "obsession" with social networking site Twitter may not come as a surprise to those who believe soccer players have too much time on their hands.</p> <p>Snooker halls, pubs, golf courses and betting shops used to the be the favourite domain of off-duty players but nowadays it seems cyberspace is where many spend their free time.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130108/soccer-sordell-becomes-latest-player-fall-foul-twitter" target="_blank">read more</a></p> English footballers Football in England Football in the United Kingdom Religion Social Issues Twitter Thomson Reuters Tue, 08 Jan 2013 18:00:03 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5731731 at http://www.globalpost.com UPDATE 1-Al Shabaab says enemies closed its Twitter account http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130125/update-1-al-shabaab-says-enemies-closed-its-twitter-account <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* The militants threatened hostages on Twitter</p> <p>* Group blames move on its enemies (Recasts with Al Shabaab's comment)</p> <p>By Feisal Omar</p> <p>MOGADISHU, Jan 25 (Reuters) - Al Shabaab on Friday said its Christian enemies had closed its Twitter account, which the Somali militant group used to parade hostages, mock rivals and claim responsibility for bombings and assassinations.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130125/update-1-al-shabaab-says-enemies-closed-its-twitter-account" target="_blank">read more</a></p> al Shabaab Entertainment Islam Islamic terrorism Politics Religion Somali Civil War Twitter War Thomson Reuters Fri, 25 Jan 2013 13:00:26 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5739322 at http://www.globalpost.com Twitter popularity tests conservative Gulf http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130131/twitter-popularity-tests-conservative-gulf <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Twitter's unmatched platform for public opinion is emboldening Gulf Arabs to exchange views on delicate issues in the deeply conservative region, despite strict censorship that controls old media.</p> <p>The authorities have been attempting to limit the damage by handing out jail terms to some whose tweets have been deemed offensive in the Muslim states, including in Bahrain, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130131/twitter-popularity-tests-conservative-gulf" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Member states of the Arab League Member states of the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf Religion Technology Twitter AFP Fri, 01 Feb 2013 04:00:28 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5742516 at http://www.globalpost.com Twitter hit by 'sophisticated' cyber attack http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130201/twitter-hit-sophisticated-cyber-attack <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Twitter said Friday it had been hit by a "sophisticated" cyber attack similar to those that recently hit major Western news outlets, and that the passwords of about 250,000 users were stolen.</p> <p>"This attack was not the work of amateurs, and we do not believe it was an isolated incident," Twitter information security director Bob Lord said in a blog post.</p> <p>Lord referred to an "uptick in large-scale security attacks aimed at US technology and media companies" as he told of Twitter detecting attempts this week to get unauthorized access to data in the firm's network.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130201/twitter-hit-sophisticated-cyber-attack" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Computing Hacking Technology Twitter AFP Sat, 02 Feb 2013 02:00:03 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5743748 at http://www.globalpost.com UPDATE 1-Hackers target Twitter, could affect 250,000 user accounts http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130201/update-1-hackers-target-twitter-could-affect-250000-user-accoun <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* Twitter says "limited" data was accessed, like email addresses</p> <p>* Attacks were "extremely sophisticated"</p> <p>* Unclear if linked to cyberattacks orchestrated on WSJ, NYT (Adds details from blog post, spokesman comment, other recent hacking incidents)</p> <p>By Alexei Oreskovic</p> <p>SAN FRANCISCO, Feb 1 (Reuters) - Anonymous hackers attacked Twitter this week and may have gained access to passwords and other information for as many as 250,000 user accounts, the microblog revealed late on Friday.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130201/update-1-hackers-target-twitter-could-affect-250000-user-accoun" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Cybercrime Internet Technology Twitter Thomson Reuters Sat, 02 Feb 2013 02:01:07 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5743761 at http://www.globalpost.com Twitter hit by 'sophisticated' cyber attack http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130202/twitter-hit-sophisticated-cyber-attack <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Twitter said Friday it was hammered by a "sophisticated" cyber attack similar to those that recently hit major Western news outlets, and that the passwords of about 250,000 users were stolen.</p> <p>"This attack was not the work of amateurs, and we do not believe it was an isolated incident," Twitter information security director Bob Lord said in a blog post.</p> <p>Lord referred to an "uptick in large-scale security attacks aimed at US technology and media companies" as he told of Twitter detecting attempts this week to get unauthorized access to data in the firm's network.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130202/twitter-hit-sophisticated-cyber-attack" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Electronic warfare Hacking Labor Technology Twitter AFP Sat, 02 Feb 2013 05:30:33 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5743817 at http://www.globalpost.com Somali Islamist insurgents return to Twitter http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130204/somali-islamist-insurgents-return-twitter <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Somalia's Al-Qaeda linked Shebab insurgents have returned to Twitter with a new account, less than two weeks since they were suspended after posting photographs of a French commando they had killed.</p> <p>"For what it’s worth, shooting the messenger and suppressing the truth by silencing your opponents isn’t quite the way to win the war of ideas," read one of the messages on the new account, which opened late Sunday.</p> <p>Shebab officials on Monday confirmed that the account, @HSMPRESS1, was genuine.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130204/somali-islamist-insurgents-return-twitter" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Horn of Africa Political geography Religion Technology Twitter AFP Mon, 04 Feb 2013 11:33:08 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5745213 at http://www.globalpost.com Twitter buys firm tracking social network TV talk http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130205/twitter-buys-firm-tracking-social-network-tv-talk <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Twitter announced Tuesday that it has bought Bluefin Labs to ride the trend of viewers using smartphones or tablet computers to chat at social networks about shows they are watching.</p> <p>Born out of research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Bluefin combines cognitive science and machine learning to measure how much people are talking about broadcasts in real time on Twitter, Facebook and other forums.</p> <p>Bluefin, founded in 2008, also measures whether people online are making favorable or unfavorable comments.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130205/twitter-buys-firm-tracking-social-network-tv-talk" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Entertainment Human Interest Labor Social media Technology Twitter World Wide Web AFP Wed, 06 Feb 2013 01:32:22 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5747062 at http://www.globalpost.com Raunchy Vine videos prompt adult rating http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130206/raunchy-vine-videos-prompt-adult-rating <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The propensity for people to post porn evidently prompted Twitter on Wednesday to stamp an adult rating on an updated version of its Vine video-snippet sharing software.</p> <p>Concerns were raised about two weeks ago, after adult content was bared briefly in an "Editor's Picks" section at Vine.</p> <p>Twitter apologized for the mistake, blaming "human error" but providing little detail, and quickly removed the video.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130206/raunchy-vine-videos-prompt-adult-rating" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Human Interest Labor Photo sharing Real-time web Technology Twitter World Wide Web AFP Wed, 06 Feb 2013 19:01:01 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5747981 at http://www.globalpost.com American Express card users can shop at Twitter http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130211/american-express-card-users-can-shop-at-twitter <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>American Express on Monday began letting users of its payment cards make purchases with messages fired off at Twitter as the popular social network dabbles with making money from e-commerce.</p> <p>American Express announced that members who synchronize their cards with Twitter can take advantage of offers "tweeted" by the financial services company.</p> <p>American Express will promote products in messages fired off at Twitter. Card holders buy items by tweeting indicated hashtags, with their accounts being charged accordingly.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130211/american-express-card-users-can-shop-at-twitter" target="_blank">read more</a></p> American Express Information Twitter Twitter World Wide Web AFP Tue, 12 Feb 2013 02:00:05 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5753193 at http://www.globalpost.com Twitter makes ad campaigns easier http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130220/twitter-makes-ad-campaigns-easier <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Twitter on Wednesday made it easier to run ad campaigns using tweeted messages in a move that promised to ramp up the company's money-making potential and prospects for a stock market debut.</p> <p>San Francisco-based Twitter announced that five partners are using new software that automates and streamlines advertisements displayed as "tweets" and promoted to high profile positions in user feeds.</p> <p>"We've been testing the Twitter Ads API since January with our partners, and today we're officially launching it," revenue product manager April Underwood wrote in a blog post.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130220/twitter-makes-ad-campaigns-easier" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Human Interest Real-time web Social media Twitter World Wide Web AFP Wed, 20 Feb 2013 23:15:29 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5761613 at http://www.globalpost.com A US ambassador and the art of Twitter diplomacy http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130306/us-ambassador-and-the-art-twitter-diplomacy <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>American diplomats around the world are embracing social media to better connect with people both at home and abroad.</p> <p>One of them is US Ambassador to Thailand Kristie Kenney, a prolific Twitter user who now has more than 38,000 followers. She bills her Twitter account @KristieKenney as "The real me. My work, my life, my thoughts."</p> <p>In an exchange of emails with AFP, she explained why she believes social engagement is such a useful tool:</p> <p>Question: When did you first launch your Twitter account, and what do you think it brings to your role as US ambassador to Thailand?</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130306/us-ambassador-and-the-art-twitter-diplomacy" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Religion Social media Technology Twitter World Wide Web AFP Thu, 07 Mar 2013 02:15:52 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5775644 at http://www.globalpost.com Facebook to use Twitter hashtag style: report http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130314/facebook-use-twitter-hashtag-style-report <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Facebook is preparing to take on Twitter by adopting the messaging service's iconic hashtag symbol, The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday.</p> <p>Users of globally popular one-to-many messaging service Twitter use # or pound symbols as a hashtag to indicate subjects in tweets.</p> <p>The style is such an entrenched part of the Twitter language that the San Francisco-based company added a hashtag search feature to make it easy for users to find messages focused on themes or happenings of interest.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130314/facebook-use-twitter-hashtag-style-report" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Facebook Information Labor Technology Twitter Web 2.0 World Wide Web AFP Thu, 14 Mar 2013 21:30:53 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5783892 at http://www.globalpost.com French Jewish students take legal action against Twitter http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130321/french-jewish-students-take-legal-action-against-twitter <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>A Jewish student group has announced it was taking further legal action against Twitter over the global networking site's failure to respond to a French court order to hand over data to help identify the authors of anti-Semitic tweets.</p> <p>"Twitter is playing the indifference card in not respecting the decision of January 24," when a Paris civil court gave the company two weeks to hand over the requested information, said Jonathan Hayoun, president of France's Union of Jewish Students (UEJF), on Wednesday.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130321/french-jewish-students-take-legal-action-against-twitter" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Real-time web Social media Technology Twitter World Wide Web AFP Thu, 21 Mar 2013 08:15:37 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5789602 at http://www.globalpost.com BBC Twitter accounts hacked by pro-Assad online group http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130321/bbc-twitter-accounts-hacked-pro-assad-online-group <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>LONDON (Reuters) - The Twitter account belonging to the BBC's weather service was hacked on Thursday, the public broadcaster said.</p> <p>The "Syrian Electronic Army", a group of pro-Assad hackers and online activists that has already disrupted the Facebook page of Barack Obama, claimed responsibility for the breach.</p> <p>The group has recently targeted the website and Twitter account of watchdog organisation Human Rights Watch and the Twitter account of French news service France 24.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130321/bbc-twitter-accounts-hacked-pro-assad-online-group" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia BBC Religion Social media Technology Text messaging Twitter Thomson Reuters Thu, 21 Mar 2013 17:46:30 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5790183 at http://www.globalpost.com