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Japan’s secret weapon prepping for the 2020 Olympics: Twitter

Tokyo will host the 2020 Olympics, and though the ritualistic pageant of nationalism and athletics is six years away, preparations are already under way. The Tokyo Games will give Japan an opportunity...

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Need a new name for your dog? Ask Ellen Page

Ellen Page is a woman of many talents, not the least of which is renaming dogs on Twitter. She opened the floodgates last night: I love renaming my friends dogs like a total jerk.— Ellen Page...

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Congressional Republicans are beating Democrats at Twitter

During President Obama’s election campaign in 2008, the lanky Senator from Illinois used Facebook, Twitter, and social media with unparalleled savvy. He was the Facebook politician. The Obama...

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Experience the thrilling Twitter version of action classic 'Speed'

It’s 20 years old at this point, but for web developer Michaela McCann, the Sandra Bullock-Keanu Reeves thriller Speed hasn’t aged a day. She even favorably cites the high-octane blockbuster on the...

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NYPD's hashtag campaign backfires horribly

In an age where bystanders commonly use their phones to document abuses of power by law enforcement, it’s understandable that police want to turn something like Twitter to their advantage.  MORE:NYPD...

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New data shows you're probably using your Facebook account more than you think

In case you're falling for the narrative that says Facebook is on the way out and all the cool kids are migrating to some other social network, here's new evidence of Facebook's continued and systemic...

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How to master your new Twitter profile

The new Twitter profile layout is now available to all users. These new profiles, with header images that closely resemble Facebook’s profile page design, allow users to “pin” their best tweets...

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How punctuation is killing the hashtag

As a young man growing up in East London, I naively believed that everything could be attached to a hashtag, including buildings, emoji, even aftershaves. Why not tag—verbally, physically,...

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Mayor defends arrest of guy who mocked him on Twitter

A roommate of Jacob Elliot’s allegedly tweeted as @Peoriamayor just 50 times. But his satirical and often crude comments triggered a major police raid—after Twitter suspended the account—that came at...

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Ronald McDonald is now a selfie-snapping hipster on Twitter

Ronald McDonald is hanging up his clown costume in favor of cargo pants, a rugby shirt, and a sleeveless vest.   McDonald’s announced on Wednesday that its long-running mascot will now have an active...

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Unfollow Friday: Dead 'Game of Thrones' characters

Warning: This article contains extensive Game of Thrones spoilers. Nimrod Kamer has been called the "worst person on Twitter." In this weekly installment, he unfollows the best people on the ‘net, the...

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New research says Twitter has a gender bias

In 1985, cartoonist Alison Bechdel published a strip from her series Dykes To Watch Out For with two characters talking about which movie they wanted to see. One of them says she has just one...

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Twitter wants you to know how popular you are

Twitter is testing another new notification feature, this time for iOS. Some users are seeing new notifications for “Significant Engagement” pop up when they make an especially popular tweet. "This is...

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Why we retweet

BY MARGARITA NORIEGA Retweeting is like a using a tiny, powerful printing press. Retweets, or the sharing of other people’s tweets on Twitter, have made Twitter’s use vastly more complex than when the...

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U.K. celebrates Ed Balls Day, because Ed Balls

Ed Balls— Ed Balls (@edballsmp) April 28, 2011 It is now the three year anniversary of that fateful day when U.K. politician Ed Balls tweeted the one tweet to end them all: his own name. Now...

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How to make your grandma Twitter-famous

Twitter celebrities come and go, but Baddie Winkle just flipped the script on what it means to be Twitter famous in your twilight years.  The 86-year-old has captured our imagination since joining...

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Algorithm scours tweets to make headline writers obsolete

When it comes to journalism, technology hasn’t exactly been a boon. The combination of free, Internet-based listings sites and the comparatively lower advertising rates on the web compared to print...

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Turns out the 'banana selfie' anti-racism campaign was a marketing stunt

When Brazilian-born FC Barcelona defender Dani Alves saw someone throw a banana at him during a game in Villareal, Spain, he didn’t let the racist taunt mess up his gameplay. He took a bite out of the...

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Watch out, Facebook: Snapchat just debuted a chat feature

Snapchat just introduced its biggest update yet: a new chat feature. Users can send each other text-based chat messages in addition to disappearing photos and videos. Prior to this, Snapchat users...

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This 'Wheel of Fortune' contestant with Tourette's is our new hero

Trenton Girone is a big Wheel of Fortune fan. He’s been watching the show since he was 2 years old, and knows practically everything there is to know about it. On Tuesday night, he finally got to spin...

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