Mastodon, the hot new social network like Twitter, kind of

A new social network started up six months ago and began picking up speed last week as it echoes the early days of Twitter. It’s called Mastodon and was born out of frustration with changes being made on Twitter, according to an interview with founder Eugen Rochko in The Verge. Last year, after Twitter began moving away from a purely chronological feed, Rochko began building the back end for what would become Mastodon. Instead of building a unified service, Rochko

Royal Courts of Justice

How Twitter Works – a legal opinion

Most reasonable people are aware that if you publicly publish something defamatory about someone else that is false, you can be sued for libel. If you lose the legal case, it can be expensive for you in terms of damage to your reputation as well as a financial cost. (Related: the difference between libel and slander in UK law.) And I’d add that most reasonable people are also aware that the same rules on libel apply to all methods of public communication, including online.

streaming mobile video

Lights, camera, action: the unexpected rise of live online video

Facebook and Twitter are no longer simply text platforms but mobile video channels battling to turn consumers away from TV

The metamorphosis of Twitter

I remember when blogging first captured the attention and imaginations of early adopters and online adventurers in the early part of this century, not long after the dot-com bubble burst. It was a time of discovery, learning new things and being part of something that was a great equalizer. For the first time, the Average Joe and Joanna could very easily and quickly have an unfiltered open voice on topics that might show up in online search results alongside other

Tweeting a joke can be no joke

Reports emerged late last week that Twitter is deleting tweets that copy another tweeter’s jokes. The Verge reports on a writer’s request to Twitter to remove a tweet that used her content (a joke) without permission and thus infringed her intellectual property rights: I simply explained to Twitter that as a freelance writer I make my living writing jokes (and I use some of my tweets to test out jokes in my other writing). I then explained that as such,

Dick Costolo: Twitter unfollows the leader as social milestones are missed

Slowing growth in user numbers and failure to capture a bigger slice of digital advertising revenue drove the departure of the chief executive

Marking eight years of Twitter

I remember when I first started hearing about Twitter, in the summer of 2006 less than six months after the service started earlier that year. As the year progressed, the name kept popping up in blog posts and comments – what social media was, really, back then – until I decided to see for myself what this thing was all about. And so, today marks my eighth #Twitterversary – eight years ago on this day, I signed up with the handle

How to get a result with Twitter when email would fail

It started with one tweet. @jangles Hi Neville, we were wondering if there’s an email address we can reach you on? — Becky @ Nudjed (@BeckyAtNudjed) October 2, 2014 I bet you get requests like this from PR folk, too. To be frank, I rarely reply any longer as 1) a quick look at my website (the address of which is in my Twitter profile) will easily reveal an email address; and 2) the outcome in my experience from an

Defining Twitter by more than the numbers

Twitter reported its financial results for the second quarter 2014 this week: Q2 revenue of $312 million, up 124% year-over-year Q2 net loss of $145 million and non-GAAP net income of $15 million Q2 GAAP EPS of ($0.24) and non-GAAP EPS of $0.02 Q2 adjusted EBITDA of $54 million, representing an adjusted EBITDA margin of 17% Depending on which media report or commentary you read, it’s either an unimpressive financial performance, or a strong performance to silence critics. Either way,

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