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Self Description

July 2008: "Twitter is for staying in touch and keeping up with friends no matter where you are or what you’re doing. For some friends you might want instant mobile updates—for others, you can just check the web. Invite your friends to Twitter and decide how connected you want you to be.

How does Twitter work?

When you send in a mobile text (SMS), Twitter sends it out to your group of friends and posts it to your Twitter page. Your friends might not have phone alerts turned on so they may check your web page instead. Likewise, you receive your friends mobile updates on your phone."

Third-Party Descriptions

December 2013: "Twitter on Thursday adopted — and then quickly reversed — a change to the way people can block others from interacting with them on the service. The brief change set off an uproar among users who said it opened the door for abusive behavior."

October 2013: "Both companies characterized these changes as minor updates. They are, though, the latest example of the continual push by Web companies to collate the reams of personal information shared online in the chase for profits. As Twitter prepares to go public and faces pressures to become profitable, it too will increasingly need to figure out how to make money from the information it collects."

December 2012: "California is one of the few states that have been cutting back on incentives. But that does not mean its cities are following suit. When Twitter threatened to leave San Francisco last year, officials scrambled to assuage the company."

January 2012: "But this week, in a sort of coming-of-age moment, Twitter announced that upon request, it would block certain messages in countries where they were deemed illegal. The move immediately prompted outcry, argument and even calls for a boycott from some users."

December 2011: 'SAN FRANCISCO — In a case with potentially far-reaching consequences for freedom of expression on the Internet, a federal judge on Thursday dismissed a criminal case against a man accused of stalking a religious leader on Twitter, saying that the Constitution protects “uncomfortable” speech on such bulletin-boardlike sites.'

October 2011: "The WikiLeaks case became a test bed for the law's interpretation earlier this year when Twitter fought a court order to turn over records from the accounts of WikiLeaks supporters including Mr. Appelbaum."

August 2011: "LONDON — British officials and representatives of Twitter, Facebook and BlackBerry met Thursday to discuss voluntary ways to limit or restrict the use of social media to combat crime and periods of civil unrest, while trying to dodge charges of hypocrisy and censorship that trailed Prime Minister David Cameron’s call to restrict use of the networks after this month’s riots."

May 2011: "Last week, amid growing outrage in Britain over the use of super-injunctions, the athlete obtained a court order in British High Court demanding that Twitter reveal the identities of the anonymous users who had posted the messages. A Twitter spokesman, Matt Graves, said the company could not comment on the court order or how it planned to respond."

January 2011: "THE news that federal prosecutors have demanded that the microblogging site Twitter provide the account details of people connected to the WikiLeaks case, including its founder, Julian Assange, isn’t noteworthy because the government’s request was unusual or intrusive. It is noteworthy because it became public."

May 2010: 'While Facebook has made changes to fix this privacy breach (it fixed some of the code Thursday morning), the other sites claim their user names are not personally identifiable, because they don't require that users reveal their real names. Not only that, but "this is just how the Internet and browsers work," according to a Twitter spokesperson.'

August 2009: "The attacks that felled Twitter shed light on the fragility of the popular microblogging service, especially compared to its competitor Facebook, which quickly recovered from the pummeling, said Stefan Tanase, a researcher at Kaspersky Lab, an Internet security firm. Twitter, a small San Francisco company, has been struggling to improve its security even as it tries to manage hypergrowth in the number of users and messages it handles."

August 2009: "While this highlights the risks associated with applications in the cloud, it isn't the only security risk associated with Twitter. In addition there are risks with people spoofing other identities, risks of people disclosing sensitive data and people creating risks by talking about some of their activities."

July 2009: 'Those 140-character "microblog" posts to Twitter don't constitute much more than links, dinner recipes, and bitching, right? Be careful with the bitching, though—a property management company in Chicago has filed a lawsuit against a tenant who tweeted an off-the-cuff comment about the company. The company, Horizon Group Management, says that the Twitter user in question sent the message maliciously, and is now asking for $50,000 in damages.'

July 2009: "Tweleted raises some larger privacy concerns. When a user deletes a post on Twitter, it disappears from their user profile but not from Twitter's search engine results. Tweleted uses this loophole to dig up its deleted posts. Some Twitter users are crying foul, arguing that when they delete something, it should be gone for good. The company says they're working to make this happen, although setting your Twitter profile to private fixes the issues. For now, it's worth remembering the old adage: If you don't want someone to read it, it's better not to write it — or tweet it — in the first place.",8599,1911574,00.html

June 2009: 'Havana-based blogger Yoani Sánchez, 33, who e-mails friends outside Cuba to get her entries posted online, said the Iranian protests -- in particular, the reportedly widespread use of Twitter, Facebook and cellphones -- have served as "a lesson for Cuban bloggers."'

June 2009: 'But does the label Twitter Revolution, which has been slapped on the two most recent events, oversell the technology? Skeptics note that only a small number of people used Twitter to organize protests in Iran and that other means — individual text messaging, old-fashioned word of mouth and Farsi-language Web sites — were more influential. But Twitter did prove to be a crucial tool in the cat-and-mouse game between the opposition and the government over enlisting world opinion.'

June 2009: "The State Department asked social-networking site Twitter to delay scheduled maintenance earlier this week to avoid disrupting communications among tech-savvy Iranian citizens as they took to the streets to protest Friday's reelection of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad."

May 2009: "A growing numbers of big-name companies, including Comcast (CMCSA1), JetBlue (JBLU2) and UPS (UPS3), have found a new use for Twitter: customer service. Now, in a short, to-the-point tweet, consumers can ask questions, report problems and air grievances. Even better: Tweeting a complaint is one way to make sure it actually gets heard -- and renders a response."

December 2008: "After Shaquille O’Neal realized an Internet impostor was masquerading as him on Twitter, he put his cyber-foot down and opened up a Twitter account of his own."

July 2008: "Unwilling to play the role of arbiter, the group-messaging service Twitter has resisted pressure to tighten its rules."


RoleNameTypeLast Updated
Former Owner of (partial or full) Medium Organization Jul 3, 2016
Opponent (past or present) Source May 22, 2010
Organization Head/Leader (past or present) Founded/Co-Founded by Jack Dorsey Person Jan 28, 2012
Organization Executive (past or present) Alex Macgillivray Esq. Person Jan 28, 2012
Founded/Co-Founded by Evan "Ev" Williams Person Dec 20, 2013

Articles and Resources

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Dec 13, 2013 Twitter Reverses Privacy Change in Response to User Complaints

QUOTE: Before, a blocked user could not interact with the person who blocked them, and could tell that they had been blocked. Under the short-lived change, blocked users would not know they had been blocked. They could view and send tweets to the person who blocked them, but those tweets would have been invisible to that person.

New York Times
Oct 11, 2013 Google to Sell Users’ Endorsements

QUOTE: Google on Friday announced that it would soon be able to show users’ names, photos, ratings and comments in ads across the Web, endorsing marketers’ products. Facebook already runs similar endorsement ads. But on Thursday it, too, took a step to show personal information more broadly by changing its search settings to make it harder for users to hide from other people trying to find them on the social network.

New York Times
Dec 01, 2012 As Companies Seek Tax Deals, Governments Pay High Price

QUOTE: states, counties and cities are giving up more than $80 billion each year to companies. The beneficiaries come from virtually every corner of the corporate world, encompassing oil and coal conglomerates, technology and entertainment companies, banks and big-box retail chains. The cost of the awards is certainly far higher....A portrait arises of mayors and governors who are desperate to create jobs, outmatched by multinational corporations and short on tools to fact-check what companies tell them....Many of the officials said they feared that companies would move jobs overseas if they did not get subsidies in the United States. Over the years, corporations have increasingly exploited that fear, creating a high-stakes bazaar where they pit local officials against one another to get the most lucrative packages.

New York Times
Jan 27, 2012 Censoring of Tweets Sets Off #Outrage

QUOTE: [Twitter] became a bullhorn for millions of people worldwide, especially vital in nations that tend to muzzle their own people. But this week, in a sort of coming-of-age moment, Twitter announced that upon request, it would block certain messages in countries where they were deemed illegal. The move immediately prompted outcry, argument and even calls for a boycott from some users.

New York Times
Dec 25, 2011 A Dispute Over Who Owns a Twitter Account Goes to Court

QUOTE: Can a company cash in on, and claim ownership of, an employee’s social media account, and if so, what does that mean for workers who are increasingly posting to Twitter, Facebook and Google Plus during work hours? A lawsuit filed in July could provide some answers.

New York Times
Dec 15, 2011 Judge Dismisses Twitter Stalking Case

QUOTE: a federal judge on Thursday dismissed a criminal case against a man accused of stalking a religious leader on Twitter, saying that the Constitution protects “uncomfortable” speech on such bulletin-boardlike sites.

New York Times
Oct 10, 2011 Secret Orders Target Email: WikiLeaks Backer's Information Sought

QUOTE: The court clashes in the WikiLeaks case provide a rare public window into the growing debate over a federal law that lets the government secretly obtain information from people's email and cellphones without a search warrant. Several court decisions have questioned whether the law, the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, violates the U.S. Constitution's Fourth Amendment protections against unreasonable searches and seizures.

Wall Street Journal, The (WSJ)
Aug 25, 2011 In Britain, a Meeting on Limiting Social Media

QUOTE: British officials and representatives of Twitter, Facebook and BlackBerry met Thursday to discuss voluntary ways to limit or restrict the use of social media to combat crime and periods of civil unrest, while trying to dodge charges of hypocrisy and censorship that trailed Prime Minister David Cameron’s call to restrict use of the networks after this month’s riots.

New York Times
May 22, 2011 Free Speech on Twitter Faces Test

QUOTE: The soccer player has been granted a so-called super-injunction, a stringent and controversial British legal measure that prevents media outlets from identifying him, reporting on the story or even from revealing the existence of the court order itself. But tens of thousands of Internet users have flouted the injunction by revealing his name on Twitter, Facebook and online soccer forums, sites that blur the definition of the press and are virtually impossible to police.

New York Times
Apr 27, 2011 Great Leap Backward

QUOTE: First, the government is arresting not only dissidents and Christians but also their family members and even their lawyers. Second, after a long period in which police would torture working-class prisoners but usually not intellectuals, the authorities are again brutalizing white-collar dissidents.

New York Times
Apr 22, 2011 Lies and Videotape (Op-Ed)

QUOTE: For most authoritarian states, state news media, especially television, have helped leaders stay in power by creating a parallel reality for their populations and depriving dissenters of a wider audience.

New York Times
Apr 20, 2011 In Online Games, a Path to Young Consumers

QUOTE: companies, often selling sugar cereals and junk food, are using multimedia games, online quizzes and cellphone apps to build deep ties with young consumers...When these tactics revolve around food, and blur the line between advertising and entertainment, they are a source of intensifying concern for nutrition experts and children’s advocates — and are attracting scrutiny from regulators.

New York Times
Apr 19, 2011 Freedom on the Net 2011

QUOTE: A large number of governments are also engaging in deliberate efforts to block access to information related to politics, social issues, and human rights.

CNN (Cable News Network)
Apr 15, 2011 Keep Your Thumbs Still When I’m Talking to You

QUOTE: Add one more achievement to the digital revolution: It has made it fashionable to be rude... “When people are out and they’re among other people they need to just put everything down... It’s fine when you’re at home or at work when you’re distracted by things, but we need to give that respect to each other back.”

New York Times
Apr 11, 2011 7 dirty consultant tricks (and how to avoid them)

QUOTE: Among their (IT consultants) favorite tricks: Using "scope change" to line their pockets, claiming expertise they do not actually possess, promising you their superstars and then sending in the rookies, purposely delaying decisions and sowing confusion as they rack up billable hours, and collecting kickbacks from other service providers. The worst ones may even hold your company's intellectual property or systems hostage until you pay up.

Apr 03, 2011 China Takes Dissident Artist Into Custody

QUOTE: Rights advocates say the detentions are an ominous sign that the Communist Party’s six-week crackdown on rights lawyers, bloggers and dissidents is spreading to the upper reaches of Chinese society… “It’s an attempt to redefine the limits of what kind of criticism is tolerable,” he said. “The government is moving the goalposts and a lot of people are finding themselves targeted.”

New York Times
Mar 21, 2011 Google says Gmail problems designed by Chinese government

QUOTE: "There is no technical issue on our side. We have checked extensively," said a Google spokesperson. "This is a government blockage carefully designed to look like the problem is with Gmail…” The word "Jasmine" and terms relating to the anti-government protests in the Middle East can no longer be searched for on the country's microblogs. China has also responded by arresting activists, harassing foreign journalists and deploying large police forces to prevent unrest.

Mar 18, 2011 In Japan’s Danger Zone, the Stranded Await the Merciful

QUOTE: The plight of the thousands still stranded in areas near the stricken reactors... has underscored what residents say is a striking lack of help from the national government to assist with the evacuation of danger zones or the ferrying of supplies to those it has urged to stay inside... Many of those left behind are elderly people... They say city officials and the police are nowhere to be seen.

New York Times
Mar 15, 2011 Pondexter Apologizes, but Is That Enough?

QUOTE: This has become the norm in the drive-by world of the Internet. See it. Feel it. Tweet it. Hurt. Maim. Disparage. Apologize. Then tweet again. Pondexter apologized; her team and her league gave her shelter... Pondexter should face disciplinary action of some type to reinforce a necessary message: that even in cyberspace, where unfiltered self-expression is the norm, a player’s public communiqués via Twitter or Facebook represent a team and a league.

New York Times
Mar 11, 2011 Human Rights Advocates Vanish as China Intensifies Crackdown

QUOTE: Mr. Teng is one of many prominent rights defenders and advocates who have disappeared and are being detained, some with no legal authority, in what critics say is one of the harshest crackdowns in many years. The detainees’ relatives and supporters say previous periods of confinement did not last this long and in such total silence.

New York Times

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