How a law student used Twitter to pressure dozens of Glenn Beck’s advertisers into dropping their support

twitterAngelo Carusone says he didn’t start his campaign to pressure advertisers into ditching Glenn Beck’s radio and Fox News show as an opposition to his politics — though he admitted that their views significantly differ — but rather he saw Beck’s rhetoric as distinct from other commentators. “For me, the real motivator was what he had been doing to the political process, which was really feeding it into a frenzy,” …

Tweets coming out of Iran are retweeted an average of 57.8 times

Like millions of others, I’ve been fascinated with the live tweeting that has been emanating from the citizens in Iran. Many have flocked to the streets to protest and are using hashtags to record their experiences, and many outside of Iran have begun to retweet their accounts.

But if an Iranian protester tweets his experience, how many retweets should he expect to get?

To test this, I picked 100 tweets …

Anti-Starbucks filmmakers hijack the coffee company’s own Twitter marketing campaign

starbucks stopOn Monday, the New York Times published a storydetailing a multi-million dollar ad campaign launched by Starbucks in which the company put up advertising posters in six major cities and attempted to “harness the power of online social networking sites by challenging people to hunt for the posters on Tuesday and be the first to post a photo of one using Twitter.” Those who posted the pictures to the …

Does Twitter have an obligation to avoid bias?

The thing we’re facing now is that, you know, the State Department is suddenly really cozy with Twitter because they are like, “Oh wow, we were trying to get this done with AK-47s and you guys got it done with Tweets. Can we be friends?” But I maintain that it has to be a neutral technology because there are different forms of democracy. You don’t want your technology, you don’t …