Twitter chief Dick Costolo said Friday that the Internet Age one-to-many text messaging service is turning out to be a boon for good old television.
“There is a fascinating relationship between Twitter and tune-in, and Twitter and TV,” Costolo said during an on-stage chat at an Online News Association gathering in San Francisco. “We are just scratching the surface of that.”
His comments came during a conversation that touched on an array of topics, from where Twitter was heading to worries by software developers about the startup’s tightening control over the globally popular platform.
Costolo envisioned Twitter one day being woven into television viewing in real time, allowing for real-time exchanges or voting during shows or broadcast sporting events.
He cited the deluge of Twitter chatter related to the recent Olympic Games in London, implying that tweets prompted more people to tune into events broadcast exclusively on television in the United States by NBC.
“The fascinating thing about NBC was that while the digerati were tweeting ‘#NBCfail,’ it is still the case that they had the highest-rated Olympics in 36 years,” Costolo said, noting broadcast-time complaints by viewers.
Twitter and Facebook synchronization was feature in a TVGuide.com smartphone application tailored to give people personalized watchlists that make it easy to find shows they like amid the exploding array of options.
“You can share with your friends; talk about shows in real time,” TV Guide Digital general manager and executive vice president Christy Tanner said in a recent interview.
“People are actually watching more live TV, time-shifted TV, on-demand TV and more streaming TV… At the same time, we are creating a new paradigm of discovery and watch management.”
San Francisco startup Yap.TV mated the television program guide with the Twitter stream, Facebook and other social networks to let people see what shows people are talking about and join in the conversation along with the viewing.
Costolo said that Twitter was also working on tools for “curating” messages focused on common topics and that by year’s end, users would be able to download all of their tweets.
“The caveat is that this is the CEO saying this, not the engineer who is building it,” he quipped. “I would dearly like to have it out by the end of the year.”
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Former right-wing presidential candidate scamming Americans with toxic bleach cure
Former diplomat and Reagan adviser Alan Keyes is a well-known gadfly who has run multiple times for president and for Senate, most famously against future President Barack Obama in 2004.
But lately, according to The Daily Beast, he has been involved in a different pursuit: the promotion of a dangerous pseudoscience scam known as the "Miracle Mineral Solution," or MMS.
The substance, which is actually just the powerful bleach chlorine dioxide, is supposedly a cure for everything from viral infections to infertility, and there was even a cultlike church known as the Genesis II Church of Health and Healing, that promoted it as a gift from God. MMS has particularly taken root in developing countries like Uganda, but it also has a following in the United States, and many autistic children have been forced to drink it. Versions of this scam have even been promoted on Amazon.
American exceptionalism is killing the planet
Ever since 2007, when I first started writing for TomDispatch, I’ve been arguing against America’s forever wars, whether in Afghanistan, Iraq, or elsewhere. Unfortunately, it’s no surprise that, despite my more than 60 articles, American blood is still being spilled in war after war across the Greater Middle East and Africa, even as foreign peoples pay a far higher price in lives lost and cities ruined. And I keep asking myself: Why, in this century, is the distinctive feature of America's wars that they never end? Why do our leaders persist in such repetitive folly and the seemingly eternal disasters that go with it?
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According to a report from the Associated Press, Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA) has been accused of illegally working with an outside group to help her re-election prospects in a tough 2020 fight with Donald Trump on the ballot.
According to AP: "An outside group founded by top political aides to Sen. Joni Ernst has worked closely with the Iowa Republican to raise money and boost her reelection prospects, a degree of overlap that potentially violates the law."
"Iowa Values, a political nonprofit that is supposed to be run independently, was co-founded in 2017 by Ernst’s longtime consultant, Jon Kohan. It shares a fundraiser, Claire Holloway Avella, with the Ernst campaign," the report continued. "And a condo owned by a former aide — who was recently hired to lead the group — was used as Iowa Values’ address at a time when he worked for her."