Twitter Outrage Bus Crash

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Social media collectively jumped on the outrage bus after the story of Caroline Starmer, who claimed on Facebook that her baby was snatched from her breast by a Primark security guard. A Twitter mob formed and demanded that the police arrest the ‘guilty’ security man:

In shocking news, the mother who made the claims is to face charges for intent to pervert the course of public justice. Who would have thunk?

Twitter Employees Jump from Sinking Ship

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The FT have been rummaging through the LinkedIn profiles of Twitter employees and have discovered that they are abandoning the social media company in droves. Their analysis found that around 450 of Twitter’s 3,900 staff have left in the company in the past year. Competition for top talent is fierce in Silicon Valley and Twitter employees are being snapped up by rival companies with better growth prospects.

Twitter’s share price has plummeted by 31% since April as the reality that a niche social media platform used by journalists and professional offence-takers is tricky to monetise begins to dawn on investors. Not good news for employees holding stock options…

Employees who have left Twitter in the last year include the chief operating officer, head of communications, head of corporate development, VP of media and most the senior staff from a mobile advertising exchange Twitter recently acquired for $350 million. Falling down the pecking order…

LibDem Leader Sorry Over Tweet Comparing Gay People to Frogs

An unfortunate post from Tim Farron’s account last night, just days after he faced down the Twitter lynch mob over his views on homosexuality:

Alas, he says he was ‘hacked':

Adding “just bizarre. Someone sent just a single tweet”. Bizarre, indeed…

H/T @holbornlolz

MoD Forced to Fight Russian Aggression… With Tweetdeck

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The MoD is glued to Tweetdeck, scouring Twitter for sightings of Russian ships off the coast of Scotland, according to SNP Westminster leader Angus Robertson, who made the claim in a speech at the Royal United Services Institute:

“In recent years we have seen increasing foreign military operations close to UK territorial waters and airspace, and the UK armed forces have been known to rely on intelligence from Scottish fishing vessels and social media as they have not had the appropriate assets in place in time.”

The MoD’s surveillance capability have been wiped out by the shelving of the RAF’s Nimrod maritime patrol aircraft programme. £3.8 billion was spent on procuring the Nimrod MRA4 before the airframes were cut up and sold for scrap. #PunchingAboveOurWeight…

Lord Browne’s Twitter Cock-Up

BROWNE HEADERCross bench peer and former BP chief executive Lord John Browne may be an engineering whizz, but he seems to be having trouble understanding that Twitter favourites are not kept private.

A whopping 57% of the tweets Lord Browne has favourited since he joined Twitter two years ago have been pornographic in nature. Whoopsie!!

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In the minutes after Guido approached Lord Browne for comment, the pictures were mysteriously deleted.

Drill, baby, drill!

UPDATE:

Lord Browne’s people have got in touch with the old “I was hacked” defence.

“The account is run by Lord Browne and his office. It was brought to our attention a week or two ago that it had been hacked, after which a pornographic tweet was deleted and the password was changed.”

We report, you decide…

UPDATE II:

Techno has asked Lord Browne whether he has reported the hacking of his Twitter account to the police. We await a reply.

MPs Bow to Pay Rise Twitter Pressure

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The ever-tenacious FleetStreetFox has done her bit to raise thousands for charity by encouraging the Twittershere to publicly embarrass MPs into passing on their 10% pay rise:

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Plenty of normally chatty MPs are remaining mysteriously quiet…

Pranksters $31 Billion Twitter Stunt

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Twitter’s share price spiked 5.8% this afternoon following rumours that the social media company had received an offer to be bought out for $31 billion.

Shares crashed back down within minutes once traders realised they had been duped by a website called Bloomberg.market that had been made to look exactly like Bloomberg.com.

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Smartest men in the room…

UPDATE:

Twitter Brain: Mensch Analysed

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Guido has heard it said many times that Louise Mensch needs analysis and today we have analysed her Twitter account. Currently she is tweeting pretty incessantly about Tim Hunt, the professor hounded out of public life for making a few humorous remarks about women in science. The twitterati’s feminazi wing took exception and the Nobel prize winning scientist was ruined. Louise has documented the case for the defence in detail on her own website

Anyone who follows Louise will know that she is tweeting about it a lot. By “a lot” Guido means continuously. Incessantly. Relentlessly. Non-stop. Around the clock. On average currently Louise is tweeting 280 times a day, about once every 5 minutes, 24 hours a day…

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In comparison Guido tweeted 33 times a day on average in June, well when we say “Guido” we mean one of the 4 Guido staff writers and of course about a third of those tweets are automated. Here is the analysis of @LouiseMensch for last month:

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Let’s hope Professor Hunt is grateful for her campaign on his behalf. Louise – consider this an intervention – put the iPhone down…

Sweet FA: England Football Outrage Bus Special

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The England football social media account has tried to tweet something nice, if a little clumsily worded, about the women’s national team…

… And Twitter have reached for their pitchforks:

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Brat Pack Slap Back: Owned Jones v Rob Lowe

So, About Last Night

Rob Lowe, undoubtedly the finest actor of this or indeed any other generation, met Youngblood Owen Jones:

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Broad Early Support For Corbyn

Last month Guido speculated that Labour’s enemies might ‘do a Balotelli’ and take up Harriet Harman’s offer to engage in the party’s leadership race.

Jeremy Corbyn is certainly enjoying some broad early support…

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Government Approves Twitter Analysis Snake Oil

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The government is poised to waste taxpayers money following the Cabinet Office’s approval of an “automated sentiment analysis” service that promises to help government departments find out what people are talking about online. Precise Media Monitoring claims to use […]

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