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:

In a marked admission of defeat, Owned Jones tried to shade it back with a lame “haha”.

Looks like he got burned by St. Elmo’s Fire

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 “advanced text analytics” to quickly get “an idea of sentiment towards a subject“.

As Guido has pointed out before, current sentiment analysis software simply isn’t up to the job and anyone claiming they can provide it is a social media BS artist.  Any department who pays Precise Media Monitoring instead of using Tweetdeck (free) should prepare themselves for some rather negative sentiment…

BBC Press Office Wastes No Time Attacking New Culture Secretary

This retweet from the taxpayer-funded spin arm of the BBC won’t help them:

Swiftly deleted…

Digital Penny Drops

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There were few undecideds on Twitter. It is an echo-chamber…

Twitter Bitch Fight of the Week: Caitlin Moran v News UK

Times columnist Caitlin Moran is both a #Milifan and a Russell Brand fan. She tweeted gleefully earlier about The Sun:

Caitlin hastily revised her opinion…

… and blamed it all on her daytime drinking…

Our Favourite #JeSuisEd Selfie Tweets

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On the Twitter today Labour supporters think they are hitting back at the Sun’s front page featuring Ed Miliband unsuccessfully eating a bacon sandwich. In an act of solidarity Ed supporters are tweeting out selfies of themselves awkwardly swallowing food. Labour are proud that they are winning on Twitter, have they really thought this one through?

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Here’s how it could be countered… 

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Or even…

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Or maybe not…

PhD Grade Twattery

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Remember when 80% of tweets were pro-Yes in the AV referendum? How did that work out?

The research team from the University of Warwick and other academic institutions comprises PhD candidates Adam Tsakalidis and Bo Wang, post-doctoral research fellow Arkaitz Zubiaga, PhD candidate Yiwei Zhou and Professors Maria Liakata, Rob Procter and Alexandra I. Cristea. Remember those names. Never give them a job. They are idiots.

Incidentally they’re predicting a late swing to Labour based on an increase in positive tweets about Labour. That only proves that there are more vocal lefties on Twitter.

Twitter Sentiment Analysis Snake Oil

Last night The Sun’s analysis said Labour won the Twitter:

The Press Association found that on Twitter Clegg had proportionately the most positive mentions:

Over at Fleishmann Hillard they found that Twitter was won by Cameron:

So there you have it, three different analyses of the same event on Twitter giving three different results in a three horse race. Based on the above Guido’s sentiment analysis is that Twitter analysis is snake oil, it is not a representative sample, the algorithms the social media snake oil salesmen use are just not up to it. In any event just watching a hashtag gives you a good idea of sentiment on Twitter without paying social media BS artists a fee. If you really think it matters…

International Rescue

Imagine the pain as he typed out that hashtag…[…]

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BBC: Leave Our Broadcasters Alone

In the wake of “vicious abuse” aimed at the BBC’s Scotland correspondent James Cook, the Beeb have taken the extraordinary step of releasing a statement in response:

BBC Scotland today made a robust defence of its journalists in the wake

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Labour Campaign Chief Breaks Social Media Election Law

The parliamentary rules for MPs’ social media use during the election campaign could not be clearer:

“If your website, Twitter account, Facebook page etc. refer to you as an MP (on their pages or in the address or in the

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Craig Oliver v Raheem Kassam Twitter Bitch Fight

Nigel Farage has upset the old parties and the BBC with his comments from last autumn – which are suddenly emerging now – about axing race discrimination laws. And lo, Nige and Dave’s thumb-twiddling tweet doctors are having it out […]

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