You will be responsible for devising and executing the strategies that make Twitter indispensable to newsrooms and journalists, as well as an essential part of the operations and strategy of news organizations and TV news networks. You should have a strong vision for the broad potential of Twitter and news, while also being able to rigorously manage and scale the news team’s daily impact.
On Twitter, RNC was Obama’s convention.
President Obama’s response to Clint Eastwood’s speech to an empty chair was the most re-tweeted tweet of the Republican convention, according to a Twitter spokesperson.
So Pres. Obama won the Republican National Convention. Next week, the Democratic National Convention. Wonder who’ll win that one?
Hacker cracks Sen. Grassley’s Twitter, corrects his grammar.
Someone had to do it.
Stories to Watch: 10/4/11
It’s cool enough now that I feel I can use the oven more, so I’m back to baking sourdough bread. I still don’t have it done as much as I do pitas and pancakes, though. I’ve been using a bread machine to knead it (you can’t bake it in there, though) and I’m thinking it doesn’t work the gluten well enough. The next time I try, I’ll do a windowpane test and, if it needs more work, do additional kneading myself. If not, then it’s back to the drawing board. Now here’s the news…
Ezra Klein has a great post up about Occupy Wall Street and the 99-percenters. TLDR; the movement matters and this blog helped convince him of that. “They’re small stories of people who played by the rules, did what they were told, and now have nothing to show for it,” he writes. “Or, worse, they have tens of thousands in debt to show for it.” Follow it, repost the photos if you’re on Tumblr, share them on Facebook, Twitter, Google+. etc. — just get them out there.
If you want a good place to check for Occupy Wall Street news, Greg Mitchell would be a fine choice.
The protests have the corporate world worried. Rightwing media begins its attack, while at least one suit wonders, “Is this going to turn into a personal safety problem?”
Is it over for The Simpsons?
Now that Christie’s out, the right is back to searching for a viable candidate. Fortunately for dems, they’re doing it wrong.
A GOP Rep. really puts Grover Norquist through the ringer.
Finally, a definition of tone-freakin’-deaf: while people mob Wall Street protesting — among other things — unfair banking practices, the Obama administration sides with debt collectors.
Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, a Missouri Democrat and chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, protesting the tentative debt deal. In subsequent messages sent out on Twitter, Cleaver said that the deal was “antithetical to everything the great religions of the world teach” and that “Democrats got nothing in this deal.”
Only problem with this analogy: “sugar-coated satan sandwiches” are delicious.
See, this is what aides are for. You tell them what you want to say, then instruct them to come up with a less tortured metaphor.
Force Fed: The Twitter spokesperson and the new media diet.
Lindsay Lohan is not generally known for her views on economic policy. But something came over her on Monday night. “Have you guys seen food and gas prices lately?” she tweeted. “U.S. $ will soon be worthless if the Fed keeps printing money!” For context, a link directed Lohan’s followers to the site of the National Inflation Association, a group dedicated to “preparing Americans for hyperinflation.”
It is, needless to say, an unconventional position on monetary policy for a Hollywood starlet—or anyone else. Yes, food and gas prices are up, but core inflation has been consistently under the Federal Reserve’s target, despite trillions of dollars of quantitative and qualitative easing and record-low interest rates. But it was a view she was paid to tweet. (A little #ad hash tag tipped readers off, and the organization confirms it paid her.) The National Inflation Association was looking for some good-old, low-brow, high-buzz publicity for its campaign against current monetary policy. And maybe a few people who clicked over from Lohan’s tweet would also look into a few of the penny stocks it was hawking, too.
And check out how many people are retweeting it.
Strange daze, indeed.
And, to make matters worse, it’s complete horseshit. The Fed isn’t just printing money — that would be a lunatic thing to do, which is why it’s put that way. It’s a bond issue, secured by debt.
You may not like that and you’re welcome to suggest a different policy, but saying that the Fed is just putting out worthless notes is a plain lie.
Bookmark this page. Do it now. Go to your bookmarks manager or right-click the bookmark and choose “edit.” Change the title of the bookmark to “Twitter Bookmarklet” and paste the following in the URL:
That ought to do it. That’ll give you a bookmarklet that opens your twitter feed in a small popup window.