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Twitter kills sites that showed politicians’ deleted tweets

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Earlier this year, Twitter quietly shut down Politwoops, the website created by The Sunlight Foundation that archived deleted tweets from U.S. politicians. Citing “the expectation of user privacy,” the social media service cut off its access to Twitter’s API, essentially rendering Politwoops useless. The Washington Post’s Philip Bump was among the many who mourned the passing of the service, calling Twitter’s move a “terrible decision.”

Today, multiple outlets reported that Twitter has taken another step against Politwoops, cutting off API access to an additional 30 international sites that archived deleted tweets from politicians worldwide. According to The Verge, Twitter reached the decision after “thoughtful internal deliberation and close consideration of a number of factors.” The Open State Foundation, which supervises the websites, emphasized that Politwoops is used by journalists worldwide and stressed that tweets from politicians should be public record. Read more

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Journalists offer tips on enduring — and learning from —  storms of Twitter rage

Sooner or later, if they’re doing their jobs right, most journalists write something that makes somebody very, very angry.

That’s what happened Tuesday, when Tinder, like a jilted lover, tweeted out a social media screed in response to Nancy Jo Sales’ new article for Vanity Fair, a searing indictment of hookup culture. Tinder’s rant careened wildly from smug to outraged to self-righteous. If you glanced away from the Internet for a few minutes, here’s a sampling of some of the more piquant tweets:

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Fake Bloomberg story has Twitter mulling $31 billion takeover offer, hikes share price

It was total baloney, even if somebody probably made money off the baloney.

There was an Internet kerfuffle Tuesday with what purported to be a Bloomberg News story about Twitter mulling a big purchase offer.

It looked like a Bloomberg tale (though some cognoscenti did instantly discern some stylistic mistakes) but quickly inspired a formal, real Bloomberg tweet that it was a fake.

The response came from Bloomberg spokesman Ty Trippet and didn’t need 140 characters:

But the piece flew about the Internet and briefly caused a spike in Twitter shares. So somebody presumably made some money — perhaps even a lot — off the fabrication. Read more

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Eric Zuckerman named news partnerships manager at Twitter

Eric Zuckerman, formerly director of video and broadcast sites at NBC News, has joined Twitter as the social media service’s partnerships manager for broadcast news, he announced Monday.

At Twitter, Zuckerman joins Niketa Patel, who was recently hired from Women in the World to manage news partnerships for the social media organization. Together, they fill a void left by Mark Luckie, who left his job as manager of journalism and news at Twitter in May.

Both hires come as Twitter is raising its editorial ambitions. In June, the social media service previewed Project Lightning, a tool that will showcase curated news feeds in real-time. Those feeds will be culled by a team of individuals with “newsroom experience,” according to BuzzFeed. Read more

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Does the rise of ephemeral content spell the death of archives?

archiveAs news sites negotiate with Facebook to publish material directly on the platform, Facebook’s role in determining what news to surface, what news to censor, and how original content published on the platform is archived should be examined more closely.

Trevor Timm tackled the first two points nicely in a Columbia Journalism Review editorial. I’m equally concerned about the last point — about archiving original content published on the Facebook platform — particularly after I asked folks how AOL archived original content by news organizations back when they did it and was told that in some cases, it just didn’t happen.

It would be short-sighted and foolish for publishers to ignore third-party distribution platforms, both for revenue reasons and the much-needed audiences they provide. But publishers must also think about workflows for archiving their original content published on these platforms – ranging from captions on brand pages and Instant Articles on Facebook to ephemeral Snaps posted on Snapchat — for the benefit of future audiences, journalists, and historians. Read more

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Report: Journalists are largest, most active verified group on Twitter

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Journalists make up the largest category of Twitter’s verified users, according to a report from Triggertrap CEO Haje Jan Kamps published on Medium Monday.

The report, which is based on a sample of 15,000 verified Twitter accounts, shows that journalists make up nearly a quarter (24.6 percent) of the service’s authenticated users. The next-largest category is sports teams and athletes (17.9 percent) followed by actors and entertainers (13.6 percent).

Although journalists make up a significant proportion of the Twitter’s verified userbase, they have relatively few followers (140,000 on average) compared to their higher-profile counterparts in music (more than 1.2 million on average)
and acting (more than 400,000 on average).

The report also says journalists and news organizations are the most active group on Twitter, a claim it supports with two metrics: follower ratios and number of tweets. Read more

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White House reporters stampede to follow @POTUS

White House reporters, who get frustrated tracking the physical presence of President Barack Obama, were rushing Monday to follow him on his newly announced Twitter account.

The White House communications army is trying every way to get out Obama’s views to new audiences. And while Twitter is far from new, it’s a de facto wire service for many in the media. @POTUS will now be part of their information gathering arsenal, but reporters also potentially serve as a marketing arm for the White House by retweeting him.

The White House’s official Twitter account heralded Obama’s Twitter debut earlier today.

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ESPN asks Adam Schefter to take a Twitter holiday during the NFL draft

AdamSchefter-TwitterAdam Schefter’s lifeline is Twitter. And it is quite a lifeline.

The NFL reporter for ESPN has 3.73 million Twitter followers. They receive NFL tweets from Schefter early and often on most days.

Twitter is a big reason why Schefter carries two cell phones with him.

“There are a lot of times when I’m getting news from someone on one phone and typing [in the tweet] on the other phone,” Schefter said. “Multi-tasking.”

Yet on one of the biggest nights of the year for breaking news in the NFL, the first-round of the draft Thursday, Schefter will tell his 3.73 million followers that he will be going dark on Twitter. They won’t be getting any tweets from him about all the various machinations taking place in draft war rooms around the NFL. Read more

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‘Investigative reporting is obviously alive and well’ and other observations from first-time Pulitzer jurors

Pulitzer Medals. (Photo from Columbia University)

Pulitzer Medals. (Photo from Columbia University)

This year, several first-time Pulitzer Prize jurors came from online news organizations and platforms, including Quartz, Twitter, Trove, The Marshall Project and The Texas Tribune. I spoke with three of them about their experiences judging the Pulitzers. They can’t talk in specifics about entries, but they did talk about what the Pulitzers say about journalism, the role of social media and what they’d like to see next.

1. On what makes for powerful work and where that work is coming from:

“I think the winners this year validate the fact that important, game-changing journalism is being produced regardless of the medium, and that newspapers — even those facing dwindling resources — are continuing to emphasize the most important kind of reporting, work that exposes injustice,” said Emily Ramshaw, editor of The Texas Tribune. Read more

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Twitter launches ‘Curator,’ its answer to Storify

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On Tuesday, just days after introducing its Meerkat rival Periscope, Twitter rolled out its potential rival to Storify: Curator, a new product designed to enable media publishers and eventually lay users to search the flood of tweets and vines in the Twitterverse, filter them by content or author, curate them, and package them into a coherent storyline.

With Curator, media organizations can now create more complex hashtag and keyword search queries, filter the search results by location or the high number of followers, and assemble them into collections of tweets and vines that most directly pertain to a breaking news event, high-profile press conference, or an ongoing March Madness game. As Twitter spokesperson Matt Dennebaum wrote on the company’s media blog:

Curator was built to allow media publishers to search, filter and curate Twitter content that can then be displayed on web, mobile and TV.

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