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Mitt Romney’s Amercia: No Laughing Matter (U.S. News & World Report)
Mitt Romney should have been doing a victory lap the day after clinching the Republican presidential nomination. But when Americans woke up Wednesday morning to a new Romney mobile app that misspelled “America” as “Amercia,” memes proliferated. The Hill With the hashtag #Amercia still trending late on Wednesday morning, users searching for the word on Twitter were also seeing a promoted tweet from the GOP nominee’s official Twitter account. Twitter’s promoted-tweets tool allows users to pay to promote individual tweets, anchoring them at the top of search results for specific keywords. MSNBC.com It didn’t take the Romney campaign staff long to send “Version 1.0.1” of the app — which is described as having some “bug fixes” — to Apple, but the damage was already done. Twitter users went nuts, a new Tumblr blog was created, and plenty of media ridicule followed. The Daily Beast The Telegraph may have drily won the Internet with its memorable dek: “White House hopeful Mitt Romney has meticulously spelt out his vision for a better America while on the campaign trail this year. But his new mobile app did not feature the same levels of preparation.” Here are five other cringe-inducing political typos and misnomers of the recent past. USA Today As the Scripps National Spelling Bee wraps up today near Washington, we’re once again confronted with the annual question: In a world of spell check and r u there texting, does spelling even matter anymore?
Larry Ellison Loved Facebook (Business Insider)
Oracle CEO Larry Ellison used to be obsessed with Facebook, he said while on stage at the AllThingsD’s D10 conference. He’s finally over it … hasn’t used it for a while. “For three months I was obsessed and on it all time,” he said. “I’m OK now. I’m no longer spending my entire life on Facebook. I told Mark Zuckerberg I thought it was a world-changing technology.” The Seattle Times On June 6, Oracle will announce general availability of the “Oracle cloud” with applications including full ERP and CRM suites. Ellison said that’s probably the day he’ll send his first tweet. VentureBeat Ellison has been a self-proclaimed “cloud-hater,” mostly because up until October 2011 Oracle’s primary business has been based on powerful hardware and software solutions. At the conference, he warmed up to the term during an interview with Kara Swisher.
Goodbye Google Places, Hello Google+ Local (SocialTimes)
Google has replaced Google Places with its new Google+ Local, a service that offers you reviews and impressions of local places from your friends and others. The new feature is available as a tab on the left side of Google+, and immediately throws you into a list of places close to your current location and their reviews.
Instagrammers in Demand by Major Brands (Adweek)
Instagrammers are the new brand influencers. In the wake of Facebook’s purchase of the popular photo platform for a cool $1 billion, a growing number of marketers have been trading perks — cash, trips, swag — to a coterie of widely followed smartphone photographers in exchange for snapshots broadcasting products or events.
Judge Allows Live-Tweeting, Live-Blogging During Jerry Sandusky Trial (The Poynter Institute)
Reporters will be allowed to live-tweet and live-blog during the trial of former Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky on sexual abuse charges, according to a court order issued Wednesday. But they can’t broadcast testimony “verbatim.”
Sex Offenders Fight State Courts on Social Network Ban (AP)
Registered sex offenders who have been banned from social networking websites are fighting back in the nation’s courts, successfully challenging many of the restrictions as infringements on free speech and their right to participate in common online discussions. The legal battles pit public outrage over sex crimes against cherished guarantees of individual freedom and the far-reaching communication changes brought by Facebook, LinkedIn and dozens of other sites.
Social Media Day is June 30. How Will You Celebrate? (Mashable)
Social Media Day is one month away. On Saturday, June 30, digital enthusiasts will hold meetups across the globe to celebrate the one thing that unites us and keeps us in constant contact: social media. Whether you’re an obsessed Instagram photographer, an endless Pinterest pinner or a 10-times-an-hour tweeter, Social Media Day is a time to recognize the digital revolution that has changed how we live.
2012 AP Stylebook Expands Social Media Section (AP)
The Associated Press Wednesday released the 2012 print edition of The Associated Press Stylebook, with new chapters on fashion and broadcast terms, along with a greatly expanded social media section. The social media chapter includes up-to-date terminology and practical advice on how to use social media tools for reporting. It was shaped by several AP journalists around the globe who are proven leaders at using social media to aid in newsgathering.
Pepsi is Giving Away Music on Twitter (AllTwitter)
According to Twitter’s Advertising Blog, the @pepsi account will tweet free music download codes to followers so “they can discover more music through Amazon.com’s MP3 Store.” The campaign started Wednesday and will continue every week.