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How Paul Ryan’s VP News Spread Like Wildfire on Twitter [INFOGRAPHIC] (Mashable)
It didn’t take long for the news of Mitt Romney’s vice presidential pick to spread on Twitter, especially because that’s where the buzz originally started. Online chatter started to heat up at 11:06 p.m. ET on Friday when Romney’s communication director Gail Gitcho sent a tweet that Romney would announce his VP pick the next day. Adweek While many in the media delved into Wikipedia for clues as to Romney’s running mate, a cursory Twitter search shows that newly announced vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan’s Twitter handle (@PaulRyanVP) was created only a few days ago — Aug. 2, to be exact. Interestingly enough, using the same “FirstLastVP” nomenclature, accounts for “TimPawlentyVP” and “MarcoRubioVP” were also made on the same day (Aug. 2). USA Today Whatever else Ryan may do for the GOP ticket, he had an immediate impact on Twitter, generating a more positive tweet stream about Mitt Romney than President Barack Obama for the first time since July, according to the Twitter Political Index. Saturday, Romney’s Twitter Political Index score jumped 25 points, to 39. Obama’s score rose a bit, to 32. Politico During his 16-minute rollout speech in Norfolk, Va., on Saturday, Ryan’s Facebook page — which already boasted more than 100,000 fans, added 6,000 more. By contrast, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has just 31,000 fans. ABC News At 7:08 a.m. ET Saturday, the Mitt Romney “VP app” officially alerted the country of Romney’s pick for vice president, Ryan. However, the highly anticipated announcement really began through a different new media venture on Friday night — Twitter.
Which Olympic Athletes Take the Gold on Twitter? [STUDY] (AllTwitter)
The Olympics has done more than just send some budding athletes into new sports super-stardom – it’s actually made some of them Twitter celebrities. OK, while it might not be as impressive to win a few hundred Twitter followers as it is to win a gold medal, it’s still interesting to see just how much social exposure the Games gives to its athletes. The Next Web As the London Olympics came to a close, over 150 million tweets have been sent about the games. Usain Bolt was the most talked about Olympian, but the UK’s own Spice Girls set a new Olympic record of their own by inspiring 116,000 tweets per minute during the London 2012 closing ceremony. Twitter Blog The biggest tweeting moments that came during the heat of competition (not at a medal-winning conclusion) included Kobe Bryant’s dunk toward the end of the U.S.-Spain basketball game and Hope Solo’s (@HopeSolo) land-diving save in the women’s U.S.-Japan soccer match.
Facebook Accused of Deceiving Developers Over Security (The Guardian)
Facebook has been accused of deceiving developers after it emerged that the social networking site did nothing to verify the security of applications it was paid tens of thousands of dollars to review, and which it assured users had been checked. It is believed Facebook was paid up to $95,000 by developers whose applications were entered into its verified apps scheme.
New Social Utility App.net Blasts Through $500K Funding Goal (VentureBeat)
The new social utility that serial entrepreneur Dalton Caldwell started in response to being, in his words, screwed by Facebook, is live. App.net, which Caldwell ran a Kickstarter-ish campaign to fund, blew through its $500,000 goal and currently sits at $595,150.
FTC: Privacy Settlement With Facebook Finalized (AllFacebook)
The privacy settlement between Facebook and the Federal Trade Commission, announced in late November of last year, is now finalized, as the period of public comment has expired. The Wall Street Journal reported the FTC announcement that the settlement was finalized, noting that Facebook escaped financial penalties, unlike Google, which agreed to pay $22.5 million earlier this week to settle the agency’s charge that it bypassed the privacy settings of millions of users of Apple devices.
Google Denies Antipiracy Measure Skips YouTube (CNET)
Google denies that its new copyright-policing policy won’t affect Google-owned YouTube as it does other Web sites, despite the fact that YouTube has been known to play host to illegally posted copyrighted material. The new policy knocks sites down in search results if Google receives a lot of “valid copyright removal notices” involving content on those sites.
OMG, LOL: BuzzFeed Takes its Talents to Radio, Announces New SiriusXM Show (The Next Web)
BuzzFeed has announced the launch of a new weekly radio show on SiriusXM. The show will be co-hosted by BuzzFeed editors Whitney Jefferson and Jack Moore, and we can expect to hear the behind-the-scenes stories of everything related to pop culture on the Web.
Gannett May Follow WaPo into Social Ads With BLiNQ Media Buy (GigaOM)
It looks like Gannett might be thinking about taking a page from rival Washington Post’s playbook. According to a report at TechCrunch, the media giant behind USA Today, CareerBuilder and other properties, plans to buy social-media marketing company BLiNQ Media for up to $92 million.
Spotify Radio for Desktop Gets Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down Rating and Mobile Station Syncing (The Verge)
Music streaming app Spotify has introduced a rating feature for the desktop version of its Radio service, allowing users to respond to its automatic selections with either a “thumbs up” or a “thumbs down,” influencing future choices. The feature was already available in Spotify’s mobile apps for iOS and Android and had received a positive response from users.