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Woman Fired After Obama Facebook Post: ‘I’m Not Racist’ (Los Angeles Times)
A California woman fired from her job at Coldstone Creamery after using a racial slur to describe President Barack Obama on Facebook and writing “maybe he will get assassinated” said she is not a racist. “I’m not racist and I’m not crazy. just simply stating my opinion.!!!” Denise Helms wrote on Facebook. NBCNews.com Helms, 22, posted the Facebook statement on Tuesday night after Obama won re-election to a second term. The post referred to the president using the N word. The Modesto Bee Her story quickly went viral, spreading across the Internet, being reported everywhere from The Huffington Post to the Daily Mail in the United Kingdom. Even celebrities such as actress Rosie Perez and Horatio Sanz from “Saturday Night Live” weighed in on Twitter. CNET Helms, when interviewed by Fox 40, seemed largely less than repentant about her Facebook post. She happily explained the nuances behind her thoughts: “The assassination part is kind of harsh. I’m not saying, like, I would go do that or anything like that, by any means, but if it was to happen, I don’t think I’d care one bit.” New York Daily News Helmes has since deleted her account. The Secret Service told The Modesto Bee it takes every possible threat against the president seriously but would not give details about Helms’ case.
Hootsuite Flub Reveals Users’ Email Addresses to Other Users (CNET)
Social media management company Hootsuite has managed a social faux pas by sending emails to users that included the names and email addresses of other users. The personal information was included in thousands of emails sent Saturday warning users that the free 60-day Hootsuite Pro trial was about to expire. The Next Web Hootsuite has confirmed the issue and tells The Next Web that it was caused by the company’s “integration of Seesmic accounts with [its] existing HootSuite user accounts.” In a statement, CEO Ryan Holmes asked message recipients to delete the messages. The Verge Holmes has offered customers a product credit. HootSuite acquired competitor Seesmic in September in an effort to boost its enterprise user base, part of the rush for the corporate market precipitated by Twitter’s controversial API changes, first proposed back in June.
YouTube Starts Renewing Some, but Not All, of its Programming Deals (AllThingsD)
YouTube has helped fund about 160 “channels” as part of a new strategy to make the video site more TV-like. And just like the TV world, YouTube isn’t going to renew all of last season’s programs. AdAge In the first round, YouTube took a scattershot approach, funding a wide variety of producers and concepts that seemed to have promise as well as a lot of mainstream celebrities. A year later, YouTube has a better feel for what worked, namely programming that appeals to a young demographic in genres like humor, music, cars and sports.
Facebook Teams Up with ChildLine to Suppress Intimidation and Abuse with New ‘Step Up: Stop Bullying’ Campaign (The Next Web)
Cognizant of its status as the first tool since the telephone and email to bind a billion people together, Facebook is getting into the anti-bullying game. Teaming with ChildLine, the company is taking part in the “Step Up: Stop Bullying” campaign, encouraging people to interact with a special application on its platform.
Google Access Restored in China, Says Report (CNET)
Google, Gmail and other Google services seem to be accessible again in China on Saturday morning, according to a report, after an outage that coincided with the start of the once-a-decade meeting to appoint a new Communist government. Access to the services returned after 6 a.m. local time, after an approximately 12-hour outage, according to IDC News Service, which cited Google’s Transparency Report, along with confirmation from GreatFire.org, a group that monitors Internet censorship in China.
Crowdfunding for Sandy: Donations Top $200K on Indiegogo (VentureBeat)
Crowdfunding platform Indiegogo has brought in more than $200,000 in donations to help victims of superstorm Sandy. Currently, 107 Sandy disaster relief campaigns are taking donations.
FedEx Delivers Ship to Friends Facebook App (AllFacebook)
Facebook users can now send FedEx packages without ever leaving the social network following the launch of the Ship to Friends Facebook application. FedEx said Ship to Friends also provides a drop-down menu of Facebook friends and allows users to post messages on their friends’ timelines alerting them that a package has been shipped.
Romney Rapidly Losing Friends on Facebook (The Daily Dot)
Real friends stick with you through good times and bad. By that measure, many of Mitt Romney’s Facebook friends weren’t real friends at all: In the three days after Romney conceded the presidential election to Barack Obama, more than 50,000 users have unliked his page.
Twitter Users Often Retweet Without Reading or Clicking Links, Study Reveals [Infographic] (AllTwitter)
If you’ve been on Twitter long enough and use the social platform to share content from your blog or website, and have built a certain level of authority and expertise, after a while you’ll begin to notice automated sharing and retweets of your stuff, often from the same sources. This can be great for traffic and awareness, but it’s a pretty hollow stamp of approval, as your content has obviously been passed on blind.