How does Silicon Valley laugh off Hollywood’s upcoming film on Facebook? With mock trailers for fake movies only slightly less factual than “The Social Network.”
The video opens with such epic tweets as “my hair is sad today” and “my computer is being a fart butt right now.” Then it traces the origins of Twitter: “I need to make a way to blog that is as random and incoherent as writing on a bathroom wall.” Then all hilarity breaks loose. (After watching the clip, Stone tweeted: “HASHTAGS!”)
Protests the earnest, mop-haired actor who plays Williams: “If Twitter was as useless and dull as they say, then someone would have tweeted it.”
To place a bow on today’s fake Hulk Hogan Twitter tale, the person originally claiming to be Hogan is now claiming to be a disgruntled TNA wrestler.
TNA president Dixie Carter acknowledged the tale this afternoon after Eric Bischoff shot down the claims that Hogan and Bischoff are leaving TNA. “Recent Twitter of Hulk Hogan
leaving TNA is bogus. To what extreme people will go,” Carter said on Twitter.
The person who impersonated Hogan on Twitter will have people believing he could be a TNA wrestler, as the person has made several points critical of TNA management that reflects the mood in some circles of the TNA locker room.
We reported over the weekend that 10-15 wrestlers were considering their options of staying with TNA, feeling out the rumored Wilpon Family promotion, or pursuing WWE options. The person claiming to be a TNA wrestler acknowledged the rumored promotion and claimed some wrestlers are considering leaving TNA if management doesn’t “admit to mistakes.”
Even if the person turns out to be just a fan impersonating a TNA wrestler after impersonating Hogan, the person will have people in TNA trying to track down where the Tweets are coming from based on the comments being made today.
Caldwell’s Analysis: Quite the bizarre tale today. I’m leaning toward doubting that a TNA wrestler would go to these lengths to get a so-called message out, but it remains to be seen. The whole tale was made even more bizarre by Bubba the Like Sponge and Eric Bischoff linking to the fake Hogan account before this went down.
Car insurance companies are targeting social networking sites, particularly Twitter, in order to catch out fraudsters who are causing the cost of insurance premiums to rise at their fastest rate ever, according to the AA British Insurance Premium Index.
Apparently, insurers have been taking advantage of the rise of ‘tweeting’, using Twitter, but also Facebook and MySpace to investigate certain claims and find evidence. The news comes just as it has been announced that car insurance quotes : are showing the highest increase in years, since the Motoring Organisation started tracking trends of quarterly insurance premiums 16 years ago.
Over the last few months, the average cost of a comprehensive car insurance policy has increased to just over GBP 700, which is a rise of 11.5%. This is the average of the cheapest 3 policies for each customer, a measure which the AA refer to as the ‘Shoparound’ index. The fact that this is largely due to fraudulent claims is frustrating for the majority of drivers who treat the claim process properly and responsibly.
Andrew Goulborn, Commercial Director for motor insurance comparison site, Tiger.co.uk commented: ‘It is estimated that fraudulent claims like these are costing policyholders throughout the country an average of just over GBP 40 a year on their car insurance quotes : . Another reason why it is really vital for people to shop around for the best deal on their car insurance’.
The recent recession is thought to be a huge factor in the steep increase in insurance costs, as many unscrupulous individuals have contributed to the amount of fraudulent claims placed.
Twitter, but, is helping to expose the cheats who are abusing the system, as there is more constant streaming of shared information with people posting multiple messages all day long sometimes.
Richard Davies, a board member of the Insurance Fraud Bureau has claimed that the information on sites such as Twitter was very useful to insurance companies, as it could be used as evidence because it was publicly available on the internet. Many industry insiders who agree with him also add that the responsibility of the content falls to the social networking sites, as they are the ones in control of the privacy settings.
There are a couple of different types of fraudulent claims, which fall into categories of people who embellish the details of real claims for a larger payout and organised who make crashes, causing innocent people to be involved in accidents so that they can claim from them.
There are a number of law firms who have already reported successful investigative work using Twitter to ‘out’ fake claimants and are hopeful that it will continue to be a excellent way of ensuring claims are legitimate. Using ‘tweets’ as evidence in revealing fraudulent claims has already saved some firms thousands of pounds.
SQL Server Club today launched a special promotion to celebrate reaching their target of 1,000 followers on social networking site Twitter.
Funded by SQL Server tools provider Norb Technologies, SQL Server Club is a free community site devoted to helping database developers and administrators grow their knowledge about Microsoft SQL Server.
in January 2007 we have steadily grown into a popular knowledge base for SQL Server.” said web site Editor Rachel Clements.
“We are delighted by the continuous growth in our popularity, demonstrating that we provide a useful service to the community. Our editorial team comprises of experienced database administrators whose expertise makes our Twitter postings both timely and relevant.”
To say thanks to their followers who support SQL Server Club, Norb Technologies are offering a 25 percent discount on their tools for the next 1,000 hours until 20 November 2009. To receive this benefit, SQL Server Club followers can visit the Norb Technologies online store at www.norbtechnologies.com and enter the coupon code Twitter1000 when they make their purchase.
I’m sure you’ve already asked yourself this question: “What can I do with the hundreds, even thousands, of links to sites, videos, photos, my followed tweeps are sharing every day?” Too much content here, requiring too much time to go through… But, obviously, this content may be of interest. You are following these tweeps for good reasons, aren’t you?
So the big question is how could one easily browse this immense list and quickly discover, among this massive flow of data shared by my followed people, the articles, blogs, sites, videos, I want to spend time on? This is exactly what the new (free) tool Paper.li is about.
Paper.li transforms any twitter timeline into a daily online newspaper. It presents the content shared by the people you follow, in a smart and easy to scan way.
How does it work? This new tool analyzes all links shared by your friends during a given day, determines topics (politics, science, technology, etc.) using semantic text analysis tools, extracts the content (text, video, images, pdf) and rank them for probable pertinence. With all of that info the tool is then able to create a newspaper front page, enabling you to scan this content – contextualized by tweets, always displayed nearby articles – in a very way. If such quick scanning is not enough, you are also able to access a table view of all content shared in the last 24 hours by the tweeps you follow. Once created, this “newspaper” is automatically updated every 24 hours.
It is a very simple tool, a way to get what people you follow (and respect) are sharing, even if you are not connected to Twitter the entire day.
Anyone can send text on Twitter. As for now Twitter supports posting Tweets and accepts texts from many places around the world, as long as your mobile phone support internet and connected. Once your phone is verified, you can start sending updates instantly. You can update anywhere, anytime by simply sending us a text if you add your phone to Twitter. Depending on where you are, you may have a local number. You can send a text message to any of these numbers and it will post directly to your Twitter profile, and be sent to all of your followers. It’s incredible for us now to know what happen around us, discussing a trending topics even gossiping .What a fine technology.
To make an account on Twitter is simple and quick. You can sign up for a Twitter account from your computer, smart phones or your mobile phone, make sure your carrier must a web – enable. To set up your new Twitter account direct your device’s browser to mobile.twitter.com. Click “Sign up now” at the bottom of the page to get started. Enter the details of your account. Type in your real name, a user name, your e-mail address, and your password. When you’re done, click the “Make my account”. You’ve successfully made a Twitter account. Congratulations ! Now you can see your e-mail contacts are on Twitter. Start search and invite for friends.
Twitter sends a confirmation message to your e-mail and you need to confirm your e-mail. E-mail confirmation is an vital security check that helps prevent other people from signing up for a Twitter account using your email address. It should only take a few seconds. Confirm your email address, otherwise you won’t receive any email updates from Twitter .They will limited your access to certain other features on Twitter until you have confirmed. Now you can log in using either your email address or the username you made, and your password. Then you’ll be well on your way to mobile tweeting.
Social media like Twitter will soon venture where no tweet has gone before: underwater. On August 22, Expedition Titanic will dive to depths up to two and a half miles to revisit the wreck of the Titanic. Accompanying the archaeologists, scientists, and oceanographers, social media tools will enable the public to join in as well.
RMS Titanic, Inc., the company behind this mission, resulted from collaboration between Premier Exhibitions, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, and the Waitt Institute.
Christopher J. Davino, President of RMS Titanic, Inc., clarifies that the Expedition:
“will be using some of the most advanced technology available to make a portrait of the Ship unlike any that has been made before – virtually raising Titanic and sealing her current state forever in the minds and hears of humanity.”
More than just supporting further scientific exploration, Expedition Titanic aims to use modern technology to commemorate the legacy of the ship. Throughout the mission, the team will record the entire wreck site through a complete photomosaic and 2D and 3D video. The project aims to compile this expedition with information from past visits to the Titanic in order to develop an extensive record of the ship today.
From home, viewers will be able to experience the site as well. After traveling to the sea depths through a 3D-animated film, visitors will be able to explore the wreck site through near real time images and video, an interactive archeological map, as well as read updated messages from the divers themselves.
Once the mission sets out on its quest, updates will be recorded through a variety of social media tools. Flickr and YouTube will also allow the explorers to share photos and videos online.
With all the social media and digital technology components, Expedition Titanic represents a truly monumental approach to preserving archeological wonders of the world. The expanse of the project only proves the incredible capability of technology to record, remember, and immortalize monuments of today.