Category Archives: Twitter

Apparently all Twitter users can now create polls

Instead of writing your typical tweet, hit the pie chart to enter your questions and answers for your poll.
Instead of writing your typical tweet, hit the pie chart to enter your questions and answers for your poll.

Want to poll your readers on Twitter? You may no longer need to have them hit favorite for one response, or retweet for another.

That’s because Twitter has rolled out a feature that lets at least some users tweet a poll on which other users can click one of the answers.

Twitter said in a blog post dated October 21 all its users can create polls in “the coming days.” More than week later, it appears everyone can do so, as I can with multiple accounts I manage.

The polls are “live for 24 hours,” “you can vote on any poll, and how you voted is not shared publicly,” according to the blog post.

When I tried the feature, Twitter let me write, in both words and emojis, both my own question and two answers.

How it looks after the poll closes.
How it looks after the poll closes.

Twitter account for sports blogs Deadspin, SB Nation suspended

Looks like tweeting a 15-second clip, or in this case a “highlight,” of a professorial sports match-up could get you in copyright trouble.

Sports blog Deadspin, owned by Gawker Media, got its @Deadspin Twitter account suspended after the feed reportedly featured NFL highlights, in the form of GIFs and videos, without permission.

In an article dated yesterday, John Cook, Gawker Media Executive Editor, told Re/code that the “deactivation” was appealed:

“We got 18 takedown notices about 16 tweets. All of the tweets included GIFs, and all of the requests were filed by the NFL,” Cook wrote in an email. “The account was reinstated after we appealed the deactivation. The tweets in question are still up, but Twitter has of its own accord stripped them of the allegedly offending GIFs. All in all, the account was, in Twitter’s words, ‘permanently suspended’ from 5:30 pm to 7:45 pm [EST].”

It’s unclear what “tweets in question” Cook was referring to, but here is one NFL GIF dated as of last Sunday:

Re/code also reported that the account for @SBNationGIF, managed by Vox Media’s SB Nation, was suspended last weekend after “GIFs of college football highlights” were posted on the account.

Vox Media told Re/code:

SB Nation received an email from Twitter notifying us that the @SBNationGIF account had been suspended, due to a DMCA notice Twitter received related to several gifs and vines sent from the @SBNationGIF account, which contained content from college football game broadcasts. The DMCA notice came from XOS Digital, a third party rights organization. We are working with Twitter to resolve the issue and restore the account. All other SB Nation accounts are in good standing. We take copyright infringement issues seriously and always try to keep our use of unlicensed third party footage within the bounds of fair use.

As of Tuesday, the @SBNationGIF account remains suspended.

Disclosure: Re/code noted it is owned by Vox Media

Here is how NowThis used various social media platforms in their Bernie Sanders interview

Many on social media know that all platforms allow different forms of content. NowThis News, which publishes almost all of their content on social media, recently took that to heart.

NowThis, affiliated with NBC, published an interview with Sanders across all their social media networks, with some posts tailored very specifically to the respective platform.

Here are samples of some of the posts:

Instagram:

Twitter:

(For those wondering how they apparently uploaded a video longer that Twitter’s 30-second limit, this might help)

Vine:

Facebook:

Screenshot of NowThis' Facebook video of  Sanders.
Screenshot of NowThis’ Facebook video of Sanders.

(Link to video: https://www.facebook.com/NowThisNews/videos/897613636995428/)

Digiday:

NowThis crowdsourced its questions from social media and focused on topics that are important to its millennial audience, like his affordable college plan and gun control.

The interview was disseminated across five social networks (Facebook, Tumblr, Snapchat, Twitter, Vine and Instagram), garnering more than 15 million total views in 10 days.

Twitter reacts to tweeted apparent medical record

ESPN reporter Adam Schefter, recently ranked one of the most-followed broadcast journalists on Twitter, is facing a sharp backlash after what appears to be an NFL player’s medical record showing up in a tweet under his account.

The apparent record was a document of the New York Giant’s Jason Pierre-Paul getting his finger amputated, reportedly due to a Fourth of July fireworks accident.

The tweet received a flood of negative responses, some of which came from people in and around professional sports.

NFL player James Harrison:

NFL player Chris Long:

NFL Draft Analyst Montel Hardy:

Prodessinal baseball player Drew Storen:

Also on Twitter, “#HIPAA,” which “protects the privacy of individually identifiable health information,” is trending.

But it’s an invasion of privacy issue, not an HIPAA one, says Sports Illustrated Legal Analyst Michael McCann.

McCann also addressed what would happen if the team for which Pierre-Paul plays leaked the info to Schefter.

Here is more of the reaction from the sports world.

[Update – 7/13/2015]

Schefter, on SI.com, explained to SI.com’s Richard Deitsch why he tweeted the picture and how he got it.

Here is his reasoning in what Deitsch said was an emailed interview between him and Schefter:

This was a public figure and franchise player involved in a widely speculated accident with potential criminal behavior in which there was a cone of secrecy that surrounded him for five days that not even his own team could crack. This wasn’t as if some player were admitted to the hospital with a secret illness or disease—we’ve seen those cases over the years, as recently as this past year even. This one was different and unique for a variety of reasons. The extent of his injuries were going to come to light, maybe that day or later that week, but soon. They’re horrific injuries, incredibly unfortunate for the player. But in a day and age in which pictures and videos tell stories and confirm facts, in which sources and their motives are routinely questioned, and in which reporters strive to be as accurate as possible, this was the ultimate supporting proof.

Asked how he got the picture:

All I will say is I never once requested a single image from anyone at any time; the images came to me.

Here is more of the interview with Schefter.

Lakers Nation tweets, deletes potentially controversial anti-Clipper emojis

lakers nation anti clipper emoji cropped

Lakers Nation, a blog that covers the famous NBA team (of which I am fan, full disclosure), misstepped Sunday when taking to Twitter to taunt the Laker-rival Clippers, who were nearing their season-ending loss to the Houston Rockets.

The potentially controversial tweet had an emoji of a sailboat, the Clippers’ former logo, and another emoji of a gun, pointed at the sailboat. The caption read “Shhhhh. Just close your eyes. It will all be over soon.”

The tweet was said to be deleted.

The blog apparently did not learn from a recent, similar snafus.

Late last month, the Rockets were on the verge of eliminating the Dallas Mavricks when the former’s social media person reportedly tweeted a horse emoji, and beside it, a gun emoji, with the same caption.

According to CBS Local, the “social media manager” later lost his job.

Lakers Nation was not the only ones in the journalism world to have the gun emoji pointed at a Clipper-related emoji.

While CBS Local reported the backlash directed at the Rockets Twitter snafus came from “animal activists,” there may be some who feel the anti-Clipper tweets, just by including a gun pointed at something representing the team, promote violence. Therefore a better way to engage followers would have been reporting informative and interesting stats.

City News’ Shauna Hunt’s tweet reportedly gets someone “in connection with” FHRITP behavior fired

One reporter’s tweet recently lead to someone getting apparently fired.

A trend has emerged of various individuals — sometimes the source answering a reporter’s question, other times a passerby — interrupting live broadcasts by saying “F**k her right in the p***y.”

But things got serious when reporter Shauna Hunt took to task a group of onlookers who looked to be defending the prank.

Hunt later tweeted a video of the exchange.

And now, according to CBC, “Ontario’s largest electricity provider, Hydro One, issued a statement saying it has fired one of its employees in connection with the lewd disruption Sunday at a Toronto FC game.”

In a later interview, Hunt talked about the groundswell of support in response to her tweet.

“A lot of other men are speaking out and saying ‘I’m disgusted. On behalf of all men, I apologize for their behavior.’”

She talked more about it in another interview.

How HuffPo LA, which rarely covers sports, live-tweeted an NBA game

Huffington Post L.A., Huffington Post’s section focusing on Los Angeles news, did something unusual Wednesday. The blog, which seems to seldom cover sports, live-tweeted an NBA game between the L.A. Clippers and Portland Trail Blazers.

According to Huffington Post L.A.’s Twitter bio, all of the account’s tweets are by Huffington Post editor Sasha Bronner.

Some of the tweets were edgy, apparently taking a snarky jab at the telecast’s music selection, other times poking fun at Clippers player Glen “Big Baby” Davis.

Here is a taste of what was tweeted:

The snark was toned down with a question to “readers”:

Ultimately, the live-tweeting got some negative responses. Here is one: (Sorry, embedding the other, which had an emoji, did not work)

(I was unfortunately unable to see the game myself, so will try not to go too far when commenting.)

Huffington Post L.A. deserves credit for “trying something new,” but commenting on the music and making “Big Baby” jokes showed an apparent lack of basketball knowledge.

Cartoonists “live-draw” The Oscars for The New Yorker

The New Yorker is known not just for its journalism, but also its cartoons. And for The Oscars Sunday night, cartoonists Liza Donnelly and Bob Eckstein created drawings of the awards show as it progressed.

Here is a taste of the work on Eckstein’s Twitter:

And not only were Donnelly’s drawings posted on her Twitter, but she apparently satisfied tweeted requests on what to draw:

The “live-draw[ing]” approach is no cake walk. Leading up to the big night, Donnelly told The Poughkeepsie Journal, “I see the person on the screen, and judge if they will be on the screen for at least 30 seconds. If not, then I may have to give up on them and not even try.”

As for the cartoons that did make it to social media, it remains unclear why they were not shown on The New Yorker’s Instagram. But the work deserves credit since it is a move away from the usual stop-motion animation, which other publications use, and showcases one of The New Yorker’s traditions.

FYI: Twitter offers free stats on people clicking links in your tweets

twitter analytics

Newsrooms, unable to afford fancy analytic tools, can now learn more about their tweets ability to drive traffic to a story.

This is thanks to Twitter (rather quietly) rolling out a feature that lets you see how many clicked a link, perhaps to a story, you tweeted. Also available is a number of what Twitter calls “impressions,” which it defines as the “number of times users saw the Tweet on Twitter.”

Twitter says the feature can be activated by logging in to analytics.twitter.com. After the stats are tuned on, analytics.twitter.com is also where they can be seen.

For more on the feature, including how to view these stats on a mobile device, go here.

Correction: an earlier version of this post incorrectly stated that Twitter directed uses to activate the feature by logging in to Twitter and going to analytics.twitter.com. While that process worked, what Twitter actually said was it can be done by simply logging in to analytics.twitter.com.

Anderson Cooper, Ta-Nehisi Coates among journos popular on Twitter

Last year brought a host of social media platforms attracting the attention of the journalism world, from Snapchat being used to cover Super Bowl commercials to publications capitalizing on Yo allowing links in messages.

Despite the emergence of publications on new platforms, Twitter remains relevant as Muck Rack, an organization that helps bring together reporters and PR people, shared the most-followed broadcast journalists for their “2014 Year-End Social Journalism Report.”

Here are the top 10 and their respective number of followers, per Muck Rack:

1. Anderson Cooper: 5,421,631
2. Adam Schefter: 3,301,558
3. Rachel Maddow: 3,057,502
4. Larry King: 2,528,585
5. Chris Hardwick: 2,463,621
6. Erin Andrews: 2,435,580
7. George Stephanopoulos: 2,017,927
8. Dr. Sanjay Gupta: 1,908,625
9. Rajdeep Sardesai: 1,801,817
10. Barkha Dutt: 1,751,511

Muck Rack also put together a list of journalists who “created their account in 2014,” and The Atlantic’s Ta-Nehisi Coates far surpasses his counterparts in number of followers:

1. Ta-Nehisi Coates: 96,962
2. Orla Guerin: 9,923
3. Gideon Levy: 8,777
4. Greg McArthur: 2,098
5. Koran Addo: 2,025
6. Regina Kenney: 1,967
7. Steve Capus: 1,937
8. Dave Scwhartz: 1,925
9. Sandy Hendry: 1,818
10. Chioma Nnadi: 1,650

But while Coates may have joined Twitter in 2014, he is not exactly new to the platform. Coates was apparently on Twitter up to July 2012, when he announced he ditched his account.

Go here for more of Muck Rack’s findings.