Twitter buys startup Yes, Inc. and scores a new VP of product in the process

screen-shot-2016-12-01-at-7-10-50-pm One-hundred and forty-three. That’s not the new character limit or the number of heads of product Twitter has employed over the few years (though close). That, rather, is the amount of times the new fellow filling that role has tweeted over the course of the past nine years – a number that includes two recent updates from the past couple of hours acknowledging the gig, one of… Read More

Machine learning can fix Twitter, Facebook, and maybe even America

machinelearning Quitting Twitter is easy — I’ve done it a hundred times. Someone called it “a clown car that drove into a gold mine,” and like all clown cars, Twitter makes the passengers get out once in awhile. If I go back, it’s because I’m addicted. The tight news cycle, tweetstorms, gossip mongers, insight, argument, factoids, snark and one-liners. For an information… Read More

Most students can’t tell fake news from real news, study shows

reading newspaper with ostrich If you thought you heard the last on fake news, you were sadly mistaken. A Stanford study found that the majority of middle school students can’t tell the difference between real news and fake news. In fact, 82 percent couldn’t distinguish between a real news story on a website and a “sponsored content” post. Of the 8,704 students studied (ranging in age from middle… Read More

FBI will receive ‘limited’ Twitter firehose access through Dataminr, but has to watch its step

twitter-fbi The FBI has publicly disclosed its intent to get at the “mission critical” Twitter firehose through third party monitoring service Dataminr. But Twitter, which has a 5 percent stake in Dataminr and of course has sovereign control over the firehose, recently told the company to stop providing data to intelligence agencies. So what’s happening here? Read More

Analysis of social media did a better job at predicting Trump’s win than the polls

twitter-facebook-chart Many of the polls forecasted an easy win for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton in the U.S. presidential election, but we now know their prediction models were flawed. While data scientists are scrambling to figure out what went wrong, a number of social media analytics firms are touting the fact that their measurements did a better job of tracking the situation out in the real world, and saw… Read More

Adam Bain departs Twitter, Anthony Noto will take over as COO

twitter-transparency Twitter just announced that Chief Operating Officer Adam Bain is departing. Bain has been with Twitter since 2010, building the company’s ad business and becoming COO last year at the same time that founder Jack Dorsey was named CEO. Bain tweeted that he’s now “ready to change gears and do something new outside the company,” while adding, “I look at what… Read More