DeGeneres' Oscar tweet leads to $3M Samsung donation

If only Bradley's arm was longer. Best photo ever. #oscars

— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) March 3, 2014

A woman on a mission, Oscars host Ellen DeGeneres was determined to set Twitter retweet records during the awards show on Sunday. She snapped a selfie with her Samsung smartphone, posted it to Twitter, and waited for the retweets to roll in.

And roll they did. For DeGeneres, it was mission accomplished. And for Samsung, it meant a lot of eyes on its device.

Samsung was so pleased that it announced Tuesday it will donate $3 million to charities … Read more

How to get more retweets: USE CAPITAL LETTERS

In today's world, love is measured by the like, the follower, and the retweet.

If you don't understand why, you're not really human anymore.

I come, therefore, to offer advice on how to attract more love to your essence. Twitter love, that is.

In front of me I have the results of a research performed by TrackMaven, a company that says it's involved in "competitive intelligence." I don't think this has anything to do with those tests where you have to guess A, B, C, or D.

TrackMaven looked at 1.7 million … Read more

Rid your Twitter feed of retweets from anyone you follow

I want to follow Ricky Gervais, I really do. I have loved him ever since he introduced me to David Brent, and I enjoy his ongoing personal war on Twitter against organized religion. But, Ricky, the retweets!

Ricky Gervais is a chronic retweeter. These promotional or uninteresting retweets clutter my feed and lessen my enjoyment of Ricky Gervais's otherwise humorous presence on Twitter. Thanks to this post on Wired, I can now remove Ricky Gervais's retweets from my feed without unfollowing him. There is no trick to it; it's simply a setting I have overlooked. Perhaps you … Read more

Anger spreads faster than joy on China's social network

When it comes to the Internet, are people more prone to jump on an angry bandwagon than a joyful one?

New data indicates this may be the case. A study (pdf) by researchers at China's Beihang University shows that people on China's Twitter-like microblogging site Sina Weibo are more likely to throw in their two cents or pass along posts that are angry in nature, while posts that are joyful, sad, or disgusted tend to stagnate.

"Connected by online social ties, different users influence each other emotionally," the study reads. "We find the correlation of … Read more

Set Twitter's Connect tab to only show mentions on Android, iOS

When using Twitter on your Android or iOS device, the Connect tab is where you can find all of your interactions (by default as of an update in February) such as mentions, retweets, and new followers. While this may be the desired view for some, for others it can lead to a cluttered experience.

Luckily there's a simple solution to remove retweets and new followers from the Connect tab.

Using either the iOS or Android version of the app, you'll first need to navigate to your "Me" or profile tab. From there tap on the Settings … Read more

Obama 'four more years' tweet skyrockets to No. 1 retweet

A tweet sent this evening by President Obama minutes after winning re-election has quickly become the most retweeted message ever.

Obama's official Twitter account -- which now has more than 22 million followers -- posted a photo of the President hugging First Lady Michelle Obama, with the message "Four more years."

Four more years.

— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) November 7, 2012

The tweet quickly logged more than 350,000 retweets and 100,000 votes as favorite tweets, easily surpassing a Justin Bieber tweet grieving the passing of Avalanna Routh, a young fan who died … Read more

Obama's same-sex marriage tweet goes viral

At 12:18 PT this afternoon, shortly after President Obama got on TV and publicly announced for the first time that he supports same-sex marriage, this tweet was posted on his Twitter page:

"Same-sex couples should be able to get married." --President Obama

Just eight hours later, this tweet had been retweeted more than 50,000 times... and counting.

Normally, people can only see up to 50 retweets on Twitter's own counter. But these numbers are being tallied by a customized ticker made by "evangelist/hacker" Michael Schonfeld, according to tech news site The Next Web. … Read more

How to see your retweets on Twitter

Twitter is gradually removing the Retweets tab from all accounts and merging it into the @username tab.

Editors' note: Unfortunately this quick fix was short-lived. However, this author is still seeking a new solution that isolates the retweets from other content on Twitter. If you have a suggestion or know of a solution, please add it to the comments, or share it with the author at

If you're running a Twitter account for a business, or if you're just curious about your personal reach within your followers, it can be difficult to sort through the @… Read more

'Woot' is officially a thing, according to Oxford English Dictionary

August marks the 100th anniversary of the Concise Oxford English Dictionary (COED), the smaller but most widely recognized derivative of the official Oxford English Dictionary, or OED. To celebrate, the lexicon published its 12th edition today that adds more than 400 new entries--many of which reflect the technological pervasiveness of modern society, like "woot," "mankini," and "jeggings."

COED Editor Angus Stevenson heads up a small team at the Oxford University Press's academic cabinet tasked with choosing the next words for inclusion, and the process involves keying popular words into a database that shows frequency of use in print and online.

Since publishing its first edition back in 1911, the COED's evolution shows the tremendous effects of social media and instant-access technology on language, creating new words but also modifying existing definitions of words like "follower."

What once meant "a person who imitates or copies" now earns a second and more widely used meaning: "someone who is tracking a particular person, group, etc., on a social networking site." Another example that's a little unsettling is the general term "friend" that loses gravity in its new form: "a contact on a social networking Web site."… Read more

New Twitter features focus on you, those you follow

Twitter is rolling out a couple of new features that should help you find more revelant tweets, especially those that involve you.

As of yesterday, the microblogging site is replacing the familiar Mentions tab with a new tab that displays your username, according to the company's official blog. Clicking on your username tab will reveal more than just tweets in which you're mentioned. You'll be able to see which of your own tweets are considered Favorites or are retweeted by someone also. You'll also see tweets directed to you and which tweets are popular among the … Read more