BuzzFeed: This “Teen Girl” Went Viral For Tweeting From Her Fridge, But It’s Almost Definitely A Fake

BuzzFeed: This “Teen Girl” Went Viral For Tweeting From Her Fridge, But It’s Almost Definitely A Fake. “A person claiming to be a teenage girl named ‘Dorothy’ went viral on Twitter this week after allegedly tweeting from her smart fridge — but it appears to be nothing more than a hoax.”

The Harvard Gazette: A red oak live tweets climate change

The Harvard Gazette: A red oak live tweets climate change. “Would it plead for rain in a drought? Fawn over a neighbor’s foliage? Crack jokes about how fast another tree loses its leaves in fall? It seems unlikely anyone will ever come across a loquacious linden. But for the arbor-curious, a red oak at the Harvard Forest in Petersham has been tweeting as @awitnesstree since July 17. Outfitted with sensors and cameras, and programmed with code that allows it to string together posts with prewritten bits of text, the Harvard Forest Witness Tree has been sharing on-the-ground insights into its own environmental life and that of its forest.”

TechCrunch: Twitter’s latest test lets users subscribe to a tweet’s replies

TechCrunch: Twitter’s latest test lets users subscribe to a tweet’s replies. “Twitter in more recent months has been focused on making conversations on its platform easier to follow, participate in and, in some cases, block. The company’s latest test, announced via a tweet ahead of the weekend, will allow users to subscribe to replies to a particularly interesting tweet they want to follow, too, in order to see how the conversation progresses.”

Cornell Chronicle: Study finds racial bias in tweets flagged as hate speech

Cornell Chronicle: Study finds racial bias in tweets flagged as hate speech. “Tweets believed to be written by African Americans are much more likely to be tagged as hate speech than tweets associated with whites, according to a Cornell study analyzing five collections of Twitter data marked for abusive language.”

Tweet Moodifier: Towards giving emotional awareness to Twitter users (MIT Media Lab)

MIT Media Lab: Tweet Moodifier: Towards giving emotional awareness to Twitter users. “Emotional contagion in online social networks has been of great interest over the past years. Previous studies have focused mainly on finding evidence of affect contagion in homophilic atmospheres. However, these studies have overlooked users’ awareness of the sentiments they share and consume online. In this paper, we present an experiment with Twitter users that aims to help them better understand which emotions they experience on this social network.”