New York University: Hate speech on Twitter predicts frequency of real-life hate crimes. “According to a first-of-its-kind study, cities with a higher incidence of a certain kind of racist tweets reported more actual hate crimes related to race, ethnicity, and national origin.”
Lifehacker: Use the Semiphemeral App to Delete Your Tweets While Keeping Your Faves. “There are a lot of good reasons to delete your tweets, but I’ve been hesitant to pull the trigger. While the idea makes sense on paper, I know there are things I will regret erasing. We’ve recommended services to clear your Twitter before, but as far as I know, all of them delete your whole history. It’s all or nothing.”
Journal of Medical Internet Research: Exploring the Extent of the Hikikomori Phenomenon on Twitter: Mixed Methods Study of Western Language Tweets . “Hikikomori is a severe form of social withdrawal, originally described in Japan but recently reported in other countries. Debate exists as to what extent hikikomori is viewed as a problem outside of the Japanese context…. We aimed to explore perceptions about hikikomori outside Japan by analyzing Western language content from the popular social media platform, Twitter.”
Lifehacker: Use This Webtool to Rip Videos from Tweets and Embed Them in Your Own. “Tripper is a free, desktop-based web tool that lets you rip videos from other people’s tweets and place them in your own.”
The Verge: Paying to promote your tweets won’t do much for your personal brand . “Why do people pay to promote their tweets? Is the whole promoted tweet marketplace a scam, or can a promoted tweet make you famous and popular online? This week on Why’d You Push That Button?, Kaitlyn Tiffany and I try to find answers. Well, really, Kaitlyn goes on a journey into the depths of promoted tweets and then reports back what she’s learned.” This is a podcast, which unfortunately does not appear to have a transcript.
CNET: Twitter now lets you add GIFs to retweets. “Your Twitter feed is about to get a lot more animated. Users can now add a GIF to retweets, the social media company said Monday. The feature could come in handy for all the times you just can’t find the right words to say.” Ah yes, because a platform with civility and harassment issues needs nothing more than the ability to add an animated image to a retweet. Now if you’ll excuse me, my eyeballs have rolled entirely out of my head and I must go find them.
Mashable: ‘Game of Thrones’ sets new record by conquering your Twitter feed . “Twitter was ablaze Sunday following the night’s episode of HBO’s Game of Thrones, with show-related content practically everywhere you looked. According to Twitter, the social media love fest was even more intense than usual — setting a new tweet record.”