Is Twitter in its death throes? A recent analysis by RJ Metrics shows that the rate of new users has leveled off and includes some eye-opening user statistics: About 80 percent of Twitter’s 75 million user accounts have posted fewer than 10 tweets. 40 percent of the accounts have never sent a tweet. 25 percent […]Read More Reports of Twitter’s demise have been greatly exaggerated
Let the punditry commence. The political chatterers have spent much time recently on the special election in Massachusetts as Republican state Sen. Scott Brown closed in on the Democratic candidate, Attorney General Martha Coakley. Tuesday, Brown defeated Coakley, taking the U.S. Senate seat held for 46 years by Ted Kennedy, known as “the liberal lion […]Read More Massachusetts Senate race: Referendum on Obama?
Mashable offers some of the smartest online commentary and how-tos about social media on the Web. Except for its online polls. As statisticians know, most open-community online polls are garbage. You cannot generate a reliable sample for generalizing, and the results basically mean nothing. Take Mashable’s latest declaration: “Nexus One crushes the iPhone 3GS in […]Read More Note to Mashable: Online polls are garbage
JPMorgan Chase has announced profits of $11.9 billion in 2009, and the other large banks we bailed out are expected to follow. Ah, we can heave a sigh of relief. All must be well with the financial system! Wrong. The bankers are prancing merrily along, returning to their derivative ways and awarding large bonuses. (JPMorgan, […]Read More Bank bonuses: Recapture the outrage
Almost from the moment “General” Larry Pratt opened his mouth last night on “American Idol,” I knew. Pratt’s rap “Pants on the Ground” was an absolute riot. My wife, three kids, and I all howled with laughter as he bounced and preached his message: Pants on the ground, pants on the ground, lookin’ like a […]Read More Pants on the Ground: A viral moment crafted by “American Idol”
Editor’s note: When we last left our Intrepid Whiner, he had kept his Dell order and sent a frustrated e-mail to Ikjot, the first customer-service human to call our hero by name. Still, the Dell rep refused to grant an inconvenience discount. It appears the kudos Dell has received for social media is not unwarranted. […]Read More Part II: What the Dell? The saga continues
Industry watchers and newspaper lovers have latched on to a recent study by the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism showing that in Baltimore, most of the news was generated by traditional media, with newspapers leading the pack. But before we beat the public over the head with these findings, a few points […]Read More Where’s the news? Traditional media, but …