In these images, Pope Benedict XVI pushes the button, with help, to issue the first tweet on his personal account.
December 12, 2012 Pope Benedict XVI writes and sends his first tweet on a new personal account, which has attracted over 1 million followers.
President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner on Nov. 16.
December 3, 2012 Brinkmanship has long been a mainstay in Washington politics, and so it is still. Which is why it might be too early to give up hope that President Obama and congressional Republicans can reach a "fiscal cliff" deal despite how far apart the sides were Monday.
Pope Benedict XVI. He'll be spreading the word on Twitter.
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December 3, 2012 Beginning on Dec. 12, the Vatican says, Pope Benedict XVI will be answering questions about faith. Can he say much in 140 characters or less? Well, the Church does have Ten Commandments that each come in under that length.
November 8, 2012 The micro-blogging service has warned many users that their accounts may have been "compromised" and that they should immediately create new passwords. While details haven't been released about where the threat is coming from, some users are pointing to China.
Investors and financial analysis firms are increasingly looking at "sentimental analysis" — such as Facebook "likes" and Twitter messages — to gauge a company's social popularity.
October 23, 2012 Companies that provide financial data are increasingly interested in our "likes" and tweets. A Ph.D. student recently studied how positive social media mentions are linked to stock market performance, and came up with some interesting results.
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October 19, 2012 The micro-blogging site has begun implementing a policy of weeding out and removing offensive content from its site at foreign governments' requests.
An image from the Binders Full of Women Tumblr.
October 17, 2012 It is now clear that we are living in a world of viral memes that take no sides when it comes to spoofing politicians or debate moderators. So what's a politician to do as the target of a social media parody? Run with it.
A young boy works at an illegal gold mine in Dareta, Nigeria.
October 4, 2012 NPR's global health correspondent Jason Beaubien just returned from a remote region of northern Nigeria, where he was reporting on the tragic lead poisoning of thousands of children. Beaubien chatted yesterday on Twitter about this crisis and his reporting from this rural corner of Nigeria.
Nkomo Morris, a teacher at Brooklyn's Art and Media High School, stays in touch with current and former students through social media.
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September 13, 2012 Join Tell Me More's education conversation on Twitter today, using #npredchat.
The information farmers are getting from Twitter can help them decide how and when to market their grain.
August 24, 2012 Farmers are getting real-time news they can use, and moral support, from other farmers on Twitter. The social networking tool is especially important in this year's severe drought, which is affecting most of the country.
Are any of these students texting?
August 16, 2012 What's a professor to do when students are more focused on their electronic gadgets than on class? Commentator and William and Mary professor Barbara J. King writes an open letter to students, and issues them a challenge.
The sun begins to rise over the Atlantic Ocean at Virginia Beach, VA, in August 2011.
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August 9, 2012 Attention to social media diminishes our experience of the real world! So we're often told. But commentator Barbara J. King turns this notion around and shows how Twitter, especially, can markedly increase our appreciation of nature.
July 31, 2012 Guy Adams of The Independent was among many contributing to the #NBCFail trending topic. Twitter suspended his account after he posted an NBC executive's email address. Adams says he didn't post private information, just something that was already public.
Twitter unveiled an updated logo (right) on June 6 as the trademark symbol for the fast-growing company.
June 15, 2012 For this week's roundup of best political folks to follow on Twitter, we chose some lesser-known and local names you might want to see in your feed.
June 5, 2012 Join us Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. EDT for a chat on Twitter with pediatrician Robert Block, the current president of the American Academy of Pediatrics. We'll talk about summer health and vaccines. Look for the hashtag #nprkids.
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