A U.S soldier of 82nd Airborne patrols near a forward base in the Ghorak district of Kandahar southern Afghanistan.
February 9, 2012 On today's TOTN: who's telling the truth about the war in Afghanistan? Historian Noah Andre (Andy) Trudeau needs your help in his search for Abraham Lincoln. The evolution of the Occupy Wall Street movement. And can you review music in 140 characters or less?
February 6, 2012 How far can a social media journalist go in sending graphic videos of children and violence? NPR's near-legendary Andy Carvin got push-back yesterday for gruesome Syrian images that he re-Tweeted. Carvin argues that the rules of social and traditional media are different. Do we need to be reminded of the cost of war?
President Obama traveled in the presidential limo with his dog, Bo. Adviser David Axelrod tweeted this photo from the White House Flickr account to tweak the Romney campaign.
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January 31, 2012 Twitter has become the latest medium for campaign spin. It's a stream of barbs over debates, crowd estimates and ad wars. And even the candidates' dogs are not off-limits.
A screengrab shows Google's new search feature, in which results from a user's Google+ community are promoted at the top of the page.
January 11, 2012 Social media has become a huge part of how people experience the web. So it's not surprising that Google's move to integrate "personal results" into its search results — drawing from the Google+ community — wasn't praised by the folks who run rival social networks.
December 22, 2011 President Obama is using the Twitter hashtag #40dollars to raise the pressure on House Republicans already under siege for not agreeing to a two-month extension of the payroll tax cut holiday. Forty dollars represents the average additional amount workers would see in their paychecks as a result of the extension.
Charlie Sheen turned #tigerblood into a hashtag of note.
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December 6, 2011 One word soared because of historic events. The other rose because of Charlie Sheen. Other words or phrases that were used a lot include "Japan," "rad on Osama bin Laden" and "McLobster."
November 12, 2011 A family argument at a Burger King becomes national news when a patron live tweets the fight. Commentator Dave Pell sees an ethical lapse in broadcasting the incident. But he doesn't expect disgust will protect the public from similar events in the future.
October 14, 2011 Attitudes toward vaccination, as expressed on Twitter, help researchers track whether or not people are getting their flu shots.
September 21, 2011 With the social media and micro blogging giant seeking ways to boost revenues that are disproportionately small compared to its user base and Google and Facebook already deep into selling political ads, the pressure was strong for Twitter to move in this direction.
The desk of yours truly, on a Friday. And yes, it is typically this clean.
August 2, 2011 With the popularity of social media increasing, journalists are now sharing more of their daily grind with the world. Journalist Carlton Purvis' blog, "View From My Desk," gives media consumers a look beyond the bylines and head shots.
July 29, 2011 The Obama re-election campaign unleashed the Twitter dogs of political war, Friday, urging voters to tweet Republican lawmakers to encourage them to compromise on debt-ceiling and deficit-reduction legislation.
July 28, 2011 With the debt-ceiling hanging Damoclean over Capitol Hill, politicians may not be speaking to each other very much, but they are using the latest technogadgetry to talk with – or, at least, to --their constituents.
July 14, 2011 When the verdict for the Casey Anthony trial was announced, people reacted strongly in every way and in every form. The case was already a televised event but social media outlets like Twitter and Facebook took the uproar to new heights.
Computer scientists say Twitter can tell us a lot about public health trends.
July 13, 2011 Social and computer scientists are figuring out how to mine Tweets for intelligence of all sorts. Now some resourceful researchers are figuring out ways to mine Twitter data to find health trends.
July 6, 2011 Obama's "I don't think we should even get to the constitutional issue" is not the same as "no." He clearly doesn't want to get there but it sure sounded like he was keeping all his options open, including what some are calling his nuclear option of just ignoring the ceiling.That would trigger a constitutional crisis even if it averted a default crisis.
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