Donald Trump isn't the first U.S. president to communicate via social media. But he's the first to use social platforms to harass TV hosts, celebrate violence against the media, and share basically any unfiltered thought at 5 a.m.
That, according to Trump, is what makes him not just presidential, but "MODERN DAY PRESIDENTIAL."
My use of social media is not Presidential - it’s MODERN DAY PRESIDENTIAL. Make America Great Again!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 1, 2017
Following a series of tweets on Saturday, Trump posted a bizarrely doctored video of him body-slamming the CNN logo.
The original clip is from 2007, when Trump theatrically body-slammed WWE Chairman Vince McMahon to roaring applause on WrestleMania 23. The anti-CNN video showed up on "the_donald" Reddit thread four days ago, CNN's Brian Stelter noted. Read more...More about Twitter, Donald Trump, Social Media, Joe Scarborough, and President Trump
Twitter has suspended accounts of music lifestyle/news publication The Fader along with several other music-centric blogs.
On Tuesday morning, Twitter users began posting the hashtag #FreeFader to show support for the publication and confusion about the account's absence on the social platform. As the day went on, other sites such as 2DOPEBOYZ, Hip Hop N More, and Pigeons and Planes — a publication owned by Complex — also revealed their accounts had been suspended.
Twitter declined to comment on individual accounts, for privacy and security reasons, but The Verge noted they likely have something to do with copyrighted footage or music of last Sunday's BET Awards or Monday's NBA Awards, that was tweeted from the accounts. Read more...More about Business, Twitter, Music, Conversations, and Social Media
One hundred and sixty-two thousand retweets. Two hundred and eighty-nine thousand likes. Donald Trump's tweets routinely garner engagement on such a scale that it's hard to really understand what any of those numbers actually mean.
That just changed.
A new Twitter feature, announced in a June 15 blog post, displays retweets and likes in real time as they come in — and oh boy is it both simultaneously totally captivating and super depressing.
Here's the deal: When clicking on a tweet in the past, users were shown the number of retweets, comments, and likes the tweet had at that specific time. Wanted to check if the count grew? If you were on a smartphone, you'd have had to navigate out of the tweet and tap back in. Basically, you had to refresh the tweet to see any growth. Read more...More about Twitter, Silicon Valley, Donald Trump, Social Media, and Tweets