Twitter Political Index

Twitter reports that it has built a visualization chart that illustrates your reaction and engagement – by state – to Tweets from @MittRomney and @BarackObama.

Miguel Rios (@miguelrios) of Twitter’s Analytics Team writes, “While the Twitter Political Index analyzes Tweets about the candidates, Nicolas Belmonte and I have also been studying how citizens interact with tweets from the candidates. We also want to see what insights you can glean from Twitter data, so this visualization is fully interactive.”

“Throughout the 2012 election season, the biggest topics and emerging trends have played out on Twitter, offering an extensive dataset for our Analytics team to explore,” Rios writes.

Noted issues range from coal production to clean energy, Pell Grants for students to Medicare for the elderly. This capability opens up a whole new universe of data for pollsters.

Navy SEALS censored by Facebook

Last weekend, Facebook removed a message by the Special Operations Speaks PAC that was critical of President Obama and highlighted the fact that Obama denied backup to our forces being overrun in Benghazi. After huge public outcry over the censorship, Facebook restored the article.

In an emailed statement to, Facebook manager Andrew Noyes wrote: “We wanted to follow up on the Special Operations Speaks PAC (SOS) article published on last night. I assure you that removing the image was not an act of censorship on our part. This was an error, and we apologize for any inconvenience it may have caused.”

We wonder.

Employees sell shares, Facebook stock falls

On the day 234 million Facebook employee-held shares became eligible to sell, flooding the market with restricted company stock, the stock price fell.

A San Francisco CBS TV affiliate reported on the Oct. 15th event, “A lock-up period that had prevented such sales expired on Monday. U.S. stock markets opened on Wednesday for the first time since super storm Sandy hit the East Coast, so that’s when employees could start selling. Supply and demand. That’s the principle involved here.”

Insult a king? Go to jail. Do not pass Go.

Imagine if you insulted a Middle Eastern king in a tweet you sent out to the Twittersphere. Now imagine that the king isn’t, er … enamored of your sentiments. You are picked up and thrown in jail. For six months.

Well, you don’t have to imagine. Just read about this hapless guy who exercised his freedom of speech on Twitter and went on trial for “defaming” King Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa of Bahrain. No First Amendment rights for this Twitterer.

Calling basketball fans!

The NBA season is now underway, and on Twitter there are some 400 NBA players, representing nearly 90 percent of the NBA.

“With over six million followers, @NBA is our most-followed sports league, and the@Lakers are the most-followed U.S. sports team on Twitter. If you’re not among their nearly 3 million followers, you can still connect with your favorite team – all 30 NBA teams are on Twitter,” reported Omid Ashtari (@omid) Head of Sports & Entertainment for Twitter.

To keep up with your favorite team and players, log on to Twitter’s NBA Get Started page.

Cyber security at risk

In a two-part series on the increasing menaces in the Internet age, the rising impact of cyber crime on business and cyber warfare as a key military strategy are spelled out.

Paul Quanrud (Twitter @bestwithcoffee) of American Citizens for Economic Freedom ( warns that “in the fast-changing cyber security world, staying one step ahead of attackers has never been more challenging.”

Cyber security at risk Part 2: “Changing the Rules Again” illustrates the national security strategies needed to protect our vital interests.

In Part 1, Quanrud wrote about the rising impact of cyber crime on business and how cyber crime is a key military strategy our enemies are grabbing. Read both parts here.


Google has been hit with a billion-dollar-plus claim by French tax authorities. Why? Reportedly to pressure Google to pay a portion of its advertising revenue for access to French media websites.

And in the Land Down Under, Google has lost a “gangland” defamation lawsuit.

Meanwhile, even with the search giant’s new privacy policy, European Union regulators still insist Google will have to make more changes to do a better job of protecting its users’ privacy. Why? Concern over how Google is “collecting users’ data and what they’re doing with it, and in turn how they’re informing their users on how they’re collecting and what they’re using it for.” The EU wants clearer, less legalese and more understandable language so the “average user can clearly understand what’s taking place when they use Google products.”

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