Twitter was in meltdown when the verdict came Saturday night in the George Zimmerman/Trayvon Martin trial. Facebookers like this one were among many writing their fair share of posts on the trial and its outcome.

One online site in particular captured considerable attention – well over 100,000 visits a day and a public post-trial thank-you from Robert Zimmerman, father of the younger Zimmerman: “I have thanked Mark Omara and Don West. Now I would like to extend our heartfelt appreciation to you, our friends at CTH.”

The Conservative Treehouse (aka “CTH” and “The Last Refuge”) earned Zimmerman’s grateful acknowledgement because of its extraordinary investigative work undertaken throughout the saga, particularly in obtaining through Freedom of Information Act and publishing public records that revealed the corruption and racism connected to the charges and the trial itself, naming who was involved regardless of how high up the political food chain it went, in what the investigative bloggers called “The Zimmerman Railroading.”

Among its reports, Trayvon Martin’s drug use, explaining how the Skittles and Arizona Watermelon Fruit Juice Cocktail drink he carried that night are ingredients that, when mixed with dextromethorphan (DXM) cough syrup, create “Lean”, a concocted high which can cause psychosis and aggression over the longer term. According to the autopsy report, Martin’s liver showed damage consistent with DXM abuse.

Among the several writers who inhabit the “Treehouse” is this blogger whose earlier rebuttal to progressives accurately defined the battle lines that have been drawn.

So, with a ton of interest focused on the trial of George Zimmerman, tweeters had a field day adding gallows humor and comparing the resemblance of presiding Judge Debra Nelson to the late actor Chris Farley. Take a look.

Bye, Big Sis

Elsewhere in the denizens of Twitter, Facebook and blogs, Department of Homeland Security chief Janet Napolitano surprised social media messagers when she announced she’d be resigning to take a job heading up California’s university system.

Michelle Malkin succinctly tweeted: “Failing upward”.

Also proving that levity as well as brevity is the soul of wit was National Review columnist Jim Geraghty:

Ever more in your “face”

Facebook has rolled out Graph Search, a tool that lets English-speaking Facebookers find specific info about their friends by using various filters that help them sort and find by people, photos, places or interests.

The Daily Mail reported, “The tool … could also be used in the future by advertisers and marketers to learn more about you and target users with more personalised adverts.”

Great. Just what we want. More ads!

The article went on to note that in recent months “Facebook has been encouraging people to enter more information about themselves on their profiles, including work and education history, family information and so on.” Wonder why?

But here’s a little trick that enables you to stop others from using the Graph Search on you! First, go to your main Facebook page and click the padlock icon in the upper-left or upper-right corner (depending on which layout Facebook has decided you get). Click on it and the following box will appear:

Click here to find out the rest.


Twitter also is about to experiment with a way to display ads to target its U.S. users by promoting content from brands and business in which they’ve shown interest.

Don’t want it? Uncheck the box next to “Promoted content” in your account settings.

Additionally, Twitter supports Do Not Track (DNT), so it will not receive browser-related information from ad partners for tailoring ads if you have DNT enabled in your browser.

Aargh! Now Twitter wants to track you on the web! No happy chirping here.

More news from the little bluebird:

Vine for Android: Create short, looping videos. Now available on Google Play (and available for iPhone in the App Store).

Windows Phone and BlackBerry app updates: The latest Twitter features and functionality at Twitter’s mobile downloads page.

Login verification: Is it you? Adds a second check in the login process to make sure it’s really you. Simply add and confirm a phone number and email address with your account to use this additional security.

For more Twitter updates head to Official Twitter Blog or follow @twitter.

App tracks gun owners’ addresses, displays info

There’s a new app in the Android marketplace that maps the personal addresses of “irresponsible” gun owners, but the info it reveals is non-selective and could expose all gun owners to the world.

University of California San Diego lecturer Brett Stalbaum has released an app to the Android Marketplace which encourages users to mark, on a map, the location of “irresponsible gun owners.”

The app creator has a phone line to take feedback from the general population. That number is (225) 267-7346.

The “Gun Geo Marker” is available in the Google Play App Store.

Snarked one Second Amendment rights defender: “My name is Jorge Luis Juan Gonzaga, and I am an enforcer for Los Burros Muertes, a Mexican drug cartel based in Tijuana. Since the unfortunate events of last year when our largest firearms supplier Mr. Attorney General Eric Holder was investigated by the U.S. Congress regarding the joint business venture we had with his representatives from BATF, our supply of U.S.-made AK47 and AR15 rifles kind of dried up. You may have heard about this in the media under the name ‘Fast & Furious.’

“As you can imagine,” he continued, “we were desperately looking for an alternative source of firearms to replace the ones supplied until last year by Mr. Attorney General Holder. This is when I found this wonderful app. Now I can locate gringo gun owners and steal their guns. Muchas gracias!”

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