Covered by the Peoria Journal Star in Illinois this week, seven members of the Peoria Police Department executed a search warrant yesterday in order to discover the identity of someone operating a fake Twitter account that parodied Peoria mayor Jim Ardis (pictured above). The police seized multiple mobile phones in addition to computers stored at the residence. Three people at the home were brought into the police department for questioning and two members of the household that were working at the time were picked up by police from their place of employment and taken to the station.
According to a resident of the home that was familiar with the @peoriamayor Twitter account (now suspended), the account had tweeted about 50 times and clearly stated that it was a joking parody account as opposed to a direct impersonation. However, it wasn’t labeled as a parody until approximately two to three weeks after it was created. The account had about 50 followers, possibly some locals in the area, and likely used a profile shot of the mayor. However, the content of the tweets made references to sex and drugs while comparing Ardis with the now-infamous Rob Ford, the outlandish mayor of Toronto.
Sky has announced a new tool to be used through Twitter; #WatchOnSky. Sky customers who follow Sky’s Twitter account will be able to record or watch Sky TV programmes when they see #WatchOnSky on Tweets.
Users who wish to watch the programme can click ‘Watch’, this will go through to Sky Go where users can watch the show. Alternatively, a record button is offered, allowing users who’ve linked their Sky+ box to remotely record programmes.
If Facebook and privacy had a relationship status, it might be “It’s complicated.” More or less every day, the company gets bombarded with user feedback demanding more privacy settings and greater choice in determining what other people can or can’t see.
So Facebook is rolling out some new features designed to help you understand who you’re sharing content with — and how their sharing behavior affects you. Some have already begun hitting newsfeeds; others will be released in coming weeks, according to Michael Novak, a Facebook product manager.
"Some people have felt Facebook privacy has changed too much in the past, or we haven’t communicated as well as we could have," said Novak. "Now we’re thinking about privacy not just as a set of controls or settings, but as a set of experiences that help people feel comfortable."
It’s been a week full of announcements from Twitter: first the social network debuted a new (arguably Facebook-like) profile design, and today it’s officially introducing real-time notifications on the web. We first saw the pop-up alerts in late January, but it appeared to be an experiment visible to just a handful of users. Now — or, more accurately, “over the coming weeks” — any time you’re logged into Twitter.com, you’ll see a notification window alerting you to any replies, retweets or other activities.
This map showing the locations of 280 million individual posts on Twitter shows a depressing divide in America: Tweets coming from Manhattan tend to come from iPhones. Tweets coming from Newark, N.J., tend to come from Android phones.
If you live in the New York metro area, you don’t need to be told that Manhattan is where the region’s rich people live, and the poor live in Newark. Manhattan’s median income is $67,000 a year. Newark’s is $17,000, according to U.S. Census data.
The rich, it seems, use iPhones while the poor tweet from Androids.
The map was created by Mapbox, which markets beautiful mapping software. You can use it to zero in on your ZIP code and see how your neighborhood breaks down.
Today many people use multiple web services, such as social networking and messaging services. Some users explicitly show their identity in these services, but others visit those services separately–as unidentifiable, different users. To protect their privacy, the latter group might not want their accounts and activities on multiple services to be associated with each other. …