Twitter announced, last night, that it now has the ability to block content by country. This means, for example, that if a Tweet breaks a German law, Twitter can now block it in Germany but leave it up in the rest of the world.
This week, alternative rock's bible, SPIN magazine, announced that it would eliminate the standard short album review from the magazine (and web site) in order to "reinvent the album review." 21 staffers and freelancers will assess 1,500 albums over the course of the year via single 140-character posts on Twitter.
2011 was a year of big news, beginning with the Arizona shooting of Rep. Gabby Giffords and ending with the sudden death of Kim Jong Il.
Now, you could flip on the nightly news to find out what's going on in the world. Or, you could do what author Kate Bussmann does: Boot up Twitter.
Bussmann is the author of a new book, A Twitter Year: 365 Days in 140 Characters, what she describes as the first-ever "social media almanac." She tells weekends on All Things Considered guest host Rebecca Sheir that Twitter gives her a unique perspective on the news.
Cincinnati and Charlotte, N.C., are similar in size and culture, and now they are going head to head in an effort to gain the favor of Chiquita. The fruit company is considering moving its Cincinnati headquarters, taking more than 300 jobs with it.
Residents of both cities refuse to sit idly by. They have taken to Twitter to communicate directly with the company's chief executive officer, Fernando Aguirre.
Aguirre spends a lot of time tweeting, from talking about his job to complimenting people to commenting on baseball.