Tue May 31, 2011
The Two-Way

Rep. Weiner Seeks Advice About Legal Action Over Lewd Twitpic

Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY). Oct. 2, 2010, file photo.
Amy Sussman Getty Images/The New Yorker

"New York Rep. Anthony Weiner [D] has retained an attorney to advise him 'what civil or criminal actions should be taken' after a lewd picture was sent from his Twitter account," Politico reports.

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Sat May 14, 2011
Simon Says

Inspiration In 140 Characters, Long Before Twitter

Newt Gingrich announced that he is running for president this week in a tweet: a short message on Twitter, where all messages can't be longer than 140 characters. Mr. Gingrich included a link to a YouTube video.

Tweets and other social media platforms have become their own media. Jokes and gossip, to be sure, built a lot of Twitter followings. But reporters and politicians now use it because tweets can reach millions of people almost as quickly, and more directly, than even radio or TV can.

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Tue May 10, 2011
The Two-Way

Secret Service Starts To Share (A Little) On Twitter

We were hoping (but not really expecting) to go there and find something like this:

#VPOTUS cracks us up. But one more Amtrak story and we're putting in for overtime. Special Agent training doesn't prepare you for that!

Alas, the new U.S. Secret Service Twitter page is focusing on serious subjects.

It went live on Monday with tweets such as these:

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Fri March 18, 2011
Monkey See

The Hazards Of Twitter: How Much Is Too Much In 140 Characters Or Less?

You've probably heard about the Awful Tweets About Japan That Got People Fired. Mississippi governor Haley Barbour's press secretary wrote one. Comedian Gilbert Gottfried wrote a whole bunch of them, costing him a cushy gig with the insurance company Aflac as the voice of their bespoke duck.

(And yes, a lot of people wrote and tweeted insensitive things about Japan that didn't get them canned, including 50 Cent and Rush Limbaugh.)

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Thu February 17, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

The Doctor Will Tweet You Now

I'm pretty sure my internist isn't on Twitter. And I think it's better that way. I really do.

When I take a look at what some doctors tweet I get a little worried. Would they describe my visit, sometimes explicitly, in 140 characters?

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