Social Media Top 5: Twankruptcy, Twitter DDoS, Paid Tweetups (You Bet!)

Scoble Declares Twankruptcy

Let’s set aside for a moment the fact that some words shouldn’t be “Twitterized with a “tw” in front; by “twankruptcy” I am talking to something akin to “RSS bankruptcy” or “inbox bankruptcy” where people xapp all their unread items because there are simply too many. Well, Robert Scoble did that to this 100,000-plus followers on Twitter this week.

Why? reading the stream became unworkable. too much spam, too much “who cares?” My numbers are nowhere near Scoble’s, but I can sympathize. I’m just not sure i want to drop the people I actually I care to follow and rebuild from scratch. It’s a choice- I didn’t see too much of an uproar, probably because Twitter went down the day he announced it.

twitter-deadThat’s Right, Twitter Went down So Fast That the Fail Whale Slept Through It
Apparently, the denial-of-serivce of attack that brought down Twitter and affected Facebook, LiveJournal and other sites was politically motivated (no, I don’t understand it and won’t try). what was interesting to me was that frequent Twitter outages seemed to be a thing of the past- the last time I really had a problem I think I went to Jaiku or Pownce for my conversations. This time, people piled onto Facebook, and some to Friendfeed. Others enjoyed human company and fresh air.

If Stanley Bing knew what “PWNed” meant he could say he did it to Jeff Jarvis
In short, he took apart Jarvis’ argument that the “press release is dead” and that no journalists use them. Not so. And PR people, perhaps to Bing’s expected horror, are thanking him for coming to their defense.

Who Owns the Word Tweet-Up?
Seems some people were cheesed off that the Phoenix PRSA (Public Relations Society of America) chapter held a meeting for members that charged admission and called it a “Tweetup.” What? Outrage! Or, so what? “Tweetup” only signifies Twitter. People applying rules to things that have no rules need to step back a a bit. If there is a real problem here, maybe it’s some PRSA chapters could have more free events. But this made-up flapdoodle reeks of the old “it’s not a blog/yes it is” battles. Whatever.

The Wall Street Journal Has Changed Its Embargo Policy

According to paidcontent.org, “it will not accept embargoes for stories, but will take exclusives if handed to them.” I’m not sure that’s much different than the way intelligent PR people handled handled the Journal anyway, is it? Jeremy Pepper had (I think) a similar reaction. Hey, at least overreaction to non-news gives me material.

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