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Episode 71: Twitter is not secure enough for news orgs and pros to use

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When hackers are tweeting out fake assassination attempts on the president from reputable news outlet’s Twitter accounts, you know we have an issue.

There have been a string of high profile Twitter hacking cases. The issue is fairly simple: Twitter is not an enterprise tool. It even has significantly less security than Gmail and some other Web apps.

But Twitter is used by large organizations all over the world. Why don’t they care more about security? It threatens the entire legitimacy of Twitter.

Yes, two-factor authentication would be a start, but Twitter needs a lot more than that. And companies would be willing to pay for added security, accounts and features.

We then discuss House of Cards, Netflix and whether or not people care about the anticipation of waiting for new episodes to come out week after week.

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Episode 54: 2012 Presidential Election Special

We talk about the 2012 Presidential Election, specifically focusing on fact checkers and data analysts. Are they the future of political journalism (or even the present)?

What’s the future of PolitiFact? Did they jump the shark? And is Nate Silver’s FiveThirtyEight the future of political journalism? Or is Silver way off base?

We discuss. And we make predictions for the presidential election. What do you think will happen?

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Episode 43: Encyclopedia Littau

We’re back after a few illnesses.

We promise not to get you sick.

We have a lively discussion about whether or not everyone should learn to code. And should computer science be a required part of the K-12 curriculum?

We also discuss how CNN, Fox News and other outlets botched the Affordable Care Act decision. What’s the value in being first and wrong?

We also have a tribute to one of Jeremy’s favorite authors, Donald J. Sobol, creator of Encyclopedia Brown, who just passed away.

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It’s one thing to use social media as a candidate, another as a president

President Obama was lauded for his innovative use of the Internet and social media running up the 2008 Presidential Election. But it’s one thing to use social media to market yourself as a political candidate and another to use it to market yourself as the president of the United States:

Obama for America, the official campaign organization, recently rolled out AttackWatch.com. The website allows visitors to file reports when someone criticizes the president or his policies and purports to provide “the facts” to counter such “smears.” The site’s Twitter feed is attracting plenty of reports, but not necessarily the kind that campaign staff was expecting.

A user identified as Jon G. announced: “There’s a new Twitter account making President Obama look like a creepy, authoritarian nutjob: @AttackWatch.” Another user identifying himself as Matt Cover tweeted, “Someone told me the stimulus didn’t keep unemployment below 8%. That’s not true, is it?”

Another concerned citizen reported, “I saw 6 ATM’s in an alley, killing a job. It looked like a hate crime!” The site’s Twitter page recently featured so many zingers aimed at the president that it was hard to find actual Obama supporters whining about his critics. One tweeter noted that “the GOP won seats in NY and NV . . . I suspect interference by sane people . . . check that out please.” Another said, “Hey kids, are mommy and daddy talking bad about Obama? Be sure to report them at #attackwatch.”

I’m not surprised that this is falling apart. Social media would be much better used for positive, affirmational messages. It would also be better used if it were about connecting the president and his staff to actual people.

As a social media manager, I cannot recommend this strategy.