What Does “Verified Account” Actually Mean?

“The @BarackObama Twitter handle is maintained by OFA [Organizing For Action], that is the political organization that was the offshoot of the campaign,” Earnest told Jonathan Karl of ABC News, who asked whether the president reads or approves his tweets. “And that is...

The 17th Century Roots of Activity Streams

It occurs to me that history is written by journalists. That seems a bit obvious now that I read it in black and white, so let me backtrack a second and explain the train of thought that lead me to that “epiphany.” The etymology of the word “journalism,” it turns out,...

This is Why Techcrunch Publishes Your Stolen Documents, Twitter

[Warning: this is even more stream of conscious writing than I’m used to putting even on rizzn.com. Feel free to respond, but please keep the Steve Gillmor comparisons to a minimum. –mrh] If I had the time, I’d re-write the 3000 word post that my computer ate last...

The Great LBS Wars of 2010

I did a little mini-doc containing my thoughts around Location Based Social Networks (entitled “The Great LBS Wars of 2010”). Full description and post is up at SiliconANGLE. This is a non autoplaying version of the embed, so feel free to share it around for those of...

Gangster? Twitter? Really?

I found this in Mike Elgin’s Raw Feed. I’m sorry – but if you’re in a gang called Original Young Gangsters, even if you go shoot someone over what they said on Twitter, you’re neither Original nor Gangster.  You’re just...

What I've Been Busy With

You may have noticed the lack of updates here. Several reasons for this. Chief amongst them is the fact that I’ve been increasingly busy with Mashable’s new video podcast series, which is getting better and better by the episode (we’re already worlds...

Twitter is Poo Poo Bad

Hey folks. There’s a lot of folks who’ve Direct Messaged me lately on Twitter. I’m real sorry for not getting back to you. I’m used to Twitter sending me my DMs via Twitter. Unfortunately, I’ve been missing them all since Twitter’s...

Who Here Uses Kyte?

I’ve been tasked to look into Kyte over at Mashable in connection with one of our side projects. I used the product a long time ago, and I’m sure the service has changed radically since then. The last time I used it, it would crash my browser half the...

Excuse the Dust

My site (rizzn.com, for those of you viewing this somewhere else), is undergoing some major changes. Robert Scoble, a few days ago, was talking about his diminished influence via his blog somewhere (probably FriendFeed). That got me to thinking of the value of my...

Journalism and Marketing Tools: Focus on Twitter

Hey Rizzn-ites, This is a broad topic, really. Someone brought it to my attention this evening that I do an awful lot of evangelizing for Twitter amongst my friends and associates, and I haven’t really explained it very well to my inner circle. Essentially,...

Yahoo Pipes + Twitter = RSS TwitterTrack!

Hey Rizzn-ites, This post goes out to the developers in my audience that are Twitter-heads. I really love the new Twitter “track” feature. In case you haven’t checked it out yet, basically, you type “track [keyword] into Twitter, and...

Final Post of the Day

I’m running up on the end of my day, and I don’t think I’ll have enough time to really give this topic the amount of time it deserves, so I’ll bottom line it up front, and then go into more depth until I absolutely have to leave the office and...