Friday, January 8, 2010

Tweeting from behind the wheel expected in a year

John D. Sutter, CNN January 7, 2010    Ford says new technology will include Twitter feeds read to drivers. It also has a partnership with Pandora, Stitcher. Company says they are just taking what people already do "and make them safer" 

 The debate over distracted drivers ramped up a notch on Thursday as Ford Motor Co. announced technology to let computers read their Twitter feeds to them while behind the wheel.

The company has not formally announced technology to let drivers post tweets verbally from behind the wheel, but such an announcement likely will come in the next 12 to 18 months,
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Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Twitter top list of weird stories in 2009

From ABSCBN News From the American who interrupted his wedding to update his Twitter accounts, the world was full of weird stories in 2009.

In New York, five "restroom ambassadors" got jobs tweeting from the toilets at Times Square: greeting tourists and shoppers -- and then sending short dispatches on their encounters.
Britain's High Court ordered its first injunction via Twitter to stop an anonymous Tweeter impersonating someone else.

The U.N.'s World Food Program sent text messages to Iraqi refugees in Syria so they could redeem the virtual vouchers for fresh food in local shops. A U.S. survey found that one in five drivers read or sent text messages from behind the wheel.

"The new technologies that help us multi-task in our everyday lives and increasingly popular social media sites present a hard-to-resist challenge," said U.S. motor club head Robert Darbelnet -- a fitting description for the whole year.  Continue reading here

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Buying, Selling and Twittering All the Way

 The New York Times  Jerry DeFrancisco twitters to a Best Buy customer. Retailers twitter to attract shoppers.

On Black Friday, retailers and their customers used the social networking site Twitter to talk to one another about bargains, problems, purchases and shopping strategies.  Continue reading here