Who Are The Top 10 Twitterers You Should Follow?

Who Are The Top Ten Twitterers To Follow?

Twitter Co-Founders Biz Stone And Ev Williams Address Developers Conference

Who are the top ten twitterers to follow? That’s kind of like Alice in Wonderland asking which way she should go–that all depends on where you want to end up. If you do a little search, there are all sorts of top ten twitterers to follow listed out there. Are you into politics? Are you a tree hugger or an entrepreneur? There’s a list for just about every genre you can think of. At Americas News Now, we’ve come up with our own list and cut it down to five–ten would just be too hard to choose. So, we’ll let you see our top 5 list, but you have to promise to leave your top 5 in the comments. By the way, you don’t have to leave your name or email in the comments–just list your 5 and hit enter. So here’s our list, and also a few other top ten lists. If you don’t like ours, don’t complain, just leave yours in the comments below.

America’s News Now Top 5 Twitterers to Follow:

1. Oprah – Oprah

2. Obama – BarackObama

3. Sarah Palin – SarahPalinUsa

4. Ashton Kutcher – Aplusk

5. Justin Bieber – JustinBieber

Other Lists

10 Funniest twitterers

Top 10 Sports Twitterers

Top 10 Frugal Living Twitterers

Top Twitterers for Business and Politics

Top Twitterers for Music

So there you have it. That should be enough to get you started if you are looking for top Twitterers to follow. There are plenty more lists out there. If you don’t like ours, just let us know your top 5 or 10, or 3…..

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Does Obama Really Follow Justin Bieber on Twitter?

Hmm, I Wonder Who Obama Follows On Twitter-Justin Bieber Maybe?

Yesterday we ran a story about how you could follow the Whitehouse and Obama on Twitter. Today we’re going to take that one step further. Did you ever wonder who Obama follows on Twitter? You would think that would be a good list to get on. Well, as you’d expect, he follows groups like the IRS, the U.S. Embassy, the Secretary of the Navy, the Army, Veteran Affairs. But there are also a few individuals he follows. Like who?

Well, as you would expect, he Obama follows his right hand man Press Secretary Bobby Gibbs. I still don’t get why people call him Robert Gibbs because he definitely strikes me as a Bobby. He also follows a guy by the name of BillBurton44 who is some sort of deputy secretary that likes to get on John McCain for not being more fluent with computers. Reading Burton’s tweets was kind of like watching paint dry so I wouldn’t recommend following him. However, something on his Twitter account said it was an official Whitehouse Twitter page and as such, the tweets could be officially archived. So that might be kind of cool if you could get one of your tweets officially archived. Wait, doesn’t Google archive all your information anyway? Oh well…

And if that isn’t weird enough, he also follows KateatState i.e. Kate Jacobs Stanton. Exactly, that’s what I was thinking–who is she? Well, get this–she used to work for Google as a moderator, whatever that is–yes you read that correctly. Obama appointed her to a newly created position–one of those 4 million jobs created–of Director of Citizen Participation. What, are your serious? Are you kidding me? I’m betting she makes over 6 figures a year and I’m not sure that’s the best use of taxpayer money. Actually, don’t worry about your tax dollars being wasted here. Katie is busy tweeting about important political stuff like Maddow attending bar at the Washing correspondent get together after party termed “nedrprom”. Do I detect a secret crush here? I know aman crush is a bromance–what’s a woman crush–a worance? That kinda sounds like Scooby Doo–but I digress. Katie Stanton was so busy doing her new government job tweeting all day long she forgot to attend her son’s play at school–imagine that. Twitter followers were asked if she should buy him ice cream or Bakugan (video game). Yah, that’s a no brainer. She further mused that missing the play was OK if she could get Justin Bieber’s autograph at the nerdprom–I’m seriously not kidding here–these are your hard-earned tax dollars at work.

So while originally I planned on just writing about Whitehouse followers, this whole nerdprom thing has me a little upset. Among the invitees to nerprom were Jon Bon Jovi and Jay Leno as well as the aforementioned teen throb Justin Bieber. At this point now, I don’t think anything would surprise me. You have to give Obama credit though, he is definitely catering to pop stars and Hollywood. He knows that by getting their support, you get the support of the masses that follow them.

I just hope the next time we come under terrorist attack that the counsel of such wise strategists like Leno and Bieber will prove to have been productive.

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Why Google Owns the Internet

Why Google Is Taking Over The Internet

This is one of the huge welcoming signs for Go...
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Ever see that movie or have that recurring dream where the slow moving sloth-like monster is chasing you and there is no possible way to lose him? Even though he moves slowly and clumsily, as soon as you trip and fall he will be on top of you to engulf you. That’s Google and why they will continue to own the internet. Every time I turn around Google is turning out something new. They don’t need to advertise because they have such a vast and hungry following with appetites almost as voracious as Apple fanatics.

No too long ago Google entered the affiliate marketing market. I haven’t checked on their progress in awhile but it’s kind of like a big fat guy jumping in the pool–everyone feels the ripples. They also have been rolling out that Google wave thing. I’m not sure about the progress there either. Not to mention Google Buzz. Oh, and who can forget when Topeka Kansas wanted Google to rollout their broadband in their city that they offered to change the city name to Google?

I really believe Google is too big for their britches. Remember search engines like altavista and lycos? If Google pumps out great products, that’s great. But where is there customer service. If you have any problems with Google at all is like being kicked out of the party by a 300 pound gorilla.–good luck getting back in. I think I’m going to try their customer service in the next day or 2. Wait, do they even have customer service?

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See How Steve Jobs Goes Gangster Against Iphone Rivals

Steve Jobs To IPhone Rivals: Say ‘ello To My Little Friend

Rumor: Apple Thinking About Buying ARM. iPhone Rivals To Sleep With The Fishes?

The following is very much a rumor, but if true, it would be absolutely huge. A UK publication is reporting that Apple is considering buying ARM Holdings — aka, the company behind most of the world’s mobile phone processors. If Apple were to buy them, it would likely reshape the mobile landscape completely.

To be clear, London’s Evening Standard is only citing “gossips” within the city’s financial district. But those gossips aren’t the only ones convinced there is something to this talk: ARM’s shares went up 8.1 points today, with more than 5 million shares changing hands by midday, the paper reports. The deal, would apparently see Apple buying ARM for something in the neighborhood of 5.2 billion British pounds, or roughly $8 billion in U.S. dollars.

Yesterday, during its earnings call, Apple revealed that it had $41.7 billion in cash in the bank — so this deal is certainly doable.

And if they did this, it would mean that almost all of Apple’s main competitors would likely have to find new chips to power their devices. While ARM doesn’t make the chips itself, it licenses out its technology to others who make the chips that go into Nokia, Sony, Samsung, HTC, and many, many other phones. This includes the iPhone and even the iPad, whose custom A4 chip is still based on ARM architecture. This also, obviously, includes phones that run Google’s Android software.

ARM architecture also is used in systems such as the Nintendo DS and the Sony PSP, which are also iPhone rivals of a different fashion: in gaming. Basically, if Apple did this, and cut off the ARM (funny, no?) supply, it would be a Michael Corleone-type maneuver to take out its rivals.

Apple bought chipmaker PA Semi back in 2008. That acquisition led to the development of the A4 chip. But that acquisition also led to the departure of key team members from the PA Semi team, who left to form a new company, Agnilux, which Google just purchased. Yeah, this continues to get more and more interesting.

Update: As Gary notes in the comments, according to the Wikipedia page, “The company [ARM] was founded as a joint venture between Acorn Computers, Apple Computer and VLSI Technology (as Advanced RISC Machines).

[via MacRumors]

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Getty Image Infringement: How To Not Get Caught

Getty Image Infringement: How Not To Get Caught

Manchester United vs FC Barcelona

Awhile back we did a story about a littel guy that got busted for infringement for using Getty images. Since then, I’ve noticed more searches for information on that. So, you want to use sweet images but don’t want to get busted? Read on and I’ll tell you about some options that may work for you.

If you’re stuck on using Getty images, because they do have some nice ones. you might consider setting up a site at OnSugar.com. There, they will let you use all the Getty images you want for free, but only on the OnSugar.com website. I thought the site was pretty sweet for social networking, but in the end, they are hosting all your information, so you’re future pretty much is dictated by them. One cool thing you can do there is link to their store and sell all kinds of fashion stuff easily on your website if that is your thing. In the end, it looked pretty neat if you wanted to do it as a hobby, but if you want to own the site, it’s not going to happen at OnSugar.com.

A second option is to search Flickr or Google for Creative Commons images. In a nutshell, these are basically images that you are free to use–but many times it comes with stipulations–such as you have to link back to the picture owner’s site at Flickr and you can’t sell or change the image. What you can and can’t do is listed in the details of each photo, but it beats having Getty images send you nasty threats. Unfortunately, Flickr does not have a ton of options even under many popular searches when you are looking for Creative Commons photos. With Google, you can search their Creative Commons as well and although it’s limited compared to a regular search, I think it gives you more options than Flickr. Also with Google, I’ve run into so many amateur bloggers that just swipe one image after another from there whether it’s listed under Creative Commons or not. At least with Google, if you swipe the wrong pic, you can hope that there might be safety in numbers.

Finally, a third option, is to use a service called PicApp which works well with wordpress. They have a great database of photos although you aren’t able to upload it, resell it, or change it in any way. The visitor will also be linked to their site if they click on the photo. So while it’s somewhat limited, if all you want to do is spruce up your blog posts, I think it’s a great option.

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There’s A New Internet Sheriff In Town

I Think Facebook Just Seized Control Of The Internet: “

The opening keynote at Facebook’s f8 conference today in San Francisco was short and sweet. But don’t let that fool you. It contained some huge announcements pertaining to how the service will interact with the broader web going forward. The three big ones: social plugins, Open Graph, and Open Graph API, make Facebook’s intentions very clear: they want to be the fabric of the web.

Erick already outlined Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s perspective on this from his keynote, but perhaps more interesting was some of what Platform Lead Bret Taylor had to say. The most interesting thing Taylor said was that Facebook’s stance is that social connections are going to be just as important going forward as hyperlinks have been for the web. Obviously, as the largest social network, Facebook to some degree has to believe (or at least say) that. But today, and really over the past several months of huge growth, Facebook has given us all a reason to believe that may be the case.

And if that’s so, Google had better watch out. There may be a new sheriff in web town.

Right off the bat, Zuckerberg rattled off some impressive numbers. While we all know that Facebook has over 400 million users (and it appears to be approaching 500 million rapidly), he also said that the service is growing at a faster rate than ever before. That’s fairly insane. He also noted that while it took the service 5 years to get to 100 million users, it took only 3 years to reach the same total in terms of mobile users. And in the past year, they seen that number grow 3x. Perhaps most impressive of all is that in just one year, Facebook got 100 million people using Facebook Connect. And that’s why everything they announced today has a real shot at completely transforming the web. Because everything they’ve announced (and specifically, Open Graph) seems to be like Facebook Connect on steroids.

All of this may sound grandiose and a bit frightening, but that’s why it’s ingenious the way Facebook is using Taylor. As he explained on stage today, Taylor used to work on a “small social network called FriendFeed” (which, of course, Facebook acquired last year). While he’s now a key member of Facebook’s team leading this new strategy, he used some of his keynote today to talk about his experience working on a startup with Facebook Connect.

He noted that at FriendFeed they found that the key to getting users to stick around and keep them using the site was that they had to connect with five friends. Unfortunately, when you’re a startup with not very many users, that’s extremely hard to do (yes, even just five). So FriendFeed implemented all types of logins and email contact lookups to try and help users find friends. The key to FriendFeed’s growth was Facebook Connect, as users were four times more likely to become engaged users if they signed up through that service, he said. In fact, if FriendFeed has continued on as an independent service, “we would have removed all those other signup buttons,” Taylor said. Yes, that includes Twitter and Google.

And lest you think his experience with Connect was all peachy, Taylor went on to explain that FriendFeed was constantly frustrated with how difficult Facebook Connect was to implement into their site. This is something that many developers have echoed over the past year. But with the new social plugins announced today, that all changes, Taylor promised. “I didn’t think the platform needed to be this complex,” he said. And now, apparently, it isn’t.

So that’s Taylor selling Facebook’s Open Graph to thousands of startups out there. And many are likely to bite. There’s no denying that social graphs are the key to a service being sticky, and there is no better social graph than Facebook’s.

Companies will have to choose whether to fight against this, and attempt to launch their own graph, or get in line. “When we connect our graphs together, the web is gonna get a whole lot better,” Zuckerberg promised.

Facebook launched some of this social plugin and Open Graph integration with several (30) large partners today. Just clicking around the web earlier, I ran into the new “like” button on CNN. It’s excellent; much better than the current share buttons which are slow and clunky in comparison.

In my opinion, Facebook still has a ways to go towards improving its actual site if it’s really going to be the long-term center of the web. (As in, the place you go to rather than Google.com.) But its claws for pulling in outside content are now razor-sharp. It’s going to be very hard for anyone to escape.

Over the next several days and weeks, we’ll undoubtedly hear why that’s a bad thing. Maybe it is. But maybe, if Facebook plays its cards right, the web will be a bit better because it will be more connected. Of course, that’s a lot of power for a still-private company to have. Let’s hope they know what they’re doing, and aren’t evil.

[photos: flickr/ingridtaylar and flickr/alan vernon]


Is It Too Late For Google Docs?

Google Docs Just Picked A Bad Time To Fail (But There’s A Fix): “

Today’s tech news was dominated by f8, Facebook’s developer conference where the social network outlined some new features that may help it become the underlying social fabric of the web. One of the day’s announcements was that Facebook and Microsoft had teamed up to launch Docs.com, an online version of Microsoft Office that has extra access to Facebook data to make the site “instantly social”. And the site’s biggest competitor — Google Docs — has responded to the news by going down. Hard. Update: Google’s status dashboard now says that everything should be working properly.

Over the course of the last hour, we’ve gotten many tips reporting Google Docs issues. I’m unable to create a spreadsheet. And Twitter search yields countless matches of people complaining about the outage.

Google updated its Apps Status Dashboard an hour ago to say it was an aware of an issue with Google Docs List. They updated it again minutes ago. As it turns out, Lists isn’t what is being affected — it’s Spreadsheets, Drawings, and Documents. Fortunately, there’s a way to fix the issue: Google says the problem is only affecting users on the recently released preview version of Google Docs — switch it back to the old version using the option at the top of the screen and things should start working again. Here’s the latest status update:

Our team is continuing to investigate this issue. We will provide an update by April 21, 2010 6:36:00 PM UTC-7 with more information about this problem. Thank you for your patience.
The problem we detected does not affect Google Docs List. Instead, impacted users cannot access Spreadsheets, Presentations, Drawings, and Documents created in the new preview version.
Google Documents users can still access and edit documents created in the standard version and those using the preview version can switch to the standard version to create new documents.