In and About Media
We're all on Twitter, right? Well, you'll be overjoyed to learn that Twitter CEO Dick Costolo can be tracked in real time, using metadata--or so Zach Seward at Quartz tells us! ProPublica's Amanda Zamora shared this pièce de résistance, prefacing it, "In which @qz twitter-stalks @dickc ahead of IPO." Quartz colleague David Yanofsky also pointed out, "This tweet has my exact location embedded in it."
Plus, remember how MSNBC's Rachel Maddow accused Rand Paul of plagiarizing Wikipedia? Some of us didn't find that so bad. But now Buzzfeed's Andrew Kaczynski informs us that sections of Rand Paul's Op-Ed on drug sentencing were plagiarized from an article published a week earlier. "If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then I suppose I should thank @SenRandPaul for the compliment," shrugged Dan Stewart, the true author of those words at The Week. Over at Slate, Dave Weigel reflected, incredulously, "Sen. Paul actually has a column in TWT. Wonder how long that lasts." Stewart's Week colleague Theunis Bates had the best reaction, though: "So Rand Paul may have plagiarized my Week colleague @thatdanstewart. Quite offended he didn't copy me."