Around the internet in 80 seconds
Fernando Alfonso III (cool name!) writes in the Daily Dot that Hoaxsters bought us 75,000 fake followers-and revealed a new kind of Twitter attack. Cooper Fleishman there tweeted: “The marketing company that filled our followers with spam also says it targeted @vocativ, @Gawker, @reuters.” David Holmes from PandoDaily called it, “A new kind of DDoS attack: Buy someone a bunch of fake followers to get them suspended from Twitter.”
Alexis Madrigal found The 2 Teenagers Who Run the Wildly Popular Twitter Feed, @HistoryInPics and profiled them in The Atlantic. Amy Virshup at the New York Times said, “Story of two teenagers who are bringing you @HistoryinPics. 895,000 followers. Why didn't I think of that?” Jake Smith from Pocket-lint agreed, “Damnit I've had a story like this in the works. Not this account but similar. #scooped” Melissa Lyttle at the Tampa Bay Times had a different reaction, “ICYMI: I unfollowed @HistoryInPics based on the pure douchebaggery of its founders & their disregard for copyright.” Karen Beninato with Forbes added this quote from the kids: “I'm sure the majority of photographers would be glad to have their work seen by the (sic) massives.”
In case you were wondering, definitely don’t go tweeting these 12 things in 2014. That’s according to a piece in The Guardian, of which Robert Hutton at Bloomberg News said, “See this must-read piece nail Twitter. There. Are. No. Words. #bliss.” Nancy Durrant at The Times agreed: “This piece by @danielmaier made me laugh so much I have tears. ‘Whinnying berk’ rendered me briefly helpless.”
Oh and lest we forget, it’s Macintosh’s 30th birthday. They made a sweet little video about it. Ben Rooney shared, “My first interview with @IlvesToomas he turned up with a MacBook Air. We geeked out on what was yr first Mac. He won.” Freelancer John Siracusa wrote, “Note that at the top of each page of Apple's 30th anniversary site for the Mac is an image of a person, not a machine.”
And for one more internet thing to round out your week, Digg found this music video of a singer being photoshopped in real time. They can’t figure out how it happened. Maybe you can?