Stephen Meisel embraces Twitter In Vogue Italia


The December 2009 Cover of Vogue Italia


The cover of the December issue of Vogue Italia is a first of its sort.  It features a collage made by Stephen Meisel, of different models including Gisele Bundchen, Natalia Vodianova, Lara Stone, and Christy Turlington: not surprising figures to habitat the cover of Vogue or any other publication.  

But this one is a little different.  These pictures are taken via Twitpic, a popular photo sharing app on Twitter.  This application allows people to post photos from their phone, through the Twitter website, or through their API.  If you have a Twitter account, all you have to do is log in using your Twitter username and password.    

While out of the ordinary, the Vogue Italia cover isn’t really shocking to the fashion community.  It’s not the first time the magazine has featured technology as a focal point.  The January 2007 cover featured the rise of webcams and YouTube.  Plus many designers and consumers are using Twitter to converse about fashion, constantly introducing new ideas and styles.

Within the issue, Stephen Meisel, who renamed the Twitpics “Meiselpics,” displays a blurred picture of himself, and then writes to 20 models that he was going to send them some clothes and instructed them to photograph themselves.  This seems a bit shocking in a world of famed professional photography, but we can’t really be surprised considering the trend of technology and social media this year.  It is only appropriate that this year’s favorite social media platform, Twitter graces the final 2009 cover of Vogue Italia.  

Some of the inside photographs include tweets from the various models, including one from a pregnant Geisele Budchen, who twitpic-ed herself in lingerie, noting “Privacy is beautiful.”  A bit ironic that she’s discussing privacy while photographing herself in lingerie through a social media platform.

The January 2007 Cover of Vogue Italia


December 4, 2009 at 7:25 pm Leave a comment

Where Do you Tweet From?

Since becoming one of the most popular social networking sites, Twitter is drawing users of various age groups, geographic locations and reasons for using Twitter.  So where are these people all tweeting from? You’d be surprised to find out some of the most popular tweet spots.

A study by Crowd Science, a tool for reviewing website traffic stats, showed results of where people tweet from most frequently and how often people use social networking sites from a mobile device while driving. Out of 718 respondents, the majority said they tweeted the most during work hours.

Now that may not be very surprising: we all know how work can drag on sometimes.  But the second most common place to tweet is a little more shocking: in the bathroom! Looks like there’s no need for that magazine rack; just provide a computer or a phone for your house guests.  Another place that struck me as interesting was Twitter usage during a religious service.

Here are the results of the Crowd Science study on Twitter:

Of course there are multiple uses for Twitter, plenty of which I’ve been covering: retail marketing, fighting crime, etc.  But one of the biggest uses seems to be pointless babble, among other uses discussed in this Penn Olson article, which categorizes the uses into six categories. The article includes a youtube video, but it may not work so here’s the video in case it doesn’t work on the website:

Not only do the results show that people spend a lot of time on Twitter doing meaningless things- there’s a bit of a fear factor. If people are spending time on social networking sites and texting while driving, often times it results in danger.  The frequently watched youtube video “Texting and Driving,” showing a very graphic accident in the U.K., reflects the problems involved with texting, or in this case, social networking.  

Please note: this video is very graphic and disturbing.


November 29, 2009 at 11:01 pm 1 comment

Roger Avary’s Tweets Land Him Back in Jail

Screenwriter of the award-winning film, “Pulp Fiction” was sentenced to prison after a fatal DUI that killed one person and injured Avary’s wife, and had been tweeting about life behind bars since October.  Or at least we thought.

Mark Milian of the Los Angeles Times wrote an article questioning whether or not Avary was really tweeting from inside the Ventura County Jail as @avary, referring to himself as #34 (profile is now private).  As it turned out, he wasn’t. After a follow up investigation, The LA Times wrote a second article reporting that Avary was serving his time in a furlough program that allowed him to go to his job during the day and report back to the furlough facility at night and on weekends.  

Inmates in the program are not allowed to work at home, and it is unclear as to where Avary was working during the day.  It is also unclear when and why officials permitted Avary to enter the furlough program.  

As of Thanksgiving day, Avary is back in full-time custody at Ventura County Jail.  He tweeted on Thursday evening, “#34 is ‘rolled up’ to a higher security facility for exercising his first amendment rights. The truth he has discovered is too dangerous.”

What Avary was tweeting, about his life in prison, a life he made seem very difficult, wasn’t reality.  Perhaps he thought using Twitter to describe his life in prison would help get away with serving in the furlough program, but it backfired when Milian picked up the story.  I’d call it a win for Twitter and it’s accidental role in criminal surveillance.  

Here are some of Avary’s tweets:

November 29, 2009 at 6:48 pm Leave a comment

eHow Mobile Android Application

eHow has recently launched the new Android Application.  The application, developed by monseta, is free and works on Google phones or any android-powered device, to allow eHow members to access their favorite how-to resource from the palm of their hand.  

The application features the ability to search the eHow database, offering over 1 million articles and videos.  Users can also access the “I Did This” section of, and upload photos, videos and articles from their mobile device.  This is an application people can use anywhere, and upload articles from a destination or a class or anywhere they might come up with ideas for an eHow article- without needing a computer at hand!  

The downloading instructions are easy.  Users simply go to theAndroid Marketplace and search for the “eHow Android” and click install.  It can also be scanned, using the Android Barcode Scanner application, which can be downloaded on the Android Market.

November 29, 2009 at 12:41 am Leave a comment

Twitter’s serial murder admits his fictional identity

On November 16, TechCrunch Europe wrote about a user from Brighton, U.K., dinner_guest, that was tweeting very dark and morbid thoughts.  As of Novermber 17th, dinner_guest had only three followers.  Today?  292 followers.  Quite a jump!

Many news agencies and bloggers began following the co-called murder, and today the reported that dinner_guest updated his Twitter profile, changing his bio to “A fictional character born out of an artist’s mind. A meme experiment & analysis.”  Well, that’s a relief. The user turned out to be fictional: an artist’s imagination at work… at least we hope.

The incident brings up an important point though, what if this serial killer were real? What would Twitter management forces do?  One of the most debated concepts of social media is the censoring of news and the idea that amateur journalists are distributing news just as much as professional agencies.  So how does this information get policed?

For a little comic relief check out this video from Landline Tv about fictionalized Twitter Cops:

When I first thought about the concept, I wasn’t thinking about the literal term “policing,” I was thinking about what Twitter management would do in this scenario.  But then I came across an example of an arrest by police forces, some of you may have heard of in October, when an NYC activist Elliot Madison was arrested for “Criminal use of a communication facility”  (that facility being Twitter).

Here’s a video from Democracy Now War and Peace Report about the arrest.  It’s a long one, but the first few minutes summarize the charges and is then followed by an interview with Madison and his attorney.  

There really isn’t much monitoring of tweets right now, and that may or may not change (not without much debate).  But as seen in Madison’s case, police can apparently make arrests based on the use of social platforms such as Twitter: so be careful what you tweet.

November 20, 2009 at 1:42 am Leave a comment

Company Marketers Embrace Social Media as the Holiday Season Approaches

Halloween is over, and let’s face it- Thanksgiving is simply a minor road bump on the snowy trail to the holiday season. Most of us are already imagining candy canes and christmas cookies, but many businesses are dreaming of other things: holiday marketing.  This year’s biggest tool for companies and brands looking to market their products to a large customer base?  Social media of course!  

This post will extend a touch beyond my normal Twitter and eHow updates, since the topic applies to multiple social media platforms.  Twitter  and Facebook seem to be the largest arenas for holiday marketing, since the number of users has skyrocketed in the past year or so, and many people rely on these media bases for news and networking.  Facebook, for example, has a fan page for practically every company or brand, most of which have thousands of followers.  Through this application, companies can update their customers on sales or message fans about product events, which is seen in the YouTube video below.  Companies can reach out to new fans by making their pages global and open to everyone on Facebook.  Customers can also send fan page suggestions to their friends, increasing the number of people the company reaches.  And it’s not only large brands like Target or Victoria’s Secret PINK that have pages.  One application called Promotions allows any business or agency to run promotions for their products that include formats like sweepstakes and prize giveaways, free coupons and contests.  All a company has to do is become a fan and then post their website or facebook page with a line about their product or what’s going on with their business at the moment.  Once again, social media pulls through with the ability for amateur marketing, just like Chris Anderson discusses in his book, The Long Tail.  

Create a Facebook page for your business here!

Twitter is another great tool for business marketing, and this year we’re going to see a whole lot of tweeting during the holidays.  For example, Best Buy created Twelpforce to offer technology advice to customers in tweet form.  This season, Best Buy plans on using Twelpforce to help customers decide what gifts to buy.  

In an article from Reuters, Starbucks’ vice president of brand, content and online was quoted, “This is going to be a really interesting holiday season with social media.  It just wasn’t this far along last holiday season.”  Companies like Starbucks will use Twitter to interact directly with customers and get feedback on products, events and ad campaigns. 

This holiday season, keep tabs on your favorite companies and brands by following them on their social media sites.  You’ll find lots of great savings, and you can give customer feedback to see your visions come through in their product lines!|9005|twelpforce||S|b|4447510275

November 6, 2009 at 1:21 am 1 comment

eHow Goes Green As Part of Blog Action Day 2009

Blog Action Day 2009 is an opportunity for blog users to unite concerning an issue our world faces.  This year Blog Action Day fell on October 15th, and the highlighted issue was Global Climate Change.  

This year’s Blog Action Day reached 18 million users, as 13, 541 blogs from 156 countries participated.  This online activity serves as just another example of how social media users can unite for special causes, in this case the most urgent cause facing our world today, and make a difference using a format that is accessible to everyone.

eHow offers numerous ways for users to embrace an effort to go green.  711 articles and videos explore different practices of conserving natural resources, which users can easily find by visiting the How To Directory index.  And it gets easier yet: the Go Green Page is a fantastic resources that directs users even further to climate change articles and videos organized by quick guides, updates and even additional web resources.  Article include guides on anything from how to make a college dorm green, to how to find green electronics.

October 21, 2009 at 7:02 pm 2 comments

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