Debunking the myths of Columbine, 10 years later

“Journalist and author Dave Cullen was one of the first to take on what he calls the myths of Columbine. He kept at it for a decade, challenging what the media and law enforcement officials reported.” Source | April 20, 2009

Cullen’s book,”Columbine,” was released this month — just in time for today’s 10th anniversary of the shooting at the Colorado high school. While tackling popular misconceptions, Cullen also gives a riveting account of what happened that day and how the survivors view the event that marked their lives forever.

Ten years later and we have social networks that spread news faster than CNN can get to the spot. Imagine – god forbid – if “Columbine” happened today. Networks like twitter would spread the word before the incident was even over; remember Plane Crash in Hudson.

Ashton Kutcher challenges CNN to Twitter popularity contest

From | By John D. Sutter | April 17, 2009
Ashton Kutcher has challenged CNN to a popularity contest on the social media site Twitter.

“The celebrity and the news network are racing to get 1 million followers on the micro-blogging site, where users post 140-character messages. Kutcher challenged CNN to the race with a Web video posted on Tuesday. If he wins, Kutcher says he will ‘ding-dong ditch’ CNN founder Ted Turner’s house.

‘I found it astonishing that one person can actually have as big of a voice online as what an entire media company can on Twitter,’ Kutcher says in a video, which was shot from inside a car and was posted on”

At this time (2:20 PM CDT) Ashton is loosing.

Are Oprah, Ashton Kutcher taking the geek out of Twitter?

For those that where under the proverbial rock:

Twitter became a scene for a junior high school-style popularity competition this week. Kutcher, host of MTV’s Punk’d television show, was in a head-to-head battle for followers with media giant CNN.

I like this quote:

‘The attention that the competition for followers is getting is not a great thing,’ said Ezra Gottheil, an analyst at Technology Business Research Inc. ‘Anyone thinking of Twitter as something useful in business or in journalism is going to be kind of put off by this.’

And this is sooo true:

“It seems you can’t get through a typical newscast anymore without some mention of Twitter,” said Andrew Lipsman, a comScore analyst, in a blog post this week. “It just goes to show you how much social media, and specifically a site like Twitter, has become woven into the fabric of our daily media lives.”

All-in-all I don’t think celebs are de-geeking twitter. I think if twitter can stay like it is – people saying what they want in 140-characters – that twitter will stay cool – big – but cool and it won’t go the way of the myspace or facebook or Dodo bird.

Tax Day Brings Out “Tea Party” Protesters

Photo: AP Photo/George Ruhe
Photo: AP Photo/George Ruhe

Tax Day Brings Out “Tea Party” Protesters – CBS News: “The demonstrations mark the culmination of a movement spurred in part by a February rant from CNBC personality Rick Santelli that generated more than a million views on YouTube – and even a White House response.”

CNBC’s Rick Santelli vs. White House’s Robert Gibbs: “I think we left a few months ago the adage that if it was good for a derivatives trader that it was good for Main Street. I think the verdict is in on that,” White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said Friday.

A Texas Budget Rider Would Bid ‘Hasta la vista’ to Windows Vista

AUSTIN – It could be “Hasta la vista, baby” to state agency purchases of Microsoft’s Windows Vista information technology under a proposed state budget provision.

The “rider” in the proposed two-year, $182.2 billion state budget – expected to be taken up Wednesday by the Texas Senate – would require state agencies to get written approval from the Legislative Budget Board before buying Vista technology related to an operating system, equipment or licenses.

Sen. Juan Hinojosa, D-McAllen, added the provision in committee and said it’s meant to block purchases of the technology, which has been targeted by criticism: “Don’t buy it, because it’s not worth it.” Source:

I would add while we’re at it, let’s require IE7 for their XP machines. I can’t tell you the number of work-arounds we’ve incorporated into websites to let older versions of IE work.

UPDATE March 11, 2010: At work we skipped Vista (per se) and went from XP to Windows 7 this year. I say per se because we bought computers with Vista pre-installed and installed XP images on them.

Twitter Haters

The conversational Web site, which lets users post 140-character microblogs, saw a 1,374 percent jump in unique visitors between February 2008 and February this year, up to 7 million from only 475,000, according to Nielsen NetView.
By comparison, Facebook grew 228 percent, to 65.7 million users, during the same period.
Source: Is Twitter’s breakneck growth causing a backlash? | John D. Sutter| CNN

Some users say Twitter has outgrown its core audience and is irrelevant to the technophiles who made it popular in the first place. Others are annoyed by the flood of spammers and profiteers who now use the site’s popularity to make a buck.

It is inevitable that a Web site seeing Twitter-style growth would face some glitches and a backlash from early adopters, said Laura Fitton, a consultant and co-author of the book “Twitter for Dummies.”

“There’s going to be all kinds of people using it all kinds of different ways,” she said. “The purists can go pound rocks.”

Major news such as the Mumbai terrorist attacks and the Hudson River plane landing has broken over Twitter, and that’s added to the site’s popularity, she said.

Twitter is the new facebook. I don’t see what all the uproar is about, growth of popular services/products is inevitable: look at Google, Yahoo, Yahoo Messenger, AOL, AOL Instant Messenger, Netscape, Netscape Messenger. Things come and things go. If the twitter elite (l33t) thought they could keep this little product to themselves forever then they should pull their heads out of the sand and look around. The social media world is changing – hell it’s all about change.