May 1, 2013 5:12 AM
April 15, the day of the Boston bombings, was the saddest day in five years, according to a new website that monitors mood via twitter.
The website was created by mathematicians at the University of Vermont. They calculate happiness levels by analyzing the words used in fifty million tweets... more »
February 4, 2013 1:25 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) - Republican Sen. John McCain's tweet comparing Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to a monkey is drawing criticism from a fellow GOP lawmaker as racist. On Monday, McCain wrote, "So Ahmadinejad wants to be first Iranian in space - wasn't he just there last week?" He then linked to... more »
January 17, 2013 1:55 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) - Trying to find Michelle Obama on Twitter? Try tweeting her at (at)FLOTUS, which is Washington shorthand for "first lady of the United States." Mrs. Obama's office unveiled her new Twitter identity on Thursday, largely to replace a previous Twitter account under the handle of (at)Michelle Obama. That... more »
December 28, 2012 1:36 PM
COLORADO SPRINGS - Christmas Eve was a particularly busy time for volunteers with the NORAD Tracks Santa Program. During a 23 hour period, the operations center answered over 114,000 calls from children looking for Santa Claus, an increase of more than 12,000 from last year.
The group also received... more »
November 27, 2012 3:26 PM
The Pueblo Police Department is announcing a new Community Services Division, including a public information officer and social media access.
The police department will be providing updates to the community through Facebook (Pueblo Police Department) and Twitter (@PuebloPolice1)
If you want updates even more quickly, visit the City... more »
June 8, 2012 4:29 PM
NEW YORK (AP) -- To snag the best airfares, travelers need to be adventurous and willing to pick up at a moment's notice.
OK, now let's be realistic. Most people making summer travel plans need just that: plans. They get a week off, maybe two, and aren't going to... more »
April 23, 2012 6:32 PM
Twenty three of Colorado’s top wineries and one meadery will pour at the Nomacorc--Colorado Twitter Taste--off at the fourth annual DrinkLocalWine conference April 28 at St. Cajetan’s on the Metropolitan State College campus in Denver.
The conference, presented by the Colorado Wine Industry Development Board, will focus on the... more »
March 1, 2012 9:47 PM
With people using social media like Twitter and Facebook more than ever, these sites are of growing importance in emergency situations. During the school shooting in Chardon, Ohio this week, students tweeted moment by moment, providing real-time updates to responders who used that information to direct aid.
Local emergency... more »
February 29, 2012 8:13 PM
How dangerous is it to deal with people you meet online? We looked into the issue today in light of yesterday's standoff situation at a local urology center. Office workers say it all started as a dispute over an online ad for puppies.
We spoke with Kevin Johnson, a... more »
February 12, 2012 11:17 AM
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The U.S. government is seeking software that can mine social media to predict the future. Solicitations posted online show federal law enforcement and intelligence agencies hope to anticipate everything from terrorist attacks to foreign uprisings by sifting billions of posts from Twitter and other social networks.... more »
January 18, 2012 10:13 AM
NEW YORK (AP) -- Can the world live without Wikipedia for a day? The shutdown of one of the Internet's most-visited sites is not sitting well with some of its volunteer editors, who say the protest of anti-piracy legislation could threaten the credibility of their work.
"My main concern... more »
January 17, 2012 10:11 AM
Wikipedia will black out the English language version of its website Wednesday to protest anti-piracy legislation under consideration in Congress, the foundation behind the popular community-based online encyclopedia said in a statement Monday night.
The website will go dark for 24 hours in an unprecedented move that brings added... more »
January 16, 2012 8:16 PM
Wikipedia may black out its website Wednesday to protest anti-piracy legislation under consideration in Congress.
Founder Jimmy Wales announced on Twitter Monday that the popular site will shut down its English versions for 24 hours in protest. Wikimedia, the foundation behind the site, says it is still collecting public... more »
December 25, 2011 10:28 AM
COLORADO SPRINGS (AP) - Santa Claus set records Christmas Eve he raced across the globe on his traditional holiday mission. Volunteers at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs say they fielded about 102,000 telephone queries beginning early Saturday on his progress. That broke the previous mark of 80,000. And... more »
September 8, 2011 6:25 PM
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - If you're on Twitter, expect to see more ads flowing through your stream of tweets in the next few months. The ads will show up even if the promotion is from a company that a person hasn't chosen to follow. Until now, Twitter had only displayed... more »
August 13, 2011 5:03 PM
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Los Angeles County sheriff's department says The Game incited a telephone flash mob that overwhelmed the emergency phone system.
Capt. Mike Parker tells the Los Angeles Times that the rapper tweeted the number of the Compton station Friday and told his 580,000 followers that... more »
July 28, 2011 3:45 PM
CINCINNATI (AP) - The Old Spice Guy has won his hunk-off with Fabio.
Former football player Isaiah Mustafa has been lead spokesman for the Procter & Gamble Co. brand of men's body washes and deodorants for nearly two years, starring in a popular series of marketing campaigns relying heavily... more »
July 10, 2011 5:10 PM
LONDON (AP) - A spokesman for David Beckham says the soccer star's wife Victoria has given birth to a healthy baby girl.
Simon Oliveira says that the couple are "delighted to announce the birth of their daughter," who was delivered Sunday morning at Cedars Sinai hospital in Los Angeles... more »
June 14, 2011 5:22 PM
In modern day Iceland everyone can be James Madison or Thomas Jefferson. The citizens of the North-Atlantic nation are drafting a new constitution and they're opening debate over document to the public via social media. Serving in place of the State House of Philadelphia are Facebook, Twitter, Fllickr and YouTube.... more »
June 3, 2011 1:42 PM
NEW YORK (AP) - There's a simple way for Congressman Anthony Weiner to prove his claim that he didn't send a racy photo to a female college student from his Twitter account. But it's a step he has refused to take so far. If law enforcement were asked to investigate,... more »
June 1, 2011 8:14 PM
BOSTON (AP) - Shaquille O'Neal says on Twitter that he's about to end his 19-year NBA career. The Tweet he sent out today also had a link to a 16-second video. On it, O'Neal indicated he's about to retire and wanted his Twitter community to know it first.
The... more »
May 25, 2011 2:22 PM
BOULDER, Colo. (AP) - A Boulder woman says her savvy social media skills are what reunited her with a stolen bike.
The Daily Camera reports 30-year-old Elaine Ellis returned home Saturday morning to find that her bike lock had been ripped out of a brick wall and her $500 bike... more »
May 8, 2011 11:31 AM
Just in case it was taking too long to create new friends on Facebook, there's a new app to help speed things up. Instant Friend is available for the Android market and allows the user to scan a friend's phone to become Facebook friends.
But there's a catch, both... more »
April 24, 2011 11:44 AM
Why use Facebook or Twitter to keep in touch with friends when you can Uber50? A new report by the social media tracking site alltwitter.com says that rap star 50 Cent is partnering with the company UberSocial which makes a Twitter application for Blackberry smart phones.
The program would... more »
February 1, 2011 10:34 AM
Faculty researchers at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs will study the role of online informal communication in disasters as part of a $750,000 grant from the National Science Foundation.
The grant is shared with the University of California Irvine.
Among the topics to be studied is the... more »
January 25, 2011 8:08 PM
There's Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, Foursquare, and now there's a new social networking site to add to the list. It's called LifeCount and Dave Reinhart, of Colorado Springs developed it. His site has a unique twist compared to the others, it's all about your bucket list, "A place to write down... more »
January 25, 2011 12:27 PM
There's Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, Foursquare and now you can add another social network to the list. It's called LifeCount and it's the brainchild of Dave Reinhart of Colorado Springs.
Reinhart says the site is essentially a place to put your bucket list, all the things you want to do... more »
December 15, 2010 11:16 PM
Colorado Springs Police are going high tech and looking for your help in finding stolen cars. The new program, which kicked off Wednesday, uses CSPD's Twitter account to notify their followers of a car theft the minute it happens. "This is kind of a new approach to policing." explains Sgt.... more »
December 15, 2010 2:31 PM
Colorado Springs Police will use Twitter to send out information about cars reported stolen.
The idea is to quickly get information into the hands of citizens who may see the stolen auto. Information will include a description of the car, license plate number and the address where the car... more »
September 20, 2010 7:42 PM
When fire broke out at a Colorado Springs apartment complex Monday, the first images from the scene appeared not on TV or the web site for the local newspaper, but rather on the fire department's Twitter page. It continues a rapid trend of emergency response agencies utilizing social media to... more »
September 16, 2010 11:05 AM
A tiny university in central Pennsylvania is making waves with a bold experiment: blacking out social media for a week.
That means students and staff at the Harrisburg University of Science and Technology can't access Facebook, Twitter or a host of other social networks while on campus.
Provost... more »
August 20, 2010 7:26 PM
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Jimmy Fallon wants your tweet to be part of the Emmy Awards.
Fallon, host of the ceremony on NBC, said Friday the public will get to submit an introduction through Twitter for up to 15 Emmy presenters. Fallon will read the best one as each... more »
August 9, 2010 8:30 AM
MTV has named 23-year-old Gabi Gregg its first "Twitter Jockey." Gregg won the position Sunday night after a nationwide vote.
The TJ position is the updated version of the network's VJ job, and Gregg will report on pop culture news using Twitter, Facebook, blogs and MTV's website. Gregg graduated... more »
August 5, 2010 11:05 PM
Colorado Springs Twitter users are planning to meet up this month to meet IRL (in real life).
The "tweetup" is being planned at Colorado Mountain Brewery at Interquest and I-25, on August 18th from 5-7 p.m. CMBREW is a new venture, it just opened up a few weeks ago.... more »
June 18, 2010 6:39 PM
When a World Cup goal is scored, Twitter celebrates. The social networking site is seeing record traffic every time a big goal is scored in the soccer tournament. Though Twitter normally sees about 750 tweets per second on an average day, there were a record 2,940 tweets per second after... more »
June 18, 2010 5:59 PM
Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff is defending his use of Twitter to tell the world that he had given the Department of Corrections the OK to execute a condemned man by firing squad.
Shurtleff's tweet shortly before Ronnie Lee Gardner was shot to death Friday morning drew criticism from... more »
April 13, 2010 10:35 AM
Online messaging service Twitter is introducing advertising, allowing companies to pay to have their messages show up first in searches. The feature introduced Tuesday is called Promoted Tweets. Twitter says Best Buy Co., Sony Pictures, Starbucks Corp. and Virgin America are some of the advertisers. San Francisco-based Twitter has grown... more »
April 5, 2010 1:23 PM
It appears that social networking reaches even into space. This morning, before suiting up and stepping onboard the Space Shuttle Discovery, NASA Astronauts "tweeted" about their experience. Prior to the launch, mission specialist Clay Anderson wrote, "This might be last ground Tweet before launch...have to pack and ready for suit... more »
March 22, 2010 12:46 PM
The amount of time people spend on the computer while watching TV is going up sharply. The Nielsen Co. said Monday that people who multitask this way spent an average of three and a half hours doing so in December. That's up sharply from the two hours, 29 minutes that... more »
March 16, 2010 8:07 PM
When a building at the Berkshire Apartments caught fire last Thursday, Colorado Springs Firefighters "tweeted" about it. It was one of the first major calls to be put on their new Twitter page.
"We're able to get out some realtime emergency incident information not only to the news but... more »
February 15, 2010 11:21 AM
Kevin Smith says he's "way fat," but that shouldn't stop him from flying.
The director and actor says a pilot ejected him from a Southwest Airlines flight from Oakland to Burbank, Calif., saying he didn't fit properly in a single seat.
Smith raised a stink about the incident... more »
February 10, 2010 10:56 AM
Everyone seems to be on Twitter, so why shouldn't your dog be on as well? That will soon happen thanks to an iPhone application that will "translate" dog barks into English and tweet them out to the world. Mobile content provider , Japan's Index Corporation says it will the launch... more »
February 2, 2010 11:46 AM
Gangs are tumbling to modern communication methods like twitter, but unbeknownst to them, tweeting members may actually be singing like birds to attentive authorities. Tech-savvy gangsters have long been at home in chatrooms and on Web sites but they appear to be gravitating toward Twitter and Facebook, where they can... more »
January 22, 2010 12:47 AM
These days information moves quickly, and there's a demand for it from Haiti.
Compassion International has been really focusing on internet social networking during one of the first major disasters since the popularity of many major sites' has really boomed. It's proving to be a good way to get... more »
January 18, 2010 5:48 PM
President Barack Obama has personally thanked some American Red Cross workers for their efforts following the earthquake in Haiti last week. He also sent his first Twitter message. Obama and first lady Michelle Obama went to American Red Cross headquarters a few blocks from the White House on Monday, and... more »
December 18, 2009 8:50 AM
Hackers briefly blocked access to the popular Internet messaging service Twitter, steering traffic to another Web site where a group reportedly calling itself the "Iranian Cyber Army" claimed responsibility. Users trying to reach Twitter early Friday were redirected to a Web page that CNN reported had a picture of a... more »
November 16, 2009 9:16 AM
Fingers will be flying when space shuttle Atlantis blasts off Monday: About 100 of NASA's geekiest fans will be on hand, pecking away at iPhones, BlackBerrys, laptops and other Twittering gadgets.
They plan to let loose with electronic messages - provided they aren't so swept away by the afternoon... more »
November 12, 2009 1:34 PM
A Colorado Springs state senator is drawing attention for a comment he made on Twitter about President Obama.
Sen. Dave Schultheis sent a Tweet Wednesday that read, "Don't for a second, think Obama wants what is best for US. He is flying the US plane right into the ground... more »
October 14, 2009 12:58 PM
NASA is inviting its Twitter followers to the next space shuttle launch. The shuttle Atlantis was moved to the launch pad Wednesday for its planned liftoff on Nov. 12. The shuttle will deliver more goods to the International Space Station. For the first time ever, NASA is holding a liftoff... more »
October 12, 2009 9:05 AM
Three lucky people who have never experienced snow will get a chance to spend three months reveling in it and sampling some winter activities in Colorado for free. The three snow virgins who ultimately get chosen will get that chance as part of a contest launched today by the Colorado... more »
September 25, 2009 12:02 PM
Americans have been devoting 17 percent of all their Internet time to social networks like Facebook and blogging Web sites like Blogger.
The percentage for last month is up from 6 percent a year earlier.
The report comes from Nielsen and follows its decision to team up with... more »
August 25, 2009 7:09 PM
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