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The Twitter anonymity guide for whistleblowers, activists and ABCNewsintern

Leslie Nassar, Crikey’s Department of Australia and formerly Fake Stephen Conroy on Twitter, explains how to keep your anonymous account secret.

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About those deleted tweets …

Crikey readers talk new anti-terror laws, and Barry O’Farrell explains that deleted tweet.

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Bureau of Regret: Mungo lives!

Anne Summers whipped Twitter into a frenzy with a tweet announcing the death of Mungo MacCallum. Let’s see what journalists and public figures piled on — and then hastily deleted their condolences when Mungo was found tucking into some eggs.

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Making Twitter more like Facebook is a terrible idea

Twitter is considering changing its format so that it will curate your news feed. But that will defeat the entire purpose of Twitter — and a lot of breaking news will be lost in the process.

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Department of Australia: Bureau of Regret

Melbourne’s lord mayor has had a very hard day with the Twitter. Plus… @Sharri2000 unmasked!

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Bureau of Regret: when spammers attack

Border Force and Team Australia couldn’t save Scott Morrison from a Twitter hacking over the weekend.

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The neverending echo chamber of Chris Kenny’s prolonged Twitter farewell tour

By virtue of their reach and influence, Chris Kenny’s columns have become echo chambers — and on no topic is this more evident than in his conviction that Twitter is an echo chamber, writes economist Tom Westland.

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Twitter not as popular as you think

Everyone who’s anyone is on Twitter, right? Well …

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Tips and rumours

Party-watch at The Australian … why Fairfax management discovered the Twitter … time to tweet Jesus! …

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Twitter becoming the latest instrument of terrorism

Terrorist groups have been targeting Twitter to put out fake warnings and alerts. But this is only the beginning of social media terrorism.

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Follow Friday: @uncutcg, occupying the electoral process

Carl Gibson wants to turn radical street politics into real power in Washington. He talks to Crikey about his new party, the long road to recognition and the power of Twitter.

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Follow Friday: @BrigidWD, live-tweeting compulsory silence

From locked bathrooms to silent meditation retreats, journalist and novelist Brigid Delaney is committed to stream-of-consciousness tweeting.

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Follow Friday: @nils_gilman, prognosticating the paradox of the future

Nils Gilman is a futurist, pessimist and just about the smartest person you could follow on Twitter. He takes on banks, the GFC, social inequality, and where we as a species are heading.

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AGD returns to data retention, wants Twitter, Facebook interception powers

The Attorney-General’s Department, chastened by its previous experience, wants to consult again on data retention — but also has Twitter and Facebook in its sights.

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Follow Friday: @ClaireBerlinski, talking Turkey in Paris

Writer, academic and ex-Istanbullu Claire Berlinski watches events in Turkey with a heavy heart but little surprise. To those interested in the region, she’s a leading voice on Twitter.

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Follow Friday: @bloggingsbyboz, who has both eyes on Latin America

If you want to understand Latin America, James Bosworth’s Twitter feed is a very good place to start. The strategic analyst is Crikey’s latest Follow Friday story.

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Follow Friday: @ClairMacD, our woman in Monrovia

What’s an Australian journalist doing in Liberia? Clair MacDougall is fascinated by the “deeply complex” nation and coverage of Africa broadly. The intrepid freelance is worth a follow.

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Hyperbolic outrage and trolling to quieten the constant assault

Trolling is not about the trolls. It’s the product of increasingly histrionic communication, where everything provokes outrage. And the reasons behind Charlotte Dawson’s death are much more complicated.

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Follow Friday: @VictoriaCocks1 and @kirstysan, digital adventurers

Filmmakers Victoria Cocks and Kirsty Stark have harnessed the power of Twitter to call attention to their TV series Wastelander Panda. Their experiemt was a success, with the ABC commissioning six episodes.

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Media briefs: Rupert’s Tumblr … Foxtel profits … Lee Lin …

Murdoch’s social media reform … Aussie dollar slide hurts Foxtel … Video of the day: starring Lee Lin Chin …

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Caro’s flotsam and jetsam: violence, masculinity and class struggle edition

How can we stop the problem of street violence? Lock up all them men … what it means to be Australian … and why the hell do Liberal premiers seem to hate the environment so much?

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Follow Friday: @sarahkendzior, commentator, and the ‘full Kendzior’

Sarah Kendzior seeks out bastardy and has quickly become a star online — and on Twitter. As part of Crikey’s new series Follow Friday, we talk to the Al Jazeera columnist on the world around her.

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The Times-Guardian power couple kicking a dying cancer patient

A columnist has written a piece in The Guardian attacking a cancer patient for her “TMI” tweets. But wait, it gets worse, when her New York Times columnist husband got involved …

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Rupert’s changing the world, 140 characters at a time

Media types love Twitter, and octogenarian media mogul Rupert Murdoch is certainly no stranger to the format. Freelance writer Farz Edraki asks: how powerful is Murdoch on Twitter, really?

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Media briefs: Textor’s tasteless tweet … Tele’s Rees ethics … Courier-Fail on Ashes?

Liberal Party adviser Mark Textor has hit the headlines in Indonesia over a tasteless tweet. That and other media tidbits.

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