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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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Twitter flies at $25.4b, but does it have wings?

The huge pop that greeted Twitter’s IPO would suggest the market is convinced by its business model. Another social network, LinkedIn, had a similarly charmed debut, reminds Technology Spectator’s Harrison Polites.

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Will it float? Twitter’s prospectus shows signs of growth

Twitter has confirmed its stockmarket float, and the the numbers look better than most analysts expected. Our technology expert examines the pitch to investors for clues.

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Is Twitter worth $16b? Perhaps in a multi-screen game

Ahead of Twitter’s share float analysts are valuating the social media powerhouse at more than $16 billion. Will it flop like Facebook or justify its price in a multi-screen environment?

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Media briefs: ALP ad ban … Oz twits … Murdoch affairs? …

The Australian published a story online with a quote from a fake Joe Hockey Twitter account, and the error has yet to be corrected.

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iSentia index: the age of the Twitterverse

Are the daily tabloids still relevant in this age of digital media? Kevin Rudd will be hoping not, since he is the undisputed king of the social media sphere.

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How Jane Austen would write off those nasty internet trolls

In solidarity with Caroline Criado-Perez, threatened with rape on Twitter because she suggested Jane Austen should feature on British banknotes, S.A. Jones has anti-trolling techniques from the great lady herself.

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Rape, misogyny and the triumph of the hypermasculine

Our horror at rape jokes and protestations of acceptance come about because our culture simultaneously affirms tolerance and equality, while expressing its identity through war and domination.

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Media briefs: climate correction … ‘magical Murray’ … living on a prayer …

US President Barack Obama is the most popular politician on Twitter, but no other pollies come close to the late Hugo Chavez. Plus other media snippets.

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Order in the House: online, and on message

Our MPs who use Facebook and Twitter are more productive and more engaged with locals than their offline counterparts, analysis by Bond University journalism students Krystal Etherington and Silje Remme suggests. They fire up their iPhones to find out which pollies get social media.

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Tweet, tweet! A visual representation of MPs’ social media use

Which MPs are active on Facebook and Twitter? And what do they have to say on social media? Bond University students Krystal Etherington and Silje Remme fire up their laptops and take a look at our pollies online.

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Richard Farmer’s chunky bits

Yawn. No sign yet of any kind of Labor revival before September’s election. Plus other political views noted along the way.

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Indonesia’s social media election — for better or worse

Jakarta is the biggest “Twitter city” in the world. Henry Belot of The Citizen looks at the impact of social media on next year’s Indonesian presidential election — and it’s not all rosy.

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