NBA fans to decide dunk contest via Twitter

The NBA All-Star event is coming. Superstars will once again strut their stuff in this yearly bonanza and showcase their talents on the hard court.

NBA fans look forward not only to the actual game but the weekend long events most especially the slam dunk competition that features rim rattlers and graceful flyers.

The slam dunk competition used to be decided by judges who are seated at courtside. Now, the likes of Kenny Smith and Charles Barkley will not decide on the winner. Instead, the NBA is letting the fans choose who they want to be crowned as slam dunk king.

According to league executives, this year’s festivities will be the most digitally and socially connected All-Star game.

Melissa Rosenthal Brenner, the Vice President of marketing for the league said, “All-Star Weekend has really become a celebration of basketball, attracting a global audience and bringing together the best players from around the league. Given the global nature of social media, it’s perfect time to ramp up our efforts in the social space.”

One of the biggest changes in this year’s showcase is the tweak to the dunk contest. Fans will have the opportunity to vote by tweeting the hashtag #SpriteSlam along with a letter corresponding to their favorite dunker. They can also text and vote via NBA.com.

Looking forward to a fantastic weekend.

Image source: socialmediaseo.net

Michelle Obama is now officially on Twitter

One of Twitter’s latest users is well known to majority of us. In fact, after sending out nine tweets after after she officially signed up last Thursday, her followers have already reached 300, 000+  and the numbers are still rising.

First lady Michelle Obama has jumped on the Twitter mania well before the 2012 election season starts. On her first tweet she said, “ Hi, everyone, and thanks for the warm welcome. Look forward to staying in touch with you here. -mo.”

As we countdown the months leading to the 2012 elections, Team Obama is doing all it possibly can to stay in the White House.

Michelle’s husband, the President, is already a member of Twitter as he signed up during his election campaign last 2008. He now has almost 12 million followers. He welcomed his wife in Twitter by tweeting, “it’s not every day we get to welcome the First lady of the United States to Twitter-happy to have you, @MichelleObama!.”

Her account will be managed by staff and anything Michelle wants to tweet, they will be tweeting it and will have a sign “-mo”. President Obama’s signature includes his initials “-bo” and is also being updated by his staff.

“Google” hailed word of the decade

The American Dialect Society, an association that studies the English language  announced that late last week that the verb “Google”  has been chosen at the top word of the past decade.

Other words up for the Word of the Decade include  9/11, blog, green, wi-fi, text and war on terror but it was search giant’s wide-spread use that beat them all off.

“I really thought ‘blog’ would take the honors in the word of the decade category, but more people google than blog, don’t they? Plus, many people think “blog” just sounds ugly. Maybe Google’s trademark lawyers would have preferred it, anyway,” Grant Barrett, chair of the society’s New Words Committee said in a statement.

The American Dialect Society also announced late last week that Twitter’s “tweet” as the top word of 2009.

“Both words are, in the end, products of the Information Age, where every person has the ability to satisfy curiosity and to broadcast to a select following, both via the Internet,” Barrett said.

Source: http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9143758/Google_named_Word_of_the_Decade

Twitter on SMS now in India

India’s number one mobile company and the micro-blogging royalty have teamed up to bring “tweets” on India’s mobile phones – even those without wi-fi or data plans.

Announced today, the deal between Twitter and Bharti Airtel will allow users to send tweets at standard SMS rates and receive tweets from their followers for free.

“There are over one billion people with Internet access on the planet but there are more than four billion people with mobile phones and Twitter can work on all of them because even the simplest of these devices feature SMS,” Twitter co-founder Biz Stone said in a blog post.

Our partnership with Bharti Airtel, the largest mobile operator in India, means a huge population of people can now send tweets at standard rates and receive tweets for free,” Stone said.

Source: http://tech.yahoo.com/news/afp/20091014/tc_afp/usindiaittelecomcompanytwitterbhartiairtel

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Neil Gaiman to publish audiobook based on Tweets

Yup, you got that right.

Popular science fiction writer Neil Gaiman is starting a project with a thousand tweets provided by Twitter users and compiling them to create an audiobook.

The first line will be tweeted at midnight EDT Monday and can be found at http://twitter.com/BBCAA. Others who want their tweets to be included can also direct their tweets to “#bbcawdio.”

“When roughly 1,000 tweets are logged, we’ll edit the contributions and compile a script, then head into the studio to record and produce the audiobook,” the BBC Audiobooks America Blog said. “The final audiobook will be downloadable free on our Web site and also available as a digital download at iTunes and other audiobook retailers.”

Uhmm, I’m not sure what this will result to, but considering the mishmash of 140-character ideas of a thousand people? I’m pretty sure this’ll be interesting. 😉

Kudos to Mr. Neil Gaiman for cooking up such a unique idea! 🙂

Source: http://news.cnet.com/8301-27080_3-10373636-245.html

“Tweet” isn’t for Twitter…yet

It seems like there’s a race for placing a trademark on the word “Tweet” and Twitter, the microblogging service that popularized it, isn’t in the first place.

In U.S. Patent and Trademark Office documents found by blogger Sam Johnson, the site’s application for a trademark on “tweet” has been preliminarily denied.

The application was filed on April 16 and when approved, would make “tweet” one of Twitter’s registered trademarks. Twitter expressed in the application that they want to use tweet “through the applicant’s related company or licensee the mark in commerce on or in connection with the identified goods and/or services.”

The Patent Office however, found three companies that have already applied for trademarks that contained the word “tweet” in their names. All three applications were filed before Twitter filed their own application.

Twitter received the rejection notice from the Patent Office on July 1, along with copies of the applications sent by TweetMarks, Cotweet, and Tweetphoto. These names were simply too close to the trademark Twitter wanted.

The notice stated that the trademark for tweet “may be refused registration under Trademark Act Section 2(d) because of a likelihood of confusion between the two marks.”

It’s not the end for Twitter’s application for a mark on tweet though because the applications from the three companies are still waiting for approval too.

Keep your fingers crossed Twitter guys! 😉

Source: http://news.cnet.com/8301-17939_109-10313566-2.html

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