Will Smidlein, 16, of Cleveland, Oh., managed to bypass Vine’s six-second video limit Monday night, uploading the entire three-minute, 33-second video for Rick Astley’s “Never Gonna Give it Up.”
“I think I broke Vine,” he tweeted. On his Twitter page, Smidlein is a self-described “web developer.”
The hack came about the day Vine became available as an Android app. Smidlein, who apparently “had experience developing for Android,” says CNN, “translated the app's code into a readable format, then tinkered with parts of the program that lets users upload posts.”
Smidlein insists that his prank was all in good fun. "Honestly, it was just for my friends and the people who follow me on Twitter and Vine," he said. But, by the time engineers at Twitter had contacted him to remove his post. Smidlein later wrote "sorry, Twitter/Vine engineers. I tried to keep it quiet, but the internet never forgets."
Though he’s caused quite a stir amongst the Twitter and Vine engineers, Smidlein seems to have developed a fan base as well. One user commented that they think Vine should consider hiring him.
Smidlein now is sitting back watching the social media ticker roll:
At this point, I'm just enjoying the fantastic headlines. twitter.com/ws/status/3419…
— Will Smidlein (@ws) June 4, 2013
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Erdogan criticized Twitter and other social media networks this weekend after a small sit-in at Gezi Park in central Istanbul spiraled into a nation-wide anti-Erdogan protest - the largest since his election 10 years ago.
Erdogan said Twitter was to blame for spreading rumors of violence, which he insists he never approved. However, according to Turkey’s Andalou News Agency, more than 700 people were detained by police force and almost 200 have been hospitalized. Reports on Sunday night revealed that police officers used tear gas, water cannons and pepper spray to tame protesters in the Istanbul district of Besiktas.
Erdogan attributed the outbreak to looters, radicals and provocations of the Republican People’s Party, which opposes his administration.
“That thing called social media is the curse of today,” Erdogan said, though his 2 million Likes on Facebook and 3 million followers on Twitter tell a slightly different story. He added that Twitter was the greatest proponent of myth in Turkey, though amateur reporters are often the only voice of truth in times of political unease.
Social media plays a significant role in Turkey, where reporting by official news outlets can sometimes be unreliable. Some say Turkey may be on the cusp of its own Arab Spring, where social networks advance activist agendas.
“For the first time,” Hussein Amin, a professor at the American University in Cairo said referencing the Arab Spring, social media “provided activists with an opportunity to quickly disseminate information while bypassing government restrictions."
A wedding proposal on Vine has gone viral, as it seems to be the first one made on the video sharing app.
Curt Buthman, of Los Angeles, tweeted, "I love you! #WillYouMarryMe <3 #curtserv" to his girlfriend Marsha Collier. He also made a Vine video with the tweet, where he asked her to marry him and showed her the wedding ring.
Marsha, of course, said yes.
Buthman used the hashtag curtserv because it was a hostage his girlfriend made in 2009. It turned out to become a popular Twitter chat that she used often.
"I was trying to run the #curtserv chat and then my mind totally froze," Marsha said.
But soon, her mind unfroze, and she was able to tweet back her answer.
"Um, uh, YES @curtburthman - I will MARRY YOU! #curtserv" she tweeted.
Soon, Collier was flooded with responses from others who viewed the proposal.
Lori Moreno tweeted, "SHE SAID YES!!!!!! YAY! 4 #LOVE"
And user Social Fly said "#Twitter History!"
There's no word yet on when the wedding will be, but it is likely they will make the announcement online.Curt Buthman @curtbuthman @marshacollier I love you! #WillYouMarryMe <3 #custserv 6:44 PM - 28 May 2013
Comedy Central’s Nathan Fielder, of the television show “Nathan for You,” is at it again.
After eliciting some great reactions to his last prank, where he dared his Twitter followers to text "got 2 grams for $40," followed by "Sorry ignore that txt. Not for you" to their parents, he decided to throw another challenge at his fans.
This time, Fielder asked the following:
Experiment: text the person ur dating "I haven't been fully honest with you" then dont reply to them for 1 hr (& tweet pic of thr response)
— nathan fielder (@nathanfielder) May 29, 2013
Here are the best reactions we’ve seen so far:
A Saudi self-help author has taken to Twitter, urging people to molest female workers in an attempt to make them stay home and guard their chastity.
With more than 97,000 followers, Abdullah Mohammad Al Dawood, author of “The Joy of Talking,” tweeted under the hashtag #harass_female_cashiers. As someone who is against the Westernized, mix-gender environment, his aim is to make working in Saudi grocery stores unbearable for women.
Conservative Muslim cleric Khalid Ebrahim Al Saqabi endorsed Al Dawood’s campaign against female workers.
“Why is the labour minister concerned with finding jobs for women instead of men?” Al Saqabi said.
Al Dawood’s tweet got mixed responses. Some supported his cause and others were disgusted. One user, Waleed Al Khawaji, tweeted: “What kind of person urges the youth to commit debauchery?”
He justified his calls against female works by referencing an obscure story in the annals of Islamic history about a warrior in the 7th century who did not want his wife to leave home to pray in the mosque. The warrior, Al Zubair, hid in the dark and molested his wife in the street to teach her a lesson about leaving the house and venturing into public. “There is no safer place than home and the out there is corrupt,” his wife decided.
On Sunday and earlier today, rap music mogul Diddy got in hot water for promoting his new fitness drink "Aquahydrate" on Twitter and linking it to Memorial Day.
Now, creator and star of the HBO series "Girls" Lena Dunham has upset conservatives with her Memorial Day tweet.
Dunham tweeted: “Happy Memorial Day! I’ve already peed in two different Starbucks bathrooms!”
In response, conservative Michelle Malkin tweeted: "@lenadunham. What a rude, classless ingrate you are."
Malkin also linked to her website Twitchy.com, which said the tweet was “Patriotism, prog[ressive] Hollywood-style.”
“How @LenaDunham pissed on Memorial Day... Don't blame her. She literally doesn't know any better. It's not her fault,” tweeted Jim Treacher of The Daily Caller.
Newsbusters.org said of the tweet: “This charming lady appears to have a fascination with her bodily functions."
Diddy, the artist formerly known as P. Diddy and before that Puff Daddy, has built a hip hop empire, but his business senses might have been off recently.
Diddy decided to plug his Aquahydrate fitness drink on his on Twitter page while citing Memorial Day on Sunday: "ATTN! I’m proud to announce that @AQUAhydrate will be at the Memorial Day Parade after party in NYC!!"
The tweet got picked up by conservative Michelle Malkin's website Twitchy.com, which follows people on Twitter and attacks them for tweets.
On Monday, Diddy added more plugs:"Perform at the top of your game. #NoMatterWhat @Aquahydrate pic.twitter.com/bgL3KWt9l4" and "ATTN! Southern California! Get 2 bottles of @AQUAhydrate for $3 at @Walgreens!! Go! pic.twitter.com/a2QJZGWGCG"
Aquahydrate is co-owned by Diddy and Mark Wahlberg.
In response, Twitchy.com wrote:
Rap mogul P. Diddy/Diddy/Puff Daddy/Puffy/Sean Combs showed his patriotic spirit. Sort of. The colors of his Aqua Hydrate fitness water, which he plugged as the beverage of choice this Memorial Day weekend, are red, white, and blue. Appropriately, Diddy hosted one of his Memorial Day par-tays at a club called “Vanity.” Whelp. At least he didn’t wish anyone a “Happy Veterans Day.”
Twitter now has a patent for their mobile interface, but they say they will only use it for defensive purposes.
This means the site owns the "refresh" function which Twitter has on mobile platforms, enabling a user to pull down a page to bring it current.
But Twitter said they will not use the patent for lawsuits unless they are attacked by someone else who wants to take action on them.
They said the control of the patent will lie with the engineers and designers who made the technology. In this case, control for "user interface mechanics" would be developer Loren Brichter.
If the company decides to use the patent to sue another company, it would require permission from Brichter to do it, according to their agreement.
"This promise stays with the patent: a signed copy of the IPA is kept in the public files for the patent where anyone can see it. We plan on using the IPA on all of our issued patents," Twitter legal director Benjamin Lee said.
Lawsuits are filed all the time in social media, but this new patent is a way for Twitter to avoid unnecessary legal action.
"We hope the adoption of the IPA will spur constructive dialogue on making patent system work better for companies, investors, and policymakers alike," Lee said.
Twitter is hoping that they will set off a trend of social media site using IPA to stop the problem of legal matters that shouldn't exist.
Tim Tebow's virginity recently got poked on Twitter by Philadelphia Eagles guard Evan Mathis.
According to the Orlando Sentinel, Mathis tweeted a picture of a sign that read: "Don't die a virgin. Terrorists are up there waiting for you" on May 21.
He added the message: "<3 @TimTebow, Thinking about you big guy."
Tebow, who is a Christian, has taken a vow of chastity until he is married, reported ChristianPost.com.
Mathis made headlines recently when he posted a picture of himself urinating on an IRS sign with the text: "Audit this" on Instagram.
For his part, Tebow has been tweeting about the Oklahoma tornado disaster: "These images are heartbreaking. Praying for everyone in OKC & surrounding areas affected by the tornadoes. #PrayforOK."
Tebow has also taken a ribbing from Virgin Atlantic Airways. The airline offered the free agent quarterback free flights for as long as he stayed a virgin.
The cheater website AshleyMadison.com offered $1 million to any woman who could prove that she had sex with Tebow, but the money has yet to be claimed.
When Emma Way hit a cyclist and drove off, she might have gotten away with it if she had not tweeted about it soon afterward.
In the tweet, from her account which is now deleted, she said, "Definitely knocked a cyclist off his bike earlier - I have right of way he doesn't even pay road tax! #bloodycyclists"
Way, from Norwich, England, had a small circle of 100 followers on Twitter. But the tweet soon spread, and got the attention of Norwich Police.
Norwich Police tweeted back, "@emmaway20 we have had tweets ref an RTC with a bike. We suggest you report it at a police station ASAP if not done already & then dm us"
And soon after that, more people saw the tweet, eventually locating the injured person.
James Lucas tweeted that he knew the man who was hit, saying, "Police are on the case. They had already located her and were just waiting for the victim to come forward. He has contacted them …"
The cyclist was Toby Hockley, who was interviewed later by BBC.
"A car came tearing round the blind corner and narrowly missed a cyclist in front of me," he said. "She came on my side of the road, I took the wing mirror off and I went flying off my bike into a hedge. She hit me hard, really hard. I am lucky to be alive."
"But I managed to get out of the hedge and stand up. The car was nowhere to be seen. She hit me and she was gone. All I knew is that it was a blonde girl driving."
Way faces charges, and she also faces losing her job. The people of the Internet used their power to alert her employer of what she had done.
Larking Gowen issued a statement saying, "Thank you for taking the time to email Larking Gowen regarding the tweets posted by one of our employees on their personal twitter account."
"Please be assured that this is not a view held by the firm and we most certainly do not condone this behavior. We are taking the incidents very seriously, and a full and detailed investigation will be carried out and appropriate action taken. We have already spoken to Norfolk Police."
And, as Up Roxx noted, road tax does not exist, despite Way's claims.