Six Months of Pay to Play: Twitter Stratification and the Verified and the Nots

Today is the wretched April Fool’s Day, but what I’m about to share with you is not a joke — but it may contain the actions of a fool.  For the last six months or so, I’ve been actively seeding and re-feeding our social media presence across all our platforms paying — yes, PAYING — particular attention to the blue bird of San Francisco to try to figure out just what’s happening in the wide world of Tweets when it comes to propagating memes and promoting new ideas.

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When Using Profanity Gets You Fined

One of the biggest arguments regarding profanity I ever heard in school at every level — grade school, high school, and even at Rutgers — was that profanity was arbitrary because people just decided that one word was going to be a profanity and another would not. Historically, words that were once rather vulgar can sometimes lose their insulting quality. Some terms that have lost their insulting quality to some extent include once highly offensive terms like dork, nerd, and geek. Now some people even wear the words as though they were a badge of honor!

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