Tweetbot Catches Russian Government Editing Flight MH17 Wikipedia Info

Remember @CongressEdits, the tweetbot that alerts whenever a Wikipedia article is edited from a government IP address? There’s a Russian version now, and it just uncovered some pretty drastic edits to a Wikipedia article that mentions Flight MH17, originating from a Russian government IP address.


Twitter, Facebook And Snapchat Are Turning Into Storefronts

Earlier today, three of the biggest names in social network land — Facebook, Twitter and Snapchat — all announced major pushes towards mobile payments. But it’s not your friends they want to help you funnel money to — it’s advertisers.


The Secretive Experiments That Could Make Twitter So Much Better

If you ask someone who works at Twitter about the company’s experiments, you won’t get an answer. Company policy is no comment. That doesn’t mean that there aren’t plenty of novel updates and strange new features brewing in San Francisco. You might have taken part in Twitter’s tests without even realising it.


Tracking The Bizarre Edits US Congress Makes To Wikipedia

The elected representatives chosen to represent you in the legislative branch of the United States of America aren’t just making modifications to national law. They’re also editing the Wikipedia pages for “Horse head mask” and “Step Up 3D”. Or at least their staffers are. And thanks to @congressedits, you can keep tabs on it.


Did You See The Meteor Over Melbourne Last Night? Twitter Did [Video!]

There must have been some eager stargazers out tonight in Melbourne and parts of Sydney! A bright meteorite with a long tail reportedly streaked across the sky at 9:45pm AEST. Did you see it? Update: now with awesome video!


Flash Just Patched A Huge Security Flaw

Adobe just patched up a gaping security flaw that could affect anyone who logs on to eBay, Tumblr, Instagram or other popular sites. If you’re a person who visits any of those domains (or, really, any website out there that might use Flash), you really should update right now.


Stay Classy, Australia

Like we always do, Aussies are misbehaving at the Game Of Thrones exhibition.


7 Corporate Twitter Accounts That Are Actually Not Terrible

Sometimes, corporate Twitter can be a soul-sucking place. All that shilling. All that engagement. #So #many #hashtags. So I went on the search for a few brands that didn’t make me want to unfollow life. To my surprise, I found a few.


A Depressing Insight Into Social Media

Directed and produced by three brothers: Shaun, Andrew and Steven Higton, “What’s on your mind” explores the sometimes depressing world of social media. We can’t all be jet-setting around the globe or falling in love constantly, but Facebook in particular has a way of bunching up all the happy moments of your friends’ lives into a constant stream of updates, which can give the less-active person the impression that they’re living an empty life.


The Clever Reason Flag Emoji Count As Two Characters In Twitter

With World Cup fever in full swing, people have finally found a use for the flags tucked in the far corners of emoji keyboards. But patriotic tweeters can only fit at most 70 little flag icons in a 140-character tweet. What gives? Turns out each flag emoji counts as two characters — and there’s a clever reason why, as Tom Scott explains.