Stephen Colbert’s Fake Twitter Hack

Stephen Colbert’s Fake Twitter Hack

Late last night, as I was checking my twitter feed (hopefully for the last time before going to bed), I noticed a rather unusual tweet from @stephenathome, Stephen Colbert's twitter account. It looked like the account was hacked, similar to incidents earlier in the week (with Burger King, Jeep, MTV and BET). While the first two were orchestrated by actual hackers (allegedly Anonymous) and were done with apparently no harmful intentions, the 'BET+MTV' was a copycat marketing campaign, brought to you by the social media ninjas at Viacom. You see, by some interwebs…Read more
Trickle-down economics of new Charlie Sheen

Trickle-down economics of new Charlie Sheen

Do you remember where you were on that fateful Saturday night, March 5th, 2011, at 10PM Eastern, 7pm Pacific? I remember - I just brought in a take out order of dry wings, calamari rings and was getting ice-cold beer from the fridge. The house was quiet, and my wife and I got comfortable in front of ... the computer monitor and tuned in to ... Charlie Sheen's streamcast. We knew history was in the making. 305Read more
Caching external content for site performance

Caching external content for site performance

I recently had to re-install some twitter/tumblr syndication modules on a few small sites. Reason: sudden performance issues. The sites were medium-sized, and depended heavily on externally syndicated content. You've seen these busy sidebars before: a few recent twitter posts, a few more tumblr pics, another FeedBurner, maybe a dozen of Disqus/Echo comments, Amazon widget. This is all good, and wonderful, to spread your content/community around on multiple platforms, and syndicate them on your site. But keep in mind that all these services - while practical and very responsive - are relatively new…Read more