Tweeters Cause Firing of Buzzfeed Editor

mashable-bzf87870BuzzFeed Fires Editor After Twitter Users Unearth Plagiarized Articles
‘News website BuzzFeed, reportedly valued at $1 billion, has fired one its high-profile writers over plagiarism.

‘Following a review of his work, Benny Johnson, the site’s viral politics editors, has been fired, BuzzFeed editor-in-chief Ben Smith announced in a blog post on Friday night.

‘”After carefully reviewing more than 500 of Benny’s posts, we have found 41 instances of sentences or phrases copied word for word from other sites,” Smith said in a statement on BuzzFeed’s website. “Benny is a friend, colleague, and, at his best, a creative force, but we had no choice other than letting him go.”

‘Things apparently came to a head on Wednesday, when Johnson used Twitter to call out another publication for plagiarizing his work…’

Millionaires Prefer Facebook Over Twitter
Just logical since most tweeters are there for business, not leisure

‘In a Spectrum Group survey, 1,300 millionaires were interviewed about their social media habits.

‘Well over half (57 percent) of the millionaires surveyed say they use Facebook, and 41 percent use LinkedIn. However, just 10 percent say they use Twitter, by far the least popular network among the wealthy. This 10 percent represents a doubling in growth among millionaires, though, as Twitter use among millionaires grew from 5 percent in 2010 to 10 percent this year.

‘Those millionaires who do use Twitter are using it quite frequently: 38 percent log in daily. 36 percent follow athletes, a category which tied with news commentators as the most-followed group. One quarter follows movie stars, and only 12 percent follow financial or investment commentators on Twitter.

‘Millionaires seem to use social media at the same rate as non-millionaires, indicating that wealth doesn’t affect social media usage. The survey instead showed that age and occupation were better indicators…’

Dog ‘turns’ homeless addict to street artist and author
‘John Dolan, until recently a homeless heroin addict, is now a “famous artist” as he puts it when he rushes into the Howard Griffin gallery, soaking from the rain. He has a sellout exhibition, a second just opened and a new memoir, which could become a bestseller. As he is well aware, the interest in his intricate drawings of London buildings, and of his dog, George, is piqued by his remarkable change of fortune. This poses two questions: where did it all go wrong, and where did it all go right? The answers, as many people find, are bound up with family.

‘Unusually, however, one member of Dolan’s family is particularly crucial: his dog, George…’


About DigitalPlato

Poch is a Bookrix author and a freelance writer. He is a frequent contributor to TED Conversations.
This entry was posted in human drama, news, publishing, social media, social networking, Society and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

What do you think?

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s