Ram Bomjon is a 16-year-old boy born and living in the village of Ratnapur who allegedly is in the process of transforming into the next incarnation of the Buddha. It has been claimed that the so-called “Buddha Boy” has been sitting under a pipal tree in uninterrupted meditation since May of 2005. According to the set of people who surround and control access to Ram Bomjon, he asserted just before sitting down that he was entering into a six-year meditative state in order to attain enlightenment, a la the original Buddha Siddhartha Gautama. According to the same set of people who surround and control access to Bomjon, he:
- has not stirred from his meditation since May 2005,
- has had nothing to eat since May 2005,
- has continued meditating even after being bitten by a snake,
- and has caused two mute people in proximity to him to begin to speak.
Would this really be so bad?
- When you create an app, it should declare which permissions it actually requires to function (disabled, ticked checkbox) and which it desires by default (ticked checkbox.)
- Everything not required is optional/user definable.
- Permission to posting a tweet is separate from other, private profile writing operations, since it’s so socially destructive.
- Apps would never be allowed to require posting permission (if denied, they fall back to generating a URL the user can use to manually post through the Twitter website.)
- I think this also makes the permissions/capabilities copy clearer. Bonus.
Edit/Update: A little discussion between OAuth contributors broke out on Buzz in response to this.
Steve Jobs news rockets across the social web: Early yesterday evening, we started seeing several Steve Jobs rumors floating around Twitter. But when Breaking News editor Stephanie Clary (@sclary) saw the sad news confirmed in an Associated Press alert, she published a six-word tweet seconds later, sparking shock and disbelief across Twitter.
In fact, that tweet was RT’d more times than any other tweet in @breakingnews history: nearly 11,000 times, according to Twitter analytics. Subsequent tweets were shared thousands of times, as well. And @breakingnews added over 10,000 new followers yesterday alone.
We also simultaneously published the news on Facebook, Google+ and Tumblr. In each case, the story was one of our most-shared and commented ever. We collected some of the reaction on BreakingNews.com.
The social outpouring exemplifies how Steve Jobs touched so many lives in a profound way. We’ve heard from several people who first discovered the news on their mobile devices, either via Twitter, Facebook or by a “push alert” from apps by Breaking News and other news organizations. Then quickly, they shared the news with their friends — sometimes with their own memories of Jobs — propelling the story around the world.
President Obama said it best. “There may be no greater tribute to Steve’s success than the fact that much of the world learned of his pass on a device he invented.”
(Post by @corybe. Photo by Robert Galbraith / Reuters)
BreakingNews expands overseas with UK launch: In our first international expansion, we’re excited to announce we’re rolling out a United Kingdom edition of BreakingNews in partnership with MSN UK. BreakingNews.com along with MSN UK’s redesigned site now feature real-time updates from the UK. We’ve also launched a new Twitter account, @breakingnewsUK, which complements @breakingnews with UK-focused updates.
Our new London-based team of Dave Wyllie (@journodave) and Tom McArthur (@TomMcArthur) are powering the new service. From the riots to the News of the World scandal, the UK has experienced a tremendous year of news so far. Our London team will help strengthen BreakingNews’ overall global coverage, including the European debt crisis and continuing unrest in the Middle East and North Africa.
MSN UK is our first editorial distribution partner to publish BreakingNews coverage around the clock. With a new focus on real-time news, MSN UK rolled out a full-scale redesign today. On the MSN home and news pages, we’re providing a continuous stream of updates and direct links to news organizations — and eyewitnesses on social media — who are first to break original stories.
About 350,000 people in the UK already follow @breakingnews on Twitter — the most for any country after the US. In addition to our relationship with MSN UK, Twitter analytics played a considerable role in informing where we launch our first international edition.
BreakingNews’ 24/7 editorial team uses social media tools to discover, verify and link breaking stories from news organizations and eyewitnesses in real time. For news organizations in the UK that frequently break original stories, the new BreakingNews edition will provide a new burst of referrals.
In fact, if you’re a publisher interested in learning more about getting your stories quickly in front of our editors, please take a look at our Twitter hashtag fast-track program. Over 160 publishers are adding #breaking and @breakingnews to their tweets, tipping our editorial team moments after the tweet is sent.
(Post by Cory Bergman, @corybe)
Pretty Hype Machine, Zoya Feldman 2011
While chatting at my apartment recently, we realized that we all have a tremendous appreciation of the first major release by Nine Inch Nails, Pretty Hate Machine, from 1989 (22 years ago!).
The more we talked about it, the more we wanted to pay homage to the album on our site. Recreating the unique analog style was quite difficult (Rob Sheridan will agree), but nothing worthwhile is easy.
This is as much a tribute to the record as to Nine Inch Nails and Trent Reznor overall. He has innovated relentlessly over the past 20 years, inventing some of what we now take for granted as music fans. The incredibly produced live shows, being the first major artist to run a remix contest & subsequent community (whole companies have been built on this idea later), among the first to do paperless concerts with Ticketmaster, and more things I can’t think of right now. Oh yeah, The Social Network soundtrack was great too.
There are many great artists, but few continuously pay attention to all facets of their output with as much attention and creativity, even after reaching multiple levels of success.
Thanks for making a ton of great experiences, Trent.