Beth Underwood: First step to recovery is admitting the problem, but let me check my phone first…

People say the first step to recovery is admitting you have a problem, so here goes. “Hello. My name is Beth and I may be a social media junkie.” The moment of truth came last Sunday morning. I was innocently journaling with a nice cup of coffee and minding my own business, thank you very much. On this particular day, things seemed to be off to a fairly good start. Weekend mornings are like that,...

Commentary: Tweeting is no way to communicate policy; discussion needed about gender issues

By Richard Nelson Special to KyForward President Trump’s tweet barring transgendered persons from serving in the military caught everyone off guard, including policy makers who are still trying to figure out exactly what it means. As we navigate the minefields of this highly charged issue there’s middle ground that nearly everyone can agree on: policy by tweet is no way to run a government....

Bevin launches new Instagram account to further expand his presence on social media

Gov. Matt Bevin has expanded his social media presence by launching an Instagram account on Wednesday. “Gov. Bevin will share content with Kentuckians that provides a unique, fresh outlook on his vision for the Commonwealth,” said Communications Director Amanda Stamper. “Followers are going to see a different side of the governor, and this office, as we experiment with the storytelling method...

KyCIR: Kentucky ACLU sues Bevin over blocking select followers on social media accounts

By Ryland Barton Kentucky Public Radio The ACLU of Kentucky is suing Gov. Matt Bevin for blocking people on Facebook and Twitter, saying the governor is violating the free speech rights of his constituents. The challenge was filed on behalf of two Kentucky residents who say they have been “permanently blocked from engaging in political speech” on the governor’s official social media pages. “I...

KyCIR: Bevin among political leaders who sometimes block their critics on social media accounts

By Brendan McCarthy and June Leffler Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting Gov. Matt Bevin in recent months has turned to social media platforms to slam local media and share his political views directly with followers. But as Bevin ramped up his criticism and online dispatches, he’s also blocked more than 500 Twitter users from following him, according to records released this week by ProPublica,...

UK establishes special Twitter account to provide more information about off-campus safety issues

The University of Kentucky is committed to putting students and their safety first. To that end, UK Police and students have been talking for months about how to provide even more information about safety issues – both on campus and off of it. The result of those conversations and feedback is the creation of a new Twitter account for off-campus safety issues in densely populated student residential...

Cyberattack disrupts internet, shuts down popular websites, Twitter, more across East Coast

CBS News reports that service has been restored following hours of internet disruption Friday morning across the East Coast of the United States.  A wave of reports of problems accessing many popular websites came after the servers at a major internet management firm were hit by a cyberattack. New Hampshire-based Dyn said its server infrastructure suffered a distributed denial-of-service attack,...

Keven Moore on Insurance: Despite limits, social media key to emergency management

  If you talk to any military general schooled in the art of warfare, they will tell you that to win a war, you must control the communication of your troops and disrupt then eliminate your enemy’s ability to communicate. Communication is the key to survival in military conflict, as well as in many other endeavors, including marketing, commerce and public relations.   In the last few...

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The Year on Twitter: An election, a goodbye and other unforgettable Tweet-able moments

Whether it was a Tweet from the bottom of the ocean or from the planet Mars, Twitter brought the world a little closer together in 2012. The popular social networking site connected people to the stories, ideas, opinions and news that they found interesting, in real time and often in dramatic fashion.   Here is just a glimpse: Golden Tweets Here are the top two Tweets that generated the most...