The FBI has arrested a Twitter troll who was uploading an animated GIF that would trigger epileptic seizures of those he didn't like. They were able to look into his account and show how he was bragging he would to do it. The charge is cyberstalking.
Now that President Donald Trump has taken office, the question is whether he will continue to tweet, and what phone will he use? Leo says that he used an iPhone until halfway through the campaign, and then shifted to what Leo thinks is a Samsung Galaxy S. Now that he's president, he has to use a massively modified and far more secure mobile device. But can he tweet with it? The Secret Service has also urged the President to stop tweeting from his @realdonaldtrump account. Although Leo says he did tweet from it earlier today. Like Obama, Trump uses his phone for news and social outreach.
Fahrid wants to know if Leo uses Twitter and got his tweet. Leo says that Twitter is just too hard to read these days, and it's generally nasty. He'll use it to see what's going on, but he avoids the replies. Social media has gotten so foul. Who needs that? But the compliment is appreciated!
Fahrid also wants to know if TWiT could use personal information of his callers to improve the show. Leo says that while he has show notes that include details of caller questions, they don't collect the personal information of their audience and would certainly never seek to profit from it.
Little Jet is just a month away and Johnny and Natalie are busy with parental workshops. So things are getting very exciting.
This weeks' website - PetChatz. It's essentially Ring Central or Skype for Pets, where you can talk to your pet. You can even train them to use it to call you, and it will release a treat as a reward. $379. Leo says he used to have one, but returned it because his dog ignored it.
Steven has created a new tooth brush that fights bad breath. However, he's been told he needs to get on social media. But he's scared about hiring someone to do his social media. Leo says don't! Do it yourself! And since his wife did an amazing job on his website (check out NeutralizerPlus.com) she can easily navigate the waters of social media. Go with Facebook and Twitter, and maybe Snapchat for the younger crowd. That's it. Also have a YouTube channel.
Twitter is introducing emoji-based targeting, which means advertisers will be able to target users based on emojis they have used in a tweet. For example, if a user tweets a pizza emoji, that user could be served ads for pizza places.
Twitter security officials have admitted that the social media site was hacked this week, exposing the passwords of over 32 million twitter accounts. Though hackers posted the passwords online, officials say that they are confident no other information was obtained.
Leo says that if you are a Twitter user, you may want to change your password, and even better, use a password vault to generate it.
Read more at TechCrunch.com.
Richard wants to Periscope while he's overseas in Jordan. Leo says it's doable, but very expensive with international data roaming. His best bet is to buy a local SIM in Jordan with a local number. He should check out prepaidwithdata.wikia.com. If that's not an option, then he should buy an international data package from his mobile company. That will be a pricey as well, but not nearly as much as roaming charges.
Louis is disappointed that this year at South by Southwest they cancelled discussions about Gamergate. He finds it sad that people are cowards and shrink away from internet bullies and trolls. Leo agrees and says that Gamergate came about because hardcore gamers decided that anyone changing gaming, especially women, were the enemy. As such, they've taken to the Internet to bully them online, mostly through Twitter.
Anne created an app called ZOOM ZOOM ZOOM, a camera app for Android that zooms in various pictures automatically. It can be preset or the user can just manually do it. She wants to create a website that users of the app can upload and showcase their images, like Instagram. Can SquareSpace do that? Leo says that's probably outside of SquareSpace. In fact, it's just as complicated, if not more so, than creating the app itself. Having a community is a challenge, much like gardening and weeds. She'll have to moderate it full time.