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Twitter Turns Jimmy Fallon's Viewers Into Joke Writers

Remember when we thought a mainstream media reference to Twitter was newsworthy? You know, all the way back in 2008?

Anyway, here’s a clever Twitter integration from Jimmy Fallon, whose late-night show is quite consciously tech-savvy. Topic of the day: Viewer responses to a “#whydonttheymakethat” hash tag.

I usually think of Twitter as a one-to-many media platform for self-promoters (not that there’s anything wrong with that). But this bit reminds us that the platform is indeed interactive. And if you figure out how to tap into that in a simple, effective way, you can do some interesting stuff.

Or at least, you can get your audience to write free comedy bits for your network TV show.


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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik