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Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit During the 2008 presidential campaign, politicians and reporters quickly discovered the power of Twitter. These days, Twitter has become yet another tool for politicians to get the word out about political initiatives and for reporters to reach out to their readers. In October, social media analytics firm Sysomos took a closer look at the political Twittersphere and how politicians like President Obama and California’s Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger use this tool and who they connect with on Twitter. frederic lardinois Tags:#news#twitter#web Related Posts The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Editor’s note: This story is part of a series we call Redux, where we’ll re-publish some of our best posts of 2009. As we look back at the year – and ahead to what next year holds – we think these are the stories that deserve a second glance. It’s not just a best-of list, it’s also a collection of posts that examine the fundamental issues that continue to shape the Web. We hope you enjoy reading them again and we look forward to bringing you more Web products and trends analysis in 2010. Happy holidays from Team ReadWriteWeb!Specifically, Sysomos’ Alex Cheng, Mark Evans and Nick Koudas were interested in examining who the most followed politicians on Twitter are and “how those within the political Twittersphere behave in terms of their follower/followed patterns.” In order to do so, they created a list of 168 accounts of influential politicians, reporters and bloggers from the U.S., Canada, and the U.K. that comprise the core of the political Twittersphere. Politicians with the most followersBarack Obama: 2,240,540Al Gore: 1,693,420John McCain: 1,425,419Media personalities with the most followersGeorge Stephanopoulos: 1,344,034Rachel Maddow: 1,287,323David Gregory: 1,244,844Obviously, we can’t really know if the fact that somebody follows somebody else actually means that they are reading all the updates and the political Twittersphere is arguably a bit larger than the sample that Sysomos looked at here. For this study, Sysomos only looked at accounts that had over 5,000 followers and the team acknowledges that it had to make some editorial choices to keep the study manageable. The fact that the map of all the connections between the 168 accounts weighs in at 16 MB shows the complexity of this study, so some editorial control was obviously necessary.Here are some of the highlights from the report:The PresidentWith over 2.33 million followers, President Barack Obama is the most followed politician on Twitter, though he is only being followed by 56 members of the 168-member political Twittersphere. Among Obama’s followers are Al Gore, Portland’s Mayor Sam Adams, London’s Mayor Boris Johnson and British Prime Minister Gordon Brown. Newt Gingrich also follows Obama’s updates, as does blogger Marc Parent (@mparent77772)There is probably a reason why relatively few political influencers follow Obama. After all, if you want updates from the president, his Twitter account is probably one of the worst ways of following him and most of the updates on Obama’s account aren’t very interesting. Other politicians like Schwarzenegger and John Boehner also update their accounts far more regularly.Politicians and Political Reporters Among politicians and reporters, ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos follows 105 members of the 168-member political Twittersphere Sysomos analyzed, followed by the Newshour (104), followed by John Boehner (98), the Huffington Post (98), and Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (92). Within the political Twittersphere, Schwarzenegger is also the most followed politician and Stephanopoulos is the most followed media personality.Daryl Cagle, the cartoonist for MSNBC.com, is the #1 media personality that other reporters follow on Twitter.News OrganizationsBesides looking at individual reporters, Sysomos also examined the larger news organizations in the US. CNN’s Breaking News account (@cnnbrk) has over 2.75 million followers, followed by NPR Politics (@nprpolitics) with 1.51 million and Good Morning America (@gma) with 1.37 million. CNN doesn’t really follow anybody back, though, while the NPR Politics account follows close to 117,000 Twitter users and Newsweek (@newsweek) follows 97,000. The members of the political Twittersphere as identified by Sysomos that are most likely to be followed are the PBS Newshour account, the Huffington Post and the LA Times.
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The weathering of wood is very different from decay; weathering is breakdown at the surface only. While there are a number of forces that contribute to weathering of wood—moisture, temperature, abrasion by wind-borne particles, air pollution—it’s the narrow band of high-energy ultraviolet light in sunlight that is the dominant force (see Image #1).What bare wood looks like when cut or milledImage #2 is an electron micrograph of unweathered wood. You can see how robust the cells appear; we are primarily looking at the lignin in the wood, the chief component of wood that gives it its structure. Wood treatments, particularly primer paints, are formulated to bond and bind to unweathered wood.What weathered wood looks like after UV degradationImage #3 is an electron micrograph of weathered wood, wood exposed to sunlight for a month. You can see how the wood cell structure has deteriorated significantly. Remember this is a surface phenomenon that does not affect the structural integrity of the wood. But this surface degradation has significant impact on how well treatments, such as paint primer, bond and bind to the surface of the weathered wood.A paint primer testResearchers and paint manufacturers have tested the effect of UV degradation on the bonding and binding of finishes to bare wood. It’s dramatic; just a couple or so days of direct sunlight can degrade the wood enough to reduce the quality of the primer bond to the bare wood. Image #4 shows testing done by Sam Williams of the Forest Product Laboratory (FPL). The test boards show that the longer the exposure of bare wood to sunlight, the poorer the bond and shorter the service life of the paint. His conclusion: “Smooth-planed lumber [that is, siding and trim] must be painted promptly during construction.”Lesson learnedPrime or initially treat bare exterior wood as soon as possible. Ideally, go with factory-primed exterior wood cladding components. It doesn’t make sense to pay good money for exterior wood components and not take the time, right away, to protect them from the sun. And in areas of the country with the highest UV index (mostly the southwest and locations at altitude), it’s even more important to get that sunscreen on your naked wood!For more detailed information on the weathering of wood see these resources from the Forest Products Lab:1. Weathering and Protection of Wood2. Handbook of Wood Chemistry and Wood Composites, Chapter 73. Don’t Get (Sun)Burned
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Sama Shabir Shah, daughter of incarcerated separatist leader Shabir Shah, has topped the CBSE Class 12 results in Jammu and Kashmir, securing 97.8% marks.Sama is a student of Delhi Public School, Athwajan in Srinagar. “I attribute my success to the guidance of my father. My father who is in the Tihar jail is yet to hear the news though. It has been tough times,” said Sama.Dr. Bilquees Shah, wife of the separatist leader, said, “My two daughters were often disturbed by my repeated appearances before the Enforcement Directorate officials in New Delhi. Despite huge physical and psychological disturbances, my daughter worked hard and passed the examination with a distinction.”Congratulating Sama Shabir on her success, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti said, “Her hardwork and determination has helped her overcome all odds. She is truly an inspiration for the youth of our State.”Shabir Shah was arrested by the Enforcement Directorate on July 25 last year in connection with a money laundering case.
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Pakistan cricket team captain Sarfraz Ahmed has hit back at former fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar, saying the later had personally targetted him over the much-talked-about controversy surrounding his racist taunt in South Africa.Soon after returning from South Africa, Sarfraz said he has accepted his mistake and thanked the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for handling the case.Sarfraz Ahmed was handed a four-match ban after his racist slur against South Africa all-rounder Andile Phehlukwayo during an ODI last Tuesday. He will miss the ongoing ODI series and the upcoming T20I series of Pakistan’s tour of South Africa as the PCB had asked him to return home from the Rainbow Nation.Sarfraz had said: “Abey kaale, teri ammi aaj kahaan baitheen hain? Kya parwa ke aaye hai aaj?” [Hey black guy, where’s your mother sitting today? What (prayer) have you got her to say for you today?]”Shoaib Akhtar had reportedly said Sarfraz Ahmed had gotten off easily while responding to his four-match ban. Before the ICC had come up with the sanction, Akhtar said: “This [Sarfaz incident] is not acceptable as a Pakistani. In my opinion he [Sarfraz] did this in the heat of the moment. I think he should apologize publically.””He [Shoaib Akhtar] is attacking me personally not criticising, Sarfraz was quoted as saying by Geo News.”I accepted my mistake and received the punishment. I want to thank Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for handling this case and fulfilling requirements,” he added.”I will improve myself and my performance in the future and I thank my supporters for their backing.”advertisementSarfraz must explain himself to Media & public regarding his comments to batsman.. pic.twitter.com/Ocx74ry4IW Shoaib Akhtar (@shoaib100mph) January 23, 2019Meanwhile, Sarfraz is targetting a return to competitive cricket in the Pakistan Super League (PSL), starting February 14 in the United Arab Emirates. In his absence, Shoaiib Malik will lead the team in South Africa.”I don’t see anything in it [Shoaib Malik’s recall] as I was playing cricket for the last five months. I will rest and then play Pakistan Super League.”Notably, Sarfraz had come up with a public apology on social media after facing a severe backlash from the cricket fraternity. Former Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar had also criticised the comments made by Sarfraz against Phehlukwayo.Sarfraz also posted a photo of himself with Phehlukwayo and revealed he had personally apologised to the South Africa all-rounder. He also claimed that Phehlukwayo had accepted his apology.Also Read | Pakistan Cricket Board disappointed with Sarfraz Ahmed’s ICC ban over racial slurAlso Read | MS Dhoni spotted at nets after missing out third ODI vs New ZealandAlso Read | India most successful ODI team since 2015 ICC World Cup: Tracing Team India’s journeyAlso See:
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APTN National NewsJordan Houle was walking with his 19 year-old friend in a west-end neighbourhood in Winnipeg just after midnight Sunday when he and his friend were shot.Houle suffered a gunshot to the head and died. His friend is still in hospital with a stomach wound.Police say both shootings appear to be random and not gang-affiliated.Three years ago, Jordan Houle’s sister was found dead a week later in a Winnipeg creek. Her death remains unsolved.The Houle family told reporters they would not release a statement at the moment.But news of this weekend’s killing have spawned racist comments on the Winnipeg Sun website.Some of the posts say, “downtown Winnipeg is a cesspool” or “an urban reserve.”One post reads in part: “Oh wait he’s an Indian, I forgot they just breed with any FAS squaw…One less cockroach eating from the taxpayer trough is never a bad thing.”Despite comments like these, friends and family of Jordan Houle held a vigil in his memory Monday night in Winnipeg.