July 19th, 2012
08:55 AM ET
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As our resident cattle rancher and agriculture activist Ryan Goodman has discussed before, today's farmers are no strangers to social media, using hashtags like #agchat and #foodd to come together and share resources and collective knowledge.

The drought and heat spike that's overcome more than 60 percent of the United States and put farmers, their livestock and their crops in jeopardy has spawned the hashtag #drought12, and offered unique insight into the crisis, from the people at the heart of it.

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Is your smoothie trending?
June 8th, 2012
03:45 PM ET
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Sometimes, eating your words isn't a bad thing. Now you can do it 140 characters at a time.

As part of their Data Visualization course at the Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design this past semester, students Kat Zorina, Ruben van der Vleuten, and Kostantinos Frantzis created a project that allows them to transform Twitter data into edible graphs - smoothies, to be exact.

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Much a Twitter about Alton
October 24th, 2011
09:15 AM ET
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Alton Brown follows me on Twitter.

I know, I know, a few of you are probably pretty jealous right now. I like following Alton’s Twitter feed for a few reasons: he has a dry sense of humor, he retweets all the mean things people say about him and he’s interactive with it. People seem to have a love-hate relationship with Brown’s online escapades, and frankly so does he.

He initially joined Twitter to - as Brown puts it - "shut up" his agent, and there have been a few bumps in the road since then. Shortly after, a troll opened an account impersonating his wife, and Brown "had an aneurism."

“I don’t take that kinda crap off of anybody," says Brown - and left Twitter immediately.

Luckily for Food Network's "Good Eats" fans, Twitter was able to woo him back after their team promised to help avoid a repeat.

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Twitter, feed me
October 5th, 2011
10:00 AM ET
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This is part of "Our Mobile Society," CNN's weeklong series examining how cell phones and other electronic devices have revolutionized the ways we work, play and communicate.

There is nothing more compelling than a woman eating lunch on her own.

My friend Stephen told me this some twenty years ago, and it's stuck with me. At the time, I was shell-shocked from a split with my first serious boyfriend and feeling hard pressed to find pleasure in anything - eating, going to classes, running a brush through my hair. My friends had been incredibly compassionate for the first few weeks (okay, months) but were increasingly eager for an end to my wallowing. Stephen, terminally uncoupled himself, was single-minded in his attempts to show me some tough love and self respect.

"You keep making noises about being an independent woman. Do it. It doesn't make you a loser; it makes you...mysterious." He walked me to the host stand of our local bookstore/cafe and handed me over to our regular waiter with, I could have sworn, a sly nod.

April 4th, 2011
03:15 PM ET
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Got a dream in your heart and an itchy Twitter finger? You could win two tickets to tomorrow night's Food & Wine Best New Chefs party in New York City. No, seriously – it happens.

Way back in '09, when Ms. Sarah LeTrent was a college senior, she followed Food & Wine's Editor-in-Chief Dana Cowin (@fwscout) as she Tweeted clues to that year's inductees (they're revealed at the party) and had more correct than anyone else. She won the tickets, flew her Tarheel carcass to New York and walked on up to Kat Kinsman, who had Tweeted as @slashfood that she'd be wearing a green and black dress, should anyone care to say hello.

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