By Jesse Bergman and Gennine Kelly, CNBC.com
Setting the Internet A' Twitter
Twitter, the micro-blogging site started in 2006 by Jack Dorsey, sees roughly 5 billion tweets every month, according to the company.
It's a social circle that has advertisers giddy with possibility, sparking talk of sky-high valuations on Wall Street and in secondary market circles.
What makes Twitter so popular is simple: people tweeting.
So what makes a moment worth tweeting about? The most tweeted moment in recent memory occurred earlier this month, when Apple Chairman and cultural icon Steve Jobs passed away. The site experienced traffic of more than 6,000 tweets per second, causing many users to notice system delays and slowness.
Even so, such a news-making event, especially within social networking circles, was not the most tweeted moment of all time. So what was?
The following is the top 5 most recent record-breaking moments on Twitter, as measured in tweets per second.
Check out the full list of the
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By Christina Cheddar Berk, CNBC.comRead More »from Gross Halloween Candies
Halloween dates back to Celtic celebrations in the 5th century BC, but the tradition of handing out treats has a shorter history. Most likely it originated with the "All Souls' Day" parades in England, where poor citizens would beg for food and families would hand out pastries called "soul cakes" in return for prayers for their dead relatives.
Today, kids are more likely to receive a bite-sized chocolate candy - that's the most popular treat for Halloween, according to the trade group the National Confectioners Association (NCA).
Overall, Halloween spending is expected to reach $6.86 billion this year, according to research from the National Retail Federation (NRF). Only part of that total will be spent on candy, with consumers spending about $21.05 each on treats. That's a bit higher than last year's average, when consumers spent about $20.29 each on treats.
Still, it is enough to make Halloween the biggest candy holiday of the year, with
- CNBC | Work + Money – Wed, Oct 19, 2011 4:28 PM EDT
By Christina Cheddar Berk, CNBC.comRead More »from Holiday Shoppers Plan to Buy More Gifts for Themselves
Merry Christmas to me!
Holiday shoppers plan to take advantage of the discounts that come along with the Christmas holiday season to stock up on items for themselves, according to the findings a new survey.
Holiday shoppers plan to spend less on holiday gifts and seasonal merchandise this year - about $704 per person, compared to $719 last year. But they will spend more money on non-gift items for themselves and their family, according to the findings of a survey conducted by BigResearch on behalf of retail industry trade group, the National Retail Federation.
The average person will spend about $130.43 on such items this holiday season, that's up from $112.20 in 2010.
This trend speaks to the desire consumers have to stretch their money in this tough economy, where unemployment remains high and income stagnant. Consumers know the deals are coming, and they want to take advantage of them.
It is also in keeping with the NRF's holiday forecast,
By Daniel Bukszpan, CNBC.comRead More »from Movie Remakes That Bombed
Hollywood has remake fever. While nobody ever accused the American film industry of having too many new ideas, the number of remakes being trotted out by the major studios lately is alarming - as is their choice of movies to remake. For example, on Oct. 14, 2011, remakes of both 1984's "Footloose" and 1981's "The Thing" will come to theaters. Although no one can say how much money they'll make, it's hard to imagine they'll make less money than their 30-year-old predecessors. Or will they?
The rationale behind remakes is they have name recognition, which ought to make them easier to sell than movies based on new and unproven formulas. This logic is flawed, however. On BoxOfficeMojo.com's inflation-adjusted list of the 100 highest-grossing movies of all time, not one movie is a remake. There are plenty of sequels and movies based on books and television shows, but as far as remakes of existing films, nothing. There are no re-imaginings, shot-for-shot
- By Daniel Bukszpan, CNBC.com
Employees who call in sick normally get most of the blame for lost productivity, but a phenomenon known as "presenteeism" has been gaining notice, as well. Defined as the act of coming in to work when you're sick and doing a third-rate job as a result, presenteeism costs businesses billions of dollars a year in lost productivity.
If presenteeism is damaging to businesses, then it would stand to reason that the workplace would be better off if sick workers stayed home until they got better. When the illness is a byproduct of the workplace itself, however, that worker will just get sick again and keep doing a listless and unproductive job.
Whether environmental or psychological, many workplaces have conditions that can make employees sick. These factors have a domino effect that ultimately is as bad for the business as it is for the employee.
What are 10 ways that your work may be killing you and your employer? Click ahead and find out.
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By Elizabeth Alterman, CNBC.comRead More »from As Kids Go Online, Identify Theft Claims More Victims
Imagine learning that your ten-year-old child owns a home somewhere across the country or that your toddler owes thousands of dollars in income taxes for a job he or she has never held. If those scenarios seem unfathomable, they're all too real for families whose children are victims of identity theft.
Because a child's identity is pristine and often remains unchecked for more than a decade, it is uniquely desirable to identity thieves. Just as appealing to criminals is the fact that a Social Security number with a clean history can be attached to any name or date of birth.
Steve Toporoff, an attorney with the Federal Trade Commission's Division of Privacy and Identity Protection, says that while there is a feeling among industry insiders that child identity theft is a major problem, it is very difficult to quantify because, in most instances, people have no clue that they are victims until years after the fact.
A recent study based on identity scans
by Jennifer Leigh Parker, CNBC.com
In today's world, daughters are just as likely as sons to be the heir-apparent to the family business. From North America to Europe to Asia, there's a generation of heir apparents with the skills and experience to run some of the world's most high-profile firms.
All of these women could probably make it without help from 'Daddy.' They're smart and savvy, have earned world-class degrees, and are business leaders in their own right.
More important, they have a major stake in the family business, so they're primed to take over if and when the time comes.
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Education: Duke University
Company: Ralph Lauren Corp
Current CEO: Ralph Lauren
Daughter of a self-made man and world-class designer Ralph Lauren, Dylan Lauren has her father's knack for business. She founded Dylan's Candy Bar, a U.S.-based chain known for "merging fashion and pop candy culture." She plans to expand internationally - a venture
Andrew Harrer | Getty ImagesBy: Daniel Bukszpan, CNBC.comRead More »from Avoiding Hidden Credit and Debit Card Fees
In September 2011, Bank of America announced that it would charge customers a monthly fee of $5 for debit card use. It was met with widespread grumbling, but CEO Brian Moynihan said it was necessary to make up for the billions of dollars it would lose as the result of the Dodd-Frank law. "I have an inherent duty as a CEO of a publicly held company to get a return for my shareholders," he told CNBC.
While most consumers may be unhappy with the decision, the truth is they're already paying fees on their credit and debit cards. Here are some things to watch out for to avoid paying extra fees when you use your cards, according to the credit card search resource NerdWallet.com.
Balance Transfer Fee
Every so often, people find credit card offers in their mailboxes that present the tantalizing proposition of a balance transfer with a zero percent interest rate. For many cardholders with high balances, this teaser deal can seem to be too good a deal to pass
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Michelle Obama in Jason WuNever mind the Missoni mayhem, Target has announced its next foray into High Fashion, a partnership with up-and-coming designer Jason Wu.
Wu gained notoriety when he designed First Lady Michelle Obama's gown for the Inaugural Ball in 2009. He is known for feminine and sophisticated designs, and sketches for the Target line show dresses with full skirts, shirts with high necklines, and a cat motif, which Wu says was inspired by the feline who is his latest muse.
The new collaboration reaffirms Target's commitment to producing affordable fashion after the mishaps that surrounded the launch of its Missoni for Target line in September.
The demand for the Missoni products, which incorporated the designers' iconic zigzag prints on clothing, home furnishings and other items, caused such a frenzy the products sold out almost immediately, and Target's website crashed several times, leaving customers irritated. Some shoppers also reported their Missoni orders were botched. Target issued an
By Christina Cheddar Berk, CNBC.comRead More »from Hottest Halloween Costumes for Kids and Pets
Tradition Wins Out
Americans are expected to spend more than $1 billion on costumes for their children and $310 million to dress up their pets, according to the National Retail Federation, an industry trade group.
Although many young adults hunt for original looks, when it comes to finding a costume for the kids, traditional themes usually win out.
That's not to say everyone will be dressed alike. More retailers are selling costumes, and this means more choices for consumers.
Costumes for kids and pets tend to draw their inspiration from typical Halloween characters, as well as popular movies and books.
For example, Williams-Sonoma's Pottery Barn Kids stores sell a number of costume designs for children and infants. Among them are costumes based on Eric Carle's classic children's book "The Very Hungry Caterpillar."
Children can opt to dress as the caterpillar or the butterfly it becomes.
Pottery Barn's costumes tend to have a more homemade look