Bill Clinton’s speech can be tweeted after all… ah… DUH!

Did former President Bill Clinton really ban Tweeting, live-blogging, and posting on Facebook during a keynote address for a business and technology conference? Well, if he did, he’s not fessing up to it now! Ah, the power of social media!

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Bill Clinton bans Twitter

Did former President Bill Clinton really ban tweeting, live-blogging and posting on Facebook during a keynote address for a business and technology conference?

No. But it definitely appeared that way over the past 24 hours.

The blog <a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/yblog_thecutline/tc_yblog_thecutline/storytext/bill-clintons-speech-can-be-tweeted-after-all/38604070/SIG=1614tfqkq/*http://www.readwriteweb.com/cloud/2010/11/no-tweeting-or-posting-to-face.php?…:+readwriteweb+%28ReadWriteWeb%29%22%3EReadWriteWeb%3C/a%3E” rel=”nofollow”>ReadWriteWeb reported Wednesday night on the “no Twitter” prohibition for Clinton’s upcoming address at <a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/yblog_thecutline/tc_yblog_thecutline/storytext/bill-clintons-speech-can-be-tweeted-after-all/38604070/SIG=11hodgmej/*http://www.salesforce.com/dreamforce/DF10/home/” rel=”nofollow”>Dreamforce, a San Francisco event put on by Salesforce.com. The Los Angeles Times, and other outlets, <a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/yblog_thecutline/tc_yblog_thecutline/storytext/bill-clintons-speech-can-be-tweeted-after-all/38604070/SIG=1473d174c/*http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/technology/2010/11/bill-clinton-bans-twitter-…” rel=”nofollow”>picked up the story Thursday.

ReadWriteWeb wrote the story after being given the following ground rules by Outcast, a PR firm working on behalf of the event hosts:

“President Clinton’s representatives have mandated that there be absolutely no reporting during his session. That includes live blogging, Tweeting, Facebook posting or use of any other social media. We understand the inconvenience this may present, but greatly appreciate your compliance. Thank you.”

Here’s where there was a bit of a mix-up.

A Clinton spokesperson explained to The Cutline that the event host and PR company were told that the speech would be closed press, and they took that to mean that attendees were prohibited from tweeting, live-blogging or posting on social media sites.

However, that’s not the case. Although the event remains technically closed for traditional media, attendees will not be stopped from using devices for tweeting, live-blogging, posting on social media sites (or maybe just texting their friends).

So, presumably, someone could publish a blog post on a BlackBerry or write up a story based on a series of tweets or Facebook updates from the event. But traditional reporters looking for a press riser or other media setup will be out of luck, since it’s technically closed press.

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Driven to Distraction – Britain Sets Tough New Laws for Texting While Driving – Series – NYTimes.com

A 24-year-old fashion designer was killed near Oxford when a woman who had just received a text message rear-ended her car at 60 miles an hour.  1226-Texting-540In one of the toughest ruling yet against texting while driving, the young driver, who was texting friends about her encounter with a celebrity was remanded for 21 months to a high-security women’s prison.  Read more:

Driven to Distraction – Britain Sets Tough New Laws for Texting While Driving – Series – NYTimes.com

While smart phones are taking off and the war between the iPhone versus the Blackberry continue, one this is becoming very clear, texting while driving is meeting with harsh opposition abroad and here in the Unites States.  “Nearly all Americans say sending a text message while driving should be illegal, and about half say texting while behind the wheel should be punished at least as harshly as drunken driving”, according to a recent New York Times/CBS News poll.

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