Monday, July 6, 2009, 11:20 AM

Monday's quick reads: Twitter imposters & Washington Post controversy

1.) Washington Post caught in controversy (The Wall Street Journal) -- The Washington Post was caught up in a controversy Thursday when a political-news outlet revealed that the newspaper promoted private sessions where lobbyists could meet with Obama administration officials and reporters and editors from the Post in exchange for payments of $25,000 to $250,000.

2.) Washington Post apologizes (The Washington Post) -- Washington Post publisher Katharine Weymouth said that a hasty time frame, haphazard planning and miscommunication led to the release of a promotional flier that inaccurately described the newspaper's plans for a series of sponsored "salons" with influential insiders.

3.) Companies must cope with Twitter imposters (The Wall Street Journal) -- Twitter users have caused an uproar by impersonating celebrities on the popular micro-blogging service. Businesses, too, are targets of fake Twitter profiles -- sometimes from competitors.

4.) Nonprofits outpace corporations on social media adoption (New Communications Review) The nation’s largest nonprofit organizations have outpaced corporations and academic institutions in their adoption of social media, for the second year in a row, according to a new research study, “Still Setting the Pace in Social Media: The First Longitudinal Study of Usage by the Largest US Charities.”

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