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The UpTake is a nonprofit user-driven video news site based in St. Paul, Minn.
The UpTake receives its revenue from donations, as well as video licensing and syndication. Most of the site’s donations are small, but it receives funding from the Harnisch Foundation and the Instructional Telecommunications Foundation as well. The site has several staff members, though as of 2009, only two were paid.
The site’s founders have backgrounds in liberal politics, and it was denied new space in the Minnesota State Capitol after two local media outlets expressed concern that it was a partisan news organization, though other media organizations defended the site.
Twitter is a social network and microblogging platform. The service is built on 140-character messages called tweets, which live on the web and can be read by anyone, although some users opt to make their accounts private. Twitter also allows users to “follow,” or subscribe to, other users’ tweets and — through replies to and…