Two hours after the Boston Marathon bombing, suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev tweeted, “Ain’t no love in the heart of the city, stay safe people” – and a day later said he was “stress-free.”
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Not all humor is for everyone (just read reviews of Seth MacFarlane’s Oscar night hosting job), but some jokes cause everyone to agree that a line has been crossed. Such was the case Sunday night when, for nearly an hour, a tweet by the Onion applied the c-word to 9-year-old “Beasts of the Southern Wild” star Quvenzhané Wallis. On Monday, The Onion CEO Steve Hannah apologized and promised disciplinary action for “those individuals responsible.”
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When the Superdome lost power Sunday night during Super Bowl XLVII, viewers quickly turned their attention to Twitter. The 34-minute-long blackout inspired companies, football fans — and Beyoncé fans — to tweet through the delay.
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Today, the pranksters at the Onion offered up an “Ask Me Anything” meet-up on Reddit with a parody version of America’s vice president, a pretender known as “Diamond” Joe Biden. To lure in the crowds, fake Biden offered answers on “my Trans Am, things you can make into a pipe, Barack, or where we can hook up later” among other things. The real veep was less than impressed, and one-upped the faker with the flick of a Twitpic.
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Pope Benedict, white-haired, 85 and a neophyte to social media site Twitter, has beaten out 18-year old heartthrob Justin Bieber to set a percentage record for retweeting by his followers, the Vatican said on Thursday.
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After days of expectation and buildup, the leader of the world’s billion-plus Roman Catholics finally did it: He tweeted.
Twitter released an update for its iPhone and Android apps Monday, adding the ability to edit and apply filters to photos — and further distancing itself from now-rival photo sharing service Instagram.
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The secret’s out. Pope Benedict’s new handle on Twitter will be @pontifex, beating out other contenders that had been considered to showcase the thoughts of one of the world’s most visible leaders.
Benedict already has 1.2 billion “followers” in the standard sense of the word but next week he will have another type when he enters what for any 85-year old is the brave new world of Twitter.
As Israeli and Palestinian forces clash in Gaza this week, those same armies are engaging in a real-time battle of hashtags and twitpics, trying to win the hearts and minds of watchers around the globe.
“Twitter believes that your account may have been compromised by a website or service not associated with Twitter,” read an email many Twitter users received Thursday morning. “We’ve reset your password to prevent others from accessing your account.”
No, the email’s not a weird hoax — a lot of Twitter accounts’ passwords were indeed reset by the social media service — but Twitter now admits that the alarm bells rang a little louder than necessary.
The election of President Barack Obama to a second term Tuesday night had many cheering in the streets, and the Twitterverse alight with commentary (and his most-ever-retweeted photo, once he posted a picture of himself hugging wife Michelle). But not everybody was so happy.
In fact, some were downright furious.
Social media analysis: ‘Bayonets’ fail to cut Romney, but overall debate sentiment swings Obama’s way
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A majority of social media users believes President Barack Obama did better in this week’s foreign policy presidential debate than Republican nominee Mitt Romney did, according to NBC Politics’ computer-assisted analysis of almost 1 million posts during and after the debate.
If Twitter Existed for Past Debates…
Editor’s Note: This is a mock. While it represents an actual event, user accounts are fictitious. Any resemblance to real persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental.
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President Barack Obama may lead former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney in most presidential polls, but in the social media campaign, Romney has had the edge for months, according to NBCPolitics.com’s computer-assisted analysis of 2 million campaign-related Twitter and Facebook posts.
Some who use Twitter are quite mannerly, others are totally rude — and a series of maps of Twitter users in the United States gives us an idea about who’s naughty and who’s nice, and where they’re tweeting from.
The Twitter “heat map,” developed by Vertalab, took two common phrases, “Good morning,” and “F—- you,” and scanned tweets containing those phrases in 462 specific locations in the U.S., over several different days in July.