Academy Awards host Ellen DeGeneres just wanted a little selfie with some of her friends in the audience on Sunday night. She ended up cramming some of the biggest stars in Hollywood into one shot — and breaking Twitter in the process.
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.”
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.
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.
(Photos: Giampiero Sposito / Mark Blinch, Reuters)
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.
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.
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.