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Believe It Or Not, The Most Tweeted-About Food In November Isn’t Turkey

Believe It Or Not, The Most Tweeted-About Food In November Isn't Turkey

Over the next several weeks, prepare to be completely inundated with social media photos of people’s Thanksgiving meals. You’ll see so many pictures of sweet potatoes that life will suddenly take on an orange hue, and obviously, you’ll see turkeys en masse, because they’re Thanksgiving’s most important staple.

Somehow, though, last year’s most-tweeted about food during the month of November was NOT turkey, which completely boggles my mind. I’m sure some of you will say Oh, but what about the vegans and vegetarians and blah blah blahbut what if I were to tell you that the most tweeted-about food IS meat and turkey wasn’t even the second most-popular? Check out the top 10 most tweeted-about foods on Twitter from November 2013 after the jump, and feel free to make predictions for this year! Keep reading »

10 Reasons Bill Cosby Probably Really Regrets Asking The Internet To #CosbyMeme Him

10 Reasons Bill Cosby Probably Really Regrets Asking The Internet To #CosbyMeme Him

Yesterday, Bill Cosby, or Billy Cosby’s PR team, created and posted a Cosby Meme Generator to the star’s website and then tweeted the following request: “Meme me! #CosbyMeme” And oh, did they, but not in the way the “Cosby Show” star and Jell-O spokesman expected. (Here are some examples of what they did expect — YAWN.) But maybe they should have anticipated that people would use the meme generator to draw attention to the more than a dozen women who have accused Cosby of sexual assault or rape over the years. After all, just last week, Queen Latifah canceled an interview with Cosby that was due to air on her talk show because of renewed interest in those allegations. Whoops! Here are just 10 examples of the internet blasting Cosby as a sexual predator using his own meme generator (which has since been taken down off the site, of course). [The Verge] Keep reading »

The Best Tweets Of #ReaderGate (So Far)

Writer Tauriq Moosa tweeted out a link to a conversation he’d had about PS4 specs and firmware versus XBox One on a gaming web site, saying, “at least this is back to boring console dick measurements — not yelling about women.” A follower tweeted back to him wondering what it would look like if #GamerGate had happened to the publishing industry, and from there #ReaderGate was spawned and hilarity ensued. Keep reading »

The Secret To Getting More Twitter Followers Is Already Being Well-Known In Real Life

So you want to be popular on Twitter? Tough titties, I guess. It turns out Twitter is a lot like the American economy: There are a few people with a lot of followers, many of whom have those followers because they were well-known before they even joined Twitter, and the vast majority of users only have a few dozen followers.

It turns out, according to a study from the Technical University of Madrid, that the sort of rote advice you’re bound to be given about getting more followers by having interesting things to say and tweeting often is incorrect. You could have great things to say, but the bottom line is that Twitter users follow people because other Twitter users follow them, not because of their content or ideas, or the frequency with which they post. Case in point: Ira Glass didn’t tweet for six years after he opened his account, and he still has over 100,000 followers. Shoot, I followed him while he wasn’t tweeting. Keep reading »

The Samaritans Radar App Tracks People With Emotional Disorders On Twitter (And Possibly Puts Them At Risk)

There’s a new app out called Samaritans Radar, offered by UK mental health charity Samaritans, that allows users to sign up to have their friends’ Twitter accounts monitored for words and phrases like “suicide,” “tired of being alone,” “hate myself, “depressed,” and “help me.” The app then sends the user a notification so that they can respond to their friend.

It’s a really, really nice idea at heart. But it’s flawed, and people are speaking out about it. The basic problem is this, as this blogger who has Lupus and deals with mental health issues points out:

You might also be thinking “What’s the big deal; they’d see your Tweets if they follow you anyway.” It’s the idea of being monitored by strangers for what they perceive as signs of suicidal ideation, who are then prompted by an app on what steps to take.

Keep reading »

#TheQueenTweets: Queen Elizabeth II Has Sent Her First-Ever Tweet

Queen Elizabeth II may not have her own Twitter account yet (a girl can dream), but she did send out her very first tweet today!

After opening the Information Age exhibition at London’s Science Museum, the monarch of the UK posted from the official @BritishMonarchy twitter handle, signing her tweet “Elizabeth R.” Keep reading »

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