My love/hate relationship with Twitter grew ever-so-slightly more complicated this weekend when the hashtag #ReasonsToBeatYourGirlfriend trended on Sunday. (For the Twitter-uninitiated, a hashtag is a word or phrase prefaced by the # sign, which usually describes a theme people are talking about — for example, #JetsGame or #AmericanIdol.) When a hashtag or phrase becomes so popular that it is one of the top 10 topics people are discussing, it is listed for all to see on the homepage of Twitter. This is called “trending.” Now, to be fair, part of the reason that #ReasonsToBeatYourGirlfriend was “trending” was because people were criticizing the subject. But #ReasonsToBeatYourGirlfriend would not have attracted so much attention in the first place if people weren’t actually tweeting responses to it. Keep reading »
Really, Esquire? Someone posting to the magazine’s Twitter feed tweeted a link to an article earlier today which read, “How to get a better blowjob than DSK – we think.” DSK, of course, is Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the former head of the International Monetary Fund, who is accused of forcing a hotel maid to perform oral sex on him. Wouldn’t any blowjob that doesn’t involve forcing yourself on someone be a “better blowjob”? Does that mean this is an article about how not to sexually assault someone? Your readers need that?
This tweet has since been deleted from Esquire‘s Twitter feed, but was screengrabbed by Jezebel blogger Irin Carmon. Esquire followed up with a tweet which reads, “Sometimes our sense of humor doesn’t come out the way we intend. Sorry if an earlier tweet offended anyone.” I’m hoping the initial tweet came from a social media intern who didn’t know any better and is getting their wrist slapped right about now. [Yfrog.com/IrinCarmon] Keep reading »
“Just stopped 2 boys robbing a car all I said was ‘oi’ and they ran like the wind. I did not realise I was that scary! … WTF is going on tonight just stopped 2 boys with lacrosse sticks trying to push Gee-Wizz car on it’s side what’s wrong with London… police? I’m in one of the poshest parts of London and it’s like f**king crime watch!”
—Kelly Osbourne tweets on Monday while witnessing two separate crimes in progress on the streets of London, a few hours apart. Glad to hear that Kelly is there to singlehandedly keep everyone safe. Kelly for sheriff! Just not for grammar teacher. [ONTD]
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Please tell me this is a Twitter hack: Popdust reports that this morning, Rihanna tweeted “I admit it, I provoked Chris to hit me. I’t was not entirely his fault. #ImSORRY.” Huh? Keep reading »