We sure hope GWEN STEFANI wasn't rooting for US Soccer today -- or else she might need a restraining order. Seems Mr. Gwen doesn't take kindly to anyone poking fun at his native England's footballers.
Just after Bill Buckner let in the weakest goal in World Cup history, GAVIN ROSSDALE took to Twitter to bemoan the play of the UK squad: "What will we do against a good team?????? No flow,no team play.
We all know how Twitter works, right? It's the real-time web: if you go to search.twitter.com and type in "Nick Jonas," you're going to find out what Nick and his legions are doing RIGHT NOW.
But two weeks ago, Twitter announced that it would soon begin returning "most popular" results -- a huge shift in what we think of the site's primary mission.
Have you seen this? Have you heard about this? Apparently Jay Leno has been restored to the Tonight Show host's chair, leaving poor Conan O'Brien - whose Tonight run was admittedly ratings-challenged, but so was Leno's for a long time - out in the cold. So while Leno has been booking guests for his post-Olympics return (watch the promo!), Conan has been left to find ways around that clause in his settlement with NBC that prevents him from appearing on television until September.
This morning, the social-media bible Mashable reported on yet another of those annoying Twitter bugs -- a "large-scale phishing attack" in which a message that says "This you???" prompts users to enter their Twitter passwords on a fake Twitter login page.
Sure enough, we had two such messages waiting for us in our inbox.
Biggest local State of the Union winners? Central Square tech firm CRIMSON HEXAGON, whose VOXTROT platform was used on CNN's big-screen to provide instantaneous audience-feedback to SOTU, with a pretty impressive degree of differentiation. The software, "based on groundbreaking work conducted at Harvard University's
Institute for Quantitative Social Science, distills meaning about
brands, products, services, markets and competitors from the online
When we woke up this morning, SCOTT BROWN was a trending topic on Twitter. MASSACHUSETTS was a trending topic on Twitter. But MARTHA COAKLEY was not. (That's since changed -- "Coakley" is on the charts, and there's an asterisk involved, since Twitter is counting anything with "Brown" in it as a Scott Brown tweet. Which means if you posted "Charlie Brown would've been a better candidate than these morons," it would've counted as a Tweet for Scott.
Via a clever hashtag on Twitter (conceived when Liebergott initially called the press conference and nobody knew what it was about) comes the news that Jackie Liebergott, president of Emerson College, will step down as of June 30, 2011. No successor has been named at this time.
As an Emerson alum, I find the situation difficult to assess.
Ugh. Ugh. Ugh.
- Belichick thug flattens NFL camerman. Too late. The game is already on tape. [Deadspin]
- Twitter results for "Bill Belichick has been playing too much Madden" [Twitter]
- Twitter results for "worst call of Belichick's career" [Twitter]
- Chris Mortensen: "Belichick's worst moment since Cleveland" [Twitter]
Wired has the story of a man we first heard tell of from Portland anarchist Paul McCarrier after the G-20 protests:
a man who used Twitter to communicate and help protestors rally against
an organization he believes is a threat to human rights.
No, this isn't those Twitter-fueled Iran protests, which the State Department famously asked Twitter to delay site maintenance to support.
The good news: BOSTON TWEET is back online. The Onion-style shocker: a Twitterer actually used a telephone to contact a friend . . . to wait out the Twitter outage at JP Licks.
It appears the outage that briefly took Boston Tweet down was part of a huuuuuuuge Twitter screwup that bolloxed thousands of accounts around the world.
In case the answer is "no": We meant the giraffe, of course!
In luurrrrking around the BET Awards Twitter traffic, we realized that the word "twigga" has metastasized into general usage. Here's a graph of the term's usage over the past week -- note the spike.
Of course, in the interest of fairness, "twigga" still pales in comparison to the use of that other word:
I was up pretty late last night. How could I have been so irresponsible on a Wednesday? Well, I have an awful lot of work to do before Friday morning, and the list taped to my apartment wall still has a few items that aren’t crossed off: “finish armor,” “paint gloves,” “make arm bracelets,” and a couple other bits and pieces that I’ll have to wrap up tonight.
Via Harmonix dude Sean Baptiste's Twitter feed comes this dispatch from the BPD's Twitter feed from not long ago:
Boston_Police INJURED OFFICER: Officer from district 4 transported to Beth Israel Hospital, human bite to arm, suspect in custody. 20 May 2009 from TwitterBerry
adamcohen Breaking News: Brett Favre is addicted to attention. Stop feeding it. #enoughalready 05 May 2009 from TweetDeck CapnCrook07 I hope Brett Favre breaks both of his legs in some freak accident just so he has to stay retired. Honestly, fuck you Favre. 05 May 2009 from web