The Tweekender: Fake Mr. Bean gets all the retweets
With hundreds of millions of tweets per day, it’s impossible to follow everything happening on Twitter. Every Friday, the Daily Dot rounds up notable Twitter news and stories from the past week—in 140 characters or less.
- Twitter brought photo filters to its mobile apps, so your tweets can look like they’re from the ‘70s.
- After Instagram stopped showing photo previews, Florida Junior Senator Marco Rubio complained, and Twitter cofounder Biz Stone made a crack.
- Twitter suspended an account advocating for Catalonia.
- The Pope doesn’t follow anyone in part because the Dalai Lama doesn’t follow anyone.
- A former Republican governor marked his switch to the Democratic party with a tweet and a Barack Obama fist bump.
- Tennis star Andy Murray talked soccer when he took over FIFA’s account for a Q&A.
- A Mr. Bean homage account complained about the number of RTs Justin Bieber gets, not-so-subtly asked for retweets, and got more than 73,000.
- The next Ryder Cup is two years away, and already golfers are talking trash.
- ESPN will slip college football replays inside expanded tweets.
- Speaking of ESPN, it’s ordered staff not to tweet about sport or use terms like “shooter” today in the wake of the Sandy Hook tragedy.
- Police arrested a 15-year-old over a racist tweet sent to Manchester United’s Rio Ferdinand.
- A British Lord is suing for the House of Commons speaker’s wife for £50,000 after wrongly connecting him to a child abuse scandal.
The week’s best new users: Aside from some dude called Pope Benedict, Twitter debutantes include comedian Sarah Alexander, Chuck star Sarah Lancaster, and John Krasinski of The Office fame, whose first tweet was “YOLO!!! #yolo.” Also, I am reliably informed that Modern Seinfeld is funny to those who know about Seinfeld.
Photo of the week: Google’s lava lamp menorah is the best menorah. (@google)