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 launched its Certified Products program to let everyone know which third-party apps and services have the seal of approval.
- Company cofounder Biz Stone is trying his hand at becoming a short film director.
- Advertisers can now target you based on your interests.
- Twitter HQ will appear in a show with Top Gear’s Richard Hammond as a bike messenger. Hopefully it’ll be more exciting than Premium Rush.
- The New York Times has a terrific profile of Maude Apatow, daughter of film director Judd, and her Twitter fame.
- Comedian Frankie Boyle may have made his last appearance on a U.K. network after he tweeted Paralympics jokes.
- Kristen Bell got hacked and a link to a scam site was posted on her account. She apologized and urged followers to change their passwords.
- Barcelona soccer players Dani Alves and Javier Mascherano had their accounts hacked mid-game.
- A purported soccer agent and tipster revealed he was a hoaxer all along.
- Ohio State University banned reporters from tweeting during press conferences.
- Malaysians aimed to break a world record by sending a million tweets in an hour to celebrate independence.
- After an English market town strip club got the go-ahead, a spoofer parodied the owner, a lord who compared himself to Walt Disney.
- Around a tenth of kids in Serbia have tennis superstar Novak Djokovic as their Twitter avatar.
- A man received a suspended jail sentence for insulting Holland’s queen.
- Barack Obama sent seven times as many tweets as Mitt Romney over the past year.
The week’s best new accounts: Josh Beckett joined Twitter just to say thanks to Boston Red Sox fans as he departed for the Los Angeles Dodgers. Isn’t that lovely? Also new is novelty account Kaylee Ehrmantraut, who speaks of her love for her grandfather, Breaking Bad’s Mike.
Photo of the week: Mitt Romney looks over his Republican National Convention speech on his iPad. (@dgjackson)