The Tweekender: “Downton Abbey” star Hugh Bonneville delights a superfan
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 CEO Dick Costolo talked some about upcoming features, such as being able to download every single one of your tweets.
- He also has no plans to sell the company, float on the stock market, or stop standing up for users in court.
- The company wants to add a media executive to its board. After all, Zynga’s performed well since bringing in DreamWorks CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg.
- Twitter cofounder Ev Williams wants to introduce a way to see how many people actively read your tweets.
- A new Twitter email suggests people to follow. A cynic might suggest it’s so Twitter knows what you’re interested in for more targeted ads.
- Is Twitter taking a page out of Pinterest’s books by making money from changing iTunes affiliate links?
- China may have the highest number of active Twitter users. The service is officially blocked there, so people use alternate means to access it.
- Europe's Ryder Cup team will be allowed to tweet at this weekend's event. Get ready to see Rory McIlroy gloat after Europe undoubtedly wins.
- U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron is about to join the community under a personal account.
- The Wall Street Journal looked into why some Fortune 500 CEOs are great at Twitter, and others are terrified.
- Downton Abbey star Hugh Bonneville stunned one of the show’s superfans (and frequent tweeter) at her New Zealand high school.
- Business-minded women are flocking to hashtag chats for advice and networking.
- A Microsoft employee tweeted from the firm’s account instead of his own when criticizing prominent conservative personality Ann Coulter.
- Jewish Harvard students were asked to tweet their sins publicly before the start of Yom Kippur. Not many did.
- The Church of England sought nominations for the next Archbishop of Canterbury from Twitter.
- Indiana Pacers forward Danny Granger asked a follower to pick up his new iPhone in exchange for buying the other person one.
- At least one company’s using nonexistent tweets as testimonials in a billboard campaign.
- A former Sony PR employee took the company to task over PlayStation marketing, claiming “no one has a Vita.” Ouch.
- The hacked @HuffingtonPost account offered to restore followers’ virginity for the low, low price of $29.95.
The week’s best new accounts: Neil Young signed up in 2009 but just now started tweeting. After a garbage collection schedule change caused anger in Edinburgh, Scotland, parody account @edinburghbinman gave an insider’s perspective on the kerfuffle. Also, say hello to Lost’s John Locke, Terry O’Quinn.
Photo of the week: Breaking Bad star Aaron Paul shared a wonderful photo of kids dressed up as Jesse Pinkman and Mr. White. (@aaronpaul_8)