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The Tweekender: How to use a death hoax to pimp a radio show

All the Twitter news that fits, in 140 characters or less. 


Kris Holt

Internet Culture

Posted on Aug 17, 2012   Updated on Jun 2, 2021, 12:38 pm CDT

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.

  • Presumptive Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan has a small investment in Twitter.
  • The company bought out, which helps people develop mobile apps.
  • Artist and activist Ai Weiwei claimed “Twitter is my city.”
  • Australian TV show Play School is teaching toddlers the wonders of Twitter, which they can’t (legally) use until they’re 13.
  • Pabst Canada apologized after tweeting a derogatory Instagram photo. Even its U.S. counterpart had stern words.
  • A Brit used a Margaret Thatcher death hoax to promote his radio show. Lovely.
  • A Welsh reporter offers tales from the courtroom in rhyming couplets.
  • Baratunde Thurston laments on his unintended Twitter spamming while working at The Onion.
  • The daughter of Michael Dell, of Dell PC fame, stopped using Twitter and Instagram over apparent security concerns.
  • Two people were arrested in the U.K. over a Twitter child abuse investigation.
  • A British soap star quit the community after others “mocked her neck.”
  • A Bahrain court sentenced an activist to three years in jail after inciting protests on Twitter.
  • Robin van Persie quit Arsenal for Manchester United, but it was his wife who bore the brunt of angry fans.
  • To celebrate hitting a million followers, Milla Jovovich is giving away a Resident Evil 5 screening “in your hometown 4 u and your friends”

The week’s best new accounts: James Mangold (@mang0ld), director of the new Wolverine flick and the terrific Girl, Interrupted, joins Derrick Rose (@drose) as this week’s best newcomers. Don’t expect to see Doctor Who in the community any time soon though.

Photo of the week: There is no worse way to bow out than being “killed to death.” (@rsmithTP)

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*First Published: Aug 17, 2012, 2:06 pm CDT