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The Tweekender: What happens when movie Twitter accounts die?

Plus: The Associated Press starts selling Twitter ads, Germany's Angela Merkel says she has no plans to tweet


Kris Holt

Internet Culture

Posted on Jan 11, 2013   Updated on Jun 2, 2021, 3:47 am 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 fewer.

  • The Associated Press is selling ads on its feed. Surprisingly, Twitter is OK with it.
  • German Chancellor Angela Merkel has no plans to join Twitter despite more than 120 other heads of state using the service.
  • There are more than 181,000 social media gurus, ninjas, masters, mavens, and wonks on Twitter. In related news, Plato’s spinning in his grave.
  • You are all faving @replies to yourselves more than ever.
  • What happens to movie Twitter accounts when they die? They don’t go to celluloid heaven, that’s for sure.
  • Solange Knowles feels music writers should know “deep Brandy album cuts” before criticizing R&B artists.
  • This Japanese student is practicing English with tweets.
  • Councillors banned a reporter from livetweeting their meeting on school bus price rises because that obviously needs to stay secret.
  • An angry car washer waiting for a bill payment hijacked a soccer player’s Twitter chat to demand the cash.
  • Venezuelan officers raided the home of a user suspected of spreading rumors about Hugo Chávez’s health
  • Here’s an interesting interactive map which shows which English soccer teams were most popular in each U.K. postal area.

The week’s best new users: Detroit Red Wings alternate captain Pavel Datsyuk racked up more than 14,000 followers in no time. Noted writer and philosopher Daniel Dennett is also a newcomer this week.

Photo of the week: Miley Cyrus got up close and personal with One Direction’s Harry Styles. Or at least a cardboard cutout of him. (@mileycyrus)

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*First Published: Jan 11, 2013, 8:23 pm CST