The Tweekender: How a parody account revived a gaming legend’s career

All the news this week from Twitter, racapped in bullet points of 140 characters or less. 


Kris Holt


Published Oct 26, 2012   Updated Jun 2, 2021, 8:38 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 less.

  • Rules on how tweets must be displayed halted future development of the app.

  • Twitter tested replacing Favorites with the “Like” and “Star” buttons. It once considered calling the feature “Thanks.”

  • Twitter shut off Pheed’s access to its services for a time, likely because the latter was spamming Twitter with autotweets.

  • Saudi Arabian users are railing on the government with tweets.

  • Here’s a lovely story of how a parody account gave videogame legend Peter Molyneux his groove back.

  • A Dutch orchestra is performing compositions by Twitter users today.

  • Twitter’s killing off accounts used to promote The Walking Dead in France.

  • Rupert Murdoch went into customer service mode when a follower complained about not getting his Wall Street Journal copy.

  • Here’s a neat visualization of the languages used by Twitter users in London.

  • A pizza chain tried the clearly hilarious tactic of stalking new Twitter followers in real-life for a promo stunt.

  • Starship Troopers star Casper Van Dien doesn’t understand the true meaning of “trolling.”

  • Another week, another soccer player quitting Twitter over abuse.

  • Here’s a look at how the media helps reactionary parody accounts and memes gain traction quickly.

  • Ad agencies are scouring Twitter data to help them create commercials. What would Don Draper do?

  • Forbes’ Kashmir Hill came clean after an error in favoriting tweets allowed BuzzFeed to scoop her story.

The week’s best new accounts: John Dramani Mahama, president of the Republic of Ghana, is the latest African leader to sign up. English soccer legend Chris Waddle is on Twitter too. Just don’t ask him to take any penalty kicks.

Photo of the week: A Ohio crowd awaits Mitt Romney as the presidential election draws ever closer. (@dgjackson)

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*First Published: Oct 26, 2012, 5:20 pm CDT