Celebrities on Twitter
This weekend, people on Twitter got yet another reminder not to believe what you read on Twitter without confirming with an outside source.
Nelson Mandela has become the latest victim of a celebrity death hoax on Twitter, with the network abuzz with the false information that the former South African president had died in his sleep.
Hey, Twitter: might want to look into this one.
Two fake Twitter accounts for former Gossip Girl star Blake Lively have each garnered tens of thousands of fans – perhaps thanks to the fact that each of them have a much-coveted verification check mark.
But, uh – both are fake, photoshopped into the account’s cover photo.
Stand-up comedian, actor and author Michael Ian Black has amassed almost 2 million Twitter followers since his first tweet pre-2010.
If You Like Awkward Things, You’ll Love Watching Nick Offerman Read Young Female Celebrities’ Tweets
Although we (still) find this incredibly weird, add these videos to the list of “things you just can’t stay away from:” A grown man on YouTube reading tweets sent by young female celebrities.
Oh and the “grown man” is comedian Nick Offerman from Parks and Recreation, so that makes the whole thing a lot less creepy than you imagined – but it’s still a big ball of uncomfortable.
And you know you’re going to watch it.
If you want to be mean to someone anonymously, there are lots of ways to do this online, but few provide assurances that your target will actually see what you’ve said about them. So you risk wasting that nasty little witticism . . . unless the person is on Twitter, that is.
One can be fairly certain an @mention will be seen on Twitter – and appropriately sting (just like a passive-agressive blog comment)!
And yes, even when you’re tweeting to celebrities, they see them. Well, THESE celebrities do, at least.
New people join Twitter every day, from celebrities and religious figures to politicians and your Aunt Gertrude (and she’s following you).
But there are still some holdouts who would make the Twitterverse just thatmuch better with their presence. Can you think of a few folks who fit that description? TIME came up with a list – and we have a few to add.