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Defendants Learn That Naming Crime Victims On Twitter Is Not A Good Idea

Emotions run high on Twitter some days. We’re seeing it now with political posts in the United States, but we also see it during other times, like in response to closely watched court cases.

Sending out a less than thoughtful tweet in the heat of the moment can be professionally damaging. And, as some folks just learned: It can come with financial penalties and an “outing” as an ass.

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Twitter Followers Rally To Support Friend Facing Stage IV Breast Cancer

Twitter isn’t always about business. And it isn’t always about who can come up with the most clever observation or witty retort. Sometimes it hits you right between the eyes with a bit of reality you just didn’t expect.

Like Lisa.

Who is Lisa? She’s a mom of three children (ages 13, 10 and 6) who, in her own words, “has stage IV cancer and am undergoing testing and developing a treatment plan to try to extend my life as long as possible. I do not know how long that will be.”

And although she only knows many of them online, Lisa has made a huge impact on her Twitter friends – and she probably will on you as well.

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#FirstWorldProblems Really Aren’t – But Are You A Jerk For Tweeting Them?

Twitter is a funny place. A joke hashtag one day could make you a tweeting outcast the next.

Take #FirstWorldProblems for instance. If you’ve been on Twitter for any length of time, you’ve likely seen silly tweets attached to this hashtag. Well, add “Getting guff on Twitter” to your #FirstWorldProblems list, because the hashtag starting to seriously tick off some people.

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OWN Host Lisa Ling: ‘I am a bit of a Twitter junkie’

Lisa Ling has travelled the world throughout her career, co-hosting The View, being a correspondent for National Geographic’s Explorer, and producing and hosting OWN’s Our America. In the latest installment of Mediabistro’s So What Do You Do? interview series, Ling talks about how technology (and one social network, in particular) has changed her job.

“I admit that I am a bit of a Twitter junkie,” she said. “I really love being able to be connected with the people who watch Our America. Instant feedback and being able to interact with viewers is an extraordinary thing. This past season, I live-tweeted during almost every episode and I had so much fun doing it. Twitter is truly revolutionary.”

Read more at So What Do You Do, Lisa Ling, Host and Executive Producer of Our America?

This Twitter Chat Seeks To Help Children Exposed To Violence [INFOGRAPHIC]

We all know that bullying is pretty out of control online, but have you considered where the bullies come from?

Though some may be “born that way,” many children are exposed to violence at home and this teaches them aggressive behavior. Identifying those children in school and helping them is critical.

And this twitter chat focuses on just that – helping children exposed to violence in school.
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Help #KloutForGood Spread The Word About Great Causes

Yep, another post about influence.

But this time we’re not talking about measuring it or growing it, we’re talking about sharing it – for good.

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Wedding Vows Exchanged On Twitter. Seriously, This Happened

In what is quite possibly the most ridiculous (and obviously, effective) PR stunt when it comes to Twitter, to date, a couple in Turkey used Twitter to exchange wedding vows.

No, they were not stationed far away from each other for work or country or some other necessity. And they were not exchanging vows remotely to combat some last-minute snafu.

They were sitting right next to each other in the church.

Yes, bang your head against your desk and read on.

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Last Tweet From Car Crash Victim Is About Tweeting While Driving

We all know that texting while driving kills – yet drivers, especially young drivers, do it all the time.

And now we have a story of five young men dead in a one-car crash and a couple of tweets from one of the victims, a passenger, bragging about drinking and tweeting while driving.

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Talked About On Twitter: Tropical Storm Isaac

As thousands of people in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama are evacuating their homes, quite a few are taking a moment to post pics of their plight on Twitter.

Not even a tropical storm can stop Twitter – or to quote Twitter, “the tweets must flow.

 

 

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Check Out The AppNet Parody Page With A Point: @IHave50Dollars

You’ve likely read about App.net at this point and maybe you’re unclear as to whether it will revolutionize everything online or if it will fail miserably.

Well, we don’t have an answer for you.

One thing we do know for certain though since App.net reached it’s 500k Kickstarter goal – there are a LOT of people who have $50 (the one-year membership fee). And @IHave50Dollars is joyously ridiculing each and every one of them.

But that’s not all, it’s also supporting something VERY worthwhile. Check it out.
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