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The 10 Worst Twitter Buzzwords

The BBC takes a look at how Twitter has made an impact on the English language, spawning an entire legion of new words that play off the name of the social network – specifically the first two letters.

Examples include Tweeple, meaning a person who uses Twitter (and is a portmanteau of the words Twitter and people), Twagiarism (Twitter and plagiarism) and Twittiquette (Twitter and etiquette).

Yes: it’s all very horrible indeed.

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Readying for Some Football: Experts Offer Athletes Tips for Tweeting

Some of the most popular sports in North America are weeks away from getting starting, with professional football leading the way with college football and college basketball close behind. It is as best a time as any for players to be urged to review Tennessee basketball’s 50 tips for tweeting athletes.
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Twitter Dominates 98% Of All Social Chatter During 2011 MTV VMAs [INFOGRAPHIC]

The 2011 MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs) took place this past Saturday, and with a pregnancy announcement from Beyoncé Knowles, Lady Gaga appearing (and performing) as a man and dozens of other major celebrity appearances, there was certainly a lot to talk about.

Impressively, Twitter completely dominated the social space chatter during the VMAs, accounting for over 98% of some 5,567,954 total mentions during the awards.

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Nobody Reads Twitter Bios And Wrestling Fans Are The Dumbest People On The Net

I’ve been registered on Twitter under the username @Sheamus since March 8, 2008. Well over three years. In that time I’ve built up a pretty reasonable following and certain amount of recognition in the Twitter and social media space.

But that’s on Twitter. In the ‘real world’ the most famous Sheamus is arguably Irish professional wrestler Sheamus O’Shaunessy. To be honest I don’t know much about wrestling – apart from that it’s very, very silly – but what I do know is that O’Shaunessy started to get pretty popular in the past couple of years.

And this has given me all sorts of problems. On Twitter.

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I’m Big On Twitter! How The Emmy Nominees Stack Up By Followers [INFOGRAPHIC]

It’s a little over 43 days until the 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards, and with the list of the nominees now out, the organizers have teamed up with visualization-maestros Column Five Media to create this colorful rundown of the most popular Emmy-nominated candidates on Twitter.

So here’s the big question: does popularity on Twitter give you a better chance of winning awards?

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NFL Lockout Ends For Real: Why Tweeters Should Care

The NFL lockout has finally come to a close after five months of only shaky guesses about our professional football league’s future — thankfully, the new 10-year labor contract will let the season to unfold as normal starting tomorrow. Why should fans of Twitter be just as appreciative as fans of the NFL?
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Steelers vs Ravens: An Historic Rivalry Takes to Twitter

It is not just that the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens are fierce rivals. It is not just that both teams are always perennially competing for the division title in the AFC North. It is that both teams will take any and every opportunity to stir the pot of drama and trash talk whenever the opportunity and the latest one came in the virtual world of Twitter.
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Athletes At The London Olympics Could Be Banned For Misusing Twitter

With all of the sports personalities who have found themselves in hot water after a miscalculated tweet, it’s no surprise the International Olympics Committee has set out strict guidelines for the athletes competing in London in 2012, and their guidelines are strict: a poorly thought-out tweet could result in a total ban from the Games.
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Aaron Sorkin (The Social Network) And David Simon (The Wire) Talk Twitter’s Dumbing Down Of News

When it comes to understanding the advantages of being proactive and knowledgeable about social media, is it a cause for concern that broadcaster Piers Morgan ‘gets it’ more than screenwriters Aaron Sorkin and David Simon, respectively creators of The West Wing and The Wire, two of the most celebrated and influential shows in modern television history?

And does it also matter that Sorkin, who penned the critically-acclaimed Mark Zuckerberg biopic The Social Network, has not only now quit Facebook, but by his own admittance didn’t know anything about social media when he started writing the film?

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Stephen Colbert To Be Given Control Of @MLB For 24 Hours

If you follow the Major League Baseball’s official Twitter account, be prepared for some off-topic tweeting in the next little while: Stephen Colbert has just been granted 24 hours access to the League’s Twitter account. As Colbert would say, you’re welcome.
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