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Twitter Plays Key Role in Media Couple Meeting, Marriage

It started in February 2009 when Wall Street Journal columnist Joanna Stern came across a series of funny tweets about the Showtime TV program The L Word posted by Deep Focus social media whiz Michelle Barna.

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The tweets led Stern to follow Barna. Over the next two weeks, the pair exchanged emails and finally got together for drinks. Five months later, they were dating. From Vincent M. Mazzolli‘s fun New York Times “Weddings/Celebrations” write-up:

On Nov. 10, 2013, while vacationing together in Hawaii, Ms. Stern popped the question, appropriately, on Twitter.

“It seemed only right to ask her, where we first met, to marry me,” Ms. Stern said. “I gave her the ring and she started crying and I was really excited, and even more relieved that everything went off without a hitch.”

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Twitter Rages Against New York Times Michael Brown Characterization

Some have chosen to react to the New York Times description of Michael Brown as “no angel” with sarcastic tweets about their youthful misdemeanors. Others are full of rage:

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Many of those expressing anger and outrage have likely not read the full article, and therefore perhaps do not realize that “no angel” in the fifth paragraph is a callback to reporter John Eligon‘s lede:

FERGUSON, Mo. — It was 1 a.m. and Michael Brown Jr. called his father, his voice trembling. He had seen something overpowering. In the thick gray clouds that lingered from a passing storm this past June, he made out an angel. And he saw Satan chasing the angel and the angel running into the face of God.

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NYC Playwright Moonlights as @dick_nixon

On Twitter, the owner and operator of beyond-the-grave account @dick_nixon is staying true to form:

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But in print, indeed, the jig is up. Per an article by AP writer Hillel Italie that is being member-syndicated left, right and center, the account’s spot-on emulation of Tricky Dick is the work of a local who authored the 2006 play Mickey Mouse is Dead:

Admirers have speculated that the account manager is a politician, a journalist or even a member of the Nixon family. But Twitter “Nixon” is, apparently, 33-year-old playwright and New York resident Justin Sherin, born years after the president left office…

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In Face of ‘Capitalist’ Criticism, Michael Moore Remains Silent for Now

MMFlintTwitterPoint Web browser to @MMFlint… Refresh after seeing no recent tweet(s)…. Repeat.

That’s been our intermittent routine here at FishbowlNY HQ (a.k.a Chris & Me) as we await Moore’s comeback to a massive amount of media and public criticism. The details of the filmmaker’s messy divorce battle, first reported by The Smoking Gun, were picked up with a vengeance this week. It turns out MM owns many more homes in Michigan and New York than most people were aware.

The right-leaning press especially has been relishing this news. For example, the headline over at United Liberty reads: “Socialist Weasel Michael Moore Hates Capitalism So Much That He Owns 9 Homes.”

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The Man Behind @SavedYouAClick

JakeBeckmanTwitterPicIf you’re not yet familiar with the Twitter account @SavedYouAClick, Emily Shire‘s Daily Beast chat with Jake Beckman, the stream’s creator, is a good place to start. The project is a sideline for Beckman, who by day authors, edits content for Rebel Mouse.

The idea of the account is simple: In lieu of click-bait Web article headlines, the stream re-tweets the headline along with the short, brief answer to that headline, saving you the time and aggravation of having to click through. From Shire’s piece:

In its few months of existence, @SavedYouAClick has amassed 125,000 followers, a sign of increasing frustration. And @SavedYouAClick is hardly the only fighter in the anti-clickbait crusade. It follows on the heels of other Twitter accounts, like @HuffPostSpoilers and @UpworthySpoiler, designed to call out and mock click-bait culture…

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Ira Glass Reacts to New York Times Revelations

Ira Glass joining Twitter earlier this month is the best media-participatory thing to happen to the social network in some time. Today, the gifted aural storyteller had this to say about The Grey Lady:

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Nikki Finke’s Version of TGIF

A week after Good Friday, Nikki Finke is celebrating Good Riddance.

The hiatus-ed one’s Twitter feed is dominated these days by links to Studio System content. But every once in a while, the veteran entertainment journalist chimes in about things like the Oscars or – in this case – the object of her one-time home office affections:

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Matt Harvey Commits Twitter Balk

ShutterstockMrMetMost of us are familiar with the weekly social-media exercise known as “Throwback Thursday.” But in the case of sidelined Mets ace Matt Harvey, it was more like “Blowback Tuesday.”

To mark the six-month anniversary of his Tommy John surgery, Harvey earlier today tweeted an October 2013 photo showing him lying in a hospital bed with middle finger raised. The picture quickly disappeared from Twitter as did, soon thereafter, the account from which the photo was tweeted (@MattHarvey33). Per ESPN New York Mets beat writer Adam Rubin, the recovering pitcher decided – at least for now – to get out of the Twitter game after his middle-finger hospital snap generated some controversy:

The Mets confirmed requesting the deletion of the tweet with the photo because it contained a potentially offensive gesture, but the team added that the decision to delete the account belonged to Harvey.

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Twitter Paved the Way for Three Seth Meyers Comedy Writers

Take my tweet, please! As today’s Vulture piece by Jennifer Rogers and Callie Wright vividly reminds, you never know who might be paying attention to a 140-character comedy showcase.

BryanNardvarkTwitterIn this case, two of the three hired tweeters – Alison Agosti and Michelle Wolff - had comedy backgrounds. But third Twitter gagster Bryan Donaldson, found through @TheNardvark by Late Night head writer Alex Baze, was a central Illinois IT guy. Seriously:

The Late Night interview lasted 15 minutes, and Donaldson assumed he’d blown it. “It was so short that I thought they’d decided they weren’t going to waste any more time,” he says. Then, a few weeks later, he got a call at work from Baze telling him he had the job…

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Hitching a Ride with @NYSubwayChatter

We’ve been keeping an eye on new Twitter account @nysubwaychatter. The stream is intended to be a repository of everything from vintage photos to more recently offered and overheard public transit behavior. All in all, a wonderful micro-content niche.

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