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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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And Now for Something Completely Different: Eric Idle Tweets About Scientology

The posts at The Underground Bunker no longer come quite as fast and furiously as they once did, now that gatekeeper Tony Ortega has a day job. Still, when they do, they’re as fun and informative to read as ever.

Today, Ortega recaps a typically surreal Twitter trail. This one involved, earlier in the week, Monty Python member Eric Idle, a Scientologist, Kirstie Alley and more.

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From Ortega’s summary:

On Tuesday, as we noted earlier, Idle posted a tweet referring to a man named John Wood who has been recognized in the press as Python’s most dedicated fan. But he’s also one of the UK’s most ardent Scientologists, and after some help exposing Wood by Bunker reader Media Lush, Idle publicly distanced himself from Wood and his latest endeavor, a dating site…

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Omaha Tourism Team Huddles Up with Peyton Manning

Our first thought after reading Christopher Heine‘s fun Adweek summary of some very opportunistic Mile-High Midwestern marketing is how different Don Draper‘s day-to-day would be if he was dealing with the mad 21st century millisecond world. Our second thoughts were: well done @VisitOmaha, semi-well done @OmahaSteaks.

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In case you don’t watch or care about NFL football, “Omaha! Omaha!” – a battle cry uttered throughout a Sunday playoff game by the Manning brother still playing this season – was seized on by both aforementioned Twitter accounts. Because that’s how a savvy brand-baller rolls:

Call it one of the most random tourism marketing moments ever. And those [@VisitOmaha) re-tweet and favorite numbers are pretty good.

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Michelle Shocked Quits Twitter After Nine-Month War with Music Journalist

In the shadow of this week’s Phil Robertson GQ controversy, another scandal involving a celebrity and homophobic comments has come to a very sudden and suitably bizarre end. This one involves veteran freelance journalist Chris Willman, singer Michelle Shocked and her disastrous on-stage comments during a March 17 concert-tour kickoff performance at Yoshi’s in San Francisco.

In March and April, MichelleShockedTweetthe Los Angeles-based Willman wrote extensively for Yahoo and The Hollywood Reporter about Shocked “Dixie Chick-ing herself.” His coverage sparked a nine-month Twitter war, with Shocked mercilessly targeting both the reporter and those having social media conversations with him. Finally, earlier this week, Willman informed his Facebook followers of the following:

Michelle Shocked just succeeded in her months-long campaign to get me suspended from Twitter. She is down to 32 followers and I have (had?) 16,500, but I guess numbers don’t matter when someone is determined to bring someone down with countless phony abuse reports…

Look at her Twitter account if you want to see her posting a photo of herself smiling, saying, “Ask not for whom the punk smirks. She smirks for Yahoo!” – meaning me, since she’s been out to get revenge on me ever since my first Yahoo story about her career-ending SF gig.

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Daily Mail Reporter Wraps Up @WeAreNewYorkers Stint

There’s a brand new and very cool Twitter account to be aware of. The idea behind @WeAreNewYorkers is simple: each week (Monday through Sunday), a different resident of Manhattan is chosen by the feed’s co-founders to curate the information and help stamp it with a personalized view of worthy, favorite and out-of-the-way local living.

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At the helm this week has been Lydia Warren, a reporter for the US side of The Daily Mail who also runs a blog called “Today’s the Day I….,” all about her experiences since moving to New York from London in 2011. Warren has highlighted everything from West Village shop Dolce Gelateria’s spaghetti ice cream to a visiting Downton Abbey “tea truck.”

The individuals responsible for @WeAreNewYorkers tell FishbowlNY they prefer to remain anonymous, so as to keep the focus on their team of New York-based curators. “We’re both under 30, both film aficionados, and we actually met on Twitter and decided to start this account together,” they explain via email. “We’re not native New Yorkers but have been here for three-five years and absolutely love the city.”

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Cosmopolitan Answers a Few #BonerQuestions

If you have to ask about the hashtag in the headline, then you obviously weren’t paying Twitter attention yesterday.

AndyLevyRedEyeThe magazine’s social media team, led by Elisa Benson, used Twitter to curate questions for its minority male staff. (There’s no pun there; get your mind out of the gutter.)

Anyway… We’re not just saying this because it’s about the only question we can safely reprint here. Perusing the resulting article by Frank Kobola, we can honestly pick the following as our favorite FA(B)Q:

7. In what season of Growing Pains did Boner leave to join the Marines?

Season 4, Episode 13: “Semper Fidelis.”

Well done, Andy Levy! This accomplishment is something the Fox News commentator (pictured) may well want to consider adding to his Red Eye bio. (And again, please; get your mind out of the gutter. Red Eye and Growing Pains in this context are only TV show names.) To check out the 17 other questions deemed worthy by Kobola and co., click here.

[Photo courtesy: foxnews.com]

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