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.
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…
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.
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.
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, the 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.
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.
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.”
If you have to ask about the hashtag in the headline, then you obviously weren’t paying Twitter attention yesterday.
The 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]
A torrent of angry Twitter reaction is pouring in today in the direction of Erin Gloria Ryan after the Jezebel news editor last night tweeted and then deleted a tasteless reference to the tragic death of Fast and Furious star Paul Walker.
Ryan’s tweet, which made reference to Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, has unleashed outrage from right-leaning voters and others, for turning the death of the 40-year-old actor into a very offensive political jab. A few, like Washington Examiner editor Justin Green, are commending Ryan for her subsequent Twitter apologies:
But a great many more are calling for Ryan’s head, like this Wisconsin resident:
Thanks to a brainiac Hope Jahren (pictured), Seventeen magazine’s #ManicureMonday Twitter archives will never be the same.
Per a summary on Slate by Jason Bittel, it is Jahren – an isotope geochemist and laboratory scientist at the University of Hawaii Manoa – who came up with the hilarious idea of hijacking the publication’s latest round of regular Monday hashtagging. Instead of perfectly manicured cuticles, she got all sorts of scientific community folks to join in with pictures of more workman-like human digits:
When her academic colleagues asked her why she wastes her time tweeting, Jahren responds by saying it’s better than wasting her time writing publications nobody will ever read. If you haven’t noticed yet, Jahren’s got some major cut to her jib.
She, Claire Meyer, is a writer for dating site HowAboutWe. He, Alan Linic, is an actor.
The couple’s decision to post what they quarrel about via @WeFoughtAbout has been gathering follower and media steam. For an article published today, Business Insider technology reporter Caroline Moss gave the stream a thumbs-up and spoke to the Twitter couple’s better half:
“We both post from the account,” Meyer told Business Insider. “And it encourages us to talk through each fight to find the true catalyst. That is the hardest part.”
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