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LA Businessman Proposes to Girlfriend with Vine Video

It’s the kind of quick-hit Twitter story Mashable does best. They’ve got all the details on a bit of Vine video history that went down Tuesday.

He is LA business consultant Curt Buthman; she is LA author and eBay expert Marsha Collier. After Buthman posted a six-second video proposal showing him holding the Macy’s ring and mouthing the words “Marsha, I love you so much. Will you marry me, please? Please!?,” she accepted. Via Twitter, of course.

Let the debate begin. Does this cheapen the whole idea of a marriage proposal? Is this just the world we now live in? Does this mean he can later divorce her using another equally succinct Vine message?

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San Francisco 49ers Social Media Playbook Includes Profitability

On April Fool’s Day 2013, San Francisco 49ers social media manager Scott Kegley decided to have a little fun at the expense of coach Jim Harbaugh. He joke-tweeted that a new clothing line was coming called the Harbaugh Collection.

Part of of the gag is that Harbaugh rarely deviates from a sideline uniform of khakis, fleece and black cap. However, per an interview of Kegley by Silicon Valley Business Journal technology reporter Preeti Upadhyaya, that’s when something really funny happened:

“People started saying that if the Harbaugh Collection was real, they’d definitely buy it. We had actually come up with the concept for a Harbaugh t-shirt a while back, but it just stayed as a concept. Once we saw how much success the campaign had on social media (it was the third most viewed article in the off season), we decided to actually make the shirts, and they’ll go on sale in the team store on May 27.

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From USC Annenberg to Dodgers Social Media Coordinator

He’s 23-years-old. And now that LA Weekly Dodgers blogger Howard Cole has profiled Josh Tucker, many more fans today know the name of the person pulling the team’s Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr and Instagram strings.

Tucker graduated from USC Annenberg in 2011 and admits that he realizes every day how much of a dream job his self-described “digital cheerleader” responsibilities are. It all started on campus:

Tucker credits a sports public relations class, taught by Josh Rawitch, then the VP of communications for the Dodgers, and Jeff Moeller, of LA Kings PR, while at USC, not only for the knowledge he gained but for connecting with Rawitch, who eventually helped with a foot in Dodgers’ door.

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@Venice311 Gets Huge Mashable Shout-Out

Mashable had some fun over the weekend with the story of Alex Thompson, the 45-year-old female freelance photographer who also operates the neighborhood crime watch Twitter account @Venice311. The article begins with some 18th century town caller framing and moves on to this, under the sub-headline “A Crappy Beginning:”:

Thompson’s story begins in a way all good epics should: with a steaming pile of sewage.

“So I’m walking out of my house in Venice, right? And I can’t believe what I see,” she told Mashable. “Some guy had just dumped over 50 gallons of raw sewage from his RV onto the street.”

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Red Medicine Owner Cooks Up Another Questionable Internet Diss

Thanks to a certain Beverly Hills eatery, it may be appropriate to tweak that famous David Hannum-P.T. Barnum saying. In this case, it’s more like – “There’s an appetizer born every minute.”

We suggest this Seinfeld-ian edit after reading AP reporter John Rogerssummary of the fallout that followed the recent Twitter outreach of Red Medicine co-owner Noah Ellis. Calling out customers who fail to make good on a busy-time reservation is not quite as risky as flushing out an award-winning restaurant critic on your official website. Still, it has us trying to decide whether Ellis is a marketing genius or simply off his bamboo steamer:

One Beverly Hills restaurant owner decided enough was enough, taking to Twitter to publicly call out those who skipped out on their reservations on a recent busy Saturday.

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Associated Press Removes the Term ‘Illegal Immigrants’ from its Lexicon–Draws Inevitable Conservative Blowback

The term “illegal immigrant” will no longer be used in Associated Press stories–nor will it appear in its much-copied style book. In a blog post yesterday, AP Executive Editor Kathleen Carroll wrote that “‘illegal’ should describe only an action, such as living in or immigrating to a country illegally.”

The decision, of course, has drawn conservative outrage.

Do we even have to mention what network has been up in arms all day today?

#NewAPStyle is also now a thing on Twitter.

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Phil Jackson is on Twitter… Kind Of

Legendary Lakers coach Phil Jackson joined the ranks of the twitterati today. Based on his first and only tweet, it looks like he may have had a stroke while doing so. We here at FishbowlLA want to wish Mr. Jackson a speedy recovery. Or a larger keyboard.

Dustin Penner Has No Issues with White House

 

As you probably know, one of the perks of winning a championship within your respective sport is the opportunity to meet the President at the White House.

But in recent years, more and more athletes have skipped out on the opportunity, including former Boston Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas in 2012.

Thomas made it clear that his politics didn’t match up with President Barack Obama, releasing a statement saying he felt the federal government has grown out of control and was threatening the rights of the American people.

Los Angeles Kings forward Dustin Penner managed to take a jab at Thomas on Twitter prior to the team meeting President Obama at the White House on Tuesday. Based on some of the tweets from the official Los Angeles Kings account, it shouldn’t be a surprise that Penner has a sense of humor when it comes to this topic.

Also taking part in the festivities at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue were the Los Angeles Galaxy, who returned for a second straight year after winning the 2012 MLS Cup.

Not a bad day for Southern California teams in the District.

[H/T Larry Brown Sports]

Bill Simmons Suspended from Twitter by ESPN?

Deadspin says so. And its story makes a certain amount of sense.  Simmons hasn’t tweeted since Monday, which is wildly unexpected since he is both a Boston guy and an avid tweeter. The idea of Simmons voluntarily staying quiet on Twitter after one of the most popular athletes in Boston history, Wes Welker, signed with his Patriots’ rival AFC team, the Denver Broncos, is unthinkable.

Deadspin says Simmons’ recent Twitter criticism of ESPN’s angry-sports-talking-head-show First Take is what got him in trouble.

More from Deadspin:

An ESPN source told me that the tweets violated ESPN’s social media guidelines; Simmons was told to lie low for a few days. He hasn’t tweeted since Tuesday Monday, and he’ll apparently be allowed to return to Twitter tomorrow, making it a three-day hiatus. An ESPN spokesman declined comment, and Simmons didn’t respond to an email.

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Fan Tweet Morphs Into $69,000 Kevin Smith Cartoon Feature

How cool is this? A few years ago, Toronto-based animator Steve Stark tweeted out to Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes a cartoon he put together based on a Jay & Silent Bob SModcast. It led to a relationship that now has the Canuck first-time directing the pair’s cartoon feature.

Jay & Silent Bob’s Super Groovy Cartoon Movie will start rolling out this spring by means of a Red State USA-style cross-country road show, with the two leads in tow for lively post-show podcast Q&A. From today’s announcement:

“This is what can happen when you put the plug in the jug, kids,” said Mewes. “As an actor, it was awesome to play Jay again. But as a producer, I sweated every nickel because I wanted to keep the budget low… And dirty.”

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