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FAFSA Cracked An Awful Twitter Joke About Financial Aid Applicants Being Broke

Nobody told FAFSA they had to be funny. All they have to do is encourage college students to apply for financial aid, make sure they get information into the right hands and generally be nice to stressed out parents and co-eds who are confused and overwhelmed. But no. FAFSA got on the Twitters to make a joke and got their asses handed to them because they are FAFSA and not Dave Chappelle. Read more

Cobain’s Daughter to Lana Del Rey: ‘Death of Young Musicians Isn’t Something to Romanticize’

Ifrances600-1403529625n a recent interview with The Guardian, Lana Del Rey discussed her heroes like Kurt Cobain and Amy Winehouse, and when asked whether she felt their early deaths were glamorous, answered, “Ummm, yeah,” and then stated that “I wish I was dead already…I do! I don’t want to have to keep doing this. But I am.”

While these comments may have stirred up emotion for many, one person in particular — Kurt Cobain’s daughter, Frances Bean -- took it upon herself to reach out to Del Rey, and send a message that “the death of young musicians isn’t something to romanticize.”

In a series of tweets, Bean called out Del Rey, reminding her that Cobain was not just a glamorous musician, but her father — one she will never get to know because of his 1994 suicide. She went on to encourage Del Rey to embrace her life, saying that the singer is far too talented to waste her life the way her heroes did. Read more

More PR Quotes from Cannes

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And we’re back with more insights from seaside France for those readers who, like us, weren’t fortunate enough to score tickets. Feel free to email us your own greatest insights from attendees…as long as they aren’t Kanye.

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The Tweetest Cannes Insights, Part One

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Dear Readers,

We know how much you would like to be hanging out at Cannes this week: hitting the beach, sipping some espresso martinis and–most importantly–soaking up the insights from the biggest names in media.

Don’t stress. For your benefit, we took it upon ourselves to share the best of the event…in the form of quotes recounted by other people on Twitter.

Let’s get social…

  • “An enjoyable yet thoroughly ridiculous spectacle.” – Michael Frolich, Ogilvy PR
  • “I can’t work with anyone who isn’t number one.” – Kanye

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Delta Was a Disaster on Twitter After USA Beat Ghana

delta tweetSo that was incredible right? No one, not even coach US Jurgen Klinsmann, expected the American team to win its World Cup match against Ghana. And when they did, excitement erupted in the streets and, of course, on Twitter.

Delta tried to get in on the excitement with the tweet above. So, the US is the Statue of Liberty with two points and Ghana is a giraffe with one point. Well yeah, you got the score right. Except there are no giraffes in Ghana. There are giraffes in Africa. But as a major international airline, Delta ought to know that Africa is a large continent and giraffes cannot be found in all of its countries. In case they forgot, Twitter reminded them.

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But from there, it only got worse.

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Louis CK and Judd Apatow Ask TMZ to Take Down Tracy Morgan Crash Video

louis ck tweetLouis CK and Judd Apatow are asking TMZ (via Twitter) to remove bystander video footage of the aftermath of the Tracy Morgan bus crash that took place last weekend. The request comes after the daughter of one of the injured comedians, Ardie Fuqua, posted a note on Instagram stating, “They don’t know how hurtful it is to see my father dragged out of the wreckage.” Krizya Fuqua also talks about all of the false information that’s being spread about her father’s condition.

After reading the plea, Louis CK, who recently kicked up some dust over the CommonCore educational process on Twitter, took to the social networking site to speak directly to TMZ. The tabloid site has yet to respond, according to the most recent story we could find. That’s probably because this is a bit of a sticky situation for the site.

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Is Twitter Planning More Changes to Make America Freak Out?

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Why does anything have to change?

It is going to happen, and usually when you least expect it — change. Things begin to sag. Batteries run out. You have to move. The job doesn’t have the “new car” smell anymore. Whatever it takes, things will change.

It’s the circle of life, and in technology, that circle is typically your PC buffering. Most changes are accepted, some more than others. However, when Twitter thought they could sneak one past America, social media imploded and warned whoever would listen that there better not be any more slick changes.

Yeah, there’s more…

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Disney to Make Princess Leia Toys Thanks to #WeWantLeia Hashtag

leiaBack in May, Disney announced it would be rolling out a new line of Star Wars themed toys, which will be available for purchase in Disney stores. As excited customers browsed through the soon-to-be-collectibles, they quickly noticed the lack of products featuring female characters — Sure, Luke and R2 and Han and Vader were all represented, but where was the no-nonsense heroine Princess Leia?

A mother shopping for her daughter asked Disney that exact question via Twitter, to which the brand responded:

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QuestLove Clearly Has a Thing for Nilla Wafers

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I’m Old School — no question.

As a disc jockey in a former life, I couldn’t stand new music because it lacked the panache of the classics. Regardless of the genre, I played it, broadcast it, and definitely bobbed my head to it. Anything new, I avoided like a Kardashian does to poor white people.

New music offered me nothing, until the legendary Roots Crew. (And we’re talking long before Jimmy Fallon, like 1989.) Anywho, other than the most underrated lyricist outside of Talib Kweli, Tariq “Black Thought” Trotter, The Roots are known by the presence of ?uestlove.

Most dig his full afro, mad vibe on beats, and whatever else he likes. Over the weekend, America discovered his affinity for Nilla Wafers…and now, they love those even more.

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Even the Pope Isn’t Infallible on Twitter

Mistakes on Twitter: we’ve all made them. Hell, we tweeted an incorrect link this morning.

But when you have four million extremely devoted followers, even the smallest slip-up can lead to an inordinate amount of attention–most of it negative.

Today the team behind the Vatican’s own Pope Francis, who we’ve recognized in the past for their social media prowess, added one letter too many to a tweet about two stories that are no laughing matter…and unleashed a stream of NSFW replies that we won’t feature here (because those people don’t need any more attention).

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The very succinct point is that social media is run by humans who require oversight and a strict approval process. Everybody screws up once in a while–even those who answer to a power far higher than Twitter.

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