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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.

[Screengrab via Mediaite, but you shouldn't click the link]

Humanitarian Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe Pushes For More Hashtag Activism: ‘We Must Shout #BringBackOurGirls’

michelle obama bringbackourgirlsConservative pundits have been denouncing the #BringBackOurGirls hacktivism as a pointless and nonsensical exercise. Rush Limbaugh called it a “pathetic” move by the “low-information crowd.” Ann Coulter tried to mock the whole thing with her own take on the issue. And got mocked. (Hilarious. Personal favorite right here.) And George Will called it simply “an exercise in self-esteem.”

Humanitarian Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe has a different take on the issue. She is a recent addition to the Time 100 for her work as the founder of the Saint Monica Girls’ Tailoring Center in Uganda, a place for girls who have suffered sexual assault and exploitation. Sister Nyirumbe says this sort of online movement is important in cases where an issue would not otherwise get the attention it needs for change to occur. She paid a visit to The Colbert Report last night to talk about the book and documentary she’s the subject of, Sewing Hope, but to also talk up the virtues of hashtag activism like #BringBackOurGirls.

“It’s the best we can do and we we haven’t done enough,” she said. “… We must shout ‘Bring back our girls.’”

She also said she would punch Stephen Colbert.

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Samuel L. Jackson Accidentally Sparked a Social Media Campaign for the Porn Industry

charlie cometSamuel L. Jackson made a promotional appearance with the rest of the cast of Captain America: The Winter Soldier back in March when the cast (which also stars Anthony Mackie and Scarlett Johansson) was asked about the biggest pop culture innovations from the last half century. Sam Jackson’s response, according to The Washington Post: RedTube, a free online porn site.

Joking or not, this no doubt got a few laughs (and a few surreptitious head nods of agreement). But the porn industry doesn’t think it’s so funny. When people watch free porn, it means they’re not paying the industry for its product. Moreover, these sorts of free porn sites don’t monitor content for piracy.

So #PayForYourPorn was born. (BTW, that hashtag is NSFW.)

However, the porn industry is battling a stigma that is a huge hurdle to its campaign and an industry that isn’t nearly as regulated as the mainstream entertainment industry. Also, no one wants to pay for porn — or anything else for that matter — that they don’t have to.

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The Weather Channel Picked a Twitter Fight with the Wrong Texan Yesterday

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Know your city. Be proud of your city…or pay the consequences, y’all!

Ah yes. Things really are bigger in my beloved Lone Star State, including the Twitter fights. Oh, and the bravado of ancillary city council representatives.

Now, if you know anything about North Texas, D/FW, or what a radio marketer in the 70s called “The Metroplex”, you may be familiar with the sibling rivalry between the two cities separated by a 20 minute drive on the freeway. Dallas and Fort Worth have two distinctively different cultures–both are very Texas, but each has its own conflicts. One of the largest is Fort Worth, consistently known as the rubenesque, butt-ugly, red-headed, buck-toothed stepchild of Dallas.

Even the Weather Channel thinks that way–and one guy in Fort Worth was mad as hell, as wasn’t gonna’ take it any more.

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Kevin Bacon’s Brother and Oscar Mayer’s Turkey Bacon Team Up to Challenge Their More Famous Siblings

It’s tough to be the equally talented, more heart-healthy sibling of a famous celebrity; if you’re going to have to share their last name, shouldn’t you be able to share their spotlight, too? Now, the other Bacons (Kevin’s brother Michael and Oscar Mayer‘s turkey bacon) are teaming up to help make this underdog fantasy a Twitter-fueled reality.

Sure, Michael Bacon might be 50% of the band The Bacon Brothers, but Kevin is likely almost 100% of the reason people want to hear them play. And while turkey bacon is undeniably delicious, T-shirts, recipes, and burger joints all celebrate its porkier counterpart. This campaign aims to change all that.

The campaign urges people to celebrate the story of the #UnsungBacon by following Michael on Twitter, with the eventual goal of overtaking his movie-star-brother’s number of followers — a lofty goal to be sure, as Michael currently has 1,680 followers while Kevin boasts over 431,000. But Oscar Mayer, brand king of all processed meats, really believes in Michael (and its own product), and is determined to show the world the wonders of both. Read more

In Case You’re Wondering Why Your Twitter Feed Has Turned Into the #DarkestTimeline…

childish gambino communityIt was announced today that the NBC comedy Community has been cancelled after five seasons. The #darkesttimeline is a reference to a tagline that ended an episode of the show in season three.

Cast members have taken to Twitter one after another to thank fans and make the announcement about the show. The fans themselves have also added #RIPCommunity and #SixSeasonsAndAMovie to the list of associated hashtags.

Mashable says the show producer, Sony Pictures TV, can try and pitch the show to places like Netflix and Hulu.

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Twitter Getting Tons Of Free PR from Jon Favreau’s New Movie ‘Chef’

chef movieJon Favreau, the man behind blockbusters like Iron Man, has a non-CGI’d movie coming to theaters today. But it’s not completely devoid of technology.

Favreau is the Chef of the title. He quits his job at a Los Angeles restaurant and opens a food truck with his ex-wife (Sofia Vergara) and his friend (John Leguizamo). Along the way, he goes off on a food critic via Twitter, which leads to a confrontation that goes viral. And Favreau’s son in the movie also uses Twitter to help build his new food truck business.

Besides all the references to social platform, there’s also a special visual when Twitter is used.

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PayPal Exec Is Out After A Couple Months On The Job, Goes on a Twitter Tirade Against His Colleagues

rakesh tweet1PayPal‘s new director of strategy, Rakesh Agrawal, is already out with only two months on the job. And on his way out the door, he took to Twitter Friday night to rail against his own colleagues.

The tweets started at about 1am with the announcement: “Done working for the weekend. Jazz fest time.” The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival wrapped this Sunday.

By the middle of the night, he was posting tweets with crazy misspellings and giving the finger to some unidentified someone. Unlike the post at right, some of those crazy tweets were directed at other Paypal staffers who he does name. This finger tweet and many of the others in this Business Insider post look to have been since deleted.

By Saturday evening, PayPal posted on its Twitter account that Agrawal was “no longer with the company” because they have a “zero tolerance” policy for the disrespect Agrawal showed his fellow staffers. Agrawal maintains, however, that he quit, calling the PayPal tweet “misleading” because it insinuates he was fired. In the screenshot that Agrawal posted of his resignation, you see a time stamp of 9:34pm on Friday, a few hours before his tweet rant began.

Fired or resigned, this is not a good look for Agrawal.

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