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HBOGO Crashes During True Detective Finale, Awesome Tweets Abound

Once upon a time, one had to tune in to an actual channel on an actual television to catch a new episode of one’s favorite show. Then came apps on mobile devices that allowed us to catch up on the drama we missed wherever and whenever we wanted, but our culture of instant gratification was still not fully satisfied, so apps like HBOGO now allow us to watch new episodes as they air, no matter where we are–even if it’s just that we’re having a drink in the kitchen and don’t feel like dragging ourselves all the way to the living room to flip on the boob tube.

That is, until HBOGO crashes during the season finale of its new hit crime drama “True Detective.” Then, people turn around and use those mobile devices to send out angry (and hilarious) tweets. Here is just a sweet sampling of the smorgasbord of awesomeness to be read:

Meanwhile, others sort of saw it a different way, poking fun at their own expectations and sense of entitlement, rather than at the app’s failure. Read more

What Makes for a Good, Monocle-Free Trend Piece?

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If you obsessively follow journalists on Twitter each evening (and you really should), then you probably noticed many of them passing this New York Times ”monocles are back” trend piece around last night along with a moderate dose of mockery.

Yep, that’s the one.

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Is This Apple’s First Social Media Campaign?

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Social media is obviously not foreign to the Apple organization. iTunes, for example, has a strong Twitter presence with separate feeds for music, radio, movie trailers, etc.

It would seem, however, that the company turned to Tumblr for its first explicitly social campaign this week, using the Yahoo-owned network to promote the latest iPhone.

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Here Are All The Things You’ll Need If You Want To Get Your Client A Record-Breaking Tweet

ICYMI because Twitter was having technical difficulties with all that Oscar action: Ellen DeGeneres just surpassed President Obama for the most retweeted tweet ever in the history of the world. Don’t know how you could have missed it since it’s been shared more than 1.7 million times, but just in case you’re flagging a bit (we’ve passed the three hour mark), here it is:

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So what exactly do you need to have a record-breaking tweet? Glad you asked.

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STUDY: People Can’t Use Twitter Without the Eff Bomb

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Birds of a feather @#$& together. 

WARNING: If you have a client interested in social media, you may want to turn your head. Better yet, turn your client’s head because twits can’t be trusted unless you are looking for the best George Carlin, Richard Pryor or Eddie Murphy impressions.

According to a recent study by Fast Co. Exist, one of out every 13 tweets involves a curse word. After examining a random one-month sample of 51 million English-language tweets from 14 million distinct user accounts, they came up with this conclusion: We curse a lot on Twitter, where our language is usually public, even more than we do in real life.

After the jump, we’ll offer some informative but NSFW charts, so if you’re the squeamish type then you might want to #$%* off.

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4 Tips on Effective Tweeting from the BBC

The BBC rules Twitter in the UK—and they’ve got some tips for you to encourage more sharing on your own account. They know of what they speak: this is the year’s most-shared story so far. Who knew so many Britons loved the Fresh Prince?

In the wake of a study noting that the BBC is the most-shared account in the UK, Mark Frankel, assistant editor of social news, talked to journalism.co.uk and offered four tips to give your tweets maximum shareability.

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Why Social Media Loves Domino’s Pizza (UK) and Perverts May Too

Domino’s Pizza is yum-yum-good-times food. A global brand that feeds millions of people its greatness. And then there are the randy misfits who enjoy the Domino’s brand for, shall we say, other things. 

Meet Lad Vigo, or at least, that’s what his Twitter handle says. Lad thought it would be a sage consumer decision to notify his favorite pizza chain in the UK that he just boinked a pepperoni and subsequently torched his uh, little sausage.

And the inexplicable conversation that ensued — all via Twitter — is so worth a delivery of the highest order.

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Bode Miller Defends NBC Reporter After She’s Slammed for ‘Tone-Deaf’ and ‘Shameful’ Interview

After becoming the oldest medalist in Olympic alpine history, Bode Miller found himself in an interview with NBC reporter Christin Cooper, who questioned him repeatedly about the death of his brother, and how that loss has shaped his experience at the Olympics. While such personal questions are often asked of athletes in this type of situation, Cooper seemed not to take any of the hints that her line of questioning was pushing Miller into an extremely emotional state, and she failed to let up until he had broken down into tears, hidden his face, and had been rendered speechless.

The scene sparked an angry outcry from fans and journalists alike, who felt Cooper lacked tact and sensitivity. The AP’s David Bauder, for instance, called the interview “tone-deaf and cruel, and short-circuited the thoughtful, intelligent perspectives Miller had started to offer until he couldn’t talk anymore,” and The New York Times‘ Richard Sandomir wrote that “Cooper and NBC lacked the sensitivity to know when enough was enough.”

In a classy and kind response to the uproar, Miller himself took to Twitter to thank his fans for expressing their concern for his well-being, but also to defend his interviewer.

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Game of Thrones Shares Some Content with U.S. Olympians

Today in Things We Missed This Weekend, HBO’s Game of Thrones took a little extra step to increase the already-insane hype for Season 4′s April 2 debut.

Well before most viewers were settled in to check out the latest trailer ahead of True Detective (which just got really interesting, BTW), the show’s Twitter feed sent a few custom “sigils” to American Olympians who count themselves among its many, many fans.

Here’s the first one, for figurer skater Meryl Davis. We particularly like the co-opting of Twitter bio platitudes (hat tip to Henry David Thoreau):

The hope, of course, was that these athletes would share the custom graphics with their own Twitter/Instagram followers.

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Richie Incognito Got Tired of Living Up to His Name via Twitter

NYDailyNews incognitoA long time ago, Miami Dolphin (really effin’) offensive lineman Richie Incognito created a viral poo-poo storm when he blasted his teammate Jonathon Martin on the Twitter when he deemed that he should be worthy of stricken with the worst carpal tunnel in the history of ever with this family-friendly tweet:

“Hey, wassup, you half n—– piece of s—. I saw you on Twitter, you been training 10 weeks. [I want to] s— in your f—ing mouth. [I'm going to] slap your f—ing mouth. [I'm going to] slap your real mother across the face [laughter]. F— you, you’re still a rookie. I’ll kill you.”

Since then, Richie Incognito has been a skosh of legal trouble, sent packing from his NFL job and hired a PR team. He has been advised by everyone in the world to shut up, but meh? A guy’s got to vent right?

And man, did he.

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