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Stephen Colbert finds his ‘Report’ in Twitter Trouble

Without question, Stephen Colbert is a juggernaut of political hijinks and online shenanigans. Much like his progenitor, the great Jon Stewart of “The Daily Show” fame on Comedy Central, Colbert has become a political hack (slash) phenom because of his hilarious takes on boring and mundane political issues.

Only now, he is finding there is a wall to some humor and it appears that Colbert may have just ran smack dab into it. In fact, he even took to Twitter to apologize for the now deleted tweet that has gone viral. Twice.

So, what happened? Glad you asked…

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Which Agencies Had the Best First Tweets?

Game. Over.

To celebrate its eighth birthday today, Twitter introduced a “discover” service that allows you to rewind and check out the first tweets (or, as The New York Times still calls them, “Twitter posts”) shared by existing accounts.

We decided to review some firsties by top tweeters to see how the service has changed over the past eight years, because no other blog on earth thought of that angle.

Here are some of your favorite news orgs*:

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#PRFail: Meet the Woman Who Thought MH370 Could Help Sell Business

pray_for_mh370MH370 — By now, we all know what this means. It represents Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 and the real-life episode of “Lost” that is slowly unraveling before the world’s eyes.

Did it fly under the radar? Did it swap frequencies with a learjet? Is it off the coast of Australia? No one knows. And the thing that is more upsetting than the whereabouts of the plane is the fact that the national news could give two craps less about its cargo — 239 people.

Amazing how that is a secondary story. At any rate, there is something in the world of MH370 that’s even more revolting that. And it came from a sports job company in Shaker Heights, Ohio.

Prepare to get classy.

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Idiot on Twitter Arrested Because Shooting People Is Cool for Retweets

This story from the Los Angeles Times, sent to me by our fearless leader, really intrigued me for two reasons.

1. See what trends begging for retweets will get you?

2. In what back-asswards universe would anyone think this was a good idea?

What are we discussing? Meet Dakkari Dijon McAnuff, a 20-year-old dunderhead whose parents shouldn’t have been allowed to breed because of their choice of made-up first names and fancy condiments for middle names.

This jackleg fool thought he would capitalize on current trends and beg for retweets, “100 RT’s (Re-Tweets) and I’ll shoot someone walking.” Social media goes crazy and McAnuff was traced to his residence at the 700 block of 9th Street and promptly arrested (with an air rifle), the Times says.

He is being held on suspicion of making criminal threats and being a dumb@$$. His bail has been set at $50,000. Let’s hope he has 10 cents to his name.

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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