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Massachusetts Ended Sexual Assault Awareness Month With the Worst Advice Ever

April Sexual Assault Awareness MonthSexual assault is no joke and is one of the most vile crimes on the planet. According to RAINN (Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network), every two minutes there is a sexual assault committed in this country.

That said, awareness for sexual assault is very important. You would expect anyone talking, discussing, or even tweeting about something so serious, would tread lightly about what is said, right?

Well, most people … outside the state of Massachusetts.

Wait until you see the advice given on behalf of the entire state. And it happened on Twitter…
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Prince George’s PD Gets #PRFail for Live Tweeting Prostitution Sting

PGPD carIn the Commonwealth of Virginia, nestled in political ballyhoo and apparently a fair amount of skanks is Prince George County. Evidently, some of the upper crust in the metropolitan suburb have noticed said trollops gallivanting about during the midnight hour.

The proud men and women of the Prince George Police Department (PGPD) have decided to take on the world’s oldest profession (around some of the world’s oldest men avail oneself of said profession). Like they do in other cities, the police department is putting on some clandestine sting operation.

Oh yeah, and unlike other cities, they are live tweeting the festivities.

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Midlife Crisis? Ronald McDonald Gets Makeover and Joins Twitter

la-fi-mo-ronald-mcdonald-makeover-20140423It seems the 51-year-old Ronald McDonald is having a midlife crisis. He’s getting a makeover and a new wardrobe, and has decided to become tech savvy — all at once.

With all the “McFail” we’ve been covering lately, maybe McDonald’s decided it was time to draw the attention away from the negative news stories, and instead re-focus it on its brand’s beloved mascot. Or maybe the company wanted to reclaim its own spokesman after Taco Bell hijacked the Ronald McDonald name in its most recent breakfast campaign.

Either way, the changes are coming, and the fast food chain is hoping social media interaction and increased sales will come along with them.

The clown-like Ronald McDonald that the public has been familiar with since his debut in the 60′s wears giant red shoes, a yellow jumpsuit over a red-and-white striped shirt, and a flaming red wig. While the new incarnation will keep his clown makeup, wig, and comical shoes, the rest of his outfit can best be described as beach comber meets dress-down Friday meets The Warblers from “Glee”.

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New ‘Tweeting Bomb Threats to Airlines’ Meme Didn’t Last Long

Yesterday we tried to write an honest “what would you do?” post about the 14-year-old Dutch teen who tweeted a threat to American Airlines claiming to be involved with “Al Qaida” and promising to do “something big.”

While most agreed that American overreacted by implying that the authorities might just be coming for the girl (who later turned herself in), The Washington Post noticed that quite a few teens followed the story yesterday afternoon by…tweeting even more specific bomb threats to American and other major airlines.

Before you freak out and post the 900th tweet about how this story simply serves to re-confirm your absolute lack of faith in humanity, note that every single account listed in the WaPo piece has now been either suspended or deleted.

Seems like Twitter itself might have a vested interest in protecting you from the world’s rowdier teen demo.

We, for one, just breathed a sigh of relief.

UPDATED: American Airlines Customer Service Includes Reporting Terror Threats on Twitter

In case you missed it, many in our industry feel that social media management and customer service teams should work in unison. The idea is that the fall of the silos separating these disciplines will improve the performance of both.

American Airlines is one account that blends the two well, but yesterday a very odd interaction demonstrated, once again, the challenges of engaging with users in real-time. From BuzzFeed editor Samir:

Of course, the user in question is 100% responsible. But what’s the correct way to respond to a message like this one?

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Brands, Political Interests Tweeted the ‘Mad Men’ Premiere With Varying Degrees of Success

petco mad menSo how good was it to see Mad Men back on the screen? And Neve Campbell for that matter?

Knowing that this was going to take over Sunday night television, brands went all out in their attempts to get clever on Twitter for the premiere. We’ll start with the strange: Petco, the pet supply store, got in on the action with tweet above. Glad Men? More like:

confused dog

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Katherine Heigl Goes Litigious Over Duane Reade Twitpic

In a headline custom-made for the tabloids, everyone’s favorite fake doctor Katherine Heigl wants a cool $6 million in compensation from Duane Reade for the sharing of this pic last month:

You don’t really need to ask why, do you?

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Twitter Staffer Tweets Through Labor, Media Coverage Ensues, Baby is Born

claire baby tweetsAmong the many things that happened this past weekend, babies were born. Maybe you know one of them. Maybe you gave birth to one of them.

Claire Diaz-Ortiz tweeted through labor, so we have digital evidence that she did, indeed, have a baby. (Just in case the actual baby wasn’t proof enough. And let’s face it, those Lifetime movies have shown us that it is not.)

Diaz-Ortiz is a Twitter staffer, and on Saturday morning, she took to Twitter to announce that her water broke and subsequently started a hashtag, #inlabor, to document the birth of her daughter Lucia.

Buzzfeed was in touch with Diaz-Ortiz’s dad who confirmed that she is in labor in Buenos Aires.

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Marie Claire Tweets That Kendall Jenner Pioneered Cornrows; Outrage Ensues

kendall-jenner-marie-claireAnd this is why worshiping at the altar of people who have no merit of being idolized is stupid (shout out to entertainment media and everyone who follows Justin Bieber on Twitter).

For those not in the know (or the care), that is Kendall Jenner, a fave of paparazzi vultures everywhere. As you can tell, she thought would braid her hair. You know, as if she has seen it somewhere before but where in the world has she?

Hmmmm… 

Oh yeah, I wonder if she knows anyone who hangs out with black people? Nah, probably not.

I only say that because uber-homogeneous publication Marie Claire tweeted some utter stupidity, claimed those braids were “epic,” and subsequently got a harsh “hello” from this alternative stratosphere called “Black Twitter.”

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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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