Posts tagged Twitter
Posts tagged Twitter
Dog’s best friend is a man with a Twitter account — at least when the pooch is lost. The information network helped reunite a Jack Russell terrier named Patch with his owner Deidre Anglin, after the dog took a ride on the Irish Rail.
After Patch’s 20-mile ride from Kilcock to Dublin, word of his arrival at the last station quickly spread across Twitter when Irish Rail posted a “Lost dog!” tweet and a photo. The tweet generated more than 500 retweets over 32 minutes, and Anglin saw it.
Ohio teenager Joyce Grendel has much more class than Mike Stone, the Minnesota teen who invited porn stars to his high school prom. When Grendel’s prom date backed out at the last minute, she asked her Cleveland Browns hero, Joe Haden, to escort her instead — and he drove her in style in his white Lamborghini.
Haden also tweeted photos of the night to his 86,500 fans, including the one in this post. “I knew her because she tweets me a lot, and she’s been a really good Haden Nation supporter,” he said. “All my autographs, all my signings, she always shows up.”
What’s a teenager to do when he gets to an autograph event and realizes he doesn’t have the fat wallet necessary to enter? Tweet about it, of course. Chris Newton did, and New England Patriots linebacker Brandon Spikes came to the rescue of Newton and his three friends (@Dylan_DiNatale, @hunt_30 and @Blackewalker11) in a green Porsche.
Spikes was at the event the four young men wanted to attend. When Newton tweeted about their dilemma by mentioning Spikes’ Twitter handle, Spikes told them to look for him in his car. He quietly gave them each $100, but the story eventually made its way to Twitter — and then the traditional press.
When Lauren Lane’s plans to wed Daniel Welch were threatened by the collapse of the British events company organizing her big day, she turned to Twitter for help: “Please RT to help our story! £4.5k stolen with 6 weeks to go - need a little help from our twitter friends.”
Lane’s online appeal worked, as even two celebrities retweeted it. Companies offered Lane and Welch free or discounted services for the wedding, which occurred Feb. 25. “”It just goes to show the power of Twitter,” Lane said. “As soon as I posted my message on the website everything just went crazy.”
The downside of her sudden Twitter fame: Media coverage that Lane felt made the couple look like moochers. “Can’t believe the story on the mail online! £10k in donations? We didn’t get any money! Will be having words in the am!”
NASCAR driver Brad Keselowski gained more than 100,000 followers in two hours while live-tweeting from his car during the Sprint Cup’s premier race, the Daytona 500. From his car, he tweeted a now-famous picture of a fire on the track while the race was delayed.
Some observers wondered whether Keselowski had violated a NASCAR rule against recording devices in cars during races. But NASCAR said he and other racers can keep cell phones in their cars and encouraged them to use social media “as long as they do so without risking their safety or that of others.”
AnnMarie Walsh found a home by tweeting about her homelessness. She also was featured in a teaser for a documentary about Twitter and traveled to Los Angeles for a speaking gig at the “140 Characters Conference” focused on Twitter.
Walsh told the Daily Herald, a suburban Chicago newspaper, that she has recruited other homeless people to Twitter. “Twitter is our community. Anytime something comes up, you can tweet. There’s always somebody there.” Daniel Morales, a homeless man in New York, reunited with his daughter thanks to Twitter.
For one weekend only, the real @irene became the @irene on most people’s minds — Hurricane Irene. Irene Tien, ironically a product strategist at a digital media firm, gave control of her Twitter account to her colleagues so they could assume the identity of the storm to share warnings and laughs.
Ross Morrison (@Inconsolable) and Bjorn Larsen (@bjorn) were the creative minds behind the tweets. Their work attracted enough attention that the Federal Emergency Management Agency reached out to them to share safety information about weathering the storm.
(Hat tip to Carl Lavin)
If you want to break news on Twitter, it pays to know people in high news places. Keith Urbahn, the chief of staff to former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld (@RumsfeldOffice), heard about the killing of terrorist leader Osama bin Laden from a television news producer and ironically reported the news first on Twitter — about an hour before President Obama issue a public statement.
While Urbahn downplayed the significance of his post, it became known as “the tweet heard ‘round the world,” with many reports citing it as the latest proof that Twitter can be used as a tool for breaking news.
UPDATE, Dec. 7: Time magazine chose Urbahn’s tweet as the the best of 2011.
On Twitter, Stevie Johnson of the Buffalo Bills will be remembered as the athlete who “cried out” to God after dropping a game-winning catch. He dropped the ball in overtime, and the Bills dropped the game 19-16 against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Clearly upset by his failure, Johnson wept at his post-game interview and then took his hurt to Twitter in a very public display of “righteous wrath at the heavens.” The all-caps tweet that made him famous (or infamous): “I PRAISE YOU 24/7!!!!!! AND IS THIS HOW YOU DO ME!!!!! YOU EXPECT ME TO LEARN FROM THIS??? HOW???!!! ILL NEVER FORGET THIS!! EVER!!! THX THO.”
UPDATE, Dec. 22: Johnson responded to criticism of his tweet in an interview with the Boston Herald. “I’m thinking I do so much good and give him praise, I didn’t understand why. There’s people out there that are doing bad and good things are happening, but it was a learning thing for me.”
While competing in a Connecticut triathlon, Fazzina crashed her bike, rolled down a hill and injured herself badly enough that she needed help to escape. When her yells went unanswered and her phone couldn’t get a call signal, she sent a tweet. Emergency responders were on the scene 18 minutes later.
UPDATE, Dec. 14: Fazzina’s tweet for help landed her a spot in Twitter’s list of top tweets for 2010.