July 20, 2011 |
Six Republican presidential candidates participated in a tea-party sponsored debate on Twitter on Wednesday - and the results showed both the promise and the limits of the social medium. The format allowed the six, Reps. Michele Bachmann and Thaddeus McCotter, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, ex-Sen. Rick Santorum, former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson, and businessman Herman Cain, to interact directly with supporters and detractors - and allowed their respective messages to be relayed and retweeted across the ever-expanding platform.
March 15, 2013 |
As conflicting reports on Lil Wayne's health continue to burn up the blogosphere, the rapper ostensibly took to Twitter on Friday evening to thank his fans and attempt to debunk any thoughts that his condition is grave. “I'm good everybody. Thx for the prayers and love,” the tweet read . But the quick line only fueled further speculation -- and confusion. Responding to reports from TMZ that the rapper was in a medically induced coma, Mack Maine, president of Wayne's Young Money imprint, had tweeted that the superstar was "alive and well" and bashed TMZ for its reports -- which at one point said he was receiving last rites (an update that was later removed without explanation)
August 7, 2013 |
Drake is speaking out about the bizarre tweets Amanda Bynes has sent his way, calling the messages "a little weird and disturbing. " The former Nickelodeon actress, on an extended, involuntary psychiatric hold stemming from a July 22 incident in which she started a small fire in a stranger's driveway and ignited her own pants, has professed her love for the rapper on more than one occasion. In some of her posts, she said he was "a hot fellow," while in another, more vulgar tweet, she stated that she wanted him "to murder my vagina.
February 8, 2013 |
Twitter has made it possible for its search tool to display some tweets older than a week -- a feature users have long been asking to have. "Previously, Twitter search results displayed Tweets going back about a week. We've developed a way to include older Tweets, so you can see content that goes beyond the more recent Tweets," Twitter said in a blog announcing its search tool's new capabilities. It, however, doesn't mean that Twitter search will display all tweets that have ever been sent.
June 18, 2010 |
The Lakers, with their Game 7 victory over the Boston Celtics, produced championship ratings for ABC, and the game worked the same magic on Twitter. The website had already experienced record activity from the World Cup. On an average day, Twitter gets about 750 tweets per second, for a total of about 65 million a day. The top three tweeted goals of the week: Japan scores against Cameroon on June 14, with 2,940 tweets per second; Brazil's first goal against North Korea on June 15, 2,928 per second; and Mexico ties South Africa on 11 with 2,704 per second.
December 2, 2013 |
This post has been corrected The AMC drama "The Walking Dead" was the most tweeted about TV moment of Thanksgiving week, according to newly released rankings from Nielsen's SocialGuide. The show's mid-season finale generated more than 880,000 tweets that reached a Twitter audience of 5.9 million, making it the most social show for the week of Nov. 25. BET'S "Soul Train Music Awards," which featured performances by Jennifer Hudson, Evelyn "Champagne" King, Chaka Khan and T.I., ranked as the second most-tweeted-about show of the week, producing more than 400,000 comments that reached some 3.5 million users on Twitter.
August 13, 2012 |
The 2012 London Olympics were a highly talked about topic this summer, and Twitter's got proof. More than 150 million tweets were sent out about the Games over the last 16 days, the social network said. The company put together a blog post Sunday night with measurements on the most-tweeted-about events, athletes, sports as well as other statistics as the 30th Olympic Games drew to a close. Among the most tweeted events, Usain Bolt stole the show with three of the top five.
September 4, 2013 |
Ever wondered who first mentioned Justin Bieber on Twitter? Now you can find out. Social analytics firm Topsy announced it has indexed every public tweet that has ever been sent out and has made the information available to the public -- a feat no one else, including Twitter, has been able to accomplish. Topsy specializes in providing social data to companies, so it had already indexed many public tweets going back to July 2010. PHOTOS: Biggest tech flops of 2013 -- so far But Wednesday's update beefs up the company's indexing service with all public tweets going back to 2006, when Twitter launched and was actually called "twtter.
October 4, 2011 |
Upon learning that the NBA owners and players' union were unable to come to a labor agreement after a four-hour meeting Tuesday, many of the players took to social media to express their dismay. The NBA then announced that it had canceled the rest of the exhibition schedule and was on the brink of canceling regular season games. Here are some tweets from NBA players: ?DeAndre Jordan, Clippers center, "To all the NBA fans out there…. sorry!" Jordan also said, "I also want to say sorry to all the people who work in the arenas that don't have any means of income right now … way to go owners!"
June 12, 2013 |
Warren Buffett, otherwise known as the Oracle of Omaha, tweeted for the third time ever this week to welcome Hillary Rodham Clinton, otherwise known as the former secretary of State and first lady of the U.S., to Twitter. "Hello @Hillaryclinton!," Buffett wrote. "Happy to welcome one of my favorite women in the world to twitter. #45" By Wednesday, the chief executive of Berkshire Hathaway known for savvy investments had deleted the tweet, but not before rampant speculation that the number 45 was a not-so-subtle suggestion that Clinton run for president in 2016.