18 Great Tweets from Tuesday’s Election

The race is over. Jim Kenney won in a landslide, taking more than 55 percent of the vote in the six-way Democratic primary. City Council had a shakeup, with Democratic newcomers Derek Green (a former aide to Councilwoman Marian Tasco) and Allan Domb (the moniker we in the media settled on for him was “condo king“) advancing in the primary and Helen Gym (who Philadelphia magazine’s Patrick Kerkstra predicted would run for City Council back in 2013) in good position to advance as well given her narrow lead in the vote count. And since this is Philadelphia, they’re all likely to win in the general.

“But,” you’re saying, “enough about the election. Were there good tweets? Were there any election memes?” Philadelphia was pretty much spared having to see a bunch of election memes except for “another working family for…” signs (those came from the candidates). There were some pretty funny tweets, however. Here are some of my favorites. Read more »

4 Biggest Mother’s Day Social Media Missteps

As far as holidays go, Mother’s Day is traditionally in the minor leagues.

It’s an important one, yes, but it barely takes up an entire aisle in CVS. No long weekend, no dead deity, no big deal.

Unless, of course, you’re going by social media standards. Because on Facebook and Twitter, Mother’s Day is apparently a High Holy Day of Sharing (and, possibly, caring).

Not that there’s necessarily anything wrong with that. After months of stalking your bar selfies and whiny status updates, your mom was probably delighted to spot herself in your new profile picture. If your partner granted you a tiny human over the past year, it’s more than appropriate to send a shout-out. You gave life to those kids and got them dressed for a family photo shoot before noon? Go ahead, lady — blow up my feed with your tiny army of brunch terrorists. You earned this.

That said, there was also some pretty questionable Mother’s Day posting this year. Do mom a favor and remember the following next time around. Read more »

Trevor Noah and the Never-Ending Cycle of Twitter Shame

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The thing about people is that they’re fallible; they do bad things, both intentionally and unintentionally. As we were all taught as children, people make mistakes.

The Internet, as we know, is less forgiving. And it makes discerning the offender’s intent a bit more of a dubious undertaking. Who knows if anyone’s lapse of judgement is really that or indicative of something more sinister in their character. Mistakes? Well, they become more than that. They become moments, and then they live beyond.

The latest example of this phenomenon, of course, is Trevor Noah, the comedian tapped by Comedy Central to replace long-standing host Jon Stewart on The Daily Show. Read more »

Mo’ne Davis Just Wrote the Book on Twitter Trolls

Mo'ne Davis attends the 2015 Sprint NBA All-Star Celebrity Game at Madison Square Garden in New York.

Mo’ne Davis attends the 2015 Sprint NBA All-Star Celebrity Game at Madison Square Garden in New York.

By now, I’m used to Mo’ne Davis making me feel bad about myself.

At 13, she throws a 70 miles-per-hour fastball, has been on the cover of Sports Illustrated,” wrote a memoir and designed a line of sneakers, the proceeds of which benefit impoverished girls. (At 13, my only goal was for Brian McKenna to like my hair. It went unrealized.) Read more »

St. Patrick’s Day in Philadelphia

It's becoming a green-day tradition on South Street: Join the fun at Bridget Foy's as they celebrate St. Patrick's Day all weekend long. On Sunday, they'll be hosting a free live show starting at 3PM with music and fun, plus there are all kinds of Irish favorites on the menu, including a Guinness Beef Stew and corned beef all weekend long. Saturday, March 14-Sunday, March 15, Various Times, Bridget Foy's, 200 South Street

The St.Patrick’s Day crowd at Bridget Foy’s

Philadelphia-based startup Everything Clicks helps businesses and brands connect with their customers and fans via social media. And for Saint Patrick’s Day as well as the Saturdays of Erin Express they took a deep look at social data to see what Philadelphians were getting into. The company analyzed over 475 million data points to find out where people were drinking, what they were eating and where people were checking in.

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31 Best Philadelphia Tweets of 2014

Last year, I named my top 10 Philadelphia tweets of 2013. In 2014, I planned to keep track of my favorite tweets week by week.

Instead, I remembered I should try to compile the year’s best tweets sometime in October. I crowdsourced a few and went back through my favorites, and compiled a list of 31 of my favorite tweets this year. Some were chosen for their newsworthiness, but most were just jokes I liked.

My Favorite Philly Tweet This Year

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CB West Counselor Won’t Be Charged for Facebook Post

While saying her posts to Facebook were inappropriate and ill advised,” Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman said today Marykate Blankenburg would not be charged for posts about the die-in protest at the Eagles game.

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Firefighters, Paramedics Reminded of Social Media Policy Thanks to That One Dude

Philadelphia firefighters and paramedics received an email yesterday reminding them to review the departments’ social media policy. It was a standard reminder coming in response to nothing in particular.

Just kidding! It was in response to Philly paramedic Marcell Salters’s social media posts, which showed two men pointing guns at a police officer with the caption “Our real enemy… Need 2 stop pointing guns at each other and at the ones that’s legally killing us and innocents.”

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Outrage Over Philly Paramedic’s Anti-Cop Social Media Posts

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The above photo was posted to Instagram by Philadelphia paramedic Marcell Salters, along with the message, “Our real enemy … Need 2 stop pointing guns at each other and at the ones that’s legally killing us and innocents.” In another post, he wrote he “never did or will like police.” Geeze, generally when you don’t like coworkers you just grumble behind their back.

Obviously, these are posts that might get you in trouble any any job, let alone one where you work firsthand with police officers. “The fire commissioner believes this photo crossed the line,” CBS 3 reports. Obviously he does! Fire Commissioner Derrick Sawyer said he “thought it was disgusting.”

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Facebook and “Friends” in the Wake of Ferguson

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Scene from last Wednesday’s protest march (top); detail from a controversial post on the Facebook page of a Central Bucks West guidance counselor.

As a 29-year-old woman, this is how my Facebook feed tends to look: baby picture, wedding picture, baby-at-a-wedding picture, Supernatural spoiler (that last one might be my own contribution).

But over the past couple weeks, I’ve noticed an even less appealing trend: racist rant, thinly veiled racist rant, confusing meme that I suspect is a racist rant.

To clarify, I’m from the Northeast.

This is not, necessarily, to say that my hometown is any more backward than your own hometown. (Unless you’re from Amherst — you guys are pretty squeaky clean.) There’s an ugly, dumb contingent in every group of humans, and most of the time, I love that place. But post-Ferguson, I find myself rethinking my Internet relationship to the (Often, But Not Always) Great Northeast.

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