UPDATE: After more than 24 hours on some sort of Twitter spam list, the City Paper‘s Twitter operations are now back to normal.
ORIGINAL: Like almost all news organizations these days, Philadelphia’s City Paper relies heavily on its social media presence to get eyes on its stories, which, in many cases, expose societal ills and evils. The alt-weekly has over 26,500 followers on Twitter. But since Wednesday morning, the newspaper has had problems sharing stories there. Read more »
I didn’t watch the Miss America pageant Sunday, but boy oh boy did I hear about it.
New York’s Nina Davuluri became the first Indian American (and Asian American) to win the Miss America title, and news of the racist tweets marking her as “a dot head,” an “Arab,” and a “terrorist” began flooding my newsfeeds almost immediately.
I won’t recount a long list of some of the most heinous tweets aimed at Davuluri, but here are a few that have received a LOT of attention:
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Philadelphians: We can be pretty depressing in just 140 characters. According to a new study by researchers from the University of Pennsylvania and Michigan State University, individual Twitter feeds can reveal the overall well-being of a community. And, of the 1,293 counties examined, Philadelphia County was among those with the lowest life satisfaction rating.
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In the past week, a number of people have asked me some version of the same question: “What’s up with Mayor Nutter’s Twitter account?”
No, the Mayor didn’t delete his Twitter account after some provocative late night tweets. And it hasn’t been hacked by Anonymous.
It’s just that the Mayor hasn’t tweeted in a while. Other than a July 4th retweet of comedian Kevin Hart, who tweeted an Instagram photo of himself with Nutter backstage at the Parkway concert, our normally Twitter-prone Mayor hasn’t been active at all on Twitter since June 17th, when he sent out two tweets, one of them congratulating chef Marc Vetri on his upcoming Navy Yard project.
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Congratulations! Your new book, Contagious: Why Things Catch On, is really catching on.
Thanks. The Today Show just called and wants me for an interview.
You’re the only person I ever heard say you watch TV for the commercials, not the shows.
It’s true. I was watching with my family recently, and they had the commercials muted so they could talk. I asked them to turn them back on. When I was in college, I used to duct-tape ads I liked all over my dorm room’s walls. Read more »
New York Magazine has posted an article highlighting 80-plus tweets from Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev. One they left out was this retweet of the President’s victory message on November 6th, the day he won reelection.
According to this story on Gawker, @J_Tsar is the still-active Twitter feed of alleged Boston bomber Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev. And judging by the exponential growth of @J_Tsar’s Twitter followers (it’s gone from nearly no followers to almost 10,000 in mere minutes), people believe it.
@J_Tsar’s Twitter feed is, for the most part, mundane, with references to pop music and his apparent support for President Barack Obama.
If the Easter story is true—and I’m an agnostic, so I neither confirm nor deny the truth of what I’m about to discuss—something really amazing happened roughly 2,000 years ago. The Romans put a Jewish preacher up on a cross, killed him, and buried him … only to see him leave his grave a few days later, visit some friends, then rise to heaven with a promise to return. Read more »
A hip Vietnamese restaurant in Beverly Hills has begun “shaming” guests who no-show for their reservations, by revealing their names on Twitter. Upon consideration, the practice is absurd. Who would genuinely be ashamed about having this information made public? It’s not very nice to the restaurant, sure, but would your friends or family would really give a damn if they found out you flaked out on a reservation? Besides, unless you’ve got an unusual name, who’s to say you’re the “Kyle Anderson” in question.
ANYWAYS, all this is to announce a much better way to use Twitter, with respect to restaurant reservations. Foobooz is starting to retweet restaurants who tweet out the unexpectedly open tables that result from no-show reservations. So next time a Philly restaurant announces an opening–which several of them already do on Twitter–you can find out about it without having to follow every restaurant in town. [Foobooz]
Several staff members have forwarded the story of an LA Restaurant that turned to Twitter to out tables that no-showed for reservations to us today. To us, it’s kind of been one of those, “bet that felt good, but what did it accomplish?” stories.
We encourage the more grown up response we’ve seen from restaurants around Philadelphia. If diners are looking at Twitter at the right moment, they might get the chance to eat at a normally packed restaurant and be welcomed by grateful restaurateurs who won’t have seats going empty. Although this doesn’t solve every no-show and won’t prevent the no-showers from going to a very special place in Hell, we have seen it work out for diner and restaurant alike. And we’d like to help unite restaurants with last-minute cancellations out.
8:45 table for 4 just opened up. call the restaurant 215.271.7683 and its yours
3/23/13 7:42 PM
Table for 4 guests just cancelled for … 8pm!!! Hurry up! online only at http://t.co/Fv3JMI0l7K
3/23/13 1:36 PM
We’ll Tweet Your Last Second Cancellations
Tweet out the time and number of seats that have opened up, include @Foobooz at the end of your tweet and we’ll be happy to retweet the availability to our 14,000+ Twitter followers. We know the window of opportunity is small here, but we’d like to get the word out to as many people as we can.