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Critical Tweet Lands Chicago Tenant in Libel Suit

A sarcastic and critical tweet may end up costing a Chicago woman $50,000. On May 12th, Amanda Bonnen (whose Twitter page is currently down) allegedly complained about her then-landlord, the Horizon Group Management LLC, by typing, "Who said sleeping in a moldy apartment was bad for you? Horizon realty thinks it's okay."

According to the Sun Times, company representative Jeffrey Michael (whose family also happens to run the organization) said that there is no merit to the statements, so the group filed a libel suit against Bonnen on Monday. Seeking to maintain the company's positive reputation (even though the Better Business Bureau Web site indicates it's not an accredited company), Michael also warned, "We're a sue first, ask questions later kind of an organization."

The remaining tenants in the 4242 N. Sheridan complex must really be overjoyed at that statement, since it seems any sort of criticism might be met with a lawsuit. Hopefully, Mr. Michael will ask questions at some point, though, just in case there may actually be a mold infestation in the building.

So, beware, dear readers. While it may feel somewhat invigorating to scathingly critique people and companies over the Net, getting charged $500 per critical Twitter character doesn't seem particularly worth the temporary sense of empowerment. [From: The Sun Times]

Comedians on Twitter

    Twitter has a 140-character limit on its tweets, which makes it a perfect forum for comedians to distribute jokes, one-liners, and pithy commentary to their fans and anyone who wants a laugh. Here are five funny folks who are making the most of the ridiculously popular microblogging service.
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    1) The Twitterer: Joel McHale of 'The Soup'
    The Funny: "Unless you were on the Rock of Love Bus, then stay at home. I'm just getting over a cold so my immune system is fragile"
    The Following: 539,000
    The Frequency: Daily

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    2) The Twitterer: Eric Wareheim of 'Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!' (Although his partner Tim is listed)
    The Funny: "Christian power ballads playing in the car. Still drunk on Nyquil, so they sound pretty good."
    The Following: 14,000.
    The Frequency: Daily

    3) The Twitterer: Thomas Lennon of 'Reno 911!' and 'Night at The Museum'
    The Funny: "YouTube has pulled the trailer for THE STATE on DVD, as part of a brilliant decade-long campaign to keep us underground. Stay free!"
    The Following: 6,000.
    The Frequency: Daily

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    4) The Twitterer: Mindy Kaling of 'The Office'
    The Funny: "i cant sleep. i keep thinking how destructive to the galaxy it would be if Spock and Kirk fought over me on the deck of the Enterprise."
    The Following: 70,000
    The Frequency: Daily

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    5) The Twitterer: Dave Foley of 'The Kids in the Hall' and 'News Radio'
    The Funny: "Does everyone feel like they are hearing half a phone conversation. I fear that I twitter wrongly."
    The Following: 3,500
    The Frequency: Periodically

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    6) The Twitterer: Charlie Murphy of 'Chappelle Show'
    The Funny: "Whats up y'all. Im in Tampa Florida this weekend at the Tampa Improv. Thurs - Sun...Holla". C'mon, he's new to the site.
    The Following: 400
    The Frequency: Periodically.

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    7) The Twitterer: Aziz Ansari of 'Human Giant'
    The Funny: "Trying to steal wifi while crashing at a friends. How could the password for the network "this charming router" not be morrisey?"
    The Following: 32,000.
    The Frequency: Daily

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    8) The Twitterer: Paul Feig, creator of 'Freaks and Geeks'
    The Funny: "Hot dog martinis! Boil two hot dogs 10 minutes, remove hot dogs, discard, pour hot dog water into glass, top with gin, drink, vomit, repeat."
    The Following: 189,000.
    The Frequency: Daily

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    9) The Twitterer: Jeff Garlin of 'Curb Your Enthusiasm'
    The Funny: "My last tweet was sarcasm. Here is what I should have wrote - Pre-orders for my new dvd are lame. Amazon Sales Rank #135257 in DVD. I'm sad."
    The Following: 6,000
    The Frequency: Periodically

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