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Fake Rahm Emanuel Tweets To Be Published IRL

Ordinarily, we're not crazy about Twitter accounts (or Tumblrs, or blogs) getting book deals. It's a little too IRL for us; plus, maybe, we're kinda jealous. But we're nothing but thrilled for @MayorEmanuel, which landed a deal with Scribner to release a book this summer. In case you don't remember (philistine!), @MayorEmanuel was the surprisingly beautiful, if profanity-laden account of the...

Web 'Comedian' Peter Coffin Caught Being His Own Girlfriend

Chances are you've never heard of Peter Coffin (the "comedian" not the artist) or Xiaxue, and even after reading this story you probably won't care about them. But the pissing match between the two is far too bizarre to ignore. It all started, it seems, when Coffin took to Twitter to attack Xiaxue, a blogger and model from Singapore who recently had plastic surgery: "Congrats to @Xiaxue on being...

Twitter Gets Some Gaga Love, Too

We wonder if Lady Gaga's got Internet domination in the pipeline. On Tuesday, the always-delightful singer dropped by Google HQ; yesterday, she paid her respects to Twitter. She charmed the engineers, was interviewed by Evan Williams, and by all accounts highly ingratiated herself. Just this morning, Gaga announced she'll be dropping a song tomorrow via Twitter. So maybe it wasn't all fun and...

Biz Stone on Conan: Twitter Was Once the 'Seinfeld of the Internet'

Twitter co-founder Biz Stone made an appearance on Conan the other night, in honor of his company's 5th birthday. The occasion gave Stone a chance to take a brief look back on the early days of Twitter when, as O'Brien duly pointed out, many people thought the microblogging platform served no real purpose. "Everybody said 'Twitter's useless,'" Stone recalled. "To which my co-founder Evan...

Your Folks Joined Facebook to Talk About Politics, Not You

Obviously, we'd all like to imagine that our parents joined Facebook just to make our lives miserable. But, according to Pew Internet, the olds got wise to social networks for "political purposes" during the last election cycle. The research organization found a massive jump in politically oriented Internet use from the 2006 election, and discovered that more than one in five online adults...

James Franco Attacks Bruce Vilanch on Twitter

Look, we understand that it takes a certain amount of self-importance to become a celebrity of note. It probably takes a lack of self-awareness, too. But, if James Franco is under the impression that his performance at this year's Academy Awards was anything less than dreadful, he might be the least self-aware person on Earth. The actor/author/college instructor/multimedia "artist" took to Twitter...

iPhone App Makes Drunken Tweets, Status Updates Magically Disappear

Every now and then, we come across a new iPhone app that makes us scratch our chins and wonder, "How did this not exist already?" 'Last Night Never Happened' is one such app. LNNH markets itself as "the world's first morning-after app," but, unfortunately, it's not what it sounds like. This app, you see, has one goal, and one goal only: to wipe out all the tweets and status updates that Drunk...

'Profile Views' Scam Hits Twitter, Affecting Thousands of Users

A scam that seems tailor-made for Facebook is worming its way across Twitter. According to Sophos, thousands of Twitter users have already fallen for the scam, which is luring people in with tweets that read: "My profile was viewed ### times JUST TODAY! Click here to see how many views you got! http://tiny.cc/" Clicking on the link will prompt you to grant account access to a rogue...

Following Twitter Incident, NYC Ballet Revises Social Media Policy

The New York City Ballet is looking to tighten its control over its employees' use of social media, following an embarrassing incident on Twitter. After his boss was arrested for drinking and driving, corps de ballet member Devin Alberda posted a tweet about drinking on the subway, followed by another disparaging tweet about another dancer. The organization, like many others, is now negotiating a...

NBA Referee Slams AP Writer With Twitter Defamation Lawsuit

An NBA referee has filed a defamation lawsuit against an Associated Press reporter over an accusation the reporter made on Twitter. During a Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Houston Rockets game on January 24th, AP writer Jon Krawczynski wrote, "Ref Bill Spooner told Rambis he'd 'get it back' after a bad call. Then he made an even worse call on Rockets. That's NBA officiating folks." Rambis is the...

Radiation Panic is Mounting Online in Japan (and Beyond)

In both horror and sadness, the world is watching the crisis unfold in Japan. The damage to the Fukushima nuclear facility adds another menacing dimension to the disaster. As murky reports emerge, so does increasing panic, made only worse by the viral aspect of social networking. Frantic messages have been pervasive on Twitter, where Tokyo residents report fleeing, encouraged by the...

Ann Curry Reunites Tsunami Victim and Family With the Aid of Twitter

Canon Purdy had just arrived the town of Minamisanriku, Japan when the deadly tsunami tore through the area, leaving more than half of its residents missing. Canon's sister, Megan Walsh, was desperate to find her; with the phone lines down, she turned to the Web for help. Megan began firing off tweets, both to the Internet at large and to specific media outlets, like CNN and the Japan Times,...

Gilbert Gottfried Loses Aflac Duck Gig After Tsunami Joke Tweets

Gilbert Gottfried, the comedian best known for being irritating, has lost his job as the voice of the Aflac duck after posting a series of offensive tweets about the recent disaster in Japan. Never one to squander a chance to ridicule tragedy, Gottfried took direct aim at Japan's tsunami victims with a slew of jokes that seem to have been sculpted with a sledgehammer. The comedian deleted the...

Apple's Phil Schiller: White iPhone 4 Will Drop This Spring

Phil Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of worldwide product marketing, tweeted yesterday that the white iPhone 4 will finally be available this spring. Schiller didn't reveal any specific details about the mythical phone, like whether it'll be available on both Verizon and AT&T, or its exact release date. But with summer a likely target launch date for the iPhone 5, we'd bet on seeing...

Bing's Tactless Tsunami Tweet Provokes Twitter Rage

Did we learn nothing from Kenneth Cole's tasteless Twitter gaffe? Or is Microsoft just employing the same marketing brain trusts? Japan is on everyone's mind --at least, we hope -- and the tech giant's flacks haven't ignored that. Saturday morning, a message of hope callow douchebaggery came out of the official Bing Twitter account: "How you can #SupportJapan -For every retweet, bing will...