Lately you can't pass by a newspaper box, a blog, or a television screen without catching mention of New York Rep. Anthony Weiner, who is accused of sending a picture of his crotch via Twitter to a college student in Washington state. Weiner claims his Twitter account was hacked and that it's all an elaborate prank based on a lame pun, but now "isn't sure" if the lewd photo is of his own man bits or not.
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The Infamous "Cisco Fatty"
Few things are greater than scoring a new job. It's a cause to celebrate and tell all your Twitter friends! Just don't insult your future employer--especially if it's a tech company with rudimentary Web search skills.
Twitter user "theconnor" posted this update: "Cisco just offered me a job! Now I have to weigh the utility of a fatty paycheck against the daily commute to San Jose and hating the work."
Which was then discovered by Tim Levad, a "channel partner advocate" for Cisco Alert: "Who is the hiring manager. I'm sure they would love to know that you will hate the work. We here at Cisco are versed in the web."
Whoops. Well, at least the "Cisco Fatty" got its 15 minutes of meme.
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The Secret Service Hates Fox News
Fox News isn't known for its tact or unbiased reporting, and the news network's breed of slanted news often raises the ire of the public--even the U.S. Secret Service. An employee with access to the Secret Service's Twitter account, thinking that they were tweeting on their personal account, chided Fox with this beaut: "Had to monitor Fox for a story. Can't. Deal. With. The. Blathering."
The Secret Service issued an apology statement, but really, wasn't that unnamed employee just saying what we were all thinking?
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Courtney Love in General
Mistakes are mistakes--like drunken, thoughtless tweets in the wee early hours--but consistent flubs can get you into a lot of legal trouble. Case in point: Courtney Love's foulmouthed Twitter habit. Love recently settled a lawsuit for $430,000 to fashion designer Dawn Simorangkir for calling her a "nasty, lying, hosebag thief" and accusing her of committing "assault and burglary" on Twitter.
She's now in even more trouble for slandering a lawyer on Twitter that she hired to find "stolen" money from Kurt Cobain's estate. Though it's no real shocker that Courtney Love is behaving clownishly and getting into highly public legal trouble, her tweets should be a lesson to those lacking in the self-control department.
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Woman Tweets Immediately After Her Infant Son's Death
The death of a child is devastating--but for people like Shellie Ross, who simply can't break the addictive nature of constant Twitter updates, it's just another opportunity to broadcast. Just 34 minutes after Ross's 2-year-old son was found in the bottom of her backyard pool, Ross tweeted: "Please pray like never before, my 2 yr old fell in the pool." Five hours after her son was pronounced dead, Ross tweeted again--"Remembering my million-dollar baby"--and included a photo of her boy.
This is a case that warrants thoughtful pause: Just how important are our tweets, and why aren't we second-guessing some of the stuff we put out there?
Image of Ms. Ross: Courtesy of The NY Post