What a week to reintroduce one’s self to Twitter.
When the micro-blogging trend achieved white-hot heat back in 2008, I was there. I set up an account and went about the oft-tedious process of marketing myself in 140 characters or less. It didn’t take long, however, for me to lose interest; by the beginning of 2010, I was barely tweeting at all.
Before last week, however, I got the itch to tweet again—the twitch, if you will—and I revived the old handle. So follow me @hoopermatt, please. I’ll make it worth your while.
Anyway, the service came in handy in a big way in the days that followed, as I suddenly found myself re-overwhelmed by a treasure trove of news I could use. And, like any good twit would, I’m retweeting that news to my followers.(That’s you.)
RT @everyone OMG! EARTHQUAKE IN D.C.!!!!
A magnitude 5.8 earthquake on Aug. 23—actually fairly substantial on the ol’ Richter scale—unleashed a tsunami of Twitter-panic from Cleveland to New York and from D.C. to Anniston Ala. Seriously, @AnnistonStar reported that locals felt the quake, which occurred just after lunch and originated out of northern Virginia. It caused little real damage, save for a small crack in the Washington Monument that everyone is panicking about. (Hey, it matches the Liberty Bell now.) @HuffPost tweeted that televangelist Pat Robertson thinks the crack is a “sign of the times,” wink. OK, then.
RT @AnnistonStar Police officer shot in Anniston.
We were shocked and saddened to hear of the death of Anniston police officer Justin Sollohub on August 24. The 27-year-old was shot and killed in the line of duty while chasing a suspect in a well-populated city neighborhood. Later that day, 24-year-old Joshua Russell was arrested in connection with the shooting.
RT @Reuters Apple’s Steve Jobs resigns
Techies, like animals in advance of the D.C. quake, must have felt a strange energy disturbance in the minutes leading up to the business news announcement of the year: Steve Jobs is stepping down as CEO of Apple—the one company in the world that is actually, legitimately, cool as hell. In related news, Tim Cook, Job’s protege and an Auburn University graduate, will take over the reins of the company that gave us the visionary iMac, iBook, iTunes, iPod, iPhone and iPad. No pressure, Tim... right?
RT @jilldlawrence The Awkwardness Olympics
We were privy to a fascinating piece from The Daily Beast’s Jill Lawrence on how John Kerry and Mitt Romney are vying to be the two most awkward folks to ever run for president, at least in modern times. (She cites another New Englander, Calvin Coolidge...who was the Mitt of his day when it came to working a room.) We learned that Kerry once offered the author a large-sized jacket because, as the candidate put it, she was “not was not as small as [her] seatmate.” Yikes. Way to work the ladies there, Johnny. We also learned that the whole who-caressed-my-buttocks ploy from Mitt Romney’s New Hampshire diner stop (check my archives) was just the foreword of the Mitt Romney joke book. Lawrence reports that Romney told “a restaurant owner that she should serve her eggs with Hollandaise sauce in hubcaps, ‘because there’s no plates like chrome for the hollandaise.’” Yes, he really said that. Really? Really!
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