Contrary to reports by TMZ and scores of Tweets and re-Tweets, Maya Angelou is alive and well. The gossip site reported over the weekend that the poet missed a Los Angeles awards show because she had been hospitalized. In fact, she hadn't been invited to the presentation. The mix-up exhibited Twitter’s formidable power as an echo chamber. The poet quickly became the top trending topic on the site, with some members adding “RIP” to their Tweets, Reuters reports.