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Secret Service Visits Obama Twitter Troll

As racist tweets welcome president to Twitter

(Newser) - The White House says it's "pleased with the early response" to President Obama's new Twitter account , which has crushed a record and received plenty of adoring messages. But it's the hateful, racist posts that are getting attention, including from the Secret Service. New York Times reports... More »

Michelle Obama Has Serious Jump-Roping Skills

First lady tweets a suggested exercise routine

(Newser) - Michelle Obama tweeted a short exercise video this week that gives her the distinction of being the only first lady "to wear a gym tank and stretch pants while pounding her fists together in boxing gloves," notes the Washington Post . In the clip, part of Obama's campaign... More »

Obama Breaks a Twitter Record

He amassed 1M followers in 5 hours

(Newser) - President Obama has set a Guinness World Record as the fastest user to reach 1 million followers on Twitter. After joining the platform with a personal @POTUS account on Monday, he managed to crush Robert Downey Jr.'s record of 23 hours and 22 minutes set last April in... More »

Obama Burns Bill Clinton on Twitter

Obama sends first tweet from personal account—Clinton has to respond

(Newser) - "Two presidents walk into a Twitter feed" is just like it sounds, and it happened yesterday online, MarketWatch reports. Even though President Obama has been occasionally tweeting from the @BarackObama handle run by Organizing for Action, @POTUS is all his own , and yesterday saw that account's very first... More »

The President Has Arrived on Twitter

Obama started tweeting from @POTUS today

(Newser) - President Obama has officially entered the 21st century: He has his very own Twitter account, @POTUS . As of this writing, there's only one tweet on it: "Hello, Twitter! It's Barack. Really! Six years in, they're finally giving me my own account." As for the bio... More »

Rejoice, Lazy Tweeps: Tweet a Pizza Emoji, Get a Pizza

Domino's launches 'tweet-to-order' system

(Newser) - Because ordering a pizza isn't easy enough already, Domino's is launching a new system one week from today that makes it even simpler: Just tweet a pizza emoji to @Dominos and a real-life pizza will magically show up at your door. Of course, as Engadget explains, first you'... More »

Rand Paul Trolls Hillary With Bogus 'To-Do' List

Including 'sign off on new private server location'

(Newser) - Rand Paul wants to ensure voters don't forget about the recent scandals that have plagued fellow presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton. After the Clinton camp tweeted a photo of a campaign manager's mostly boring "to-do" list yesterday, Paul revised the list to include what he thought were more... More »

Trolls Lose Anti-Feminist Hashtag to ... Feminists

#HowToSpotAFeminist drummed up debate on Twitter

(Newser) - If you missed the recent #FeministsAreUgly hashtag, one took its place this week at #HowToSpotAFeminist after conservative radio host Doc Thompson tweeted , "Any tips on #HowToSpotAFeminist???," per Mashable . Pretty much the worst of the Internet came out to play Thompson's game of helping him ID gender-equality advocates... More »

Tweet Sends Twitter Stock Into Tailspin

Financial website sends out lousy earnings results early

(Newser) - How ironic: Twitter's stock plunged 18% today because of a tweet. The company was supposed to announce earnings after the close of the market, but the website Selerity tweeted them beforehand, reports the Wall Street Journal . It was bad news: First-quarter revenue was $436 million, about $20 million below... More »

Clorox Sorry After Emoji Gaffe

'Where's the bleach?' tweet falls flat

(Newser) - Clorox has apologized for a social media misstep after it sparked outrage by tweeting "where's the bleach" in reference to last week's introduction of new "emoji" cartoons for iPhones that include several faces of people with black and brown skin. The maker of Clorox bleach and... More »

Chelsea Manning Tweets From Behind Bars

'Thank you all for your love and support,' she says

(Newser) - Chelsea Manning may be in prison, but she's communicating with the world at up to 140 characters a time. Yep, Manning is on Twitter while serving a 35-year sentence for leaking classified documents to Wikileaks, USA Today reports. What's more, she's got 40,000 followers at @xychelsea... More »

Users of New Video App Want to See Your Fridge

'Fridging' is Periscope's first meme

(Newser) - Tech analysts are comparing it to the early days of Twitter: users of a new social media app getting acquainted with something fresh—and sharing some incredibly mundane stuff in the process. Freshly launched live-streaming app Periscope (which Twitter recently acquired) has a lot in common with popular rival Meerkat... More »

Princeton Review to Swift: Your Grammar Still Stinks

Though test prep company is sorry it misquoted her

(Newser) - Taylor Swift called out the Princeton Review this week for misquoting her lyrics and accusing her of using bad grammar, and yesterday the test prep company told MTV that, while it's sorry for the misquote, it stands by the poor-grammar claim. The "Fifteen" lyric, as quoted in the... More »

JK Rowling Schools Fan on Gay Dumbledore

Fan couldn't 'see' the character as gay

(Newser) - JK Rowling is the subject of headlines touting her " perfect ," " brilliant ," " amazing " response to a fan who asked her yesterday, "I wonder why you said that Dumbledore is a gay because I can't see him in that way." Rowling replied : "... More »

Meerkat Video App Is a Massive Hit

It streams live video to Twitter

(Newser) - Are you Meerkatting? If the question makes no sense, you have not heard of what's being hailed as social media's Next Big Thing: The Meerkat app allows people to stream live video to their Twitter accounts. It first emerged as a big hit at the South by Southwest... More »

Larry King Does Not Tweet Like the Rest of Us

Or, as he might say, he does not 'Twitter' like the rest of us

(Newser) - "I Twitter every day," says Larry King. And referring to it as "Twittering" instead of "tweeting" is not the only thing that makes King's social media habits a bit different from the norm. As he explains to the Washington Post , King tweets by calling (on... More »

Ashley Judd: Why I'm Going After Abusive Trolls

In essay, actress writes of recovery from rape and incest

(Newser) - As a huge Kentucky fan, Ashley Judd would love to be spending all her time talking basketball these days. Instead, she's researching what legal action she can take against the Twitter trolls who heaped "humiliating and violent" abuse on her when she dared to tweet a negative opinion... More »

Starbucks VP Flees Twitter After #RaceTogether Fail

But Corey duBrowa is back online now after 'cascade of negativity'

(Newser) - After Starbucks announced its #RaceTogether campaign on Monday, many online users aimed their racial concerns toward the Twitter account of Corey duBrowa , the company's senior VP for communications. But the heat proved too much for duBrowa to handle: By Monday night, his Twitter account was deleted, CNN Money reports.... More »

Ashley Judd Pressing Charges Over Abusive Tweets

Actress got deluged while rooting for Kentucky

(Newser) - Ashley Judd isn't just complaining about a slew of vulgar tweets she received, she's pressing charges. The actress was watching her beloved Kentucky Wildcats take on Arkansas Sunday when she sent out a tweet accusing Arkansas of playing dirty, reports the Chicago Tribune . Cue the avalanche of abusive... More »

Mayor's 'Good Wife' Tweet Targets Hollywood

Evanston, Illinois mayor defends city's liberal record

(Newser) - Evanston, Illinois—politically conservative? Not according to Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl, who hit Hollywood with a tweet in defense of the city's progressive voting record, the Chicago Tribune reports. It started when an episode of the CBS drama The Good Wife had robocalls going out to Evanston residents portraying a... More »

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