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The importance of punctuation on Twitter, a lesson learnt by the Associated Press

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The Associated Press learnt an important lesson about using correct punctuation within a 140 character Tweet.

Yesterday the news wire sent out a Tweet to inform the world that a Dutch military plane, carrying the victims of the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 crash, had landed in Eindhoven.

Sadly, AP's Twitter handle sent out the following:


This awfully phrased Tweet sparked a fear that the plane carrying the bodies from MH17 had crash landed in Eindhoven.


Twitter was sent into a temporary frenzy thanks to the missing comma between 'crash' and 'lands'.

It was quickly followed by a clarification tweet nine minutes later.

Come on AP, didn't you guys ever read Eats, Shoots & Leaves?

NOT available on the app store

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A new hashtag has been created as a campaign to point out things in life that are NOT available on the app store, because "there isn't an app for everything".

#Notavailableontheappstore encourages people to place modified App Store stickers on things in the real world that aren't available digitally, as a reminder that "the most important things in life are not on the app store."

Caroline and Kayleigh at Computer Weekly took part by sharing tweets of their morning treat as well as shoebox care parcels about to be posted out to the British Forces.



Here are some more Tweets from the hashtag:



The campaign has been created students from Hyper Island - an educational body which is shaking things up in the digital and tech world.

Hyper Island which was set up in Sweden and has offices in Manchester, immerses students in digital and data strategy, as well as art direction, e-commerce, self-leadership and problem solving.

Both post-grad and mature students are given real briefs from major brands so they can experience learning on the job, and 9 out of the 10 students get job within six months of graduating.

Inject some Britishness into your life

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English: A Union jack jacket.

English: A Union jack jacket. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

David Cameron recently said he wants us to be less "bashful" about our Britishness. 

So, despite Britishness being a largely subjective notion that embodies different characteristics for different people - which are constantly changing and evolving, alongside our societal norms and values (get to the point, Ed.) - Downtime decided to compile a few thoughts on how technology enthusiasts might display a bit of Britishness in their own lives.

To get the ball rolling, we suggest you kidnap Stephen Fry, Duct-tape him to a chair and force him to record a quintessentially British answer phone greeting on your mobile in his mellifluous, trademark received pronunciation. 

If he co-operates, give him a cup of Earl Grey and a rich tea biscuit. If he refuses, why not utilise a British-themed method of torture? Threaten to smear Marmite over his eyeballs and shoot Lea & Perrins up his nostrils, while playing the GoCompare jingle full-blast on a stereo.

If he's still reluctant, tweet "Millwall fans are POO POO HEADS!" from his Twitter account, throw him on the front lawn and run - fast. Then, film the ensuing assault on your iPhone before uploading the footage to Facebook as a nod to the charmingly British phenomenon of happy slapping.

Since you're now complicit in several high-profile crimes, you've no choice but to follow in the footsteps of eminent Brits Ronnie Biggs and Lord Lucan by scarpering abroad ASAP. The good news is that, once you've reached Puerto Rico and written your best-selling Penguin Guide to Kidnapping Stephen Fry, it'll be easy for you to dodge tax in true British style, like fellow Englishmen Gary Barlow and Jimmy Carr.

Now sit back in the sun, take a swig of Pimms and know that you've done Cameron and dear old Blighty proud - ideally to the sound of Elgar's Nimrod.

Birds Eye to sell potato hashtags

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Birds Eye is hoping its newest product will be a viral hit. Potato Mashtags are set to feature shapes including one of the most popular key symbols of the social media age - the hashtag.

A pack of Mashtags will actually offer multiples of  five different shapes including hashtags [#], at signs [@] and emoticons [:-)] - surely shaking up the frozen food aisle next to McCain's smiley faces.

Imagine the fun you could have teaming up your hashtags with your potato alphabet shapes? Then you could take a photo on your smartphone and share your meal with your friends over social media.

It's sure to be a smash hit with Tweeters and Instagrammers everywhere.

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Follow the Pope (on Twitter) for your stairway to heaven

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Follow the Pope's Twitter account and you will be granted "indulgences" which reduce the time Catholics will have to spend in Purgatory before ascending to heaven.

However, it's not quite as simple as clicking on the big blue 'follow' button like the Pope's 2,695,130 Twitter followers have done.

Archbishop Claudio Maria Celli, head of the pontifical council for social communication said that indulgences were granted to people who do things like climb the Sacred Steps in Rome, or attend Catholic World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro which starts on 22 July.

"You can't obtain indulgences like getting a coffee from a vending machine," he said.

However, he understood that not everyone can afford to jet off to Brazil or Rome, so he said that those who follow the events using media will also qualify for an indulgence - this includes Twitter. But you must follow the live stream of the events. Of course you must. 

One-in-20 people use their mobiles during sex

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Yes, you read the headline right, more than half of people regularly use their mobile devices in bed, with 5% shockingly using their mobile while in the middle of having sex with their partner.*

Narly half check their social networks and emails on their mobile devices instead of listening to their partner, while 40% use their phones while sat on the toilet - please remember to wash your hands!

So apparently 45% of people admit that technology prevents them from ever truly switching off and relaxing in their spare time. Well we don't know about relaxing, but if there's a drop in birth rates next year, we can all blame the iPhone 5.

*Study conducted by UK technology manufacturer, Storage Options

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When social media marketing goes bad

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Waitrose, a prolific user on Twitter to engage its followers, stumbled upon a problem with its latest innovative and "down with the kids" marketing campaign. The supermarket asked Twitter followers to fill in the blank.


And did its followers rise to the challenge. Unfortunately for the posh supermarket, Twitter users responded in a rather "snobby" way. And of course, thanks to the notorious, retweet button, the whole thing went viral.

Have a look at Computer Weekly's favourite tweets from when social media marketing goes bad.


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What a mug! Sip your beverage of choice with the aid of a hashtag

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Downtime is sure you, like us, wished buying presents for people was as easy as buying for a chocoholic. We know all too well that there are only so many pairs of socks you can buy for a person before they start harbouring genuine resentment toward you. 

This mug from ThumbsUpUK could be your saving grace, ticking a couple of boxes; it will appeal to tweetaholics as well as coffee and tea cravers. 

As for those who can't stop tweeting whilst also drinking a cuppa, well this will blow those socks you bought them for Christmas right off. 

It is certainly the most appealing hashtag we've seen in a while anyway. 

Twitter is more useful than you think

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Twitter has added another string to its ever impressive bow of usefulness. 

It can now practically write Downtime entries. 

The hashtag "#ComputingSongs" was trending in London today and included a number of excellent tweets. 

Here are a selection of the best:

Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes - iPad the time of my life
Wham - Back me up before you go-go
N.W.A - Outlook Express yourself
Elton John - Don't you go breaking my Hard-Drive
Meatloaf - A highway to HTML
Stevie Wonder - I just called to say I love U-SB
Jay-Z - Got 99 browsers and Internet Explorer isn't 1

If you think you can do better, feel free to leave your suggestions.

Tweet about destroying America and America will destroy you twit!

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Marilyn Monroe

The Yanks have a sense of humour, that's obvious from the television they produce. But if you even joke about hurting the great nation that is the US of A and you will be crushed. Or at least refused entry.

Something they don't get though is British slang. Something two young Brits, Emily Bunting and Leigh Van 'Jihad' Bryan, found out the hard way.

A couple of weeks before visiting the states Leigh 'death' Van Bryan tweeted the following:

"@MelissaxWalton Free this week, for quick gossip/prep before I go and destroy America."

Yep. DESTROY. Now what Leigh 'three-wheel' Van Bryan actually meant was that he was going to get drunk and party in America to a level of wreckage to his body and not to actually cause any harm to the great nation.

Homeland Security saw the Tweet, tracked it back to Leigh 'drink-driving' Van Bryan and refused him and innocent Emily Bunting entry... After detaining them for 12 hours, questioning them and torturing them (possibly).

"The Homeland Security agents were treating me like some kind of terrorist. I kept saying they had got the wrong meaning from my tweet but they just told me 'You've really f***ed up with that tweet, boy'," Bryan told The Sun.

Questioning went along the lines of "Why do you hate America?" Now Leigh Van'pire' Bryan said he didn't which is a lie. Everyone outside America hates them a little bit, plus he let's not forget he tweeted that he wanted to destroy it. Suspicious.

Not only did Leigh Van 'The Life of' Bryan threaten the safety of millions of people but he even said that he will desecrate one of America's most beloved dead celebrities:

"3 weeks today, we're totally in LA p****** people off on Hollywood BLVD and diggin' Marilyn Monroe up!"

Both Brits were checked the pair for spades.

"The officials told us we were not allowed in to the country because of Leigh's tweet," Bunting told The Daily Mail. "They wanted to know what we were going to do... They asked why we wanted to destroy America and we tried to explain it meant to get trashed and party... I almost burst out laughing when they asked me if I was going to be Leigh's lookout while he dug up Marilyn Monroe."

Emily Bunting and Leigh 'failed it's MOT' Van Bryan were deported and taught a lesson.

Don't mess with America.

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