Jason "Qwikster" Castillo loves gangster-themed iOS games, "sparking up," and playing soccer to stave off boredom — which he was about to go do, but as of 21 minutes ago he was just stung by a bee. Netflix, please don't buy this Twitter account.
When a natural disaster strikes, normal lines of communications are often the first thing to fail. So when the Sendai earthquake hit Japan back in March, huge numbers of people in Japan turned to Twitter to let their loved ones around the world know that they were okay.
Apparently 66% of Twitter users don't list a city for their location. Instead, they use all kinds of nicknames, some affectionate, others…not so much. Check out this infographic to see if your town (and it's most popular nickname on Twitter) is on the map.
Who would have thought that Twitter, a place for so many people to muse about their lunches and rant about their boring lives would actually be used to help triangulate bombing targets in Libya? Yes, NATO is now including Tweets as part of its "intelligence picture" in an attempt to locate Gaddafi and his nefarious forces.
They say the punishment should always fit the crime, so when a Malaysian man was charged with defaming a friend's employer on Twitter, he agreed to a punishment that would make Bart Simpson proud.
It's pretty common for people to include photos with their tweets on Twitter, even though they have to go through a third party hosting service to do so. That won't be the case for long, as Twitter is set to roll out new photo integration in the coming weeks.
Sohaib Athar, who works as an IT consultant in Abbottabad — the city where Osama bin Laden was found and killed last night — just wanted to get some sleep. His innocent micro-remark is now becoming the tweet read 'round the tech world, as the helicopter disturbing him was part of the military operation to take down Bin Laden.
Twitter, which already allows celebrities to communicate what they had for breakfast to an irrationally interested public, is now also a robot testing ground. A research project called Socialbot has recently shown that robots have no trouble creating, or destroying, social network communities with cleverly disguised fake tweets.
While China still blocks some of America's most popular social media services, Japan's office of the Prime Minister took the recent earthquake disaster as an opportunity join the ranks of Facebook and Twitter.
Five years ago, Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey sent out the world's first Tweet. It said: "just setting up my twttr." Today, it's used to archive what we ate for lunch and more importantly, break news in real-time.