CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Imagine dropping out of college to rate dogs on Twitter as a full-time job. Well, 20-year-old Matt Nelson quite possibly has the most adorable, “hckin cute” job ever. That’s Matt’s assertively innocent way of saying “heckin’.” Dogs, after all, are innocent, if nothing else. In the last two years, the 2015 graduate of George Washington High School has turned a viral Twitter account dedicated to rating dogs into a six-figure business, WeRateDogs LLC. His humorous, “pup-lingual” tweets offer a pause from the sometimes overwhelming political narrative on social media. Above a photo of a golden retriever puppy rolled over on his back, a post by @dog_rates reads “This is Cooper. He hasn’t been pupperly assembled yet. Still very good. 13/10.” Today, the account boasts more than 3.6 million followers, an e-commerce shop, mobile app and now a book, released Tuesday in the U.S. The … [Read more...] about Local owner of WeRateDogs Twitter account debuts new book
Roger Goodell and Jane Skinner Goodell, shown in 2012, have been married since 1997. (David Stluka/Associated Press) Roger Goodell has taken his share of criticism over the years, but the NFL commissioner has also recently had an anonymous person willing to take aim at his critics online. Now Goodell’s mysterious defender has been unmasked, and it turns out to have been his wife, who called it a “silly thing to do.” In a report Thursday by the Wall Street Journal, Jane Skinner Goodell admitted to using a Twitter account under the pseudonym “Jones smith,” with the handle @forargument. That account was deactivated Thursday, but not before responding to journalists who posted less-than-positive tweets about the commissioner over the past few months. The Journal found over a dozen instances of Skinner Goodell, a former Fox News anchor, defending her husband on Twitter to such media entities as ESPN, NBC Sports and the newspaper … [Read more...] about Roger Goodell’s wife took aim at his critics with fake Twitter account
(CNN)@tpartynews looked as American as could be. A Twitter account, its profile photo on the site was a "Tea Party" teapot in the colors of the American flag. Its cover photo was an image of the U.S. Constitution. In the lead-up to the 2016 presidential election, @tpartynews posted pro-Trump, conservative and anti-immigrant messages. It regularly retweeted Fox News, Ann Coulter and other conservative Twitter accounts. And 22,000 accounts followed it -- one of them former White House advisor Sebastian Gorka's. But @tpartynews wasn't American. It was part of a Russian propaganda operation, according to Russian journalists who discovered the link. Those journalists discovered that @tpartynews was linked to Russia's Internet Research Agency, a shadowy news service with ties to the Kremlin -- one of up to 50 such twitter accounts which collectively had more than 600,000 followers. The Internet Research Agency was also the group linked to $100,000 worth of … [Read more...] about The fake Tea Party Twitter account linked to Russia and followed by Sebastian Gorka
Is everything okay over in Hong Kong, McDonald’s? (Karen Bleierkaren Bleier/AFP/Getty Images) Halfway across the world from McDonald’s Oak Brook, Ill. headquarters came a cry for help on a McDonald’s-branded Twitter account. McDonald's Hong Kong's timeline is a bit odd. pic.twitter.com/zLC3SwUSLB — Tom McLaughlin (@_TomMcLaughlin) July 29, 2017 “please kill me i wish to die,” tweeted @Mc_DonaldsHK, a McDonald’s Hong Kong account that had, until that point, been tweeting corporate pablum about the McDonald’s Signature Collection of sandwiches, and limited-time-only apple pie. The tweets that followed were no less disturbing. “where is my son they took my son.” “I want to quit. she left me.” As the tweets were shared over the weekend, people began to sound the alarm. What was going on in McDonald’s Hong Kong’s offices? Was their social media manager in danger? Who took the anonymous … [Read more...] about A Twitter account pretending to be McDonald’s Hong Kong went rogue, asking: ‘Where is my son’?
President Trump speaks during a meeting at the White House on Tuesday. (AFP/Getty Images) Holly O’Reilly tweeted a GIF at the end of May to President Trump on his @realDonaldTrump account. The image displayed an awkward-looking moment between the president and Pope Francis with the caption, “This is pretty much how the whole world sees you.” Almost immediately, she was blocked from his account. This is pretty much how the whole world sees you.#AMJoy#SundayMorning pic.twitter.com/CycqYnKg8b — Holly O'Reilly (@AynRandPaulRyan) May 28, 2017 Joe Papp had a similar experience about a week later, when he tweeted a question to Trump. “Why didn’t you attend your #PittsburghNotParis rally in DC, Sir?” he asked, adding “#fakeleader.” Trump blocked him too. Why didn't you attend your #PittsburghNotParis rally in DC, Sir? #fakeleader — Joe Papp (@joepabike) June 3, 2017 In response, Papp tweeted an image of his blocking … [Read more...] about Trump blocked some people from his Twitter account. Is that unconstitutional?
Tennessee Titans left tackle Taylor Lewan showed up in the locker room on Thursday minus his trademark mustache. When asked by reporters why he shaved, Lewan said he has been alerted to the fact the mustache had its owner Twitter account. As it turns out, he wasn't kidding. "I thought things just went too far, to have an identity of mustache is too much," Lewan said, per a video posted on the team's official Twitter. More from FoxSports The second-year left tackle went on to explain he was further motivated to get rid of the mustache by the fact the Titans lost to the Browns last week, and that the facial hair was beginning to bother him anyway. "I consider myself a much more handsome man without a … [Read more...] about Taylor Lewan shaves mustache after learning it has a Twitter account
In 2008, Obama's presidential campaign did something unheard of: they used the internet. It was largely understood that had it not been for Obama's use of the internet, he may not have won the presidency. Looking to 2016, both candidates knew that engaging with voters online was a must. So when Hillary Clinton announced her campaign, she almost immediately appointed a CTO, who was able to collect some of the best and brightest product designers and engineers Silicon Valley had to offer, creating a nearly 80 person tech team. This team built tools to help automate data entry for field organizers. They built numerous ways to donate quickly online. They built tools to make it easier to register to vote and to find your polling place. They built Facebook campaigns so that Clinton supporters can add a filter to their profile pictures. They built an app. Trump had a Twitter account. "He was incredibly effective at using the limited characters of Twitter to say the two to three … [Read more...] about You only need a twitter account to win an election
Baby Chanel is ready for her close-up! In case you missed the big news, Ice-T and Coco shocked fans Saturday morning when they announced the arrival of their baby girl. "Surprise!!! Look who came early!! Welcome the new arrival of Chanel Nicole...A beautiful healthy 5.7 pound & 18 inch baby girl," she wrote on Facebook. "Ice and I are so proud! I cried while she was coming out I was so excited to meet her!" Hours after making the announcement, Ice-T decided to celebrate the arrival with another gift on social media. How does a Twitter account for Baby Chanel sound to fans? PREGNANCY BLOG: Coco defends her small baby bump "I decided I'd be the Youngest girl with a Twitter page…What's up!!" he shared on Twitter. "I'm ready to ROCK! @BabyChanelWorld." So what's the first post? So far, the 1,000 plus followers received a brand-new photo of the baby resting in the hospital room. There's also one small rule for all fans. "Ok! I'm the newest on Twitter!" Chanel (or should we … [Read more...] about Ice-T and Coco Already Have a Twitter Account for Baby Chanel and There’s Only 1 Rule: ”No Haters Allowed”
Did making The Switch get Jennifer Aniston to think about possibly making the switch to single motherhood? "Of course," she tells E! News' Kristina Guerrero. "You know, as life evolves and as things change. Also, we have so many options and choices these days, which is quite a wonderful thing. Way more than our parents did in the day." As for the kind of mom she would be, the 41-year-old actress insists she will "absolutely not be a pushover...not strict, but boundried." Of course, if the relentless gossip mill had its way, Jen would already have enough rugrats to rival the Octomom… "I guess I just can't have that extra burger on the weekend," she jokes about the constant speculation that she has a bun in the oven. "I should just get a Twitter account just for rumor control because if I get one more phone call from my Mom going, 'Jenny, I know you said you'd tell me if you're pregnant or getting married, but Aunt Jean just called me.'" Might not be a bad idea. For the sake of … [Read more...] about Jennifer Aniston: I Need a Twitter Account for Rumor Control
In 2008, Obama's presidential campaign did something unheard of: they used the internet. It was largely understood that had it not been for Obama's use of the internet, he may not have won the presidency. Looking to 2016, both candidates knew that engaging with voters online was a must. So when Hillary Clinton announced her campaign, she almost immediately appointed a CTO, who was able to collect some of the best and brightest product designers and engineers Silicon Valley had to offer, creating a nearly 80 person tech team. This team built tools to help automate data entry for field organizers. They built numerous ways to donate quickly online. They built tools to make it easier to register to vote and to find your polling place. They built Facebook campaigns so that Clinton supporters can add a filter to their profile pictures. They built an app. Trump had a Twitter account. "He was incredibly effective at using the limited characters of Twitter to say the two to … [Read more...] about You don’t need a tech team to win an election — You need a Twitter account