In your face, moon landing! America has a new moment to cherish forever: April 17, 2009, at around 10 a.m. ET, Oprah Tweeted for the very first time.
Yes, the most powerful woman on the planet (save for Susan Boyle this week) has decided to participate in the popular microblog site Twitter, much to the delight of my mom and Ashton Kutcher (who would probably date my mom).
Her first Tweet was in all caps, Kanye-style: "HI TWITTERS. THANK YOU FOR A WARM WELCOME FEELING REALLY 21ST CENTURY." And she quickly followed up about wanting a Reuben sandwich and vaccinating her puppy.
So far — sorry, Oprah — color us unimpressed. In order for the Big O to keep our Twitter attention, we've come up with 10 Tweets we'd looove to see posted on Oprah's Twitter account:
1. JOHN TRAVOOLLLLLLTLAAAAA!
2. My vajayjay be painin'.
3. @GayleKing last night was amazing don't tell Steadman let's go on another road trip k?
Jim Jones was arrested last night in Teaneck, New Jersey, for an outstanding unpaid traffic ticket from 2005 — for $120. The Diplomat Capo talked about being stopped by police, arrested and taken down to the station on his Twitter page.
"Well it didn't go the way I wanted," he Tweeted. "I'm in the precinct but I still have my phone. They ain't trippin'. They said just procedure."
Jones, who put out his Pray IV Reign LP a couple of weeks ago, had more than enough to pay his fine in cash and was back on the streets in his black Bentley in no time. He didn't seem stressed out in his Tweets.
"Once again I twitted when I got pulled over on Mon and now its all over the news and newspapers in NJ," he posted on his page today. "Sheeesh. Can't do nothin right lol. Love it."
Like most badass dudes, My Chemical Romance frontman Gerard Way is looking to buy a Trans Am.
Unlike most badass dudes, he's taking to Twitter to find it.
Yes, citing the need for "research and exploration" (we're assuming for MCR's upcoming "raw" new album), Way is searching for a 1979 Pontiac Trans Am — "T-Tops a BIG Plus" — and he's begun posting a series of Tweets about his quest for the perfect muscle machine.
You know it's bad when your nearly 70-year-old mom, who just recently got her first e-mail address, is asking you about "the Twitters." But while she's just discovering the micro-blogging widget of the minute, I'm already so fed up with it that I'm thinking of pulling the plug.
Why? Because some of you just won't stop! It doesn't matter if you're in the middle of an NBA game, watching President Obama address Congress, spying on your underwear-clad movie-star wife, interrupting tantric sex to tell us you're having tantric sex, zoning out of an MTV interview, giving a behind-the-scenes look at the #1 TV show during a commercial break or writing about being on Jimmy Kimmel's show while you're doing the show.
Seriously, focus at the task at hand, will ya? Especially you, Diddy.
Twitter was abuzz with artists Tweeting from the South by Southwest festival this weekend, but frankly, that's been covered pretty exhaustively just about everywhere, so we thought we'd start off the week with a bunch of other notable Tweets. (Note: While some of these accounts have been verified as legitimate by the artists' publicists, it is possible that some are not.) ...
Best back and forth: If you're not following them already, get onboard with @JonahHill, @realSethRogen, and @danecook. While their Twitters might crowd your Twitterspace, you'll hear them discuss enticing topics such as Matt Damon's allegedly bisexual cousin, Tonya Harding (always a perfectly appropriate topic) and watch them feed insults to each other that you've been craving since the last bro-tastic flick, "Pineapple Express."
By Daniela Capistrano
Coldplay, Wale, the Roots and other artists may like Twitter, but none of them liked it enough to attend the first-ever Twitter awards ceremony. The aptly named Shorty Awards, a riff on the mini-blogs' 140-characters-or-less restriction, took place at Galapagos Art Space in Brooklyn, New York, on Wednesday evening.
Nope, there were only two tweet-loving famous musicians passionate enough about Twitter to fly across the country and meet their fans: '80s rap icon MC Hammer (Twitter.com/MCHammer) and AFI bassist Hunter Burgan (Twitter.com/TranquilMammoth).
The Shorty Awards were founded by Sawhorse Media to honor the best producers of short content on Twitter in 2008. The Twitter community voted on their favorite users in 26 categories and the winners were given travel grants to attend, thanks in part to the Knight Foundation. CNN's twitter loving Rick Sanchez (Twitter.com/ricksanchezcnn) hosted the event and was heard later declaring, "The smartest people I have found in any community are the people I've found on Twitter."
By Steven Roberts
I've been choosing to ignore the existence of Twitter for a while now. I can't understand why people feel the need to update others constantly on what they are doing, thinking or thinking about doing. I'm also amazed that people actually follow what others are twittering — excuse me, tweeting.
In fact, I dislike Twitter so much, I think I missed out on a story. Exactly 23 days ago (I will say that Twitter does keep excellent records), I saw a bunch of blog posts about Wale, one of our MCs to Watch in 2009, working with TV on the Radio. This seemed kind of odd. I'm a fan of both individually, but I couldn't wrap my head around the thought of them working together.
The source for the news of this supposed collaboration: Wale's manager's Twitter! "Wale in the studio with TV on the Radio is gonna be what's hot on the streets very soon," he said. What does that even mean? I honestly took this with a grain of salt.
I missed out on another lead 10 days ago, when a video popped up on Wale's manager's YouTube page of Wale hanging out with Dave Sitek of TVOTR. They are driving around Los Angeles in the video, and Wale is trying to buy a grill. Not to barbeque, but a grill like Paul Wall's.