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Where were you between just before 9am and 10.25am Pacific time on Thursday, July 26? Because you sure as hell weren’t on Twitter. The company announced that parallel systems failures caused an outage that brought down Twitter worldwide, forcing users of the social media platform to find amusement, entertainment and emotional outlets elsewhere. Show More Summary
On the eve of the Olympic Games in London, Pakistan’s Twitterati got inventive about the sports they imagined their country stood a chance of winning. Hundreds of comments flooded Twitter, ranging from light-hearted to hard-hitting criticisms of aspects of Pakistani life and politics. Show More Summary
First, it was the anonymous quote by a Romney adviser on America’s “Anglo-Saxon heritage” which he said Obama didn’t understand. Then came the NBC interview in which Romney himself said there were “disconcerting” signs about the Olympics organization. Show More Summary
The biggest flood peak in nine years passed through the Three Gorges Dam early on Wednesday morning, with approximately 70,000 cubic meters of water passing through per second. The flood peak came after heavy flooding swept across parts of China, including Beijing, on July 21 and 22. Show More Summary
Paraskevi ‘Voula’ Papachristou made Olympic history on Wednesday, but not in the way she might have dreamed. The Greek triple jumper found herself the first athlete ever to be expelled from the Olympics over a tweet, after she published a comment about Greece’s African immigrants on Twitter.
News that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was newly married sent Twitter users scrambling to be first with the puns and parodies on Wednesday. North Korea’s state-run news channel made the official announcement, confirming that the woman [pictured above] who had been seen by his side at a number of recent public events was in fact his wife.
The London Olympics kicked off today with women’s soccer, but social media has already been buzzing in advance of the Games. The athletes arrived in England last week (with a welcome from the Rock Choir, above) to get set for the biggest month of their lives, and though the opening ceremony is still days away, they’ve already provided us with plenty of entertainment.
Last week the president of the fast food chain Chick-fil-A Dan Cathy found himself at the center of a political storm after he waded into the debate on same sex marriage. His comments, and the subsequent reactions from companies, politicians and celebrities, have set off a social media ballyhoo as Twitter users weigh in on both sides.
After rapidly intensifying during the course of Monday, July 23, typhoon Vicente battered the city of Hong Kong throughout the evening and into Tuesday morning. Maximum sustained winds reached almost 140 mph, the equivalent a category four hurricane. Show More Summary
The listings magazine Time Out in Dubai has been in the eye of a social media storm after it printed an article recommending the top five bars to visit during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. Time Out issued a public apology on Twitter on Tuesday following a Twitter campaign calling for the magazine to be shut down with #StopTimeOutDubai. Show More Summary
Eight of thirteen suspects have been charged with phone hacking offences arising from Operation Weeting. Follow a live stream and live twitter fall reporting on Tuesday’s statement. Official statements and charges are below.
Sally Ride, the first American woman in space and a longtime advocate for science education, died on Monday after a 17-month battle with pancreatic cancer. She was 61 years old. Tributes poured in on social media as news of her death emerged, with fans recalling the moment in 1983 when she made history on board the shuttle Challenger, as well as her pioneering work in education.
In the wake of Friday’s mass shooting in Aurora, Colorado, the topic of gun control coursed through social media. Though Obama and Romney failed to join the debate, despite an appeal from New York mayor Michael Bloomberg, a number of high profile Twitter users stepped up to air their thoughts and found themselves unexpected allies.
Romney’s social media presence has been under scrutiny in recent days following a sudden spike in Twitter followers. Last Friday @MittRomney boasted 673,000 followers, but by early Monday morning, that number had jumped to over 815,000. Show More Summary
This week we’ve got pigeons playing jazz and a unique filmmaking project based around passions, but we start with a rather amazing experiment that creates music through motion. Assembly’s V Motion Project uses the power of the Kinect,...Show More Summary
These videos show a large piece of an iceberg breaking free and falling into the water, creating a large wave that threatened to engulf a boat off the coast of Greenland. The first video was captured by the nephew of the captain, who was ferrying an Australian tourist around the area. Show More Summary
At least 12 people were killed and 38 injured in a shooting at a screening of The Dark Knight Rises in the Century 16 Movie Theaters in Aurora Town Center, Aurora, Colorado, on Friday. The videos, tweets, and photographs below show how social media reacted to the tragedy, and were curated by Storyful over a number of hours.
One of the examples we often point to when we discuss validation of content is a controversial video that surfaced in July 2011. The video showed bodies being dumped off a bridge near Hama in Syria. There were claims that the Muslim Brotherhood was responsible for the deaths, and counter-claims that they were not. Show More Summary
News that Yahoo had chosen a new CEO in Marissa Mayer on Tuesday sparked the hashtag #dearmarissamayer as disgruntled Flickr users took the opportunity to express their disaffection with the photo-sharing site. Tweets directed people to the website dearmarissamayer.com, pictured above. Show More Summary
What first seemed like a harmless attempt at political point-scoring by the Democratic National Committee has provoked debate, postmortems and now an apology. The web ad on Wednesday featured a dancing dressage horse similar to Ann Romney’s horse Rafalca, which she rides as part of her therapy for multiple sclerosis. Show More Summary