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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
New York City was hit with a sudden and severe thunderstorm on Wednesday, July 18, which left much of the city waterlogged. Thunder and lightning rattled the city and some subway stations flooded as a result of the heavy downpour. The video above shows a view of Manhattan from the Staten Island ferry. Lightning and dark clouds can be seen looming over downtown.
There was a bomb. There was no bomb. Leading members of Assad’s security forces were killed. Or they were already dead. It’s been a day of claim and counterclaim from Syria, and as the state-run SANA news agency puts its spin on things and activists offer their account, the truth about the Damascus blast is still unclear. Show More Summary
If you heard about the train crash in Giza, Egypt on Tuesday through social media, there’s a strong chance you also saw the photo above. But though the crash was very real, the photograph being circulated on Twitter was of a different crash several years previously. Show More Summary
Casino magnate Sheldon Adelson has committed $100 million to defeat Barack Obama, and is the largest Republican donor in the 2012 campaign, providing tens of millions of dollars to Newt Gingrich, Mitt Romney and other GOP causes. Comedian...Show More Summary
Spain’s social media users were out in force on Tuesday making fun of the country’s new Olympic kit. Twitter has been awash with comments describing the kit designed by Russian brand Bosco di Ciliegi as ‘trashy’ and cheap-looking. The fact it did not stem from a Spanish designer fueled further controversy. Show More Summary
On Monday, the Mitt Romney campaign released an ad which attempted to ridicule President Barack Obama’s singing of Al Green’s ’Let’s Stay Together’. The ad was a response to a similar effort by the Obama campaign team on July 14, which featured Romney singing ‘American the Beautiful’ to shots of empty factories. Show More Summary