Kaka reaches 10 million followers
Brazilian soccer star Kaka is the most-followed athlete on Twitter. He reached 10 million followers on April 21, becoming the first athlete in the world to do so. The Real Madrid midfielder is still the 17th most-followed person on Twitter.
Kaka manages his own account, which is starting to become a rarity among public figures and celebrities. He tweets in three languages: English, Spanish, and Portuguese, frequently responding to tweets from fans. He also shares pictures of him with his teammates, his travels, and his sports gear.
Woman tweets about warrants out for her arrest and is later arrested
This should go without saying, but if you're trying to hide from the police, don't taunt them or tweet about it…or both. But that's just what Mahogany Mason-Kelly did. She tweeted: "I still gotta warrant in pearland..those pigs will NEVER catch me!!!…NEVER!!!"
Well, the police officers in Pearland, Texas frequently monitor keywords such as 'Pearland' on social media to keep up with what's going on around town. The police contacted the police at Lamar University, where she was a student, and they arrested her. It turned out that there were three warrants out for her arrest, as well as charges from impersonating her sister during a traffic stop because she knew there were warrants out for her.
Please, we're begging you, think before you tweet.
@J_Dimps want 80K followers by the time she turns 80
Forget asking for a sweater or a tasty birthday cake; for her birthday, Josephine Lamberti (known to the Twitterverse as @J_DIMPS) wants 80,000 Twitter followers. Her grandson originally set her up on Twitter as a fun way to stay busy. Her fun personality and young-at-heart attitude has led to being followed by celebrities and other important influencers, whom she calls "her adopted grandchildren."
She describes herself as having #oldladyswag, posting pictures and videos dancing, wearing a customized sweatband, and sporting an "Everybody loves a player" t-shirt. She also has a picture of herself dressed like Lady Gaga, and one of her Tebowing. By reaching out to celebrities and her funniest supporters, she's pretty close to her goal, with over 72,000 followers at the moment.
George Zimmerman's legal team launches social presence
George Zimmerman, the man who shot Trayvon Martin, has now been arrested and has hired Mark O'Mara Law for his defense. This is highly unconventional, but the effect of social media in this particular case has been astounding. The defense team has launched a "George Zimmerman Legal Case" website, Twitter account, and Facebook page.
In a post on the website, the purpose of the social presence is outlined. Firstly, they are working to discredit fraudulent websites and social profiles. For example, someone notified the legal team via Twitter of a fraudulent website asking for online donations for Zimmerman's defense. The social profiles are now working to spread the word about this and have the site taken down. The team will also be using the channels to dispute misinformation regarding the case and providing a voice for George Zimmerman.
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