76ers fan tweets himself to a job with the team
Recently, the Philadelphia 76ers held a fan voting contest to choose a new team mascot from three finalists. Jerry Rizzo and Hunter Coleman noticed that the finalists had no presence on social media, and decided to change that. The two friends created accounts for two of the finalists: @PhilEMoose and @BFranklinDogg. They began tweeting from the accounts to promote the contest and drive fan engagement.
That was until they received an official email from the team requesting they hand over the accounts. Rizzo and Coleman reached an agreement with the team where they were given box seats and tickets. But later Rizzo received a voicemail from the team’s CEO, Adam Aron, asking to call him back. After returning the phone call, Rizzo was brought in for several in-person interviews and met with Aron. He was offered and accepted a social media coordinating position for the team.
Twitter reacts to death of Kim Jong-il
Once again, Twitter was a go-to source for breaking news and cracking jokes with the death of North Korean leader Kim Jong-il on Saturday. One trending topic that sprung up was the phrase “Team America,” in reference to the movie “Team America: World Police” in which he is depicted as an evil dictator trying to take over the world. Popular topics of tweets included puns on his name and behavior, as well as recapping other significant deaths this year. Read tweets about Kim Jong-il’s death here.
Jon Bon Jovi is still livin’…on a prayer
Singer Jon Bon Jovi is the latest celebrity to “die” on Twitter. A fake news release circulated on Twitter over the weekend claiming that he suffered a fatal heart attack, starting the stream of jokes and puns on the song title “Wanted: Dead or Alive.”
On Monday evening, he and his public relations team tweeted a picture and message from the band’s official Twitter account. It read “”Heaven looks a lot like New Jersey” -jbj. Rest assured that Jon is fine! This photo was just taken.” with the picture posted to the right.
New New Twitter allows users to see they’ve been blocked
Last week, we introduced you to what’s been dubbed “New New Twitter”. One thing the redesigned Twitter brings is a bar notification when you try to interact with someone who has blocked you. If a user tries to follow or tweet at another user who has blocked them, a notification at the top will appear. As of now, it’s not clear if this is an intended feature or a bug, similar to the one that allowed users of Facebook’s Timeline to see when they stopped being “friends” with someone.