Betty White joins Twitter
On April 10, everyone’s favorite 90-year-old actress joined Twitter, despite saying she never would. She recognized this (with humor, of course) in her first tweet, which read: “Hello Twitter! And they said it would never happen. Oh wait, that was me.” I think Betty will find that Twitter will be a great medium for her hilarious one-liners. She has only posted 5 tweets, but she’s already flirted with Ryan Seacrest and tweeted about “what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.” She has also posted a video from her new hidden camera show, “Off Their Rockers.”
Betty White is no stranger to the power of social media. In 2010, a campaign on Facebook was behind her hosting the SNL Mother’s Day episode. But still, in her monologue she was skeptical of her need for Facebook, saying “Well at my age, if I wanna connect with old friends, I need a Ouija board!” Lucky for us, she realized that old friends are not the only people she can connect with online.
Kidnapped man rescued through Twitter
On April 7, a South African man was kidnapped in Johannesburg and stuffed into the trunk of his car…with his cell phone still on him. He was able to send a text to his girlfriend, who tweeted for people to be on the lookout for his car. Through retweets, the message was seen by @PigSpotter, a roadblock notification service for Johannesburg. The account shared the tweet with its over 110,000 followers, including several private security forces. Units were sent out to search and a sort of search party was organized, using Twitter to keep everyone informed.
4th annual Tony Hawk Twitter Hunt
Four years ago, skater Tony Hawk left a skateboard somewhere on his way to the ramps and tweeted out the location. This year, on April 15 over 75 prize boxes were hidden around the world.
Now in its fourth year, the Tony Hawk Twitter Hunt (#THTH) hid prizes in public places all over the United States as well as in the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, South Africa, and continental Europe. Prizes included skateboards and skating gear, guitars, clothing, electronics, and gift certificates, all donated by sponsors.
Hawk tweeted clues about the locations of the hidden boxes, and winners would tweet a picture of the box to confirm that it had been found and let others know to stop searching for it. The day ended with a huge skateboarding exhibition with free food and prizes. The location was also announced via Twitter.