Man’s airport-blowing twitter joke not funny for feds
A British traveler miffed when snow scuttled his vacation plans was busted after joking to pals on Twitter that he was going to “blow the airport sky high.”
Paul Chambers, 26, was arrested under the Terrorism Act and interrogated for 7 hours last week. He was finally released on bail, suspended from work and banned from the local Doncaster airport for life. “I would never have thought in a thousand years that this would happen because of a Twitter post,” he told the Independent.
“I’m the most mild-mannered guy you could imagine,” he added. Cops were tipped off by a member of the public, and they arrived at Chambers’ workplace with a print-out of his Twitter post.
Chambers said officers had never before heard of Twitter, and insisted they were arresting him because of security fears in “the world we live in.” Police deleted Chambers’ post, and confiscated his iPhone and computers. He returns to court next month. Similar arrests have reportedly occurred in the US, but this was a first for the UK.
Twitter Argument Leads to Alleged Murder
A Twitter argument allegedly resulted in murder last month, and New York police may subpoena Tweets as evidence in the case, according to a newspaper report.
Jameg Blake, 22, is accused of fatally shooting Kwame Dancy (pictured), also 22, in a shotgun blast to the neck – he pleaded not guilty this Wednesday.
The Harlem murder case, which allegedly took place in an apartment building on W. 132nd St. on December 1, may turn out to be the first in which Tweets are used as evidence in a murder trial.
The NY Daily News writes:
It started as a simple Twitter beef, 140-character spurts of anger by two young men who grew up together.
Hours before the shooting, Dancy may have taunted Blake with a tweet: “N—s is lookin for u don’t think I won’t give up ya address for a price betta chill asap!” … Blake’s Twitter account is also full of online disses, though only one tweet mentions Dancy by name: “R.I.P. Kwame” on Dec.3.
A police source said the messages may be subpoenaed to bolster the theory that there was bad blood between the two old pals.
It’s not clear to what extent the Tweets are being implicated: certainly Twitter provides a juicy angle for newspapers at this point, and the relationship between the two appears to have been strained in the past. With the press quickly latching on to stories like the “Craigslist Killer”, it’s also worth reiterating that Twitter is simply a platform — how people use the service is not something under their control.
The Daily News quotes the victim’s mother, Madeline Smith, expressing her disbelief: “That’s not a reason to shoot somebody, that’s crazy. I don’t know what’s going on with that Twitter thing.”
Virtual ‘Suicide Machine’ Erases Your Online Life
A new site promises to set people free from the chains of social networking, and Facebook is not amused. The site, Web 2.0 Suicide Machine, is designed to permanently remove people’s accounts from Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, and LinkedIn. (See the video for details.) It proudly claims nearly 900 users, 58,000 unfriended friends, and 230,000 de-tweeted tweets. And now it also has a cease and desist letter from Facebook.
The suicide site is the collaboration of artists and programs in the Netherlands, reports NPR. “Basically, we try to remove as much content as possible,” says its chief. “We change the profile picture and the password so you can’t log in anymore.” The site is still figuring out how to respond to Facebook, complete with a clock counting down its deadline.
Peaches Geldof sorry for Miley-Cyrus-is-dead tweet
The UK’s answer to Paris Hilton, Peaches Geldof, has apologized for posting a Tweet claiming Miley Cyrus died.
In the post on the socialite networking site Monday — which has been deleted — said she’d received a text from a pal informing her that the Hannah Montana actress had passed away.
Peaches, 21, is now happy to clear up the misunderstanding.
“Didn’t want to cause distress by Tweeting that I’d heard that Miley had died,” she wrote. “Turns out it was thankfully a rumor. Glad to hear that.”
This isn’t Peaches’ first run-in with Disney’s reigning teen queen. Married, divorced, and drug-addicted by 20, the daughter of rocker-turned-politican Bob Geldof made headlines earlier this year when she claimed that she was a better role model than the often-controversial Cyrus.
“Maybe I’m a better role model than people like Miley Cyrus,” she said. “These girls that have been upheld as role models who are literally just girls who have been ferried from place to place, media trained, told what to do and just like complete veneers of people – people who are not even real.”
Twitter hacked by “Iranian Cyber Army”
Micro-blogging site Twitter said its domain name system records were temporarily “compromised” Thursday night, but that the problem was fixed later.
Twitter.com was redirected for a while, but some applications were working, the company said on its blog.
Twitter was investigating the issue and would provide more information when available, it said.
According to media reports, the site was hacked for about two hours Thursday night by a group calling itself the “Iranian Cyber Army.”
The group also hacked an Iranian opposition website, the reports said.
Best man from hell: Connects newlywed friend’s bed to Twitter
A gentleman who may be one day be known as the “worst best man of all time,” has connected his friend’s bed to Twitter so it tweets every time he and his fiance (new wife) have sex.
According to the Twitter feed, called “Newly Weds On The Job,” the couple live in the UK, so not to worry, engaged Americans. As you can see below the tweets include details of how long the sex lasts and how “powerful” it is.
Twitter for Toddlers: Twoddler
As if Twitter weren’t already full of utterly bland, mindless codswallop, researchers from Hasselt University in Belgium are about to add the random, idiotic bleatings of a baby to the stream of nonsense. Worse, the baby won’t even know it is broadcasting its brainless, repetitive activities to the world.
Twoddler is a modified Fisher Price activity center, the kind that toddlers have tweaked and poked for what seems like generations. The difference is that this one has its activities monitored by a computer and the activities are translated into Tweets. The example uses a baby called Yorin, and if he spends, say, a few minutes playing with a picture of his mother, this Tweet will be forced on the world: “@mommy_yorin Yorin misses mommy and looks forward playing with her this evening”. Further, if he annoyingly bangs on the bell, over and over, for far too long, the computer will translate this to say “Yorin is showing off his music skills with a new tune”.
The Twoddler uses sensors hooked up to an Arduino circuit and sends the information via the wireless ZigBee protocol to a nearby computer. This is where the signals are converted into human-readable (or at least parent-readable) “words” and sent off to the web using the Twitter API.
We imagine that these incessant, repetitive Tweets will swiftly become as annoying as the behavior which triggers them, negating the whole point of sending Yorin off to the day-care center. There is one advantage to Twoddler over having an actual toddler in the room with you. It may be a bit of a moral conundrum, but at least mom always has the option to un-follow her offspring.
Damn! Michael Lohan is still alive
Michael Lohan is alive and kicking — despite what you might have read on Twitter.
Someone on the micro-blogging site @themichaellohan fired off a series of Tweets that read like a suicide note:
“FIANCE JUST LEFT ME. MY WHOLE FAMILY HATES ME. I SPENT THANKSGIVING WITH MY MOM I JUST CANT DO ANY OF THIS ANY MORE
THE DEATH OF MY FATHER PUT ME IN A BLACK HOLE IDK WHAT TO DO
HEADING TO THE BROOKLYN BRIDGE
@LINDSAYLOHAN LOVE YOU. B YE”
The postings have since been erased and the very-much-alive father of actress Lindsay Lohan has denied “Tweeting” any such thing — in fact, Michael doesn’t Twitter at all.
“This is not not not me,” Lohan said in an email Monday. “I do not have and never had a Twitter and Twitter’s corporate office confirms that. My lawyers are investigating.”