Granddaughter's tweet of sad grandpa spreads across the Internet

Published: Thursday, March 17, 2016 @ 8:12 PM
Updated: Friday, March 18, 2016 @ 4:17 PM

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An Oklahoma college student brought her grandfather some Twitter fame after she tweeted a picture of him appearing to be sadly eating a burger.

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According to Kelsey Harmon, she and her five other cousins were invited to dinner by their grandfather Wednesday, but only she showed up.

The Northeastern State University student said her grandfather, whom she calls Papaw, made 12 burgers for his six grandkids.

The tweet gained over 70,000 retweets in less than 24 hours.

The story Harmon tweeted gained so much traction it made it to Twitter's "moments" page, which tracks trending tweets and compiles them into a feed.

The feed pulls the best tweets from the initial moment.

According to BuzzFeed, some people on Twitter found Brock Harmon, one of Kelsey Harmon's cousins, and one of Pawpaw's grandchildren.

It looks like Twitter went so far as to find a 2014 tweet in which Brock said he was hungry.

According to Kelsey Harmon, the spread of her tweet led to death threats for her cousins.

But Brock Harmon, perhaps after getting so many Twitter notifications, tweeted that he went to Papaw's burger dinner and that his grandfather forgave him.

By Friday, Kelsey Harmon tweeted a thank you to supportive tweeters and let them know she and Papaw were appreciative.

"I have had many laughs at the memes and funny posts of my Papaw. I've also had many, many messages telling my my post encouraged people everywhere to visit their grandparents, and that means so much to me."

Kelsey Harmon said she was asked about where to send donations, gifts and other free items, but that she cannot accept them as a college athlete.

"I'm not comfortable with giving Papaw's address out, so instead of sending him gifts...please just send prayers that he is happy," she wrote.

Kelsey Harmon also responded to those who said she tweeted the picture of her grandfather for attention and fame.

"My intentions were never to become 'famous.' I've done nothing worthy of fame. I truly only posted the picture of Papaw to show my appreciation. For those saying I'm craving attention, you are far from right."

She ended the post by letting readers know her grandfather is very loved.

Twitter announces new 280-character limit for almost everyone

Published: Tuesday, November 07, 2017 @ 5:19 PM

New 280 Character Limit For Twitter

Most of the world’s Twitter users will soon be able to post 280-character tweets, company product manager Aliza Rosen announced in a blog post Tuesday.

Rosen said expanding the character limit from 140 characters to 280 will give users more space to fit in their thoughts. 

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Historically, Rosen said, nine percent of tweets typed in English hit the character limit, which results in a lot of time spent editing a single tweet or eventually abandoning tweets before sharing them. 

In September, Twitter launched a test for select users to have access to the expanded 280-character limit. As a result of the experiment, researchers found only one percent of tweets in English hit the character limit. 

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“People in the experiment told us that a higher character limit made them feel more satisfied with how they expressed themselves on Twitter, their ability to find good content, and Twitter overall,” Rosen wrote. 

However, tweets in Japanese, Korean and Chinese will continue to have the 140-character limit, because cramming characters is not an issue for the languages due to the density of their writing systems, she said.

Most Twitter users can now tweet with up to 280 characters.(Leon Neal/Getty Images/Getty Images)

For users concerned about their timelines being flooded with 280-character tweets, Rosen said the experiement showed that didn’t happen.

“Only 5% of Tweets sent were longer than 140 characters and only 2% were over 190 characters,” Rosen wrote. “As a result, your timeline reading experience should not substantially change, you’ll still see about the same amount of Tweets in your timeline.”

Rosen encouraged users to give Twitter feedback on the change.

“We’re always listening to your feedback, so try it out and let us know what you think,” she tweeted.

#ILookLikeAnEngineer fights stereotypes in the workplace

Published: Thursday, August 06, 2015 @ 9:22 PM
Updated: Thursday, August 06, 2015 @ 9:22 PM

A female engineer is using social media to fight gender and racial stereotypes in the workplace after being told she "does not look like an engineer."

Isis Wenger appeared in a recruitment ad for her San Francisco technology company, and received comments that she did not appear to be an actual employee, prompting her to post about her job using the hashtag #ILookLikeAnEngineer. This has inspired fellow engineers of female gender and color to follow suit, in a social media movement to disprove misconceptions about the occupation. A handful of these posts can be seen below.


5 things to know before donating to a GoFundMe

Published: Monday, August 10, 2015 @ 8:12 PM
Updated: Monday, August 10, 2015 @ 8:12 PM

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Go Fund Me has been used for years to raise money for various causes, like sick children, disaster recovery, and even business ventures.

While the website has helped countless people with legitimate causes, there have also been countless incidents of fraud related to the website.

5 things to know before opening your virtual wallet:

Tips for funding tragedy relief:

1. If someone is looking for help following a personal tragedy, see if their GoFundMe page is linked to their Facebook page (this is the case more often than not).

Using their Facebook page, you can try and investigate the validity of their unfortunate event. Indicators can be friends posting condolences to their wall and shared news stories on the subject of the tragedy.

2. Sometimes in cases of personal tragedy, multiple GoFundMe accounts are created, but this is not always a red flag.

For instance, when something happens to a child, often two pages are created to represent each side of the family. Also, sometimes multiple pages are created to avoid GoFundMe taking percentages of the money raised. If you do notice multiple pages for the same cause, take the action advised in tip #1.

3. Overall rule in funding tragedy relief:

A good overall rule is to only donate to someone you to either know personally or know through someone who can vouch for their tragedy. Often, this is how you will have heard about the GoFundMe page in the first place.

Tips for funding business ventures:

4. If someone is looking for help to fund a business venture, check and see if a page has been created for the business itself, and how long this page has been active.

  If the business has no Facebook page, or if the GoFundMe and Facebook pages were created close to the same time, this should be a red flag. Also, you can message people who have ‘liked’ the page and see if they have any knowledge about the business.

5. Overall rule in funding business ventures:

On other crowd funding websites, like Kickstarter and Indieogo, page creators offer donators something in return (making them investors rather than donators).

As an overall rule, these websites a safer bet to help fund a business venture.  

Ohio man owns @alphabet Twitter handle

Published: Monday, August 10, 2015 @ 10:01 PM
Updated: Monday, August 10, 2015 @ 10:01 PM

An Ohio man has won the ‘Twitter lottery’ and owns the handle @alphabet, which also happens to be Google’s new moniker.

The company announced Monday that they would operate under a new name, prompting countless Twitter users to search for “alphabet,” thinking Google would have created a new account.

These users quickly discovered that Cleveland man Chris Andricanich actually owns the handle.

Andrikanich now has over 2,000 followers on Twitter, and posted this in response to his ‘interesting’ day:

According to CNN Money, Twitter rules state that users cannot buy or sell user names, but those with coveted handles have been offered thousands of dollars on the underground market.

By the looks of it, though, Google will not be seeking out Andrikanich’s user name, and has instead created an account under the handle @alphabetinc.

While Andrikanich may not actually score big because of his Twitter moniker, he is sure to continue to gain attention and followers through the coincidence.