Daily Kos editor, Marcotte defend scoring points on backs of the dead


Predictably, some on the Left are grossly trying to score political points on the backs of the dead after the tragedy in Aurora, Colo. Daily Kos editor David Waldman goes one revolting step further and says it’s totally cool to do so.

@livjackson94 There's a difference, but they're of a piece. You can't actually change public policy without scoring political points.

— David Waldman (@KagroX) July 20, 2012

To say the issue is non-political is to throw your hands up and refuse to self-govern. You're welcome to do that, though.

— David Waldman (@KagroX) July 20, 2012

Bottom line is that policy decisions are driven by scoring political points. Messy business, but you don't HAVE to self-govern.

— David Waldman (@KagroX) July 20, 2012

Oh, it’s just a little bit messy! Dancing on graves can be that way. Beyond reprehensible. This isn’t just spiking the football; it’s spiking the football in a cemetery at the expense of lives lost. What’s a little moral bankruptcy when there is a tragedy to exploit, huh, lefties?

Fired John Edwards blogger Amanda Marcotte also jumps aboard the bilious train.

Responding to a shooting with calls for gun control is "politicizing" in the same way demanding for dams in response to floods is.

— Amanda Marcotte (@AmandaMarcotte) July 20, 2012

Gun control supporters get accused of "politicizing". But politics is how we deal with social problems. Stop acting like it's entertainment.

— Amanda Marcotte (@AmandaMarcotte) July 20, 2012


When you’ve lost Keith Olbermann …

@KeithOlbermann Tomorrow, too.

— David Waldman (@KagroX) July 20, 2012

@KeithOlbermann STFU sounds pretty mournful.

— David Waldman (@KagroX) July 20, 2012

@TheScathed What exactly was it that was so unacceptable, though? Can you tell me that so I can stop, at least?

— David Waldman (@KagroX) July 20, 2012

You're done here RT @KagroX @KeithOlbermann Let's say this: no penis-waving today. Maybe we pocket things like "STFU."

— Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) July 20, 2012

Of course, Keith Olbermann is only upset that Mr. Waldman exposed the truth about the Left. This is what they do; never let a tragedy go to waste.

The mentally unstable and morally bankrupt chime in.

@KagroX But there's also a certain self-righteousness that comes with a tragedy. "There's only one way to mourn. SHUT UP IF YOU DON'T AGREE"

— Saladinho (@_Saladinho_) July 20, 2012

@KeithOlbermann @KagroX The Limbaugh fire finally erupts in an actual theater and we should silence the outrage? NOT THIS TIME.

— sharon stillson (@stillonline) July 20, 2012

Many others like that disgraceful Twitter user have also tried to score points against Rush Limbaugh using the tragic loss of life. Contemptible.

All about them and their agenda, you see. Look, ghouls: People died. Loves ones were lost, forever. People are in pain, devastated with grief.

Those with souls, and functioning brains, respond.

David Waldman is making a passionate case for why no one takes him seriously or does anything he wants.

— Nathan Wurtzel (@NathanWurtzel) July 20, 2012

David Waldman is better known as @KagroX, BTW, because HE'S JUST THAT REVOLUTIONARY.

— Nathan Wurtzel (@NathanWurtzel) July 20, 2012

We also see Amanda Marcotte advocating banning pepper-spray cannisters (she calls it "tear gas"). Probably didn't think it through.

— Nathan Wurtzel (@NathanWurtzel) July 20, 2012

@carlaaxt Actually, I'm saying I don't know, you don't know, and @AmandaMarcotte doesn't know. I only saw the drivel she wrote.

— Nathan Wurtzel (@NathanWurtzel) July 20, 2012

@carlaaxt Unfortunately, you guys just can't resist… @AmandaMarcotte

— Nathan Wurtzel (@NathanWurtzel) July 20, 2012

@KeithOlbermann @kagrox Yes, for gosh sakes! Give it a day already.

— Douglas Scott Potter (@dspov) July 20, 2012

They can’t. That’s what happens when one has no moral compass.

Lefties trying to score cheap political points off the Colorado tragedy are one step away from no longer casting a reflection in mirrors.

— John Hayward (@Doc_0) July 20, 2012

Update: Geraldo Rivera also ghoulishly defends politicizing tragedy on the backs of the dead while pushing for gun control.

Don't understand calls not to 'politicize' Aurora mass murder. Isn't politics representative government responding to people's concerns?

— Geraldo Rivera (@GeraldoRivera) July 20, 2012

Gun lobby uses the 'don't politicize' line to distract concern about the crazy availability of heavy weapons.

— Geraldo Rivera (@GeraldoRivera) July 20, 2012

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2012/07/20/ghouls-daily-kos-editor-amanda-marcotte-say-nothing-wrong-with-scoring-political-points-on-the-backs-of-the-dead/

Stock trades made on mobile phones more than double

“Ease and comfort to use is what the consumer is looking for and given factors such as time-sensitivity of the market, apps are going to play a critical role in the trading business,” said Mr.Parikh.L

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New Hampshire GOP debate did very well in overnight ratings

There are a lot of Americans who are fed up with Washington and the Obama administration. That point is yet again exemplified in the ratings for the Republican debate last night in New Hampshire.


Here’s more from the Hollywood Reporter aritcle:

Overnight returns, before the exact audience for the two-and-a-half-hour coverage is available, give the ABC News debate a 9.3 rating among Nielsen’s metered market households. That’s up from both of the January debates, on Fox Business Network (7.4 rating) and Fox News Channel (8.4 rating), the latter of which did not feature an appearance by Donald Trump.

Regardless of how you feel your favorite candidate fared in last night’s debate, you have to be encouraged by the attention and energy surrounding the GOP primary. And when comparing it to enthusiasm on the Democrat side, remember this:



Read more: http://twitchy.com/2016/02/07/new-hampshire-gop-debate-did-very-well-in-overnight-ratings/

Rep. Jerrold Nadler pushing for trillion-dollar coin to duck debt ceiling


With Rep. John Boehner now officially returning as House Speaker, it’s certain that we can look forward to yet another standoff between Boehner and the White House over the nation’s debt ceiling, which the country hit on Dec. 31. The idea of minting a handful of trillion-dollar coins to get around the debt ceiling arose last year, but with the House GOP still holding that one bargaining chip and Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner headed for the exit, the push is on again to make the coin a reality.

Business Insider’s Joe Weisenthal calls the idea “really thrilling,” and Rep. Jarrold Nedler (D-N.Y.) is pushing for the coin as well, seeing as the president is faced with GOP “blackmail to destroy the country’s economy.” In an interview with website Capital, Nadler likened Republicans to the mob: “It’s like in the old gangster movies: ‘That’s a nice economy you got over there, pity if it should happen to blow up — if you don’t do what I want.’ That’s exactly what they’re saying.”


The law allows the Treasury to mint platinum coins in any denomination. The idea was to allow for production of special commemorative coins, but there’s nothing legally to stop the Treasury from minting a few trillion-dollar coins and depositing them in the Federal Reserve. It’s a great idea, right?








No we won’t. That stimulus is going to kick in any second.

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2013/01/03/rep-jarrold-nadler-others-still-pushing-for-trillion-dollar-coin-to-duck-debt-ceiling/

Password was changed by county employee while phone in FBI’s possession

Editor’s note: We’ve added a correction to the headline of this post and we apologize for the error.

Well, this is a new wrinkle in the entire Apple vs. FBI story. ABC News reports:

The Apple ID passcode for the San Bernardino shooter’s iPhone was changed less than 24 hours after authorities took possession of the device, a senior Apple executive said today.

And Apple could have recovered information from the phone had the Apple ID passcode not been changed, Apple said.

If the phone was taken to a location where it recognized the Wi-Fi network, such as the San Bernardino shooters’ home, it could have been backed up to the cloud, Apple suggested.

Update: The password was changed by a county employee, not the FBI as we said in our original title:

The auto reset was executed by a county information technology employee, according to a federal official. Federal investigators only found out about the reset after it had occurred and that the county employee acted on his own, not on the orders of federal authorities, the source said.

Apple executives say the iPhone was in the possession of the government when iCloud password was reset. A federal official familiar with the investigation confirmed that federal investigators were indeed in possession of the phone when the reset occurred.

The rest here.

Earlier, Donald Trump called for a boycott of Apple over the company’s refusal to help the FBI hack the phone:

Maybe we should boycott the FBI, too?

Editor’s note: The headline of this post was corrected and an update added.

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2016/02/19/changed-the-password-on-san-bernardino-terrorists-phone-and-then-forgot-it/

No salt for you: Boston Market to remove salt shakers; Dennis Miller zings


Ha! Leave it to Dennis Miller to cut right to the chase, especially when responding to the latest Food Police Creep. This time, it’s Boston Market.

NANNY CREEP: boston market pulls salt shakers off tables–for your own good! http://t.co/W5OoOCm0

— Vicki Mckenna (@VickiMcKenna) August 22, 2012

More from Fox News:

Boston Market is pulling salt shakers off its tables and has pledged to reduce the amount of sodium in some of its signature dishes.

The Golden, Colo. based company says it plans to reduce the amount of sodium in three of its dishes — rotisserie chicken, macaroni and cheese, and mashed potatoes — by 20 percent in the next six months.  All of its dishes would have 15 percent less sodium in the coming years.

While the salt shakers will be banned at the tables, Boston Market says they’ll keep a set at the beverage station. And if you’re wondering, pepper shakers will keep their place at the table.

@rocbuzz I was at Boston Market and salt was gone from tables. There was a note next to the pepper saying you can find it at the beverages.

— Michelle Shippers (@MShippers) August 22, 2012

Absurd. Treating customers like children and putting the icky stuff out of reach. And for what? People will still use the salt, if they choose to do so. We know; freedom to make individual choices is a hard concept to Nannies.

So this move is just a way to smugly self-pat on the back. Oh, look at us! We are so conscious and awesome. Maybe Michelle Obama and her Food Nannies will praise us!

Apparently Boston Market doesn't think I can handle having salt on the table.

— Joe Flint (@JBFlint) August 22, 2012


UGH! Mind your own business, food police! Boston Market yanks shakers to help cut salt | Fox News http://t.co/j3nM57xv via @fxnleisure

— Rhonda Craig (@Mamarhili) August 22, 2012

Hey, you know who has great chicken and values personal liberty? Chick-fil-A. And their cookies aren’t discus-sized!

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2012/08/22/no-salt-for-you-boston-market-to-remove-salt-shakers-dennis-miller-zings/

Salem Communications to acquire Twitchy

Note: The following message from Michelle about the acquisition of Twitchy is cross-posted at MichelleMalkin.com

I am extremely proud to announce the sale of Twitchy.com to Salem Communications.

On March 7, 2012, I launched Twitchy with great anticipation and excitement. It’s hard to believe that a little more than a year ago, we were greeted with a great deal of befuddlement and amusement. Many observers couldn’t figure out why Twitchy.com was needed, what exactly it did, and who our audience was. Fast-forward: “Twitchy’d” has become a verb and every last media outlet – new and old – is elbowing its way into the Twitter curation/aggregation space.

As we noted on our first birthday this spring:

Twitter users publish something like half a billion tweets per day. Even if 99.999 percent of those tweets are unimportant or nonsense, that leaves 5,000 tweets per day that are potentially newsworthy, or at least noteworthy.

Our mission is to find those hidden nuggets and report on them to you, our readers.

We’ve been at it for a year as of today. Has our Twitter-based news-gathering model proven a success?

We believe our record speaks for itself:

We documented tweets and retweets by dozens of left-wing Hollywood cranks, including Cher, Alec Baldwin, Jim Carrey, Russell Crowe, Chris Rock, Jason Biggs, Samuel Jackson, Ellen Barkin, Eva Longoria, and Eliza Dushku.

We were among the first to uncover Twitter riot threats and vandalism by Obama supporters in the run-up to Election Day…

We broke a story about Twitter death threats made against Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker — a story that led to an investigation by law-enforcement authorities.

We caught mainstream media outlets lying about the Newtown, Conn., so-called “hecklers” and the health insurance situation of the former Navy SEAL who shot Osama bin Laden.

We were the first to report details about Aurora, Colo., shooting victim Jessica Ghawi, who was tweeting just before she was shot and was present at a separate mall shooting six weeks earlier.

Utilizing tweets, photos, and videos posted to Twitter, we were able to cover breaking news — from school shootings in the US to protests in Egypt to an NFL’s player’s homicide-suicide — faster (and in some cases better) than MSM outlets.

MSM dinosaurs consider our methods irresponsible. They insist that “real reporters” must wait around for government officials to confirm facts that are already widely known to anyone using Twitter.

Sorry, MSM, we don’t follow your rules. We have created a news model that allows people to read information that gatekeepers don’t want them to know. Our motto is “who said what.” Their motto is “which official source said what, and we’ll let you know when we’re good and ready.”

…Twitchy couldn’t be what it is without you: the community of readers, commenters, and tipsters who come to the site every day; the Twitter users who retweet our posts; the Facebook users who “like” and “share” our articles.

Thanks so much to all of you for making our first year a phenomenal success.

In a little more than a year and a half, Twitchy has grown from less than 2 million page views per month to more than 12 million. We’ve established a strong footprint both traffic-wise and editorially in an astonishingly short time. Twitter as a news-gathering and narrative-shaping medium is here to stay. And so is Twitchy.

As with Hot Air, I conceived and financed Twitchy completely on my own. But as a small, independent business owner, there’s only so far I can take the company. Salem’s mighty resources and corporate know-how will enable Twitchy to grow by leaps and bounds. Salem is a trusted enterprise and business partner with the highest standards of ethics and excellence. We know from our experience with the 2010 Hot Air acquisition that Salem understands the value of our brand, will preserve everything that makes Twitchy click, and will provide a great home for our employees. I’ll step down as CEO, but will continue to play an active role supporting and promoting Twitchy. It’s a win-win-win. Big thanks to Salem’s David Evans, Rick Killingsworth, and Jonathan Garthwaite for working with us again.

I’m forever grateful to all the initial staffers who were with me at launch. Your leaps of faith will never be forgotten. Like any start-up, we had our growing pains as we figured out how best to execute my vision. A huge turning point: Twitchy was blessed to hire Jenn Taylor and Lori Ziganto as co-managing editors. They are the funny, fearless, brilliant, and indefatigable dynamos who keep Twitchy running. I can’t say enough about Jenn and Lori’s political brilliance, editorial commitment, work ethic, impeccable judgment, and new media savvy. They set the crackling pace and irreverent tone for the rest of the full-time Twitchy team, whom I’ve come to know and respect as more than colleagues — but as family: editors Sarah Desprat, Brett Taylor, and Doug Powers (who continues to co-blog spectacularly here at MichelleMalkin.com as well as at Twitchy) and contributing editor William Amos. Much gratitude as well to contributing editors Jacob Bunn, Erik Soderstrom, and El Sooper and big thanks to Adam Brickley for his tenure as a contributing editor.

It takes one mind to think up a start-up, but it requires a village to execute. I’m grateful to the folks at 10up, WordPress VIP, Disqus, and Publir for their services, as well as lawyer Eric Costello for his work on the deal. We’re also grateful to Twitter staff, especially Adam Sharp and Sean Evins, for providing support and guidance as needed. Thanks again to tech guru Ed Burns for his invaluable help on our Apps. Bottomless thanks to all the readers, tipsters, and commenters who continue to visit and spread the word about our work. And as always, a big public thank you to my hubby, Jesse, who knew nothing about Twitter when I told him about my idea — but who threw himself into supporting me 200 percent as he always has with my entrepreneurial ventures. As with Hot Air, Jesse served as Twitchy’s human resources manager, payroll clerk, accountant, tech liaison, and CFO.

The lessons I learned from running Hot Air apply as well to Twitchy:

To survive, we needed to adapt, respond to market forces, and adjust the business focus to meet readers’ revealed preferences.

Loyalty is a precious commodity. So is industry. Like gold, they have many imitators. Never take the real things for granted.

Carpe diem quam minimum credula postero. ( “Seize the day, counting as little as possible on tomorrow.”)

Every good hot air balloon needs strong anchor ropes. The pilots may get all the glory, but it’s the hidden support that makes all the difference between successful flight and crash-and-burn.

Over the past 20-plus years, I’ve been blessed to make a living on my words, ideas, bits, and bytes. Capitalism and the American Dream are more than theories for me, but everyday realities. I cherish the opportunity to do good and do well — and to do so alongside so many talented, creative, passionate people. On to 2014!

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2013/12/10/salem-communications-to-acquire-twitchy/

Meet The Network Of Guys Making Thousands Of Dollars Tweeting As “Common White Girls”

The Twitter illuminati that made “Alex From Target” an overnight sensation can drive millions of clicks with a simple retweet.

Design by Chris Ritter / BuzzFeed, original photo by Justin Hanson

Cameron Asa is a 21-year-old communications major at the University of Tennessee. He’s also the owner of Tweet Like A Girl, a Twitter account with 1.2 million followers.

Asa doesn’t tweet as frequently as some “parody accounts,” but when he does, he wracks up thousands of retweets. On Nov. 4, he tweeted, “stress goin up on a tuesday”; it’s been retweeted 12,000 times. On Nov. 1, he tweeted, “No shave November aka guys with scruff aka what a time to be alive”; it’s been retweeted 6,000 times.

He told BuzzFeed News that he’s part of an unofficial network of Twitter users, all with massive parody accounts who are regularly responsible for making new memes go super viral. He said the network — which has no corporate sponsor backing it — was responsible for the “Alex From Target” sensation on Sunday.

“I know for a fact it was the parody accounts that started it,” Asa said. “It was just absolutely nuts. I’ve never seen anything like it.”

But randomly flexing their power to launch random cute boys into superstardom is only the tip of the iceberg for Twitter’s unofficial parody account network. The guys running these accounts are also making impressive amounts of money.

Chris Ritter / BuzzFeed

Asa said he started messing with novelty Twitter accounts during his senior year of high school. His first big hit was a Carly Rae Jepsen parody account.

“I made a parody account that just made, like, parodies to that song, parody tweets to that song,” Asa said. “And I thought, Hey, it’d be kind of cool to have a Twitter account with a lot of followers.”

Asa’s “Call Me Maybe” account got around 40,000 followers, and it got him thinking about other kinds of things that could do well on Twitter. He tried one he admits was pretty stupid called Retweet Dares that got around 180,000 followers. The tweets would basically dare users to retweet the account.

Asa stumbled upon Tweet Like A Girl in 2012. He said in the beginning the account was meant to make fun of girls.

“Like, for example, one of the tweets would be like, ‘Oh my god, I’m so fat,’ with a picture of a stick or a twig,” he said.

He said he gained 100,000 followers in five days, but Asa hit the wall that all novelty accounts eventually hit: He ran out of material. So he decided it was time to expand Tweet Like A Girl’s scope.

“I transitioned into relatable tweets for girls, and ever since I did that, it’s still been nuts,” he said.

Chris Ritter / BuzzFeed

Asa’s new game is keeping his account relevant and relatable — and it’s working. He’s now pulling in pretty massive money. He was a little uncomfortable discussing the amount he makes per retweet, but he said that it can be as high as hundreds of dollars.

“Lately I’ve been posting for different apps, and it can range from anywhere from $500 – $1,000 per post — it’s awesome,” Asa said. “I actually did an app tweet last week and I ended up getting the app 20,000 downloads off one tweet.”

It makes sense that brands are clamoring to work with parody accounts; the engagement for an account like Tweet Like A Girl is astronomical. Asa said he’s hoping to branch out to working with movie studios.

He posted a trailer for the film adaptation of Nicholas Sparks’ The Best of Me and said he was able to send it 13 million impressions. He sent BuzzFeed News a screenshot of his Twitter analytics for a similar movie trailer tweet he posted in July boasting 4 million impressions.

Courtesy of Cameron Asa

The elephant in the room, though, with Asa’s account — and large female-oriented parody accounts like his — is that at the end of the day, he’s a 21-year-old guy tweeting as a teenage girl.

“People ask me all the time,” Asa said. “I know, it’s kind of weird. I kind of made the page and I have to run it. I really do enjoy running it.”

Asa said that he’s met and communicates regularly with the people running about a dozen or so of the largest parody accounts on Twitter. They all communicate with each other over direct message.

He said at the most there are only about four women running relatable parody accounts, noting that Common White Girl — one of the largest female-oriented parody accounts with over 4 million followers — is run by a woman.

A way these accounts keep momentum going is by a retweet-sharing deal organized amongst other large parody pages. A large Twitter account like Tweet Like A Girl will make a three-retweet deal with another large Twitter account, like Dory or Fat Amy. Each account retweets three of the other account’s tweets. Usually one of those three retweets is a paid ad.

That system helps these independent accounts drive up advertising rates, which usually have a variable included for clicks. Essentially, by working together, each of these guys can make his own independent Twitter media network go viral.

David Rhodes is a 29-year-old from Toronto, Canada, who has been running a network of parody and novelty Twitter accounts since 2012. His largest account is Sex Facts Of Life, which has 1.8 million followers and is also one of the few relatable novelty accounts on Twitter to be verified. Rhodes’ second-largest account is Not Will Ferrell, a Will Ferrell parody account.

Those two are just the largest peaks, however, in his incredibly large Twitter network. Rhodes also runs a Brick Tamland parody account, Sarcastic Wonka, Hilarious Ted, and a handful of picture-based accounts like Wow Pics Of Life and Wow Food Porn.

Rhodes’ network is so large, he hired a friend as a independent contractor to help him manage all the content.

Rhodes told BuzzFeed News that someone running parody accounts could easily make six figures a year. He was able to start monetizing his parody Twitter accounts in 2012 and quit his job shortly after; his Twitter network is a full-time gig.

“I’ve always treated it as a business. It’s all about integrity,” Rhodes said.

Rhodes said that Asa’s tactic of targeting young girls with an account is a great market to try to tap into.

“You see a lot of people running those kinds of accounts, a lot of guys running those girly teen accounts,” Rhodes said. “I think part of the reason, in terms of engagement, is females are usually the most engaged.”

He said the key across the board for anyone to put together a successful novelty Twitter account, though, is finding content that people can relate to.

Chris Ritter / BuzzFeed

From an outsider’s perspective, this can seem pretty vague and confusing: a group of twentysomething guys who scour the internet for “content” on places like Facebook, Vine, and Tumblr, and then push to their large Twitter networks to help them support a backchannel advertising system.

David Orr refers to the whole setup as “social influencer” marketing. Orr is a 23-year-old entrepreneur from Effingham, Illinois, and he’s been able to pivot on his Twitter following to a position as COO of a company. He starts his new role next month, though would not tell BuzzFeed News what company he’s joining, only saying that it was a fairly large one.

His largest account is a Bill Nye-themed parody account called Ya Boy Bill Nye. It tweets things like “rims on the prius” or “shouts out all my kids out there grindin through AP tests like ‘this shit a game to me homie’ getting high scores and college credit I SEE U.”

“I’m definitely in this for the marketing aspect, and at the end of the day, obviously the revenue,” Orr told BuzzFeed News. “I’m not a writer. I do not write most of my content. I find it [in] other places.”

Obviously, going at content creation with a purely revenue-centric mind-set can be problematic. Orr, Rhodes, Asa, and the parody account owners like them all face a tremendous amount of criticism for plagiarism. Orr said rampant plagiarism on Twitter is Twitter’s problem, not the people who use it.

“Unfortunately Twitter limits us. I don’t think in 140 characters we can add a source,” Orr said. “Should Twitter allow for a place to link for a source, I’m sure everyone would be definitely open to that and do it.”

Chris Ritter / BuzzFeed

To understand the true scope of what this Twitter illuminati can accomplish, you need to look no further than Nov. 2’s “Alex From Target” sensation. On the night of Nov. 4, Dil-Domine Leonares, CEO and founder of a tech startup called Breakr, took credit for Alex LaBeouf’s viral explosion.

Leonares claimed it was Breakr’s network that rallied people around Alex From Target. Leonares couldn’t back any of his claims up, but Asa and his parody account can.

Asa, Orr, and Rhodes all agree that it was the swarming of their networks that really bolstered support for LaBeouf early on.

“The parody accounts were the real reason Alex From Target became so famous. They gave him the initial exposure he needed to kind of get the ball rolling,” Orr said.

But it wasn’t coordinated in the way you’d think. It wasn’t a planned campaign; large parody accounts say fans of the band 5 Seconds of Summer engaged with the original tweet and swarmed it.

Rhodes said what happened with Alex From Target was only unusual in the sense that it exploded beyond Twitter. He said that parody accounts are constantly creating worldwide trending topics, and that he used to sit on Twitter at night and start globally trending hashtags for fun.

As for whether or not parody accounts capable of manipulating all of Twitter are ultimately a good thing for social media, Orr wasn’t too certain.

“If I didn’t think it could have negative effects, I’d be trading retweets on all of my accounts, but I’m not,” Orr said. “I don’t know the long-term effects.”

For Asa, though, he’s just having a tough time wrapping his head around the scope of all of this.

“I’ve been doing this for a really long time now,” Asa said, “but sometimes I’ll be in class and get on my page and I’ll just look at it and just be like, Wow, this is crazy.”


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Read more: http://www.buzzfeed.com/ryanhatesthis/the-parody-twitter-illuminati

India’s Top Two Ride-Hail Companies Have Merged And Plan To Be In 200 Cities

Olacabs acquired competitor TaxiForSure, combining two vastly different business models.

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India’s top two ride-hail companies joined forces today: Olacabs, the largest taxi-hailing service, acquired TaxiForSure, the country’s second largest taxi-hailing company, for $200 million in a cash and equity deal, according to the company.

India’s newly formed top ride-hail player has 1,015,000 drivers combined across more than 127 cities and, according to Olacabs CEO and co-founder Bhavish Aggarwal, plans to be in 200 cities by the end of the year. “The main focus is to expand the market,” he told BuzzFeed News.

“We will not waste time and money fighting each other,” Aggarwal said. “We will put all the efforts in growing the market. The taxi industry in India is potentially even larger than the taxi app business in U.S. In India there is no car ownership and very small taxi industry. Hopefully now that the competition is behind us we can work together [to capture] the market.”

The companies aren’t the first in Asia to throw in the towel and join forces. In China, the largest ride-hail company, Kuaidi Dache, merged with runner-up Didi Dache. But Olacabs’ acquisition of TaxiForSure isn’t necessarily a natural fit. The companies have two vastly different business models. Olacabs, on the one hand, partners with car owners who rent out their cars to drivers, while TaxiForSure partners with cab operators.

TaxiForSure will now have access to Ola’s technology (and vice versa) such as Ola wallet — a digital wallet that riders can refill.

“Cash is primary source of payment mode [in India],” Aggarwal told BuzzFeed News in a previous interview late last year. “To have level of convenience of cash free rides, we introduced the Ola wallet. You can recharge your Ola Money wallet on the app. And the ride fare gets set against balance in your account. Forty percent of bookings are paid for through the Ola Money wallet.”

The remaining 60% of rides are paid with cash — something Uber in India does not allow. Though Uber’s place in the market was “extraneous” to Aggarwal and TaxiForSure CEO Raghunandan G’s decision-making process, Aggarwal said Uber’s vast funding rounds that the company planned to invest in its expansion in the Asia Pacific aren’t concerning.

“Winning in emerging markets is not about capital, it’s about understanding global dynamics,” he said. “Uber is essentially bringing a Western product to Asia. For example, our business model is very different. We accept cash. We allow the consumer to make a booking through a call and schedule and preplan a booking.”

According to Aggarwal, the Indian ride-hail industry is similar to that of China on many fronts, but is most similar in that the market is currently dominated by a local, homegrown player.

Aggarwal also said the company is planning to “aggressively scale out” its auto-rickshaw service. TaxiForSure offers an auto-rickshaw hailing service in a few locations, and three months ago OlaCabs launched its own auto-rickshaw service out of beta in seven cities, including Chennai, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Bangalore, and Delhi. Aggarwal said he did not have a clear number on exactly how many cities the service will be expanded into just yet.

The new company will also be expanding its Ola Pink service — which is still in Beta in three cities. Ola Pink, Aggarwal said, is a car service for women driven by women created in the wake of the alleged rape of an Uber passenger late last year.

The acquisition comes just a few months after BuzzFeed News first reported that there have been talks of a global taxi alliance among ride-hail apps including Olacabs and two other Softbank-backed Asia-based apps, GrabTaxi and the new, yet unnamed Kuaidi Dache–Didi Dache entity.

Read more: http://www.buzzfeed.com/johanabhuiyan/indias-top-two-ride-hail-companies-have-merged-an

Social media star Hayes Grier sics army of Twitter followers on US Airways


At 14, social media phenomenon Hayes Grier has more than 1.8 million Twitter followers and 3 million subscribers on Vine. What he didn’t have Sunday was a seat on his plane, leading his army of followers to send #usairwayssucks trending.

Hey so Ive been in the BNA airport for 2 hours walk up to my gate and see that @USAirways gave our seats away to people right in front of us

— Hayes Grier (@HayesGrier) September 28, 2014

Thank you for HORRIBLE service. @USAirways are you gonna give me another auto response?

— Hayes Grier (@HayesGrier) September 28, 2014

Your employees are rude,disrespectful and act like they hate their job. @USAirways

— Hayes Grier (@HayesGrier) September 28, 2014

RT for a follow!! #usaairwayssucks

— Hayes Grier (@HayesGrier) September 28, 2014

Telling me to DM you and then not respond? Wow very professional @USAirways

— Hayes Grier (@HayesGrier) September 28, 2014

The more you guys tweet #usairwayssucks the more likely it is for me to follow you 😘 goo!

— Hayes Grier (@HayesGrier) September 28, 2014

I just went on a rage.

— Hayes Grier (@HayesGrier) September 28, 2014

Woah 😳😂

— Hayes Grier (@HayesGrier) September 28, 2014

The airport just called me over the intercom. Suspense

— Hayes Grier (@HayesGrier) September 28, 2014

This is great

— Hayes Grier (@HayesGrier) September 28, 2014

Grier’s apparently going to leave us in suspense; that was his last tweet on the subject. His followers wanted their promised follows, though, as well as to prove that they had Grier’s back.

#usairwayssucks fuck you

— married to cam (@cashvouge) September 28, 2014

#usairwayssucks thats why i always fly w delta

— bella TYSM HAYES (@snowconegrier) September 28, 2014

#usairwayssucks stop being a pussy and directly contact hayes

— married to cam (@cashvouge) September 28, 2014

#usairwayssucks get your shit together

— THANJ YOU HAYES (@wtfhayesx) September 28, 2014

What a great day to be the social media manager for US Airways.

#usairwayssucks I'm going to America next summer and let's just say, I won't by flying with you.

— KATIE (@katiexespinosa) September 28, 2014

@USAirways never ever fly US airways #usairwayssucks @HayesGrier

— Bella Claire (@BellaBauer13) September 28, 2014

@jordanneumann1 @HayesGrier @chelseaxxx_ HOW COULD YOU DO THAT?! @USAirways YOU SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF YOURSELVES #usaairwayssucks

— ∞ B R I A N N E ∞ (@mebrianne) September 28, 2014

I DIDN'T EVEN KNOW US AIRWAYS EXISTED UNTIL TODAY ✈️😳✈️😳✈️😳✈️😳✈️😳✈️ #usaairwayssucks #usaairwayssucks @HayesGrier x15

— HAYES PLEASE ♡ (@becausecamm) September 28, 2014

#usaairwayssucks @HayesGrier WE GOT YOUR BACK HAYES #usaairwayssucks @HayesGrier Get better service @HayesGrier X13

— FOLLOW ME HAYES? (@wakinghayes) September 28, 2014

hey guys! hey guys! guess what? US Airways sucks! 😂 #usaairwayssucks @HayesGrier

— Kay Ostberg (@ksostberg) September 28, 2014

#usaairwayssucks YOU GUYS SUCK ASS LET HAYES FLY HES BETTER THAN YOULL EVER BE @HayesGrier #usaairwayssucks x

— daniella (@scutejohnson) September 28, 2014

Grier retweeted that one, so it must be true.

But we could honestly put them out of business we are a pretty powerful fandom 😂 @HayesGrier #usairwayssucks

— taylor/ PLEASE HAYES (@MagicallyCam) September 28, 2014

Um, no.

hayes stop being a god damn pussy and starting a hashtag while throwing a fit bc you didnt get your way #usairwayssucks

— lana (@iIlestcabello) September 28, 2014

#usairwayssucks https://t.co/4UmoTScyuv @HayesGrier making a bunch of 12 year olds annoy an airline, that's cute 😉

— seth bishop (@thesethbishop) September 28, 2014

idfc if its for a hayes follow its rude to tweet shit like this no matter how "sucky" something is. #usairwayssucks

— ♛haylee♛ (@jxstinftaxstin) September 28, 2014

Are you guys seriously going to ruin an airways reputation FOR A FOLLOW???? 😒 Thats low….. #usairwayssucks

— jacobdaily3 (@JacobDaily3) September 28, 2014



Read more: http://twitchy.com/2014/09/28/i-went-on-a-rage-social-media-star-hayes-grier-sics-army-of-twitter-followers-on-us-airways/