Daily Archives: July 26, 2011

Rep. Billy Long’s Twitter Faux Pas: Amy Winehouse

The Missouri congressman who compared Congress to the late singer via Twitter apologized for his tweet.

Rep. Billy Long, R-Mo., said in an e-mail to theSpringfield News-Leader that he “meant no disrespect to Amy, her family or her fans.”

Yesterday, before the Grammy Award-winning singer had even been buried, Long tweeted, “No one could reach #AmyWinehouse before it was too late. Can anyone reach Washington before it’s too late? Both addicted — same fate???”

Long, an auctioneer before he was elected to Congress last year, said he does believe that spending 42% more than the government takes in is an “addiction.” Congress and President Obama are at odds on how to raise the nation’s $14.3 trillion in borrowing authority before Aug. 2.

The congressman’s original tweet was widely reported — and criticized. Across the pond in London, The Daily Mail tabloid called it “the height of bad taste.”

Winehouse, who was found dead Saturday, had a history of drug and alcohol addiction. An autopsy conducted Monday was inconclusive about the cause of her death. Her family and friends buried her today in a private funeral.

Long said about Winehouse:

She was one of the few true artists to come along in a long time. What happened to her was a senseless tragedy and drawing an analogy wasn’t meant to minimize the loss of life. If anyone took offense, I sincerely apologize.

Twitter’s Explosive Growth: 200 Million Accounts

The 200 millionth Tweep signed up for a Twitter account, and to commemorate the occasion we bring you this infographic tracing the history of the platform that led up to that mind-boggling number.

If that 200 millionth Twitterer figure impresses you, get a load of the biggest number on this infographic: 350 billion tweets delivered each day.

Even though Twitter started out with users feeling cramped within its 140-character confines and talking about what they had for breakfast, today it’s turned into an explosive dynamo that instantly brings you news from all over the world. In fact, some have even blamed/credited it with overthrowing governments.

The service has enjoyed spectacular growth over the past five years — its official fifth birthday was in March, but it first became available to the general public in July, 2006.

And now that Jerry Seinfeld has jumped on the Twitter bandwagon, it reminds us that the little tweeting platform that was once about nothing, well, now it’s about something. Something big. One thing’s for sure: It’s changed the world.

Infographic courtesy Visual.ly

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