Twerking, Twitter Mistakes and Tweaks | This Week in Social Media

Twerking = $$$?

We, apparently, saw the collapse of Western civilization earlier this week when Miley Cyrus performed with Robin Thicke at the MTV VMA’s. The twerk-tastic performance sparked a massive conversation about where the morals and ethics of America had gone to – not to mention an insane amount of conversation online. The “We Can’t Stop” and “Blurred Lines” medley generated 306,100 tweets per minute during the East Cost airing of the show. Discussion focused on the appropriateness of Cyrus’ provocative dancing and outfit. Still, Cyrus doesn’t seem to mind. The pop star tweeted on Monday about the discussion and volume of tweets focused on her: “That’s more than the blackout or Superbowl! #fact.” Sales results of her new album, Bangerz, won’t be revealed until numbers are in next week, so time will tell if twerking equals profit.

Neil Armstrong, American Hero, Dies…Again

Those with an understanding of current events were perhaps confused this week when they began seeing “RIP Neil Armstrong” Facebook posts and tweets, considering the first man on the moon died a year ago. The confusion stemmed from an ABC News story that had been updated for the one year anniversary of Armstrong’s passing, but when the edits were made the timestamp change caused this (now deleted) tweet to be sent out: “Neil Armstrong, First Man on the Moon, Is Dead,” according to HollywoodLife.com. Twitter followers, characteristically, reacted with humor. Tweeted Collin Preciado, @treerobot42, “Really upset to learn that Neil Armstrong passed away again,” while some people wondered if Armstrong’s death would become a yearly occurrence due to a shift in the space-time continuum. Great Scott.

Free Social Media Platform Slightly Alters Interactions; Users Complain

This week Twitter unveiled a slight change to the way interactions between users are displayed on Twitter.com and on its mobile app. Now, when people tweet to each other (by replying to a tweet), Twitter strings together the back-and-forth for those who want to view the entire discussion. Twitter even unveiled this happy and informative video to clarify the change. Despite the simplification, many users complained that Twitter was trying to be too much like Facebook or making it too easy for others to snoop in on conversations. Luckily, the Atlantic Wire posted a helpful article for those unhappy with the update.