Entries in Social Media (3)


Patton Oswalt's Inspiring Message Goes Viral

Kevin Winter/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- In the aftermath of the bombings at the Boston Marathon on Monday, people everywhere have been trying to wrap their minds around how someone – or a group of people – could commit such a senseless act of violence. But comedian Patton Oswalt took to Facebook to remind his fans that good does exist in the world, even when evil is present.

“I don’t know what’s going to be revealed to be behind all of this mayhem,” the King of Queens actor wrote. “But here’s what I DO know. If it’s one person or a HUNDRED people, that number is not even a fraction of a fraction of a fraction of a percent of the population on this planet.”

Oswalt wrote that when the September 11th attacks occurred, “my reaction was, ‘Well, I've had it with humanity,’ but I was wrong.’” He continued by saying that the lesson he’s learned is that the majority of the world’s population “stands against that darkness, and, like white blood cells attacking a virus, they dilute and weaken and eventually wash away the evil doers and more importantly, the damage they wreak.”

After pointing out that “if humanity were inherently evil, we’d have eaten ourselves alive long ago,” Oswalt concluded by offering a piece of advice for those looking for support.

“When you spot violence, or bigotry, or intolerance or fear or just garden-variety misogyny, hatred or ignorance, just look it in the eye,” he wrote. “Think, ‘The good outnumber you, and we always will.’”

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Academy Releases ‘Social Media Cheat Sheet’ for Oscar Nominations

ABC(LOS ANGELES) -- The Academy Awards Social Media Team has released its “cheat sheet” for following official Oscar buzz this awards season, with some surprising suggestions for where to keep your eyes peeled.

Along with suggesting that #OscarNoms be used on Twitter for Thursday’s nomination announcements, there’s the usual Academy YouTube channel and Facebook page, along with Twitter and Instagram accounts. An official Oscars app has been released at the Apple App Store, on Google Play and the Amazon App Store. Of course you should follow resident quipster and first-time Oscar host Seth MacFarlane on Twitter.

Then there’s the less-than-usual Twitter account for Seth MacFarlane’s dad, filled with nonsensical tweets about summer squash and pencil sharpeners. @DadMacFarlane's first few tweets may be a good indicator of what we can expect come Oscar night: “I knew a guy named Oscar once, he worked in trees. He could cut down an 18 inch diseased ash tree in 20 seconds. I was never impressed.”

The show’s organizers are also promoting Oscars producer Neil Meron as someone to keep an eye on for behind-the-scenes updates. His account is relatively new and has seen a month’s worth of photos from promo shoots and the Academy offices. Their offices are banking on your offices to play a new interactive ballot game on the Oscars website.

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Donald Trump Tweeting About 'Obamacare' from Philbin Farewell?

ABC/Ida Mae Astute(NEW YORK) -- Donald Trump owns hotels, hosts a TV show, and occasionally almost runs for president. But Friday he took multi-tasking to a whole new level. While sitting in the audience of Live with Regis and Kelly for the final show in the long career of Regis Philbin, Trump sent a tweet from his account “@RealDonaldTrump.” Or at least there was a tweet sent from his account.

“Regardless of the USC’s ruling, ObamaCare can only be defeated politically. It must be legislatively repealed or America will go bankrupt,” the tweet said.

The message was posted to Trump’s Twitter page at 9:57am, at the very moment when Philbin was speaking on camera with his final thoughts on his career, and the show he was leaving behind. Trump was seated in the audience along with celebrities John McEnroe, Alan Alda, Tony Danza, and ABC’s Diane Sawyer, Katie Couric, Robin Roberts and Sam Champion.

During the show, the camera fell on Trump several times, but it wasn’t on him at the moment this tweet was sent. An ABC News producer in the audience didn't recall seeing Trump didn't leave his seat during the show, however, but it’s unclear if he was tweeting from the audience while Regis was saying goodbye -- or if the @RealDonaldTrump isn’t quite as real as advertised.

It should be noted many celebrities have others tweet for them.

Trump aides reached for comment said they didn't know the timing or genesis of the tweet in question.

At the event, Trump did have his political hat atop his oft-talked about hair, however. He told ABC News before the show that the changes in the GOP leaderboard have been "very surprising" and that it was  "amazing" to watch the candidates "going up and down like yo-yos." Trump added, "We'll see what happens, but anybody is better than what we have now."

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