Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Gay Men Belong

The Buffy the Vampire Slayer TV series ran from 1997 to 2003, and picks up again in comic book form in 2007. It continues to this day, and is currently on Season 9.

Before I go any further, let’s get one thing out of the way right now – yes, I’m a huge nerd.

OK, back on topic.

With the beautifully portrayed relationship between Willow and Tara, it’s no surprise that the show is popular with the LGBT community. The Logo TV station has been airing reruns since 2010.

What (pleasantly) surprised me was the blatant inclusion of gay men in Season 9 #14 and #15 with the introduction of Billy the Vampire Slayer.

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Shocking Content Marketing Campaign: Who Ate the What!?

Hmmm … speaking of Tweeter’s remorse, KFC probably should’ve read my post on unintentional obscenity before implementing their #iatethebones campaign.

Does anyone else see how this could go horribly wrong?

It’s reminiscent of that famous line in the Deadeye Dick song “New Age Girl”.

A Twitter search for #iatethebones is already returning results that I don’t think KFC intended for the hashtag.

This Twitter user sums up the KFC advertising campaign perfectly:

Of course, in a world of increasingly brazen advertising (e.g. Kmart’s “Ship My Pants” and Philips Norelco’s “I’d Beach Me” campaigns), maybe the boneless-chicken-providing company anticipated this hashtag trend.

And that’s great – if the company was hoping for not-so-savory meat tweets.

Social Media Crisis: When the Most Trusted News Source Gets Hacked

Associated Press Twitter account suspended

The Associated Press Twitter account (@AP) is suspended while the hack is investigated.

Panic ensued on Wall Street when The Associated Press Twitter account (@AP) was hacked, and the following message was tweeted on April 23, 2013:

Breaking: Two Explosions in the White House and Barack Obama is injured

News industry professionals should’ve known this was fake by the inconsistencies in the use of uppercase letters – if anyone has to follow AP Style, it’s The AP!

In the news business, there’s a rule that we all learned in our first journalism class (Thanks, Professor Bush!). In any news story, always interview at least three credible sources. This is to ensure accuracy.

This same tactic can be applied to this kind of social media crisis. Before panicking over a tweet (even from a credible source, such as The Associated Press), we should seek out at least one other source that corroborates the story.

Although news is quick and easy to see on Twitter, check out the actual news site since Twitter accounts are easily compromised. According to today’s CBS News story, @AP isn’t the only news organization twitter handle that’s currently suspended due to hacks:

Over the weekend, CBS News confirmed that its ’60 Minutes’ and ’48 Hours’ Twitter accounts were compromised. Both accounts remain suspended at present time.