Obviously Viral - This Week in Twitter Rants
Though mumblings about Twitter's decreasing relevancy in the social media landscape have been around for a couple years, particularly given the meteoric rise of platforms like SnapChat and Instagram, this week Twitter staged a bit of a comeback as a huge player in the cultural zeitgeist.
Just yesterday, Tinder (a social media giant in its own right) lost its CEO due to a Twitter feud with a Vanity Fair journalist. When Nancy Jo Sales declared "The Dawn of the 'Dating Apocalypse'" in September's Vanity Fair Magazine and named Tinder a key contributor to that phenomenon, Tinder's Twitter account fired back. The account's lengthy, petty, and oftentimes cringe-worthy tweets featured #SwipeRight success stories and glorified #GenerationTinder. Resulting in what was essentially a 30-tweet rant made waves and, apparently, lost a young CEO his crown.
Another man who may end up losing his crown to a tweet-storm is Republican front-runner Donald Trump. After Fox News Correspondent Megyn Kelly questioned Trump regarding his misogynistic and degrading treatment of women during the first Republican Presidential Debate last week, Donald Trump fired back, commenting that Kelly was so upset "you could see blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her whatever." The backlash on social media was immediate, where even fellow Republican Presidential candidate Carly Fiorina called out Trump for his misogynistic views. Trump claimed Kelly misunderstood his remarks and that they were in no way related to her menstruation (seems doubtful) and they were another police action by those over-concerned with "political correctness."
Lastly, Kim Kardashian took to Twitter to rant against those in the media who questioned her size, and even more explicitly, whether she was actually pregnant or just faking it! Kim shared a naked selfie on Twitter, went on an 8-Tweet rant about how #blessed she is to be carrying a child, and revealed her personal journey to accept her body at every stage of pregnancy. Kim's Tweets were some of her most highly retweeted ever with over 52k retweets and 86k favorites as of today!
Moral of the story: Twitter is hanging around, if not just as a platform for rants and feuds. HAPPY FRIDAY!