Best Twitter cock-ups ever

Twitter has announced that more than 100 million users have now signed up to the micro-blogging site, cementing itself as a force to be reckoned with in the world of social networking. To mark the occasion, we look back at some of the classic Twitter cock-ups that have got some famous (and not so famous) faces into a spot of bother...

For every sophisticated Twitterer like Mr Stephen Fry, there's another 100 struggling to master the art of micro blogging their every movement and that means guaranteed gaffes. But who would have thought 140 characters could cause so much grief?


We brought you the best footballer Twitter rants, and to mark Twitter turning 6, we've hoodwinked the most famous (and not so famous) Tweeters as they perform the social networking equivalent of a huge face plant. Here are the best Twitter cock-ups ever...

 

Arnold Schwarzenegger
More recently known for fighting Californian forest fires, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger harked back to his former action hero days when he posted a video of himself wielding a two-foot long knife.

In a thanks to constituents for their ideas on how to cut California's spiralling budgets, the video got 50,000 hits when it hit Twitter. Arnie promptly apologised for any offence caused, saying: "Not that I have fun with making the cuts - they sadden me - but ... that doesn't mean that you cannot wave a knife around, or wave your sword around, to get the message across..." No you can't Arnie.

 

Phil Hughes
Out of form Aussie cricketer Phil Hughes, managed to give Straussy and the boys an early insight into the Aussie's game plan for the third test of this summer's Ashes by some eager Twitter activity before the start of the day's play.

Responding to his omission from the squad Hughes tweeted, "Disappointed not to be on the field with the lads today, will be supporting the guys, it's a BIG test match 4 us. Thanks 4 all the support!" Hughes's manager decided to take the blame for the slip up, pointing to time difference as the reason for the social networking slip. Hughes unsurprisingly failed to feature in the rest of the Ashes, which may have been a blessing in disguise, judging from the result.

 

Terry Moran
Fellow journos should all know the impact a controversial Tweet can have when spotted by the wrong peering eyes. Take ABC anchor Terry Moran. After Kanye West's now infamous VMA moment of madness, Moran claimed President Obama called Kanye West a "jackass" when he ruined Taylor Swift's big moment. Moran was made to apologise for repeating the comment made off the record by President Obama. We can only imagine he's now covering the weather.

 

Meghan McCain
Politicians spend enough time talking their way out of tricky situations, so former presidential candidate Senator John McCain could have done without the extra headache of his daughter Meghan posting a saucy pic of herself on Twitter.

The risque shot went out to all of her 60,000 followers - and no doubt a few news studios - and forced Meghan McCain into action: "Ok I am getting the f*** off twitter, promise not to delete my account until I sleep on it, thank you for the nice words supporters."

 

Michael Beasley
Miami Heat's Michael Beasley earned some unexpected bench time after a photo he posted up on Twitter to show off his latest tattoo showed off a little more than his newly acquired body work. In the background of the picture, the basketball pro forgot to conceal the bags of marijuana serving as a tatt backdrop. Shortly after the pictorial error Beasley checked himself into a Houston-area rehab.

 

 

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