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Twitter's Year in Review: Which TV Stars and Shows Were 'Hot Topics' in 2011?

by Catherine Lawson, posted Dec 5th 2011 8:25AM
It's that time of year again, when everyone starts looking back over the past year and compiles 'Best of' and 'Worst of' lists. Twitter's been unveiling its annual 'Year in Review' since Thursday and has just published its 'Hot Topics' lists.

Uber-Twitter user Charlie Sheen's clearly still winning online: Last week AOL announced that Sheen was our most searched-for celebrity in 2011, and now he's claimed the top spot in the Twitter "Actor" Hot Topic.

Plus, one of his stranger obsessions -- #tigerblood -- came in at Number 2 in the "Hashtags" category (just behind #egypt).

Check out who and what else made the cut after the jump.

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'Game of Turkeys': Thanksgiving Twitter Fun for 'Game of Thrones' Fans

by Catherine Lawson, posted Nov 24th 2011 8:45AM
'Game of Thrones' logo"Thanksgiving is coming" ... 'Game of Thrones' fans have been getting into the Thanksgiving spirit on Twitter this week by creating a world of puns known as 'Game of Turkeys.'

Sadly, 'Game of Thrones' creator George R.R. Martin hasn't joined the fun as he is rather Twitter-averse, but his original words have given rise to some truly hilarious, clever and, at times, just plain weird word play.

From Ned Stark's "If you would take a turkey's life, you owe it to him to look into his eyes and hear his final words," through Tyrion Lanister's "A Butterball ALWAYS pays his debts," to Jon Snow's "You baste them with the pointy end," homage is paid to all the classic 'Game of Thrones' lines. Enjoy!

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Ashton Kutcher Apologizes for Controversial Joe Paterno Tweet

by Catherine Lawson, posted Nov 10th 2011 7:03AM
'Two and a Half Men' star Ashton Kutcher's been hitting the headlines for all the wrong reasons recently, and last night he dug himself a massive hole to climb out of thanks to his prolific use of Twitter.

Kutcher set off a firestorm with a controversial tweet (which has since been taken down from his page) in which he criticized the firing of Penn State Head Football Coach Joe Paterno: "How do you fire Jo Pa? #insult #noclass as a hawkeye fan I find it in poor taste."

After thousands of furious Twitter followers blasted his post, Kutcher then tweeted apologies, saying he didn't have the full story when he posted the first tweet: "This is an insane story, I just heard paterno was fired, getting the rest of the story now..." and "Fully recant previous tweet! ... Didn't have full story. #admitwhenYoumakemistakes."

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'The X Factor' Becomes First TV Show to Allow Twitter Voting

by Chris Harnick, posted Oct 26th 2011 10:40AM
The X Factor Twitter Votes'The X Factor' is making history by becoming the first reality TV series to allow viewers to cast their votes via Twitter, the social networking site.

In addition to Twitter voting, fans will also be able to cast their picks via Facebook, toll-free calling, text message, online and in 'The Xtra Factor' mobile application on Verizon Android phones. Voting begins after the live performance on Wed., Nov. 2. Results will be revealed live on Thurs., Nov. 3 at 8PM ET.

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Twitter Helps Save One 'Amazing Race' Team from Early Philimination (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Sep 26th 2011 4:15AM
'The Amazing Race 19' season premiere - 'Kindness of Strangers'For Kaylani and Lisa, their adventure with 'The Amazing Race' (Sun., 8PM ET on CBS) nearly came to an end before they even arrived at LAX to leave the country. When stopping for directions, Kaylani accidentally knocked her passport out of the car, but when they returned for it, it was gone.

One of the most amazing things in 'TAR' history then happened, as a couple of guys who happened to be at the gas station when a different team came guy noticed the passport and went to Twitter to talk about having just seen teams racing.

He was then told to get to LAX to give her the passport, and he arrived like a guardian angel with a miracle.

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'Haven' Launching Twitter Storyline

by Chris Harnick, posted Aug 10th 2011 6:00PM
HavenSyfy's 'Haven' is going to where they claim no show has gone before: Twitter. According to Syfy, the series will launch a seven-episode storyline that will flow between the show and Twitter.

"The 'Haven' writers and producers have done an amazing job of crafting a story line that seamlessly moves between the TV show and Twitter," Craig Engler, general manager and senior vice president of Syfy Digital, said in a statement. "Although there have been simple integrations before, no one has fully and organically integrated Twitter into the fabric of the show in the way 'Haven' is doing. If you watch 'Haven' and use Twitter, you're in for a real treat."

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MTV's Johnny Bananas Sues HBO, 'Entourage' Over 'Johnny's Bananas'

by Alex Moaba, posted Aug 3rd 2011 4:15PM
Johnny 'Bananas' Devenanzio, a veteran of MTV's 'Real World: Key West' who's currently participating in 'The Challenge: Rivals,' is accusing HBO's 'Entourage' of some serious monkey business.

He's reportedly sent the network a cease & desist notice, and is threatening to sue for copyright infringement over the name of Johnny Drama's gorilla cartoon show 'Johnny's Bananas,' a central plotline on the new season of 'Entourage.'

Devenanzio has hired attorney Stephanie Ovadia, the lawyer who represented Lindsay Lohan in her suit against the E-Trade for a commercial that she claimed used her likeness.

In a series of tweets, Devenanzio, whose Twitter handle is @MTVBananas, explained why he's taking legal action.

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Colbert Suggests Newt Gingrich Create Fake Version of Himself for Campaign (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Aug 3rd 2011 5:45AM
'The Colbert Report'After Newt Gingrich boasted he had "six times as many Twitter followers" as his fellow Republican candidates, he's come under scrutiny in light of accusations that up to 80 percent of those followers might not be real.

On 'The Colbert Report' (Weeknights, 11:30PM ET on Comedy Central), Stephen Colbert believes Gingrich when he says they're all real.

"I have no reason to doubt the word of a man who cheated on two wives," he said. But even if they are invented, Colbert sees no reason to look at this as a negative.

"Making up people could be the key to keeping Newt's campaign alive," Colbert explained. "And while he's at it, folks, he should also create a fake Newt Gingrich, because the current one's not doing too good."

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Jon Stewart Jokes About How Odd Twitter Account Names Sound on the News (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jul 28th 2011 5:16AM
'The Daily Show with Jon Stewart'With the advent of Twitter into the social landscape, our news broadcasts have started sounding pretty strange. In the old days, when a news story wanted to talk about reader feedback, they had letters or man-on-the-street interviews, but social media has changed all that.

And, as Jon Stewart showed us on 'The Daily Show' (Weeknights, 11PM ET on Comedy Central), that's not all that's changed.

Now that we're getting instant responses and feedback from Twitter and other like sites, we're hearing Twitter handles instead of real people's names.

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Stephen Colbert Has Pun With Anthony Weiner Twitter Scandal (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jun 2nd 2011 4:40AM
Congressman Anthony Weiner, 'The Colbert Report'When a scandal breaks like the one surrounding Congressman Anthony Weiner and an alleged photo of his crotch in underwear, which was Tweeted to a young woman from his account, you can almost hear Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert giggling in anticipation of covering it.

The latter took to 'The Colbert Report' (Weeknights, 11:30PM ET on Comedy Central) with more puns than we were ready for.

Everyone knows the news loves puns for headlines, but Colbert took it to a whole new level, using them to tell the story.

"It's my duty to keep you informed about the swelling controversy that has cast a lengthy shadow over New York Congressman Anthony Weiner, stretching the fabric of our national discourse and throbbing like a ... "

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Stephen Colbert Bombards Jon Kyl with Non-Factual Statements (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Apr 13th 2011 5:00AM
Colbert Tweets Non-Facts on Jon KylLast week, Jon Kyl claimed during a speech on the floor of Congress that abortion is "over 90 percent of what Planned Parenthood does."

Well, it turns out Planned Parenthood only dedicates three percent of their total services to abortion, so Kyl's office released a clarification stating that what Kyl said was "not intended to be a factual statement."

On 'The Colbert Report' (weekdays, 11:30PM ET on Comedy Central), Steven Colbert took that mind-bending excuse and ran with it.

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Sara Ramirez Shines, But 'Grey's Anatomy' Musical Gets Mixed Reviews

by Catherine Lawson, posted Apr 1st 2011 8:22AM
Sara Ramirez (Dr. Callie Torres), 'Grey's Anatomy' Musical EpisodeSara Ramirez's performance in last night's musical episode of 'Grey's Anatomy' set the Twitterverse afire. But, while she garnered positive reviews all-round, the much-anticipated episode itself had a more mixed reception.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Ramirez rocketed into the Top 10 trending topics on Twitter as fans immediately Tweeted their reactions to her performance. A typical one reads: "This is gonna be HUGE for Sara Ramirez. She's a freakin superstar!"

However, Twitter lovers were less unanimous in their assessment of the episode as a whole, with opinions ranging from "Major #fail," to "disappointing," via "BEST EPISODE EVER!!!!!!."

Some, coming late to the party, wondered if the whole thing was an early April Fool's prank.

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Nick Kristof Explains How Twitter Is Preventing Atrocities in the Middle East (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Mar 30th 2011 6:10AM
'Piers Morgan Tonight'Tuesday's 'Piers Morgan Tonight' (Weeknights, 9PM ET on CNN) was a special edition about Twitter, in which 'New York Times' columnist and foreign correspondent Nicholas D. Kristof explained how the microblogging network has been keeping dictators in the Middle East in check during the anti-government protests that have been sweeping through the region.

Kristof explained how when he was covering the uprising in Egypt last month, and he saw pro-Mubarak "thugs" out among the protesters, he would immediately tweet "Mubaraks thugs out here holding clubs with nails, better look out."

"You can likewise take a picture of the person, and then Twit Pic it," he continued. "So then there's a photo of that person going out, and it enormously raises the cost of repression for regimes."

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Jon Stewart Launches Parody Twitter Site 'GayObama' (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Feb 25th 2011 6:30AM
GayObama on 'The Daily Show'On 'The Daily Show With Jon Stewart' (Weeknights, 11PM ET on Comedy Central) Jon Stewart was discussing Barack Obama's sudden decision to abandon legal support for the Defense of Marriage Act (which defines marriage only as a union between a man and a woman) when he made an announcement about a new Twitter account he had set up.

"What makes this turnaround especially surprising is that the president's stand against gay marriage has long frustrated gay Obama followers," Stewart said. "By which I mean gay Democrats, not followers of 'GayObama,' my parody Twitter feed, of which there are zero followers -- although I'm guessing after tonight I will have more than zero followers."

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Stephen Colbert Congratulates 50 Cent on Making $8 Million for a Single Tweet (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jan 13th 2011 2:00AM
'The Colbert Report'While New Technology companies are still struggling in many cases to figure out how to make money with the Internet, 50 Cent seems to have it figured out. Reportedly, the rapper made $8 million for simply giving a company a shout-out on his Twitter feed.

He didn't even use all 140 characters, Stephen Colbert pointed out on 'The Colbert Report' (Weeknights, 11:30PM on Comedy Central). "He could have made an extra half mil just by adding ROTFL," added Colbert. "Which in this case would stand for Radically Overstepping The Financial Laws."

The Tweet reads -- we'll be looking for our check in the mail -- as follows: "HNHI is the stock symbol for TVG there launching 15 different products they are no joke get in now." Eight million dollars and he doesn't even have to spell the word "they're" right?

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