May 4, 2009

Featured TwitPic: West Coast of Ireland

"Inis Óirr, Aran Islands, Co. Galway. Spent 3weeks here learning Irish as it is a Gaeltacht region(they only speak irish). Time of my life :)" (Posted by @leanneEve91, of Ennis, Co. Clare, Ireland, May 4, 2009)


Swine flu shows signs of slowing in Mexico

Per BBC, Mexico City plans to reopen restaurants and cafes on Wednesday - and libraries, museums and churches a day later - as cases of the swine flu influenza outbreak have been dropping, according to health officials.

Mexican Twitterers are interpreting this news differently:

  1. Marco Alberto
    MarcoAlberto (Mexico City, Mexico) Ojalá la influenza se lleve a las almas malas de este país!! (Hopefully, the flu is done carrying to the souls of this poor country!)
  2. Ana Cristina Mo.
    AnaCristinaMo (Guadalajara, Mexico) ¿Se acuerdan de aquellos tiempos cuando todos teníamos pánico de la influenza? (Remember those days when we all had the flu panic?)
  3. Jesus TERRAZAS
    JesusT (Mexico City, Mexico) influenza, regresame mi ciudad, ya quiero ir a comer como dios manda!!!!! (Influenza, regresses my city, I go to eat as a god send !!!!!)
  4. Victor Pacheco
    victorpv (Puerta Vallarta, Mexico) Siempre dije, que eso de la influenza solo era propaganda politica... Por eso, Yo Tambien Anulare Mi Voto... (Always said, that the influenza was only propaganda political ... So, I ring my vote)
  5. Jorge A. Salgado
    jorgehero (Mexico City, Mexico) Influenza: "Bueno, pues gracias por participar, regresan a clases el jueves". (Influenza: "Well, thanks for participating, return with classes on Thursday")

Some added that they are sick of hearing news about the flu.

  1. Ady Z
    Staurofila (Tlalnepantla, Mexico) Cada día soy mas adicta a las noticias, ya estoy trabajando; esto de la influenza tiene que acabar!!! Nos estamos volviendo locos!!! (Every day I am more addicted to the news, I'm working, that the influenza has to stop! We are becoming crazy!)
  2. Sastun
    aceram (Mexico City, Mexico) @Ruleiro en mi humilde opinion yo creo que ya contamos con la info suficiente para lo de la influenza. Gracias (o ya chole, no?) (@Ruleiro in my humble opinion I think that we already have enough for the info about the flu. Thanks (or Chol, no?)

Despite the news, many Twitter accounts continue to distribute information on swine flu and how to combat it.

  1. El Universal
    El_Universal_Mx (Mexico City, Mexico) Aquí una expliación general del Sistema de Alerta Sanitaria del DF. #influenza #h1n1 (Here a general explanation of the Alert System Sanitary City)
  2. RunMX2
    RunMX2 (Mexico City, Mexico) De acuerdo a la UNAM se puede hacer ejercicio al aire libre, solo mantenerse alejados de otras personas #influenza (According to UNAM exercise can be done outdoors, just stay away from other people)
  3. el_economista
    el_economista (Mexico City, Mexico) Tips para vivir con la influenza en cines, teatros y auditorios: Las reuniones colectivas son difíciles de evita.. (Tips for living with influenza in cinemas, theaters and auditoriums: The group meetings are difficult to avoid)


Nepal Prime Minister Prachanda resigns

Per Thaindian News, Nepal Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal Prachanda has resigned, just hours after sacking the nation's army chief Rookmangud Katawal. Prachanda was the nation's first Maoist PM and made the announcement on national television.

@bopsource was the first to report the news, and she followed up her initial tweet with more context from Nepal:

  1. Jenara
    bopsource (Kathmandu, Nepal) Breaking news: Nepal's Maoist Prime Minister Prachanda just announced resignation
  2. Jenara
    bopsource (Kathmandu, Nepal) #nepalcrisis Prachanda has resigned. Shouting in the streets

Other Twitterers in Nepal were quick to tweet about the news:

  1. Sarad Thapa
    saradthapa (Patan, Nepal) Nepal PM just quits the government. Prachanda is no more PM. New coalition government is forming up. hope for the best.
  2. Sudip Raj Neupane
    RajSudip (Nepal) PRACHANDA QUITS- ego Problem in Nepal's Politics
  3. Freddie Benjamin
    freddie_b (Kathmandu, Nepal) Damn right! that was ego. RT @RajSudip: PRACHANDA QUITS- ego Problem in Nepal's Politics #nepalcrisis
  4. Nepal sites
    nepalsites (Kathmandu, Nepal) Prachanda steps down as prime minister of Nepal. ok. who's next on the hot seat?


Twitter buzzing about Star Wars Day

Some Twitterers are waking up this morning to an unusual top trend: "Happy Star Wars Day."

Between 5 a.m. and 10 a.m. local time in London, there were more than 1,500 "Star Wars" tweets. Most came from early-risers in Europe, but others were tweeting as well.

Some were confused, but quickly caught on to the significance of May 4 being Star Wars Day, thanks to Twitter:

  1. Gary M. Sarli
    gmsarli (Denton, Texas) Happy Star Wars Day! (Why today, you ask? "May the 4th be with you!" Nyuk nyuk nyuk!)
  2. Brighton
    brightondoll (U.S.A.) And so it was... awake at 4 am giggling over how I just now got the whole "Happy Star Wars Day - May the 4th be with you" Nerdy & I like it!
  3. Lella Pelaou
    lelro (England) oh oh? star wars day? EPIC. happy star wars day, meng
  4. Nati Thoren
    KingTutsWWH (Leeds, U.K.) Happy Star Wars Day to one and all, especially to my geeky other half. Might be celebrating with a little lightsaber combat later on...hehe
  5. Helen Huckstadt
    Hux333 (Australia) Apparently it's Star Wars day, so for all my fellow nerds, Happy Star Wars day!!! (Why do i even bother?!?)
  6. Fanny
    LolaLalau (Shanghai, China) Who knew today is Star Wars Day? May the 4th be with you...