Now that the dust has settled from the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, snap-happy models and celebrities are back to sharing photos of their daily lives. This week, there was a mix of family bonding and BFF reunions — just see longtime pals Selena Gomez and Demi Lovato's sweet selfie for further proof. Kim Kardashian bared her cleavage while hanging out with not one, but two models this week, and in case you missed it, Miley Cyrus's eyebrows are but a mere memory. Gisele Bündchen spent an afternoon with her baby daughter, Vivian, while Hilary Duff got in on the Movember movement with a fake mustache. Both Emmy Rossum and Drake had their bods on display while working out, Jenny McCarthy didn't let anything come between her and her Giordano's, and Oprah got to kick it with the lads of One Direction — lucky lady!
Welcome to the land of micromessages! Our partners at ReadWrite will get you up to speed on what makes Twitter great, from hashtags to breaking news to poetry.
By Selena Larson
What is Twitter? What seems like a simple question is actually a mystery that's difficult to solve.
Even the founders of Twitter didn’t agree on exactly what it should be. According to Hatching Twitter: A Story of Love, Power, and Betrayal, cofounder Jack Dorsey envisioned a way for people to share their status, while Noah Glass wanted to connect people who felt alone, and Ev Williams decided to make Twitter about “what’s happening.”
It seems they were all correct.
People use Twitter differently. Users who aren’t fully invested in the environment struggle to use the service to its full potential. Casual users passively read a deluge of tweets from time to time, especially during breaking events like the Boston Marathon bombing, but don’t participate in conversations themselves. And hardcore Twitter users tweet daily about whatever sparks an interest.
But as Twitter becomes one of the most popular social media platforms for mobile users, especially early adopters of technology, it still faces a challenge: evangelizing its services to the masses.
All the great ways you can use Twitter after the break.
Time flies when you're having fun, so let's lighten the mood with the funniest tweets of the week! These past seven days, our favorite funny women on Twitter had us giggling over TV show puns, Movember jabs, reasons to stay single, and how pizza is like sex. All this and more await you below. Get your weekly dose of funny now, and don't forget to follow POPSUGARLove on Twitter!
You can't stop love.
My thighs touch because they're still deeply in love.
— Julieanne Smolinski (@BoobsRadley) November 13, 2013
For me it's never a walk of shame. I don't walk. I get in a minivan cab like a lady
— Whitney Cummings (@WhitneyCummings) November 9, 2013
Origin of the term "lovesick." (Made that up.)
There's a reason why mistletoe is poisonous
— Allison Fields (@allisonfields) November 12, 2013
It just makes sense.
Pizza is a lot like sex - when it's good, it's great. And when it's bad, it's still pretty good.
— Heidi Selover (@happilyheidi) November 11, 2013
Stop everything because the PlayStation 4 hits stores today. If you're a gaming fan, you've probably been counting down the days for months. As proof that game-changing launches like this one can make sane people do crazy ridiculous things, we've proudly present 9 folks who just can't control their PS4 fandom. Get ready for some amazingness.
The Guy Who Started His Day With PS4 Pancakes
— Cody Anderson (@aznboy1der) November 15, 2013
The Woman Who
Ruined Painted Her Baby Bump With PS4 Control Signs
When they weren't hitting the catwalk for the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, Angels like Alessandra Ambrosio, Doutzen Kroes, and Candice Swanepoel were still making sure to share their moments of work and play through social media. Alessandra chowed down on steak and french fries as part of her preshow diet plan, while fellow models Gisele Bündchen and Bar Refaeli showed off their enviable bikini bodies on the beach. Lena Dunham partied with a bottle of kombucha while celebrity moms Rachel Zoe, Jessica Alba, and Jaime King all left the kiddies at home for a good cause. Another mom-to-be, Olivia Wilde, sat courtside to watch the LA Lakers, and Drew Barrymore tried out a new lipstick shade from her Flower cosmetics line. Matthew McConaughey suited up for the GQ Men of the Year party, while Emma Roberts got more than she bargained for during a Louisiana swamp tour.
Warning: this story is not for the faint of heart. The Literary Review has released its shortlist for "Britain's most dreaded literary prize:" the Bad Sex Award. The purpose of the annual award, now in its 21st year, "is to draw attention to the crude, badly written, often perfunctory use of redundant passages of sexual description in the modern novel, and to discourage it." Erotica is not included.
In the same way that good people can have bad sex, this award proves that even good books can have bad sex. But from the excerpts the British magazine shared on Twitter, I don't know if even our worst sexual experiences can compare to how cringe-worthy these #badsex examples are. Literary Review tweeted these anonymous, out-of-context excerpts from both this year's crop and historic selections — and they are hilariously bad. Read some of the NSFW snippets now, if you have the stomach for it.
This week in the Twitterverse, our favorite geeks were all over the map. Some paid a visit to Comikaze Expo, while others were waiting up all night to get Loki. In this round of top tweets of the week from geeks we love, see Veronica Belmont, Neil deGrasse Tyson, and more!
The Star Wars Craft Book author Bonnie Burton wields all of the Internet's kitty power with this one sweatshirt.
— Bonnie Burton (@bonniegrrl) November 7, 2013
More geeky micromessages after the break
It was all about mixing work and play for celebs this week, and even while on the job, they still made time to share their fun moments via social media. Jessica Alba and Zach Braff both got visits from little ones on the set, while Jonah Hill got strapped in before doing some stunts for 22 Jump Street. Katie Holmes bundled up from the cold while shooting The Giver in South Africa, and on the set of Modern Family, cast members Eric Stonestreet and Sofia Vergara were joined by special guests Jane Krakowski and . . . baseball player Brian Wilson? Everything was rosy for Gisele Bündchen on a Colcci photo shoot in NYC and Mindy Kaling cozied up to her costar Adam Pally — and whether or not Chord Overstreet was actually peeing, we just hope that's a fake police car that he's standing on.
Turn that frown upside down — it's Friday! Throw caution to the wind, and take a Twitter break with the best tweets of the week. The funniest ladies of Twitter have entertained us these past seven days with their sexual exploits with salad, words of wisdom on oral sex, and musings on Movember and picking up guys at the drugstore. Plus: a surprise threesome and sex slang. Get all the funny below, and don't forget to follow POPSUGARLove on Twitter!
Ain't that the truth.
My type is "guy with girlfriend that's a prettier version of me"
— Allison Fields (@allisonfields) November 5, 2013
Is that considered surprise sex?
told my boyfriend we could have a threesome tonight but SURPRISE it's only cause i'm pregnant
— victoria (@theblowout) November 6, 2013
Close encounters, of the date kind.
Been seeing a new boy recently. I hope other people can see him too, but it's not a deal breaker.
— Megan Ganz (@meganganz) November 7, 2013
Hits a little too close to home.
Hey girl are you a gym 'cause I've never been inside you
— Shira (@shiraselko) November 6, 2013
When Twitter went public yesterday, one unexpected face was on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange to ring in the company's big event: Captain Picard himself, Sir Patrick Stewart. The actor, now performing with Sir Ian McKellen in Waiting For Godot, has seen his popularity skyrocket (not that we didn't already love him) since joining the micromessage site and tweeting pictures of his and his best friend's actorly escapades. Business Insider caught up with Stewart during the IPO frenzy to find out the answer to the question we all wonder when about to tweet: What would Sir Patrick do?
Follow the jump to discover the wise rule our fearless Enterprise leader follows when using Twitter.