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KFC Only Follows 11 People On Twitter But It’s Pure Genius

KFC only follows 11 people on Twitter and at first look, the list is random. Why did the Colonel choose those people. But then you’ll realize that the only accounts it follows are the Spice Girls and six gentlemen named Herb.

The fast food fried chicken restaurant prides itself on its 11 secret herbs and spices.

Well played, KFC….well played!

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Social Media; Who’s Doing It Wrong?

Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Vine, Pinterest – you could go on and on about all the different upstarts that have come to mainstream prominence over the last decade. Social media has literally changed our lives. The way we communicate, start relationships, advertise and consume media have all been modified thanks to our increasing usage of these mediums.

For all of the upshots social media has brought us, it wouldn’t be much fun if we didn’t get to see the occasional meltdown. Whilst seeing the polished output controlled by a press manager might give us an air of infallibility from those in the limelight, when they’re free to take the reins and run riot by themselves it can often lead to some of the more dramatic moments. Reminding us that they’re human helps their public persona more than personality-less tweet about tour dates, single releases, meet and greets or whatever else these celebrities are plugging.

Many pop stars, actors, politicians, sports stars and brands are impeccable with their output. Others, not so much. Some of the best social media fails can be found here but we have rounded up our favorites of all time.

Everybody Loves Beyoncé

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Even your grandma has been known to shake it along to ‘All the Single Ladies’ from time to time. However, when someone held in such high regard for almost everything feels the need to start photoshopping her Instagram pictures, it leaves mere mortals feeling slightly inadequate. The fans were on to her, too!

Charlie Sheen, In General

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The monumental breakdown of Charlie Sheen was enough in itself. You could write articles for days about that one, and how his “winning” was most definitely not winning. The more PG and easier to swallow fail from Charlie came in a much more innocent way, though, as in the burgeoning days of Twitter he managed to tweet out his phone number and was subjected to a barrage of calls as he was out eating dinner. It appears the tweet was supposed to be in private to Justin Bieber. Whether that is “winning” or not will of course be personal preference.

That Time Mary J. Blige’s Argument Fell At The First Hurdle

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Insulting someone’s intelligence can be quite hurtful. Considering “intelligents” isn’t a thing, can somebody really be hurt by that? Mary has never been a woman subjected to much scrutiny for her wisdom. Her voice and music usually do the talking. But when she took umbrage with somebody not taking her seriously in the intellect stakes her fail couldn’t have been more perfect.

Once It’s Out There, It’s Out There

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Once you’ve posted something on social media, you know there’s no turning back. You might delete it after a second but it can haunt you forever. It’s even worse when something takes hold in a way you didn’t want it to. Big names and brands have fallen foul to this.

Australian rapper Iggy Azalea might have been able to get away with nonsensical freestyles when she was playing to three people in a dive bar, but now everyone is connected and they won’t miss a trick. Not only will they not miss it, but they’ll attach a hashtag that sees it go viral in minutes, with everybody chiming in.

Social media is weird and wonderful and long may it stay that way. We could have added hundreds to this list, but feel free to share your favorite celeb fails with us. We could all do with a few more ways to make Facebook, Twitter and Instagram help us be less productive during our work day!

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Sandman Writer Neil Gaiman Taking 6 Month Break On His Social-Media Accounts To Concentrate On Writing

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Author Neil Gaiman will temporarily bid adieu to his millions of followers on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, and Google+ as he takes a break from social media to focus on his upcoming projects.

“I’ll be taking about six months off,” Gaiman told The Guardian, “a sabbatical from social media so I can concentrate on my day job: making things up.” The break starts this month.

In 2013 alone, Gaiman released two best-selling books: “The Ocean at the End of the Lane” (named the National Book Award’s 2013 book of the year), and “Fortunately, the Milk.”

He also published a prequel comic “The Sandman: Overture,” not to mention guest writing episodes for the hit sci-fi TV show “Doctor Who” and his frequent book readings and tours.

It will be interesting to see how much more the prolific writer can accomplish when he’s not regularly tweeting.

“I feel that I’m getting too dependent on phones, on Twitter,” he told The Guardian. “It’s a symbiotic relationship. That instant ability to find things out, to share. I want to see what happens when I take some time off.”

Fans worried they’ll get the shakes from Gaiman withdrawals shouldn’t fret yet. While Gaiman will be absent from his official social-media channels, he still promises to keep everyone updated on his life occasionally through his personal blog at NeilGaiman.com.

“If you are used to hanging out with me on Tumblr or Twitter or Facebook, you are very welcome here,” Gaiman wrote on his blog. “Same me, only with more than 140 characters. It’ll be fun. Or it’ll be like watching someone giving up smoking.”

Reprinted from CNET

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