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Monday 29 December 2014

Who was our Twitter twit of 2013?

Nadine Coyle
@NadineCoyleNow The worst shoot-in-the-foot tweet must go to Nadine Coyle of Girls Aloud who blamed Cheryl Cole for the band’s split to loyal fans on Twitter — just after they had completed a sell-out month-long tour last March that saw them patch up long-strained relations.
While the reunion tour was always meant to have been a one-off, the Londonderry woman tweeted to her fans: “You should know by now I had no part in any of this split business,” after the band made an announcement on their official Twitter feed, suggesting the honeymoon period was well and truly over.
@CaroWozniacki
We got to see our golfing hero Rory McIlroy in a less than flattering pose thanks to this girlfriend, Caroline Wozniacki, after she posted a snap of him.
In October, the Danish tennis pro took the photo of her sleeping boyfriend, complete with mouth open and still wearing his glasses, and wrote “Jetlag? Lol!”.
The unflattering picture, dubbed “mean” by Serena Williams, was widely reported to have caused Rory to call time on the relationship. However, the pair are now engaged." >
@CaroWozniacki
We got to see our golfing hero Rory McIlroy in a less than flattering pose thanks to this girlfriend, Caroline Wozniacki, after she posted a snap of him.
In October, the Danish tennis pro took the photo of her sleeping boyfriend, complete with mouth open and still wearing his glasses, and wrote “Jetlag? Lol!”.
The unflattering picture, dubbed “mean” by Serena Williams, was widely reported to have caused Rory to call time on the relationship. However, the pair are now engaged.
@McIlroyRory
Unlike Caroline, Rory ‘stand by your man’ McIlroy showed his angry side when he came to the defence of his caddy JP Fitzgerald in July.
Golf commentator Jay Townsend took one-too-many swipes at McIlroy’s management and he snapped back, saying: “@JayATownsend
shut up ... You’re a commentator and a failed golfer, your opinion means nothing!” And when Townsend tweeted back that he stood by his comments, McIlroy rather childlessly tweeted back: “Well, I stand by my caddie.”" >
@McIlroyRory
Unlike Caroline, Rory ‘stand by your man’ McIlroy showed his angry side when he came to the defence of his caddy JP Fitzgerald in July.
Golf commentator Jay Townsend took one-too-many swipes at McIlroy’s management and he snapped back, saying: “@JayATownsend
shut up ... You’re a commentator and a failed golfer, your opinion means nothing!” And when Townsend tweeted back that he stood by his comments, McIlroy rather childlessly tweeted back: “Well, I stand by my caddie.”
@ShaneDuffy34
The Northern Ireland-born footballer, who opted to play for the Republic’s international team, had to apologise to his 48,000 followers after he appeared to reply to and retweet a message from a fan saying “Up the Ra!”, after uploading a photograph of a pint of Guinness to celebrate St Patrick's Day.
However, Duffy insisted that someone took his phone and retweeted the message without his knowledge. He posted a series of updates apologising for the message." >
@ShaneDuffy34
The Northern Ireland-born footballer, who opted to play for the Republic’s international team, had to apologise to his 48,000 followers after he appeared to reply to and retweet a message from a fan saying “Up the Ra!”, after uploading a photograph of a pint of Guinness to celebrate St Patrick's Day.
However, Duffy insisted that someone took his phone and retweeted the message without his knowledge. He posted a series of updates apologising for the message.
@GerryKellyMLA
“Happy 30th anniversary of the Great Escape 1983 from Long Kesh H Blocks to all those involved.”
The Sinn Fein MLA caused fury after taking to Twitter to post a “happy anniversary” message about his role in the Maze Prison escape in which one man died.
Mr Kelly shot prison officer John Adams in the head when he tried to raise the alarm during the escape. Despite his injuries, the officer survived.
The tweet was described as disgraceful, shameful and sickening." >
@GerryKellyMLA
“Happy 30th anniversary of the Great Escape 1983 from Long Kesh H Blocks to all those involved.”
The Sinn Fein MLA caused fury after taking to Twitter to post a “happy anniversary” message about his role in the Maze Prison escape in which one man died.
Mr Kelly shot prison officer John Adams in the head when he tried to raise the alarm during the escape. Despite his injuries, the officer survived.
The tweet was described as disgraceful, shameful and sickening.
@CiarnanHelferty
“When one door closes, another one opens. Jeeze... I hate this OCD.”
Ciarnan Helferty resigned as chair of human rights organisation Amnesty after he posted a string of tweets making fun of mental illness. The 26-year-old Belfast man was chair of Amnesty’s board of directors.
In recent months he used his Twitter account to post jibes about people with schizophrenia and obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD).
Dozens of complaints were made by members of the public, who said the jokes were “unacceptable”.
Mr Helferty later apologised “unreservedly” for his remarks." >
@CiarnanHelferty
“When one door closes, another one opens. Jeeze... I hate this OCD.”
Ciarnan Helferty resigned as chair of human rights organisation Amnesty after he posted a string of tweets making fun of mental illness. The 26-year-old Belfast man was chair of Amnesty’s board of directors.
In recent months he used his Twitter account to post jibes about people with schizophrenia and obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD).
Dozens of complaints were made by members of the public, who said the jokes were “unacceptable”.
Mr Helferty later apologised “unreservedly” for his remarks.
@JamieBrysonCPNI
While most were expressing their disappointment at the failure of the Haass Talks, this prominent flags protester hailed it as a victory for loyalism, tweeting a picture of himself with a cigar: “Appeasement bus grinds to a halt — we claim the victory... so we do!”
Mr Bryson used his Twitter account to garner support against agreement by tweeting claims that the poppy was going to be made a contentious emblem, and criticising mainstream unionists throughout the intense negotiations." >
@JamieBrysonCPNI
While most were expressing their disappointment at the failure of the Haass Talks, this prominent flags protester hailed it as a victory for loyalism, tweeting a picture of himself with a cigar: “Appeasement bus grinds to a halt — we claim the victory... so we do!”
Mr Bryson used his Twitter account to garner support against agreement by tweeting claims that the poppy was going to be made a contentious emblem, and criticising mainstream unionists throughout the intense negotiations.
@ColinMurray
The Talksport presenter sparked outrage on Twitter when he attempted to justify his on-air remarks that the ultimate athlete would have “the stamina of Mo, the speed of Bolt, the leap of Rutherford and the bottom of Jess Ennis”.
There was a furious backlash on Twitter querying why the athletic prowess of Ennis was not mentioned.
Mr Murray attempted to defuse the situation by tweeting: “Hey guys, I said she was the ‘greatest all-round athlete in the world’.”" >
@ColinMurray
The Talksport presenter sparked outrage on Twitter when he attempted to justify his on-air remarks that the ultimate athlete would have “the stamina of Mo, the speed of Bolt, the leap of Rutherford and the bottom of Jess Ennis”.
There was a furious backlash on Twitter querying why the athletic prowess of Ennis was not mentioned.
Mr Murray attempted to defuse the situation by tweeting: “Hey guys, I said she was the ‘greatest all-round athlete in the world’.”
@PhilFlanagan
The Fermanagh MLA was forced to apologise in July after retweeting a joke about the Royal baby.
Mr Flanagan retweeted a vulgar joke about Prince George by Co Tyrone comedian Terry McHugh to the outrage of TUV leader Jim Allister.
He later apologised for his “split second error of judgment”, saying he had “misconstrued the meaning”.
Previously Ulster Unionist MLA Tom Elliott said he was considering reporting Mr Flanagan to the the Standards and Privileges Committee at Stormont for referring to him as a ‘clampit’ on Twitter." >
@PhilFlanagan
The Fermanagh MLA was forced to apologise in July after retweeting a joke about the Royal baby.
Mr Flanagan retweeted a vulgar joke about Prince George by Co Tyrone comedian Terry McHugh to the outrage of TUV leader Jim Allister.
He later apologised for his “split second error of judgment”, saying he had “misconstrued the meaning”.
Previously Ulster Unionist MLA Tom Elliott said he was considering reporting Mr Flanagan to the the Standards and Privileges Committee at Stormont for referring to him as a ‘clampit’ on Twitter.
@GerryAdamsSF
The Sinn Fein leader’s Twitter account has been a source of bemusement to many this year with consistently bizarre tweets featuring his teddy bear Ted, a gargoyle at Stormont Castle he named Andy and most recently the rubber duck he received for Christmas.
However, some of the strangest tweets came just last week when he tweeted a picture of a birthday cake he had baked for Peter Robinson and gave his own unique take on the Haass Talks.
“Are we there yet? Are we there yet? Are we there yet?” he asked as they rumbled on.
 Followers have also been raising eyebrows for his frequent references to his favourite rubber duck and two teddy bears named Tom and Ted.
“Nearly slept in. Luckily Tom & Ted awakened me... Bilateral later with Haaas team. A nice morning. Come day. Go day!” he said.
And then there was: “Fish Suppers after plenary. For Cod & Ulster!”" >
@GerryAdamsSF
The Sinn Fein leader’s Twitter account has been a source of bemusement to many this year with consistently bizarre tweets featuring his teddy bear Ted, a gargoyle at Stormont Castle he named Andy and most recently the rubber duck he received for Christmas.
However, some of the strangest tweets came just last week when he tweeted a picture of a birthday cake he had baked for Peter Robinson and gave his own unique take on the Haass Talks.
“Are we there yet? Are we there yet? Are we there yet?” he asked as they rumbled on.
 Followers have also been raising eyebrows for his frequent references to his favourite rubber duck and two teddy bears named Tom and Ted.
“Nearly slept in. Luckily Tom & Ted awakened me... Bilateral later with Haaas team. A nice morning. Come day. Go day!” he said.
And then there was: “Fish Suppers after plenary. For Cod & Ulster!”

Twitter can bring out the fool in avid users.

We look back at how some of our famous Tweeters raised eyebrows in 2013 in 140 characters or less.

 

*Additional reporting by Adrian Rutherford and Rebecca Black

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