Belfast Telegraph

Friday 1 August 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.
Golfer Rory McIIroy and tennis player Caroline Wozniacki
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.
Finance Minister Sammy Wilson (left) and Gerry Adams TD take part in an audience wave while waiting  for US President Barack Obama during his visit to the Waterfront Hall, Belfast ahead of the G8 Summit  in County Fermanagh
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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