What Twitter Taught Us: A Royal Engagement, Tweeted To The World

  • THE TWEET: Smart funny chick on a smart funny chick http://bit.ly/bpXF4h @GiniaBellafante on Fran Lebowitz #FranLebowitzWillNeverReadThis

    WHAT WE LEARNED: Writer Fran Lebowitz is the subject of a Martin Scorscese documentary Public Speaking, and from reading Ginia Bellafante's piece in The New York Times, we are reminded again that Lebowitz is a devout luddite. That means no Twitter, as Carr acknowledges. Trees falling in a forest, no one hearing, etc.

  • THE TWEET: Welcome to my new Twitter page at:

    WHAT WE LEARNED: The philandering former king of the green is finally starting to ease back into the spotlight, with a Twitter account and a self-penned article in Newsweek. He already has 255,000 followers. And now we know that he likes phone interviews because he gets to wear shorts!

  • THE TWEET: The publishing world is LEAKING out-of-context excerpts of my book w/out my permission? Isn't that illegal?MT @

    WHAT WE LEARNED: Sarah Barracuda is not going to put up with Nick Denton's gotcha journalism! After Gawker leaked a few pages from her new book America By Heart, Palin took to her Twitter feed to call out the "illegal" post. Gawker mocked her, but on Saturday a judge sided with the former governor and asked the site to take down the post. Was Sarah pleased? You betcha! (She retweeted that, at least.)

  • THE TWEET: Dearest @: This place raised me. Everything I am is, simply put, your fault.

    WHAT WE LEARNED: The adored essayist flexes her noted wit in a tweet announcing her departure from the publicist position that she maintained even as her non-fiction flew off the shelves. Even if she is rolling in it now, we're happy for her!

  • THE TWEET: Just got to rehearsals for my performance with mr Ye West tomorrow at the Bowery Ballroom 2morr. Dark Fantasy Baby!!!

    WHAT WE LEARNED: Kanye. Bowery Ballroom. Tuesday night. Teyana Taylor--a hitherto non-entity of a performer who was on My Super Sweet Sixteen--let the cat out of the bag about a super secret show in which Kanye West would perform his new album in its glorious entirety. The only downside about playing in a place as intimate as the Bowery Ballroom, however, is that there aren't too many tickets. They sold out in seconds, and New York's music critics were less than pleased.

  • THE TWEET: The Prince of Wales is delighted to announce the engagement of Prince William to Miss Catherine Middleton -

    WHAT WE LEARNED: We learned that Prince William and Kate Middleton are engaged. Swooooon! No but really: the Twitter feed for the Prince's residence was the first to break the news of the couple's impending marriage. That's how these things were announced back in the day, right? Henry VIII had a very active Twitter feed when it came to these things.