The Observer couldn’t resist. We already have Rachel Figueroa-Levin’s email, she of the brilliant El Bloombito Twitter feed. Since the mayor took the time out of his busy day to remark on her schtick, we thought we’d see what she had to say to him on the subject. Predictably, it was pretty funny. Read More
Meet Rachel Figueroa-Levin, the Soap-Making, Jewryican Stay-at-Home Mom Behind Twitter’s ElBloombito
A few thousand people on Twitter can’t be wrong: The best thing about Hurricane Irene was the appearance among them of @ElBloombito, a sardonic, Spanglish-speaking caricature of Mayor Michael Bloomberg and his earnest attempts at becoming fluent in Spanish. (This is actually a typical occurrence at pretty much every press conference, but how many people watch mayoral press conferences on a regular basis?)
The Observer reached out to Rachel Figueroa-Levin, the 25-year-old native New Yorker behind the Twitter feed—she put her main feed in El Bloombito’s bio, never expecting either would become viral smashes—to find out who she was where she got this crazy idea.
Like most things on Twitter, it started out as a joke. In an email, she told us, “I live in Inwood with my husband and nine-and-a-half-month-old daughter. I’m a stay-at-home mom and soap maker. We are in the process of buying a co-op in Inwood. (We close early September!) Soap making started as a hobby and turned into a mini business.” What follows is an interview conducted this evening on GChat. (What, you thought we would do a phone interview with an Internet star?) Read More
The teenager who was briefly the only person Kanye West followed on Twitter has given an interview to the Guardian after months of silence.
Steve Holmes was one of many fans West exchanged tweets with after joining Twitter over the summer. The decision to make the kid his only followee appeared to be spontenous Read More
The New York Post has an incredible story about restaurants keeping tabs on their guests–with the Internet.
Upscale eateries used to keep track of guest habits, dietary restrictions and tipping habits in a notebook, but now the waiters and maitre d’s take detailed notes using Open Table. They’ll remember your birthday. They’ll track how Read More
It’s the holidays! Time to ditch work and share a little QT with your loved ones. And guess what sharing leads to? Oversharing.
While you may not be seeing as many tweets about needing morning coffee, your friends are probably posting copious photos of dogs in Santa hats as you read this.
Which is why Read More
Twitter has raised $200 million from a group of VC firms including New York’s Union Square Ventures, Kara Swisher is reporting:
Twitter has completed its latest round of funding-$200 million at a $3.7 billion valuation-with Kleiner Perkins as the lead investor, according to sources familiar with the situation.
Kleiner Perkin, the only new Read More
Stephen Colbert beat out Justin Bieber, Lil Wayne, @alqaeda and @ShitMyDadSays for the most-retweeted tweet of the year:
In honor of oil-soaked birds, ‘tweets’ are now ‘gurgles.’ http://bit.ly/cIhZNf
The link goes to Comedy Central’s “Address the Mess” series.
Colbert’s tweet got over 44,000 retweets. Twitter co-founder Biz Stone presented the award Read More