5 Social Media News Stories You Need to Read This Week
By Yasmin PierreNov 20
Published January 13th 2020
Social media is a one way to reach out, meet new people, and hear new perspectives.
And Hugo award winner Aiden Moher (@adribbleofink) has been going viral on Twitter for just that.
Tell me a story about yourself the sounds like a lie but is absolutely true.
— Aidan Moher (@adribbleofink) January 4, 2020
The internet delivered.
These are the top ten most shared posts, according to social data observed using Brandwatch Consumer Research, from the original post date up to the time of writing.
Cartoonist and artist Morgan Pielli recalled a Meetup event to watch Black Swan. If that movie’s twist didn’t surprise you, this will…
With 539 retweets, his tale sweeps into 10th place.
I went to a Meetup for people w/ social anxiety to see The Black Swan. When I got there I realized I had no idea who was there from the Meetup. Too shy to ask around, I watched the movie alone. When I checked Meetup that night, it turned out everyone else did the same thing.
— America's🇵🇷Morgan (@MorganPielli) January 7, 2020
Undisputed heavyweight boxing champion of the world and Olympic gold medalist Lennox Lewis proved he’s just like the rest of us with this tale that got 548 retweets:
There was that time I became the undisputed heavyweight boxing champion of the world but my mum still made me clean my hotel suite before checking out. 😉
— Lennox Lewis (@LennoxLewis) January 8, 2020
Dan Orlovsky was an NFL quarterback for 12 years before becoming a football analyst for ESPN.
Recalling his glory days, he couldn’t help but mention some bad luck which the team just couldn’t shake, scoring the number 8 spot on our list with 549 retweets.
I once, not purposefully, ran out of my own end zone in an NFL football game, which awarded our opponent 2 points. We lost that very game by those 2 points and went on to lose every single game we played in that season
— Dan Orlovsky (@danorlovsky7) January 9, 2020
Dogs aren’t just cuties, they’ve been said to have a “sixth sense for the unnatural.” It’s a sense that writer Morrigan Grey wishes she’d listened to, tweeting this spooky tale. Her story hits number 7 with 576 retweets.
Two summers ago, I went on a Very Strange Hike ™️. Very remote. I got weird vibes as soon as I got out of the car and my dog did NOT want to be there. Almost immediately, I came across the first bone altar. There were a lot more, spaced over a mile, made of bones, rocks, and 1/ pic.twitter.com/iJZRe24Iey
— M. Morrigan Grey (@MMorrigan_Grey) January 8, 2020
Jimmy Dabs shared a modern day love story which should be the real How I Met Your Mother, as far as I’m concerned! With 614 retweets, this bags the 6th spot.
Went to Hong Kong in 08 and a prostitute stole my wallet as I slept. Went back to HK in 2011 and saw her on the street she took me to her pad and gave me my wallet back. Weve been married 6 years.
— Jimmy Dabs (@JimmyBernabeu) January 9, 2020
For perspective, Hong Kong has around 7.3 million permanent residents – wild!
@Freeloosedirt shared this charming tale about a cycle with his daughter, scooping up 674 retweets.
I’m taking this as proof that we should all stay indoors next Friday 13.
I was riding bikes with my daughter on Fri The 13th, & a black cat scurried across the bike path in front of us. My daughter said something about bad luck, and I began to tell her that it was only superstition when a bee flew into my mouth and stung me on the back of my throat.
— Fred. (@freeloosedirt) January 7, 2020
Wil Donnelly shared this rather political anecdote, getting 731 retweets and hitting the 4th spot on our list.
I saw a daddy-made millionaire who bankrupted multiple casinos, ran a fake university, stole from charity, engaged in money laundering, bank & insurance fraud and tax evasion, who bragged about grabbing women by the pussy & made fun of the disabled, become the occupant of the WH.
— Facts Do Matter (@WilDonnelly) January 9, 2020
@Michael_clj threw this wild story into the ring, and got over a thousand retweets in response.
Took our friend from Italy to the Indiana State Fair, he got hit by a golf cart, the guy driving got out and realized my friend was fine and couldn’t speak English, got back in the golf cart and drove away. The guy driving was the then-governor Mike Pence.
— Michael CL Johnson (@michael_clj) January 7, 2020
It’s not often that a Twitter thread can make you laugh out loud and wipe a tear from your eye in just a few tweets, but the stories on this list can do both.
The following tweet saw 1.5k retweets.
3 years ago I won $30,000 at the casino the day I was planning to kill myself
— ✋🏼 𝚍𝚊𝚍𝚍𝚢 𝚌𝚑𝚒𝚕𝚕 (@flesh_harvester) January 7, 2020
We all wish this tweeter all the best. If you find yourself in the same spot, Samaritans want to listen. In the US it’s 1 (800) 273-TALK or if you’re in the UK it’s 116 123. Or click for a link to talk in a way which suits you.
This story from Jolie Blonde is hard to wrap your head around. And I think the first part is something we could all relate to at one point in our childhood. But this isn’t normal bickering. And her thread is worth finishing.
Growing up I never liked my Mother. We fought viciously. At 6yrs old I wud scream "How r we related? I'm nothing like u! I want 2b w my real parents, in my real house, w my boat & my dog!" 😁 My "real house" was fancy btw lol!
— Jolie Blonde (@JolieBlondeLA) January 7, 2020
The start of her story has 3,708 retweets, taking the top spot. And she now has a GoFundMe to fund a screenplay on her experience.