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The pope's on Twitter? 10 unlikely tweeters
February 2nd, 2012
05:44 PM ET

The pope's on Twitter? 10 unlikely tweeters

By Doug Gross, CNN

(CNN) - Twitter says it has more than 100 million active users - a pretty impressive chunk of the online population who are, if nothing else, checking in to see what other people are sharing.

With that many folks on the six-year-old microblogging site, Twitter is always good for a few surprises.

Sure, you already know about such famous tweeters as Ashton Kutcher, Lady Gaga and Shaq. But did you expect funnyman Danny DeVito to create a photo series of his foot in interesting places?

And, sure, Democratic political strategist David Axelrod uses the site to share talking points and links. But who would have expected him to post a candid picture of President Barack Obama with "First Dog" Bo, then turn it into a not-so-subtle jab at GOP front-runner Mitt Romney?

And then, there are the Twitterers who surprise you by being there in the first place.

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Filed under: Catholic Church • Pope Benedict XVI • Technology

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  1. Dean Ausley

    Microblogging; it may sound small due to the "micro" word; but I tell you; it's one of the giants on the internet when it comes to traffic, promotion and sales for your blog. You must know which microblogs can give you the best benefit. Without even visiting the web-page, a good Keyword Analyzer will have a module that will tell you whether or not links on the page use "NoFollow" tags. This lets you avoid you from wasting your time on building links from sources where you receive no search engine benefits. It's otherwise known as Follow or No follow.^.."'

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  3. ellie

    This is exactly like the discussion on the article about an old church being turned into a bar. o_O

    February 5, 2012 at 10:13 pm |
  4. Prayer is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer takes people away from actually working on real solutions to their problems.
    Prayer wears out your clothes prematurely.
    Prayer contributes to global warming through excess CO2 emissions.
    Prayer fucks up your knees and your back.
    Prayer can cause heart attacks, especially among the elderly.
    Prayer reveals how stupid you are to the world.
    Prayer exposes your backside to pervert priests.
    Prayer prevents you from getting badly needed exercise.
    Prayer makes you post really stupid shit.
    Prayer makes you hoard cats.
    Prayer makes you crave the smell of kitty litter and leads you on to harder drugs.
    Prayer wastes time.

    February 4, 2012 at 7:56 pm |
  5. Leucadia Bob

    [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oLL0GDv73j0&w=640&h=360]

    February 3, 2012 at 5:31 pm |
  6. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things.

    February 3, 2012 at 11:52 am |
    • Nope

      ~~The statistical studies from the nineteenth century and the three CCU studies on prayer are quite consistent with the fact that humanity is wasting a huge amount of time on a procedure that simply doesn’t work. Nonetheless, faith in prayer is so pervasive and deeply rooted, you can be sure believers will continue to devise future studies in a desperate effort to confirm their beliefs.~~~

      February 3, 2012 at 12:01 pm |
    • Prayer changes things

      Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

      February 3, 2012 at 2:58 pm |
    • Nope

      "Prayer changes things"

      -The statistical studies from the nineteenth century and the three CCU studies on prayer are quite consistent with the fact that humanity is wasting a huge amount of time on a procedure that simply doesn’t work. Nonetheless, faith in prayer is so pervasive and deeply rooted, you can be sure believers will continue to devise future studies in a desperate effort to confirm their beliefs.-

      February 3, 2012 at 3:01 pm |
    • Greg

      "Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things"

      A new study shows that many devout Americans know less about religion than do atheists. To some observers, it suggests a shallowness of faith.

      February 3, 2012 at 4:10 pm |
    • just sayin

      don't study studies studies are useless study God

      February 4, 2012 at 6:50 am |
    • YeahRight

      "don't study studies studies are useless study God"

      Studies are what teaches us about on environment and part of science. What an idiot.

      February 6, 2012 at 8:23 am |
  7. pervert alert

    Why does the pope wear a jew beanie

    February 3, 2012 at 9:23 am |
    • pervert alert

      Why did God allow you life?

      February 3, 2012 at 11:51 am |
  8. Amalia Sheran Sharm

    Dear CNN: Twitter isn't news. Nothing involving Twitter is newsworthy. Stop reporting on Twitter.

    February 3, 2012 at 3:23 am |
  9. Peace2All

    @BUCKY BALL

    Sent you 2 emails, dude. Did you get them...?

    Peace...

    February 3, 2012 at 2:42 am |
    • llɐq ʎʞɔnq

      Peace, I just found them. They were in the "trash"/"junk" folder.
      More from my email. Thanks for the heads-up. 😈

      February 3, 2012 at 4:45 am |
    • Peace2All

      @Bucky Ball

      Got your email. Sent you one back.

      Catch ya' on the flip, brother...

      Peace...

      February 3, 2012 at 3:10 pm |
  10. The Phist

    So, another useless twitter user. Terrific.

    February 2, 2012 at 10:11 pm |
    • Sports Fan

      I don't get it.

      February 3, 2012 at 1:33 am |
    • MissusPowell

      RE: Child molestation, contraception, abortion: UNTIL SUCH TIME AS ALL MALE DNA IS TAKEN AT BIRTH and MEN are equally held resposible for every child born as women still are, I will support abortion in this country and around the world!! Contraception should be an absolute no-brainer and is far more preferred than abortion will ever be. And since this particular article refers to the POPE–until I die I will not ever forgive the hiding and moving of priests who knowingly abused children and to this day ONLY GOD KNOWS all that still goes on!!! NO WOMAN ALONE IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE MANY UNWANTED CHILDREN IN THIS WORLD and NO CHURCH HAS THE RIGHT TO DENY THE RIGHTS WOMEN HAVE DUE TO THE IRRESPONSIBLE BEHAVIOR OF MEN WHO DO NOT TAKE RESPONSIBILITY be whomever they are, including a Pope!

      February 3, 2012 at 1:34 am |
    • Wait A Minute...

      @Miss Contraceptive yes, abortion? I think that's too far. I mean killing unborn children? It just seems colder than cold... I can think of one and only one reason why abortion could even be considered: If the life of the Mother and child are both at risk.

      I mean seriously, adoption is a much more humane answer... I think anyway...

      February 3, 2012 at 1:40 am |
    • A Universe 4 Free....1+(-1) = 0

      false premise -> false conclusion...(fetus is a "child")...it's a "potential" child, it's also a "potential grandma"...("unborn child" is emotional blackmail).

      February 3, 2012 at 1:44 am |
    • Wait A Minute...

      How is a fetus not a child?

      February 3, 2012 at 1:52 am |
    • Wait A Minute...

      You are talking pure semantics (speaking of false logic...) Abortion is a waste of life.

      February 3, 2012 at 1:53 am |
    • A Universe 4 Free....1+(-1) = 0

      define "waste". "talking pure semantics" is a pejorative way of saying "making distinctions is bad". Define "moment of conception".

      February 3, 2012 at 4:49 am |
  11. A Universe 4 Free....1+(-1) = 0

    [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WQhd05ZVYWg&w=640&h=360]

    February 2, 2012 at 9:27 pm |
    • Guest

      Are we witnessing the emergence of an authority on the supernatural?

      February 2, 2012 at 9:45 pm |
    • A Universe 4 Free....1+(-1) = 0

      Nah. Everything is natural. There is no SUPERnatural". Dont need the SUPER.

      February 2, 2012 at 10:24 pm |
    • Superman

      You mean I don't exist?

      February 2, 2012 at 11:30 pm |
    • Sports Fan

      Well, the SUPER bowl is certainly natural. No on e can dispute that.

      February 3, 2012 at 1:54 am |
  12. Pope Tweet

    U like stunyg nu wyte dress ? Gorjus nu altr boy !

    February 2, 2012 at 8:32 pm |
    • Sports Fan

      I do think the pope could make more of a statement if he went with the Yankee pin stripes.

      February 2, 2012 at 8:42 pm |
  13. Sports Fan

    Blake Griffin and Andrew Bynum were voted Thursday to the All-Star game, joining Kobe Bryant and Chris Paul to give the city of Los Angeles four starters. This is amazing!! And it bodes really well for a TRUE L.A. rivalry!

    February 2, 2012 at 8:10 pm |
  14. Common Sense

    Do atheists believe in a supreme (more evolved) race? If so, what race? If you don't then you're either A) not an atheist or B) dont believe in science fully. if its B, then that'd be quite ironic for an atheist lol.

    Don't shy away from answering the difficult question atheists!

    February 2, 2012 at 8:02 pm |
    • Sports Fan

      I think THE supreme race would be the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. Teams race across Alaska. Mushers and a team of 12-16 dogs (of which at least 6 must be on the towline at the finish line) cover over 1,049 miles in 9–15 days from Anchorage to Nome.

      The race begins on the first Saturday in March. The Iditarod began in 1973 as an event to test the best sled dog mushers and teams but evolved into today's highly compet.i.tive race. The current fastest winning time record was set in 2011 by John Baker with a time of 8 days, 19 hours, 46 minutes, and 39 seconds.

      Teams frequently race through blizzards causing whiteout conditions, sub-zero temperatures and gale-force winds which can cause the wind chill to reach −100 °F (−73 °C).

      Can't beat that for a supreme race!

      February 2, 2012 at 8:16 pm |
    • Sue

      Race is not a valid bioligical concept in regard to human beings or animals. So there's your answer, from an atheist and scientist, despite your question begging.

      But perhaps Sports Fan has your answer, and me, well, I'm a middle distance runner.

      February 2, 2012 at 9:35 pm |
    • Walla Walla Ding Dang

      The original poster is very very stupid.

      February 2, 2012 at 9:38 pm |
    • Fallacy Spotting 101

      Root post is a form of the fallacy of Begging the Question and concludes with a thinly veiled form of the ad hominem fallacy.

      http://www.iep.utm.edu/fallacy/

      February 2, 2012 at 9:38 pm |
    • AGuest9

      I'm not sure of your question of a "belief". Due to the age of the universe, there is a likelihood that there exist life forms on other planets that are older than ho.mo sapiens simply due to the age of their planet and its star vs. that of the earth and sun. Conceivably, some of them (due to their age) are more advanced than ho.mo sapiens, with the likelihood that evolutionary biology is roughly similar everywhere.

      February 2, 2012 at 9:45 pm |
    • Doc Vestibule

      @common sense
      Since there is no evidence of a "race" as you postulate, I'd have to remain "alien agnostic", leaning towards "a-alienism" (to coin a phrase).
      Scientology has their book of mythology that includes aliens like Thetans and the Galactic Overlord Xenu. Mormons say that God is an extra–terrestrial enti/ty living on the planey Kolob... so that would mean that there is such as much faith based "evidence" for uber-evolved Aliens as there is for God.
      Heck, the Heaven's Gate people had faith so strong they killed themselves to get closer to Aliens.

      February 3, 2012 at 11:00 am |
    • Doc Vestibule

      @Common Sense
      Perhaps I misinterpreted your query – are you asking if atheists believe in a more evolved human race?
      Ho.mo sapiens can be categorized into three sub-species – caucasoid, neg.roid and mo.ngoloid.
      None are more or less "evolved" than the other – just adapted differently to their respective environments.
      What you seem to be trying to intimate is that 1) All atheists are evolutionists, which isn't necessarily so, and 2) all evolutionists think we should practice eugenics, which is patently false.

      February 3, 2012 at 11:25 am |
    • Urban

      I am considering doing a fall pnatnilg schedule. I actually have a bunch of weeks already worked out, but I haven't figured out how to coordinate it all yet. If I have time, I will be putting it together this fall.

      April 1, 2012 at 5:48 am |
  15. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things

    February 2, 2012 at 6:52 pm |
    • Sports Fan

      It didn't help Scott Norwood, but oh well. I hate Buffalo anyway.

      February 2, 2012 at 7:13 pm |
    • Nope

      The statistical studies from the nineteenth century and the three CCU studies on prayer are quite consistent with the fact that humanity is wasting a huge amount of time on a procedure that simply doesn’t work. Nonetheless, faith in prayer is so pervasive and deeply rooted, you can be sure believers will continue to devise future studies in a desperate effort to confirm their beliefs.~~

      February 2, 2012 at 7:14 pm |
    • just sayin

      Prayer helps everyone, prayer is not the ability to use God as a wish dispenser. Prayer is the act of talking with God . All prayers are answered according to Gods will. Some are answered immediately others are answered with the passage of time. Some prayers take centuries to be answered.

      February 2, 2012 at 7:18 pm |
    • Nope

      "Prayer helps everyone, prayer is not the ability to use God as a wish dispenser. Prayer is the act of talking with God . All prayers are answered according to Gods will. Some are answered immediately others are answered with the passage of time. Some prayers take centuries to be answered."

      Nope, waste of time. The statistical studies from the nineteenth century and the three CCU studies on prayer are quite consistent with the fact that humanity is wasting a huge amount of time on a procedure that simply doesn’t work. Nonetheless, faith in prayer is so pervasive and deeply rooted, you can be sure believers will continue to devise future studies in a desperate effort to confirm their beliefs.

      February 2, 2012 at 7:20 pm |
    • God is Scary and Mean

      Ask Bill Buckner how it worked for him. Poor guy.

      February 2, 2012 at 7:35 pm |
    • Sports Fan

      Prayer didn't help Kyle Williams. San Fransico should be in the Super Bowl Sunday!

      February 2, 2012 at 7:40 pm |
    • just sayin

      God is not a personal wish list provider, most people of prayer know God and try to pray according to Gods will

      February 2, 2012 at 8:55 pm |
    • AGuest9

      So, "god's will" be done, no matter how often, much, or sincerely the faithful pray. This makes it a futile exercise. No wonder people accept the fact that there is no such thing as a god.

      February 2, 2012 at 9:48 pm |
    • The Phist

      just sayin, you need to read your bible, child. It states that with faith anything you ask for, you will receive. There is no stipulation otherwise.

      Ask god for your own castle to keep evil atheists out. Go on, ask it. See what kind of response you get.

      February 2, 2012 at 10:42 pm |
    • captain america

      guest? that is about the most stupid thing any canadian has ever tried to say to US. Who gives a sh it what your opinion is. There's your sign

      February 3, 2012 at 7:46 am |
    • fred

      @captain america

      Wanna play some tummy sticks tonight?

      February 3, 2012 at 8:22 am |
    • captain america

      sorry fred you will have to continue to play with yourself. There's your sign

      February 3, 2012 at 9:34 pm |
  16. Sports Fan

    Yes, Italian Soccer teams often come in first. I am sure the Pope has a favorite. Serie A has produced the highest number of European Cup finalists: Italian clubs have reached the final of the compet.i.tion on a record twenty-six different occasions, winning the t.i.tle twelve times!

    February 2, 2012 at 6:42 pm |
  17. Mr Chihuahua

    first lol!

    February 2, 2012 at 5:48 pm |
    • Sports Fan

      Yes, Italian Soccer teams often come in first. I am sure the Pope has a favorite. Serie A has produced the highest number of European Cup finalists: Italian clubs have reached the final of the compet.i.tion on a record twenty-six different occasions, winning the t.i.tle twelve times! I wish the Galaxy were that good!

      February 2, 2012 at 6:43 pm |
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