Every week we capture and share the incredible moments that could happen #OnlyOnTwitter. This week was all about new people joining: country music legend Merle Haggard sent his first Tweet, Mitt Romney’s wife Ann joined to refute a detractor, and everyone’s favorite Golden Girl Betty White joined and then pranked a co-star. But that’s not all! Twitter saved a kidnapped man, transported us to Grateful Dead concerts in 1972 and gave us hints of how to find Easter eggs from Ryan Gosling*! So many great moments on Twitter this week.
* — We promise we won’t do another Ryan Gosling story next week. Maybe. If you see another good one, share it using the hashtag #OnlyOnTwitter!
Betty White joins Twitter…maybe
Betty White said she’d never join Twitter and “Hot in Cleveland” co-star Valerie Bertinelli believed her…a little too much.
Hello Twitter!And they said it would never happen.Oh wait, that was me.
— Betty White (@BettyMWhite) April 10, 2012
I think @BettyMWhite pranked me but good! #blushing
— Valerie Bertinelli (@Wolfiesmom) April 11, 2012
Twitter saves kidnapped South African man from his trunk
When robbers carjacked a man and put him in his trunk in Johannesburg, they forgot to check for his mobile phone. He used it to text his girlfriend about his predicament. She immediately asked Twitter to help track him down. (h/t Ars Technica)
Be on the look for DSS041GP my boyufriend has just been hijacked and is in the boot please RT
— Lynn Peters (@onebadvillynn) April 7, 2012
Ann Romney joins Twitter
After CNN Commentator Hilary Rosen criticized Ann Romney on Twitter, the presidential candidate’s wife joined Twitter to rebut her.
I made a choice to stay home and raise five boys. Believe me, it was hard work.
— Ann Romney (@AnnDRomney) April 12, 2012
Bubba Watson wins the Masters
In the final round of the 2012 Masters, Bubba Watson found himself in a playoff with Louis Oosthuizen. With an incredible shot from deep in the woods, Watson earned the fabled green jacket and took to Twitter to share his inspiration.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
— bubba watson (@bubbawatson) April 8, 2012
After winning the Masters, Watson’s followers grew by more than a third in just one day.
Merle Haggard sends his first Tweet
The country music legend sent his first Tweet this week and quickly followed it up with offering to give fellow musicians Miranda Lambert and Jake Owen a few “lessons”.
Hello Twitter. #FirstTweet
— Merle Haggard (@merlehaggard) April 10, 2012
A very Gosling Easter in New York
A Twitter account called @GoslingEaster spent Easter Sunday tweeting hints to find special plastic eggs purported to be from Ryan Gosling himself. Whether they were or not, they included his picture and a sweet Easter note!
dear @GoslingEaster ~found the egg! so, where’s @ryangosling ? :-) ps, this is HILARIOUS & fun! #happyeaster twitter.com/leighleighsf/s…
— Leigh Ferreira (@leighleighsf) April 8, 2012
The Dead in ‘72
WMFU DJ Jesse Jarnow is tweeting highlights of every Grateful Dead show from 4/69 through 8/75. He started three years ago.
europe ‘72 mood so fleeting & special. mega-improv, ecstatic & clean 1-drummer arrangements. i’m ready. #deadfreaksunite [3/3]
— jesse jarnow (@bourgwick) April 7, 2012
Rick Santorum drops out of the race
Despite winning a handful of state Republican primaries, the GOP candidate ended his run for the presidency.
I have suspended my campaign for President but will not stop fighting for our country. Please read: ht.ly/ac047
— Rick Santorum (@RickSantorum) April 11, 2012