Friday Social Round Up: Twitter Post Costs Olympian Her Dream, Facebook First Quarter Figures and $500 Tips

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Twitter joke costs Olympian her dream

You would have thought people would have learned by now that they can’t just say anything on Twitter and not be held accountable for it. Unfortunately, Greek triple jumper Voula Papachristou had not got the memo, and now as a result her Olympic dreams have been ruined.

Earlier on this week she took to Twitter, posting a racist joke which roughly translates as:

 “With so many Africans in Greece…at least the West Nile mosquitoes will eat homemade food!!!”

Papachristou later apologised for the post, saying:

“My dream is connected to the Olympic Games and I could not possibly participate if I did not respect their values. Therefore, I could never believe in discrimination between human beings and races.”

Isisdoros Kouvelous, the head of Greece’s Olympic squad, issued a press release stating that she had been removed from the team. As a result of Papachristou’s social media faux pas, the remaining Greek athletes have now been banned by their Olympic committee from using social media to discuss anything that is not related to the Games until after the event has ended.

Considering she has spent most of her life training for the Games, do you think removing Voula Papachristou from the Olympics was fair or overly harsh?

Facebook first quarter profits

Earlier on this year, Facebook released its highly anticipated IPO. Unfortunately, it didn’t do as well as people thought, with share prices falling 15% in the first week. Mark Zuckerberg was subsequently smacked with a $1.8 billion lawsuit for allegedly deceiving shareholders while bankers Morgan Stanley were subpoenaed by Massachusetts authorities for only sharing accurate growth forecasts with privileged clients.

After initial reports suggested that Facebook were going to report a loss, it has been revealed that their revenue was actually $1.18 billion in the first quarter, beating low estimates. While this means their revenue is up 32%, this also shows a deceleration in profits compared to the first three months of 2012. The deceleration is no doubt down to the fact that Facebook’s mobile advertising is not growing as fast as mobile usage.

As well as announcing Facebook profits, Mark Zuckerberg denied that there were plans to make a Facebook mobile phone.

A dying man’s last wish to leave a $500 tip

Aaron Collins passed away on the 7th of July 2012, just three weeks after turning 30. In his will, he left a very unusual request: he asked that his family leave an awesome tip. His exact request was:

“…leave an awesome tip (and I don’t mean 25%. I mean $500 on a f***ing pizza) for a waiter or waitress.”

Two days after Aaron’s death, his brother, Seth, set up a blog to try and raise the $500 from friends and family. A day later, having raised the $500, they went to Puccini’s in Lexington and tipped the waitress as planned. They filmed the experience and put it on the blog with photos. By this point, they had managed to raise another $500, and expressed their wish to be able to “continue changing the lives of random waiters and waitresses for years.”

After the first video went up, received over $10,000 in 24 hours and the story quickly got picked up by big news companies such as CNN. By the 18th of July, just 11 days after Aaron’s passing, $44,000 had been donated.

Seth and the family have now given out three $500 tips and intend to leave one $500 tip every week until the money runs out.

With over two million views, here is the first $500 tip video, which was uploaded on 11th of July.


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