Making sense of the good, bad and often strange trending topics online
Al Qaeda swam into our collective consciousness once again, after the organisation claimed to have kidnapped a 70-year-old American aid worker in Pakistan. Apart from a great many tweets expressing anger though, were some that saw things a little differently.
Edmarcopolo, for instance, commented: 'American homes destroyed by Al Qaeda last year = 0. Destroyed by banks = 1,200,000.
Who are the real terrorists?' Lois Weiss asked: 'How can you "like" a story about a 70-year-old being kidnapped by Al Qaeda? Social media needs a "hate this is happening" button.' Also, this, from Matt Bowman: 'Grandparents on Twitter pose a larger threat than Al Qaeda.'
The original item Silk Smitha, ill-starred siren of the South Indian film industry, clogged timelines in the wake of the Vidya Balan film reportedly based on her life.
A certain Mayur wasn't happy: 'Did Silk Smitha really deserve a biopic? That too in Bollywood? What were her achievements anyway? The Dirty Picture is an excuse to titillate viewers.'
Sameer Mathad agreed: 'One thing that's puzzling me is how Indian filmmakers didn't find any interesting personality to make a biopic on.'
A certain Ramkamal Mukherjee was pleased though: 'Thank god unlike other actresses, Vidya didn't refuse to do this role.'
What women want The confusing things girls do this, for some strange reason, became a topic of discussion for a while. Among the more amusing examples shared: 'Running right back to the same man who continuously hurts her', 'using a handbag with no compartments and putting 136 items into it', 'cutting their hair and putting in extensions a week later' and 'seeing and liking the yellow one, picking out the red one, trying the black one, then buying the green one.'
The last word From filmmaker Rajat Kapoor: 'Oh my God, white people love us. White people love Bollywood! We are blessed! We have arrived! Oh please...'
Lindsay Pereira is Editor, MiD DAY Online (twitter.com/lindsaypereira)