Campus crushes: New Twitter fad part flattering, part creepy

A couple of the tweets are sweet: A secret admirer says a girl is gorgeous. A girl tells a boy he’s so funny and nice “and definitely boyfriend material.”

But by and large, the material on the new @CofCCrushes twitter account is way too raunchy to repeat here. And it’s all anonymous, except for the targets of the tweets who are either described in detail or named.

Some of the tweets are funny – and seemingly meant to be – and so far no one seems to have taken offense to being a target, no matter how creepy the tweet.

 The College of Charleston account has grown to 900 followers in about a week but it is not the first of its kind, not even in the state of South Carolina where there is already @USCCrushes 5,000+ followers; @ClemsonCrushes 2,800+ followers; and a @WoffordCrushes 260+ followers.

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Dude, local entrepreneur offering coveted Twitter account in exchange for financing

The Dude

What would you give to be The Dude?
How about the @dude?

The @dude

Summerville entrepreneur Billy Gadol has held the @dude account since January of 2007. He’s is offering to give it away in exchange for a $4,999 donation to a project he’s trying to start on Kickstarter, a website that helps people raise money for such things.
Gadol has been playing guitar since he was a little dude and came up with the idea of creating a foot pedal that would allow him to change the sound of his guitar during songs, not in between.
With 11 days to go he’s nearly one-third of his way to his $60,000 goal. He’s offering various prizes commensurate with the donation amount but the big prize is the coveted @dude account.
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That’s a Clowny account, bro: Will the real Clowney Twitter account please stand up

Which of the above Twitter accounts belongs to South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney? None of them. Not even this next one, which has more than 51,000 followers. (Update as of 1/23/13: The account below has been suspended by Twitter.)

It’s actually the one below, as verified by teammate DJ Swearinger.

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Colbert’s Twitter campain for DeMint’s senate seat begins; Haley responds on Facebook

After hours of speculation Thursday, Stephen Colbert took to Twitter and his TV show that night to implore his fans to tweet Gov. Nikki Haley and tell her why she should select Colbert, a Charleston native, to replace U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint.

The social media savvy Colbert instructed fans to use the #SenatorColbert hashtag, which is literally getting dozens of responses every minute. There’s also a website with a Tweet to @NikkiHaley button, but I’m not sure that’s a verified site.

Gov. Haley responded this morning on her Facebook page, her social medium of choice.

Is Colbert “campaigning” on Twitter for DeMint’s senate seat?

The above tweet appeared this morning just hours after U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint announced he was leaving his position, igniting all sorts of gleeful reaction from his South Carolina fans. After all, Colbert rocked Charleston like a Hermain Cain about a year ago and “ran” for president a time or two, if that’s what you call what he does.

So it wouldn’t be a surprise if he started a campaign for U.S. Senate, even though the next senator will have to be appointed by S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley. So, is he or isn’t he?

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Celebrities recognize Charleston on Twitter, Facebook

Even the most famous celebrities recognize Charleston as a great city, so it’s no surprise when they’re recognized while shopping on King Street, frolicking on the beaches or just standing around the airport tarmac.

Celebrity sightings are so common now that we probably shouldn’t get so excited any more but we still do, especially when their Mount Pleasant wedding becomes national news. We just can’t help ourselves from taking out the smart phones and tweeting it.

That’s why I collected some of the best celebrity sightings captured on Facebook and Twitter from the last year or so often by the celebrities themselves.

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A closed-door meeting heard around the world via Twitter

If you weren’t on Twitter tonight, you most likely missed the drama unfold as Goose Creek High’s coach literally begged a state board not to ban the high school football team from the playoffs for having an ineligible player. (It would later uphold the ban.)

The funny thing is, the committee ignored the S.C. Freedom of Information Act and met behind the closed doors and, as far as we know, none of the participants knew a gaggle of reporters were outside the door listening to practically the whole conversation.

And not only were they listening, they tweeted it. Here are some examples (by the way, hats off to The Post and Courier’s Phil Bowman for an excellent job tonight):

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Say hello to my new blog, Charleston

I’m extremely excited.

The Post and Courier just switched to WordPress for all of our blogs, which now includes this one.

This will be similar to my other WordPress blog in that they both discuss social media but this space will also focus on Charleston and the Lowcountry’s social media scene and what we’re doing at The Post and Courier.

Unfortunately, we’re unveiling the new blogs just before the election so I don’t have much time to play around with the new toy. I can tell you we’ve got a lot of cool stuff planned.

I’ll be moderating a live chat tomorrow for the election that you can find at The Post and Courier’s homepage or on Facebook.

You can also use Twitter to let us know what the lines and traffic look like at your polling place by using the #chsvote hashtag. Tweets with that hashtag will go straight to the live chat. I’ll be moderating for roughly 12 hours tomorrow so please come by and at least keep me company for a bit.