Social Media Matters: Calgary mayor grilled over insensitive tweet

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By Brian Cormier
Moncton Times & Transcript
Friday, Nov. 11, 2011
Metro section

(The following is an excerpt of the column that ran this week.)

Calgary mayor apologizes for tweet

Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi has apologized for a comment he made on Twitter recently during a debate with a critic. According to an article by Dawn Walton published in The Globe and Mail on Nov. 7, Nenshi suggested the critic was “off your meds” during a debate about the Occupy Calgary movement.

Some mental health workers criticized the mayor for being insensitive to the plight of those dealing with mental health issues.

Changing your Twitter username

Changing your Twitter username is pretty easy. Just go into your settings and type in the new name you want to use. If it’s available, your username can be changed. It’s best to send a message automatically to your followers, though, advising them of the change.

Does someone have the Twitter username you want?

Kirk Morrison - Photo courtesy of Buffalo BillsThen do what NFL linebacker Kirk Morrison did – throw in some incentives! We all know you can’t claim an online username if you don’t own the legal rights to the name, but what if you have the same name as a celebrity or other well-known figure?

After all, if you happen to have the same name as a celebrity, you have the same legal rights to the name as they do, right? That was the dilemma faced by Buffalo Bills linebacker Kirk Morrison who previously used the username @kirkmorrison55, with the “55” representing the jersey number of the team he played for last year.

Unfortunately, according to an article by Craig Slater of Postmedia News and published in the Montreal Gazette on Nov. 8, Morrison’s new jersey number in Buffalo would be 58, so @kirkmorrison55 wouldn’t make much sense. After deciding to change his name to simply @kirkmorrison, he found out he was unable to do so because another Kirk Morrison was using it – a Kirk Morrison living in Regina, Sask.

So the NFL Kirk Morrison got in touch with the Regina Kirk Morrison and offered him some incentives for the privilege of obtaining the rights to simply @kirkmorrison, namely a trip to a Buffalo Bills game against the New York Jets for “Regina Kirk” and his brother Kent – among other goodies. After the VIP treatment – which according to the article was a great experience for “Regina Kirk” and his brother – the “NFL Kirk” now has the use of @kirkmorrison and everyone is more than happy.

This week’s featured YouTube channels

Each week, I feature three YouTube channels that you may want to check out. With Christmas coming at us full tilt – especially starting tomorrow after Remembrance Day is over – I thought I’d provide a list of a few holiday-related channels for your enjoyment. All statistics are current as of November 8, 2011.

XmasFLIX (number of subscribers not given): Simply put, this is one of the most charming and addictive YouTube channels I’ve come across, especially if you’re a fan of retro Christmas videos and can remember the vintage holiday film and music it hosts. The channel features hard-to-find cartoons, songs, television shows and even a few commercials. Due to the age of some of the material – much of it is quite old – some of it is considered to be politically incorrect by today’s standards, so be warned. (It is recognized and branded as such by the channel creator.) The channel has companion Facebook pages at and and can be found on Twitter using @XmasFlix. (Most popular video: “Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer (1944/1948) Christmas Cartoon Classic by Max Fleischer” – 264,480 views.)

Christmas (1,928 subscribers): This U.K.-based channel has more than 150 Yuletide-related videos in its archive, including Christmas-related recipe demonstrations that ran on various television shows and other special features. (Most popular video: “Mr Bean – Nativity Scene” – 500,700 views.)

* The Christmas Hits (448 subscribers): This channel is based in Singapore and features mostly traditional Christmas songs put to nice images. The most popular video, however, is an old-school cartoon featuring Tom and Jerry. (Most popular video: “Funny! TOM and JERRY -“Christmas Eve/ Night before X-mas” (Best Old English Cartoons Movies Films)” – 1,335,907 views.)

One Response to Social Media Matters: Calgary mayor grilled over insensitive tweet

  1. Thanks for these links, Brian.
    Can’t wait to dig into them. But will hold off for a little bit more as I don’t want to have a holiday melt down right before Christmas – it’s all in the timing ;-)