People oversharing on social media is often unexciting and common, but taking to Twitter to narrate personal events while they're happening seems to be the real-life version of a soap opera. We used to tune in for the latest episode, now we anxiously wait for the next tweet!
1The Woman Who Live-Tweeted About a Crash Only to Learn It Killed Her Husband
In December 2013, a 47-year-old man was killed in a collision on Interstate 205 near Vancouver, WA. The man's wife, who follows scanner traffic with her Twitter account, happened to be live tweeting about the crash just as she learned that her husband was the one who died.
According to police, Craig Johnson died when his Honda collided with a Toyota pickup.
His wife started sending out messages like, “I'm trying not to panic, but my husband left work early and he drives 205 to get home. He's not answering his phone.”
She sent a direct message to Washington State Patrol Trooper Will Finn, asking for descriptions of the vehicles involved. Finn decided right then not to send out any photos of the scene. He said he didn't want her to find out on Twitter what two investigators were about to tell her in person.
She then posted another message, saying: "I just called 911 and they transferred me after I gave them his license number and told me that they will call me back." Then, within an hour, she had tweeted: "It's him. He died."
Mrs. Johnson continued to tweet after her husband's death, at one point writing: "I know it's petty, but I went from 567 followers to over 1,300. #inshock."
2The Woman Who Live-Tweeted Her Abortion
Angie Jackson says nothing is off-limits on Twitter, not even the details of her abortion.
In 2010, the 27-year-old turned to Twitter, her blog and YouTube videos, to chronicle her experience taking RU-486 – commonly known as the abortion pill – in an attempt to "demystify" abortion for other women.
The posts, which have drawn outrage from abortion opponents online, can be graphic.
"Cramps are getting a bit more persistent," Jackson typed into Twitter under her username "antitheistangie." A few hours later she posted, "Definitely bleeding now."
Jackson told ABCNews.com that she's always turned to her online friends for support, and her unwanted pregnancy left her needing it more than ever. However, her decision to go public with her abortion has brought criticism. Jackson said she'd received death threats and postings on her blog that have labeled her a baby killer.
3The Syrian Extremists who Live-Tweeted the Amputation of a Man's Hand
In February 2014, an extremist Syrian group deemed too radical even for al-Qaeda performed what may have been a Twitter first: live-tweeting the amputation of a hand.
The amputation took place in the remote rural town of Maskanah in the northern province of Aleppo, according to a series of tweets posted by the account of a supporter of the extremist Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.
The first tweet showed a photograph of a blindfolded man having his arm positioned on a table by fighters as a masked man wielding a sword waits nearby. Another man, wearing a white robe of the kind favored in Arab Gulf countries, is reading a statement. A caption states that the blindfolded man is a thief who had asked to have his hand cut off "in order to cleanse his sins."
A second photograph was taken just as the sword is about to strike the hand while a burly fighter restrains the victim.
A third picture was posted an hour later in which the man appears to be passed out, with his bloodied arm and his severed hand resting on the table. Fresh slashes in the wood suggest it took four swipes of the sword to cut the hand off.
The Twitter account that posted the photos, @reyadiraq, has been suspended. The account had about 96,000 followers and more than 20,000 tweets before suspension.
4The Guy Who Live-Tweeted His First Acid Trip
What does the world look like to a person on acid? A Canadian guy named Brad, Twitter handle @hella_brad, decided to live tweet his first LSD experience. He dropped acid before attending a "frat barbecue," then provided a charming and entertaining blow-by-blow account of his journey (both metaphysical and literal,) as he encounters weightlessness, synesthesia and the hilariousness of wedding limousines.
Some kind soul who goes by the name “angelandaddict” posted “Brad's numerous acid-induced tweets on Storify with the title “Brad Does Acid.” Check it out if you want to read about the whole “trip.”
5The Man Who Live-Tweeted a Hilarious Breakup Overheard on a Rooftop
At one time or another, we've all been forced to bear witness to public arguments between couples that turn far too private. According to a recent series of tweets, that's what happened to comedian Kyle Ayers, who was enjoying a fall evening on a rooftop in Brooklyn — at least, until a couple in the middle of a full-on relationship meltdown decided to have a hilarious, cliche-ridden break up right next to him.
Instead of leaving the awkward situation, Ayers decided to live-tweet the break up with the hashtag #roofbreakup. His tweets of what the couple screamed at each other — from "I will not discuss love on a roof in Brooklyn" to "You don't need to see my phone to trust me" — have since gone viral.
6The Toronto Hospital That Live-Tweeted a Heart Surgery
Live-tweeting has become common at awards shows and other major events — now it's taking us inside the operating room.
From 8 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. on Feb. 20, 2014, the social media team at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre live-tweeted a coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) — or cabbage, as the acronym is pronounced.
Those following the surgery can read the tweets via @Sunnybrook and the hashtag “#SBheart” for tweets and photos of the surgery as it happened.
Sunnybrook is not the first hospital to do this. That accomplishment goes to Houston's Memorial Hermann Northwest Hospital, which provided tweets during open heart surgery of a 57-year-old man on Feb. 21, 2012.
7The Winnipeg Man Who Live-Tweeted His Wedding Proposal
When Winnipeg resident Mike Duerksen popped the big question in April 2012, he and thousands waiting with bated breath to see whether his girlfriend would agree to marry him.
It was a private moment shared very publicly, as Mike Duerksen live-tweeted his marriage proposal to his girlfriend Janelle Freed, after more than 12 hours of minute-by-minute tweets updating followers throughout an elaborate date that culminated in the proposal.
"About to tell her a story: Our story. It ends with a question. Here I go. #MikeProposes," Duerksen wrote on the media plataform, leaving the Twitter world to wait sixteen agonizing minutes to find out the answer to his question.
Duerksen started the proposal festivities by announcing on Twitter that he would take his girlfriend on eight mini-dates, to eight special places in their relationship, culminating in a marriage proposal that night. He referred to his girlfriend only as "J," and assured followers she would not catch on while reading Twitter.
Duerksen said he had the idea weeks before, when he was live-tweeting an event for work and realized how easily friends and colleagues could become part of an event.
Utilizing the hashtag #mikeproposes, Duerksen interacted with Twitter followers who became interested in watching the events unfold. He answered questions, retweeted proposal suggestions, and thanked followers for good luck wishes.
The elaborate, Twitter-aided proposal matched the couple's love story, one of a chance meeting in a foreign country, followed by a long distance relationship, in which they used Skype sessions, emails, and text messages to keep in touch.
First, Duerksen tweeted that he was off to pick up Freed for their first date, breakfast at a local eatery. He then tweeted and posted pictures of the seven dates that followed, including a
bonfire in his parents' backyard, where he finally popped the question.
Twitter users, many of whom Duerksen had never met or heard of, chimed in and wished him luck.
Is it me, or does a date were your partner pays more attention to his cell phone than you a reaallly terrible one?
8The Snarky Comedian Who Live-Tweeted Couple's First Horrible Date
Comedian Tim Young wasn't on a first date, but the patrons next to him at a Batlimore-area Starbucks clearly were–and it was NOT going well. Within the first 5 minutes the guy told the girl she dressed like “a cougar from Desperate Housewives.”
Tim began live-tweeting the date on Twitter not only for laughs, but also as a cautionary tale of what not to do. By the end of the evening, he says the entire Starbucks was following the date and (silently) snickering.
Click here to read all the tweets.
9The Man Who Live-Tweeted Being Trapped in a Fire
A New York City father began posting harrowing tweets online revealing how his high rise apartment building was burning below him - trapping him and his family inside.
Updating his Twitter account from the 26th floor of his Midtown apartment, scientist Gurinder Singh 'Mickey' Atwal tweeted that he was unable to escape with his wife and two-year-old son because the stairwells were blanketed with thick smoke.
Stuck on building on 26 floor. Building on fire. pic.twitter.com/c5bDvWke0x
— Mickey Atwal (@MickeyAtwal) January 5, 2014
As the fire raged, over 200 firefighters rushed to the 42-story building at 500 West 43 Street in Manhattan to fight the blaze. Atwal then revealed that he and his family had sought refuge on their balcony away from the smoke.
Eventually, firefighters made it to the Atwal family after battling to reach them and others stranded by the fire and escorted everyone to safety.
10The Robber Who Live-Tweeted a Home Invasion Robbery and His Arrest
When you compile the list of the dumbest criminals of all time, you must include this bright robber to the list.
This internet-savvy outlaw, who was thirsty for attention, actually was dumb enough to tweet a home break-in, in which he stole an Xbox. It did not turn out to be the best idea and the thief found himself under arrest.
Check out these tweets as the man, who goes under the name White N—-, outlines his robbery and subsequent arrest.