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The boy band One Direction tops Twitter’s charts for tweets this year

Messages of love and gratitude shared by the boy band One Direction topped Twitter’s charts this year, eclipsing President Barack Obama’s celebration of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision legalizing gay marriage.

One Direction members accounted for half of the 10 most recirculated tweets, including the three most popular.

All the One Direction tweets were either directed at bandmates or the group’s fans. None are likely to be remembered for heralding pivotal moments in history.

“All the love as always. H,” One Direction’s Harry Styles tweeted in March after Zayn Malik announced plans to leave the group. Styles boasts 26.3 million Twitter followers. The band’s other current and former members have amassed between 16.6 million and 23.7 million followers apiece.

Obama nabbed the fourth spot in the Twitter rankings released Monday with a June 26 tweet that hailed the Supreme Court’s ruling on gay marriage as “a big step in our march toward equality.”

Other tweets in Twitter’s Top 10 came from Saudi Arabia King Salman after his crowning, hip hop personality Kayne West calling for people to do everything they can, actor Leonard Nimoy philosophizing five days before his death and Caitlyn Jenner introducing herself after her transition from one-time Olympic decathlon champion Bruce Jenner.

Twitter also released some of the most popular topics, denoted by hashtags, that resonated with the more than 300 million users of its short-messaging service. The list included (hashtag)JeSuisParis after last month’s terrorist attack in France, (hashtag) BlackLivesMatter after police shootings of African-Americans in several U.S. cities, (hashtag) LoveWins after the Supreme Court’s ruling on gay marriage and (hashtag) RefugeesWelcome as people fled the Middle East for Europe.

Although Twitter Inc. has built a big audience, Facebook’s social network is five times larger.

A list about what people were talking about on Facebook this year is expected to be released soon, too.

On the Web…


Scott Walker called out for religious post on Twitter, Facebook

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is the focus of a complaint from the Madison-based Freedom From Religion Foundation, which says the Republican governor or someone associated with his official social media accounts posted a reference to a Bible verse.

FFRF complained that on March 16 that Walker’s official Facebook and Twitter accounts contained the post: “Philippians 4:13,” which is a Bible verse that says, “I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me.”

FFRF is a watchdog group that monitors for violations of separation of church and state. It claims 20,000 members nationwide and 1,300 members in Wisconsin.

On March 18, the organization sent Walker a letter that said it’s “improper for a state employee, much less for the chief executive officer of the state, to use the machinery of the state of Wisconsin to promote personal religious views.”

Co-presidents Annie Laurie Gaylor and Dan Barker, in the letter, said Walker’s tweet “seems more like a threat, or the utterance of a theocratic dictator, than of a duly elected civil servant.”

The letter referred to court cases that prohibit government officials from endorsing religion over non-religion. Also, the FFRF said if a department head or ordinary employee were to use state resources to promote personal beliefs, they would most certainly be admonished.

The letter concluded, “On behalf of our membership, we ask you to immediately delete this religious message from your official gubernatorial Facebook and Twitter. May we hear from you at your earliest convenience?”

As of March 25, the posts remained on the governor’s accounts.

Kansas school teacher equates being gay with commiting murder

A middle school social studies teacher in Buhler, Kan., is under fire for a Facebook post that compares being gay to being a murderer.

Jack Conkling, who is also an assistant women’s basketball coach, wrote that homosexuality “ranks in God’s eyes the same as murder, lying, stealing, or cheating.”

According to the Huthison News, several of Conkling’s students left comments on the post, drawing the attention of school officials. Although the school district has no Facebook policy for teachers, the school’s principal said officials are “looking into it.”

Kansas Equality Coalition condemned Conkling’s post.

“What would Mr. Conkling say to a student who is getting bullied for being gay or lesbian?” the organization asked in a statement.

The Advocate ran the full text of Conkling’s post:

“All this talk in the news about gay marriage recently has finally driven me to write. Gay marriage is wrong because homosexuality is wrong. The Bible clearly states it is sin. Now I do not claim it to be a sin any worse than other sins. It ranks in God’s eyes the same as murder, lying, stealing, or cheating. His standards are perfect and ALL have sinned and fallen short of His glory. Sin is sin and we all deserve hell. Only those who accept Christ as Lord and daily with the help of the Spirit do their best to turn from sin will enter the Kingdom of Heaven. There aren’t multiple ways to get to Heaven. There is one. To many this may seem close minded and antagonistic, but it doesn’t make it any less true. Folks I am willing to admit that my depravity is just as great as anyone else’s, and without Christ I’d be destined for hell, if not for the undeserved grace of God. I’m not condemning gay marriage because I hate gay people. I am doing it because those who embrace it will never enter the Kingdom of Heaven. And I desire that for no one.”

New social network targets gay men

Fabulis, an online social network for gay men, is getting a new name, new features, and significant new funding.

The new name is Fab and the company that runs it recently raised $1.75 million in new funding. Investors include the initial backer, the Washington Post Co.

The new funding is in addition to an earlier $1.25 million in angel financing.

The social network claims to have 112,000 members. New features include an index of gay-friendly places with accompanying rankings, reviews, tips and photo uploads, complementing the site’s interactive profiles and database of gay-relevant events.

Fab.com also offers an iPhone app, which includes the ability to check in, identify your current location, rate places, name the people you’re with, upload images and more.

The company was founded earlier this year by Jason Goldberg, the former CEO of Jobster who started Socialmedian. Goldberg says Fab is adding 5,000 new users a week and that he has been “thrilled” by the reception so far.

The startup says 40 percent of its members log in at least 10 times per month, while 25 percent visit more than 50 times per month.

WiG tried the site but was unable to gain access, even going through Facebook as required.