And if I'd read about this on April 1st, I'd have thought the whole thing was a giant April Fool's prank. But, apparently, Louise Mensch, MP, is venturing in to the world of social media by launching a rival service to Twitter.
People are bonkers. I know this. I witness it on a daily basis and have learnt in recent years that 'normal' is not something that happens in humanity.
Twitter, at its best, is a great way to massage your ego (ooh, 15 more followers!), or given my day job, chat with readers (they loved X feature on the site, they thought Y was dull, or words to that effect) and, as I wrote last week, to get breaking news out quickly. At its worst, as Conservative MP Louise Mensch highlighted this week, it's a hot-bed of misogynistic idiots using it to abuse, scare and lambast women in the public eye in the crudest manner possible.
So, James Murdoch was "disingenuous" during this week's select committee hearing into The News of the World phone hacking saga. We probably could have predicted that outcome in advance of the event; what would have been more difficult to predict was that an investigation into journalistic (mal)practice could turn so quickly into an argument about female MPs' working hours. I don't actually care whether Louise Mensch's actions were 'display parenting' or 'parental grandstanding', rather than just articulating the basic facts, as some have suggested. However, I do care that she has highlighted the reality of having a demanding career and balancing a family at the same time. And I speak as someone who doesn't even have children.
Louise Mensch has divided opinion this summer, but when she took to Twitter this summer to broach this subject she was absolutely correct. And all in 140 characters.
In the last thrashes of Gordon Brown's Labour government, the Prime Minister and the consecutive Home Secretaries of Alan Johnson & Jacqui Smith once more took political umbrage with cannabis.
Shutting down social media during riots is nonsensical and if the UK government decide to take that course, I won't believe it.
The past week or so has been Piers Morgan's trial by media. The verdict was in pretty early. Morgan is definitely guilty of something, but it is that "something" that Tory MPs, bloggers and journalists have found to be elusive. As so far in all of this swirling smoke there has yet to any sign of fire, but the appetite to find it is undiminished.
Lets select and elect more human beings please. Let's even encourage our friends and relatives to stand for public office. You know the saying, decisions are made by those that show up. And finally let's not sit quietly as the press dig around in peoples lives, bringing up stuff that frankly just doesn't matter.