When we look back at what 2014 really did for us, we may very well call it the Year of Social Media for All.
We got jewels, like the best Wheel of Fortune guess of all time, and we got near uprisings — like when the entire world reacted with genuine horror at the mass celebrity photo leaks.
Below are our favorite social media #fails and #wins from the past year. Hope you enjoy them as much as we did.
The girl who tweeted a bomb threat to American Airlines
Way back in April 2014, a young girl decided to pull the prank of her lifetime with this tweet. Yes, she did get in serious trouble — with both her parents and the law. It’s proof that not even the most social “savvy” youth are socially savvy.
The British Embassy in the US made a NOT funny
All fun and games until someone gets hurt — like the people that died and the horror of watching your country’s most important building being destroyed. But hey, it’s only sparklers this time!
JC Penney’s got drunk…or something
At the beginning of the year, JC Penney did something that still confuses us. Someone tweeted out what seemed to be a couple of drunk tweets about the Super Bowl, and nobody was for sure if it was a stunt or an accident. There was also a mention that they were trying to tweet with gloves on. Either way, fail.
Dr. Oz and his miracle Q&A
Doctor Lie-For-The-Sake-Of-Ratings finally did the dumbest thing he’s ever done: a Q&A on Twitter. As if Robin Thicke wasn’t an example of the intelligence of putting questionable reputations out there to be eviscerated.
Dubbed the most tweeted selfie ever, Ellen’s sponsored stunt went crazy viral. What was supposed to be a Samsung selfie with one other famous person turned into a crowd of major celebrities (plus a random dude blocking Angelina’s mug) getting in on the fun.
ALS Ice Bucket Challenge
This was an amazing look into what can happen when you want to get out a message and you do it in the one language every American speaks: videos of yourself looking silly. It raised a ton of money for a cause that was relatively out of the spotlight. Runner up was when #BatKid took over San Francisco.
Arby’s wants its hat back
Pharrell Williams wore a hat to the Grammy’s that looked conspicuously like Arby’s hat in its logo. So Arby’s did the only thing a socially smart company would do — asked to buy it for charity. The company raised $40K (and a lot of eyebrows over the choice of style).
Weird Al does it again
Words fail us in describing this video — because Weird Al said all that needed to be said. The best part? Taking a song with a questionable message and turning it into a lecture on questionable use of the English language. #WINNER
Skeletor Hijacks @Honda
80’s Saturday Morning Cartoon villain Skeletor took over Honda’s twitter page and started tweeting pretty hilarious photos making fun of He-Man and King Randor. Points for the creativity on this one, and double points for making him the sexiest skeleton alive.