The wide world of Twitter
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So did he or didn't he? Looks like the world will never know for sure if Congressman Anthony Weiner sent that lewd tweet from his Twitter...

Oh wait.

Looks like he did.

Weiner finally came clean Monday and admitted that it was none other than he himself who sent that text of a man's, ahem, member to a college co-ed in the Pacific Northwest, this after a solid week of dodging the issue.

In fact, he admitted that he has had flirtatious relationships with a total of six women via social networks like Facebook and Twitter, both before and after his high-profile marriage to a former aide to Senator Hillary Clinton. He did deny, however, that those online relationship ever became physical.

So ends the mystery, but will it also end Weiner's career? He was widely considered a Democratic frontrunner for mayor in 2012, and we have to believe that every other politician who is considering running for the post is taking at least a little bit of glee in Weiner's "hard" luck.

But Weiner wasn't the only New York City politician getting into a little bit of hot water thanks to Twitter this past week. Councilman Eric Ulrich also caused some controversy - albeit on a much smaller scale than Weiner (which says nothing of his manhood, mind you) - when he shot back at a person who tweeted him after a fatal accident occurred just blocks from the councilman's office.

Ulrich has been a vocal critic of the Department of Transportation adding bike lanes to streets in his district - he once tweeted "Had a nightmare last night that NYCDOT installed a bike lane on my block. #ohthehorror" - but after two vans collided and one of them hit and killed a pedestrian waiting to cross the street just blocks from his office, Twitter user "hangingbyastrap" tweeted the councilman "After last night's tragic van accident in ur district, bike lanes & traffic calming should be a dream not a nightmare."

Well, Ulrich couldn't let that comment go unanswered, and in a response tweet told hangingbyastrap to "#getalife," which didn't go over too well with bike advocates, who quickly jumped on what they perceived as Ulrich's insensitivity.

When pressed about the issue, Ulrich said that he has been the victim of harassment on the part of hangingbyastrap, and that he was offended that someone would use a tragic incident to advance their own agenda.

We can't really speak to the first point, but on the argument that he was offended that someone would use a tragic accident to advance their own agenda, we have to call #bull!

People use tragic accidents all the time to highlight their own agendas. Mothers Against Drunk Driving use tragic accidents to highlight the need for tougher drunk driving laws. Does Ulrich have a problem with them? This past weekend, there was a march across the Brooklyn Bridge by people who have lost family members to suicide calling on the need for awareness and prevention. Perhaps Ulrich should call them out, too. Didn't Vasean's Law – or generally any law nicknamed after a person – come about because of a tragedy?

Anyway, we have to bring this thing full circle, so just how do these two instances of Twitter controversy overlap? Because Ulrich - who has been rumored to be considering a challenge to Weiner - referenced his possible opponent in his own statement about his Twitter flap, stating "First of all, I can say with certitude that my Twitter account, to my knowledge, has not been hacked."

Well played, councilman!

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