A volcano is erupting both in Iceland and on Twitter. In its largest eruption in 100 years, the Grimsvötn (GREEMSH-votn) volcano, the country's most active, is spewing ash, smoke, and steam miles into the air. The eruption is being well-documented on Twitter, where observers are posting updates, images, and video under the hashtag #ashcloud. The volcano even has its own Twitter page, @Grimsvotn. The news might bring back memories of the Eyjafjallajokull (ay-yah-FYAH-lah-yer-kuhl) volcano, also in Iceland, which disrupted air travel for 10 million people last year. Eyjafjallajokull, which has its own Twitter page as well, @Eyjafjalla, was one of last year's most discussed topics in social media. But don't cancel your current travel plans yet. Today's volcano is not expected to cause as much of a stir. Plus, Eyjafjallajokull's Twitter page has reached out to Grimsvotn's Twitter page, so hopefully Grimsvotn will learn lessons from Eyjafjallajokull's past.
The film "Tree of Life," is spiking in Yahoo! Search after taking home the top prize at the Cannes Film Festival, despite tepid reviews from film critics. Nonetheless, hundreds on Twitter and Facebook are buzzing with excitement to see the film. Perhaps this is a sign that no more are the days when a "thumbs down" from movie critics, like Roger Ebert, is a film's kiss of death. Today, unofficial movie reviews on Facebook and Twitter can play a key role in making or breaking a film.
The hat heard 'round the world has found a new home. The "pretzel hat" that British Princess Beatrice donned to the royal wedding was auctioned off on eBay to raise money for UNICEF and Children in Crisis. After 41 bids, the hat was sold for $130,000. The bidder's identity is still unknown, but the princess has said, "I hope whoever wins the auction has as much fun with the hat as I have."