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April 20, 2013 - 2:00 pm

Twitter is, indeed, the most diverse social media platform going. They have nearly 555,000,000 registered users with 135,000 new sign ups every day. Nearly 58 million tweets are made everyday — that’s about 9.100 tweets a second.

It might also interest you to know that about 40% of registered Twitter users are lurkers — that is, they never tweet, just watch others.

They may be the smart ones.

The Czech ambassador to the United States has put on record his alarm that during the hunt for the Boston Marathon bombing suspect so many Americans on social media appeared to confuse his own country – in central Europe – with Chechnya – a republic in south-west Russia.

As the identities of Chechen brothers Dzokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev – the suspects in Monday’s attack which killed three and injured over 150 – filtered across the internet, many people tweeted that the pair were from the Czech Republic.

In a statement posted on his embassy’s website, Petr Gandalovic said he was “deeply shocked by the tragedy,” adding: “As more information on the origin of the alleged perpetrators is coming to light, I am concerned to note in the social media a most unfortunate misunderstanding in this respect. The Czech Republic and Chechnya are two very different entities.

“As the President of the Czech Republic MiloŇ° Zeman noted in his message to President Obama, the Czech Republic is an active and reliable partner of the United States in the fight against terrorism. We are determined to stand side by side with our allies in this respect, there is no doubt about that.”

This is sort of like liberals who believed “right wing fanatics” were behind the Boston Marathon bombings, using as “proof” the idea that April 15 was “close” to the anniversary date of April 19 for the Waco massacre and Oklahoma City bombing.

Chechnya is also “close” to the Czech Republic. Only 1,700 miles separate the two countries. April 19 was also “close” to Christmas but no one was accusing elves of being the bombers.

Really now, you don’t need a degree to use Twitter. But perhaps one should refrain from posting on international events without being familiar with…international stuff. Like the right name of countries.

How embarrassing.

Rick Moran is PJ Media's Chicago editor and Blog editor at The American Thinker. He is also host of the"RINO Hour of Power" on Blog Talk Radio. His own blog is Right Wing Nut House.

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When I first heard that the Tsarnaev brothers might be "Chechnian" or "Chechen," I remembered that episode of "The Sopranos" where they were dealing with the Russian Mob. They were told that one of the Russians was a former "Spetznatz" (special forces) officer, and had killed "19 Chechnians." Paulie "Walnuts" then exclaimed, "didja hear dat? Da guy killed NINETEEN CHECKOSLOVAKIANS!"

That there are people on Twitter dumber than Paulie Walnuts and even less useful than him is truly alarming.
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And most of the confusion by those twitters was propbably those having a wall full of sheepskins and titles OR they were the political zealots who know everything about everything -- except for the difference between Czech and Chechnya. Just another of so many reasons for most of the world to be laughing at Americans of today.
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actually, replace " embarrassing" with " new normal"
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