Cheryl Minton, of Franklin, Ohio, sent a sad tweet to Miami Dolphins wide receiver Chad Ochocinco: "I'm feeling pretty low today. Lost my hubby 2 weeks ago. Together 30 years. Very hard. Please pray for me. Thanks..."
How did Minton react? "I'm flabbergasted! I love you!"
In the age of social media, sometimes Twitter is faster than the Olympic Committee when it comes to informing athletes that they've qualified for London. 2008 Olympic gold medalist Ricky Berens experienced this firsthand today, after the news of Michael Phelps dropping the 200-meter freestyle reached him through Phelps' coach, Bob Bowman.
Having finished third in an event where only the top two qualify in trials, Beren's path to London was cleared when Phelps bowed out.
This isn't the first instance of someone getting big news from all the wrong places either. Back in December of last year, Oakland Athletics pitcher Craig Breslow found out he'd been traded to Arizona via Twitter.
Tony Nicklinson suffered a massive stroke in 2005 that left him with locked-in syndrome -- he is completely paralyzed and unable to speak, but his mind was unharmed.
Now, the 57-year-old has become the first person to tweet using only the movement of his eyes:
Hello world, I am tony nicklinson, I have locked-in syndrome and this is my first ever tweet.
Nicklinson, who lives in the U.K., will ask the high court Monday to argue that a doctor should be allowed lawfully to end his life. He says his current state is "dull, miserable, demeaning, undignified and intolerable."
Follow him @TonyNicklinson. (Loving husband and father. Rugby fan. Twitter novice with locked-in syndrome.)