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Tweet Beat: Regrets Edition

If we learned anything about Twitter this week, it’s this: Think before you tweet. Comedian Gilbert Gottfried lost his Aflac talking-duck gig after tweeting a series of jokes about Japan’s recent earthquake, gags that the company said were “lacking in humor.” One of the Gottfried’s more tame tweets said, “Japan is really advanced. They don’t go to the beach. The beach comes to them.”

Not cool, Gottfried. Regardless, this week’s Washington tweeters took a safer route, getting in on March Madness. Lots of brackets are already finito after the first day of the NCAA tournament thanks to numerous upsets, but that didn’t stop the tweets. Let the madness begin!

Media reporter Howard Kurtz: @HowardKurtz Shots at Obama for filling out hoops brackets – come on. Is life as we know it supposed to stop because of Japan crisis? No fun allowed?

People are probably more upset about his championship pick . . . .

Sen. Claire McCaskill: @clairecmc Foregoing green today for back/gold. BTW, done with President,picks KU two years in a row.Fun that game here in DC tonight.Go Tigers.#Mizzou

See? Even Senator McCaskill has issues. March Madness is no joke.

Real Housewife Mary Amons: @maryamons @theboxershow I pick my NCAA lineup by the best dressed cheerleaders! Fashion first!!! 😉

That’s one way to do it. Knowing fate, she’ll probably have a perfect bracket by the end of the tournament.

Comedian Conan O’Brien: @ConanOBrien Already filled out my March Madness brackets. I picked “The King’s Speech” over UConn.

Okay, he’s not a Washingtonian, but it’s so hilarious, we just had to throw it in the mix.

Washington Post sports writer Paul Tenorio: @PaulTenorio This is why there is nothing like March Madness. Best time of year. Wow.

This 70-plus-degree weather on a Friday doesn’t hurt, either.



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