Wednesday, 15 December 2010

BBC News - Shane Warne and Liz Hurley: Why do couples flirt on Twitter?

BBC News - Shane Warne and Liz Hurley: Why do couples flirt on Twitter?:

Australian cricketer Shane Warne (L) and British actress Liz Hurley () posing next to her husband Arun Nayar as they arrive at La Fenice Theatre in Venice on August 28, 2008
Former Aussie cricket star Shane Warne and model Elizabeth Hurley confirmed splits from their respective partners on Twitter

"Cricket star Shane Warne and model Elizabeth Hurley not only exchanged flirtatious messages on Twitter, but announced the end of their respective relationships on the microblogging site. So has tweeting become part of 21st Century courtship?

Celebrities may claim to cherish their privacy when it comes to romantic relationships - often going to great lengths to disguise dating or paper over cracks - but some undoubtedly love lapping up the limelight.

Who can forget Tom Cruise declaring his love for actress Katie Holmes while jumping up and down on Oprah's famed furniture, or Matt Damon announcing on the same show in 1998 that he and Minnie Driver were no longer together?

Now micro-blogging site Twitter - which boasts nearly 95 million tweets a day - seems to be providing an even bigger stage, with Liz Hurley and Shane Warne its latest players.

But instead of simply using it to give their fans a news flash about their romantic status, Hurley and Warne exchanged flirtatious tweets that could be read by anyone. What's more, Hurley had yet to announce the end of her marriage."

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