A certain Reading councillor being left out of pocket courtesy of a message sent during Question Time has led Scrapbook to speculate idly as to the most costly tweets dispatched into the ether.
Here are a few (mostly unintentional) expensive missives:
- CNN middle east editor Octavia Nasr was given her P45 for expressing admiration for a dead Hezbollah cleric.
- Comedian Catherine Deveney was sacked by Australian newspaper The Age for writing that she hoped an 11-year-old “gets laid”.
- Basketball team owner Mark Cuban was ordered to pay $25,000 for publicly criticising NBA officials.
- Liverpool striker Ryan Babel was fined £10,000 for tweeting a mocked up picture of referee Howard Webb in a Manchester United shirt.
- Councillor Warren Swaine lost his £4,325pa Special Responsibility Allowance after he was sacked for a remark about black MP Chuka Umunna.
- Celebs such as Snoop Dogg can earn $3,000 for a tweet endorsing a product, with Kim Kardashian netting up to $10,000 for messaging her 6.2m followers.
- The Conservatives’ Cash Gordon campaign was at one point costing the party £15 per tweet generated.
But with all this money flying around it’s reassuring to know that not all social network messages cost the earth.