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Published: Mar 9, 2009
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Video: Twitter Tattoo & Twitter Rescue
by Jim Brogan

A mountain rescue in the Swiss Alps that played out over Twitter and an artist etched a Twitter whale icon onto his leg Wednesday night.

First: A search in the Swiss Alps has concluded with one missing snowboarder found dead and another alive.

Swiss police say 29-year-old Brit Rob Williams' corpse was found in a stream at the foot of a cliff late Monday near Verbier. Williams and had been traveling with an Irish friend, Jason Tavaria, when they were separated from their group in bad weather.

Friends launched an online rescue effort and kept each other informed on Twitter. The GPS function of Tavaria's iPhone helped rescuers. Tavaria was found unscathed nearby.

Second: The whirlwind whale Twitter tattoo saga began last week when Tom Rowe, a Web guru, threw down a spontaneous challenge on Twitter, desiring to defeat Chicago and Portland's tourist bureaus to boasting 3,000 followers on the service.

As an afterthought, he added in the allure of someone getting a tattoo on live video as an incentive for people to follow BACVA on Twitter. 24-year-old social marketing specialist at MGH Advertising, Ryan Goff, offered his leg.

The tattooing on Wednesday night, with its own video stream was watched by hundreds of people worldwide and included a flurry of "Tweets" from Rowe and Goff, which became one of the hottest topics on Twitter.

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