08/15/2012 01:57 pm ET Updated Oct 15, 2012

How To Kill Someone On Twitter

A tweet from a bogus account said that the former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher was dead Tuesday, sparking confusion and propelling Thatcher's name to Twitter's list of worldwide trending topics. But Thatcher wasn't dead. She was just the latest newsmaker to be "offed" by rumors that are easy to spread and hard to dispell in a land of one-click retweets

If you want to "kill" someone notable on Twitter, Thatcher's premature and entirely fake death offers a perfect step-by-step guide for how to do it.

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