Let’s call them Tweetscoops. Lady Gaga recently used Twitter to share the name of her upcoming album, ARTPOP, and George Michael let the word out on Twitter that he would be performing at the Olympic Games Closing Ceremony.

They’re not the only folks sharing big news on Twitter, which circulates by “bird of mouth.” Some schools already are using Twitter to provide minute-by-minute updates about weather closings, crime situations on campus, admission deadlines, and other information.

But if more professors start using Twitter to make major announcements, students could see it happening in these ways:

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If you’re a fan of HGTV, it’s neat to learn how some of the stars focused on their education before becoming a celebrity. The stars of HGTV’s hunky “Kitchen Cousins” both earned their bachelor’s degrees before hitting it big on TV.

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Smart, Young, Rich… and Inspiring

Robyn Tellefsen | June 19, 2012

If you’re one of the almost billion users on Facebook, you probably know all about Mark Zuckerberg, the 28-year-old genius who started it all from his Harvard dorm room and is now worth about $20 billion. Whether you’re insanely jealous or in awe of the boy wonder’s success, remember that he’s not the only one to achieve mega-success — and megabucks — in his tender years. Read on to find out about some other rich young genius types, and let their stories inspire you to forward movement.

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I noticed it when presenter Angelina Jolie showed some leg on the Oscars stage and started talking. But it wasn’t her now-infamous right leg pose, which got Twitter and others talking. But there was annoying feedback from the microphone, which continued throughout the Oscars.

On Facebook, Twitter and blogs, plenty of others heard the feedback problems, too, highlighting why the audio engineering profession is important to the world of media. One of my Facebook friends posted a status update saying he was an amateur audio engineer and was embarrassed by the problems.

A writer for The Star-Ledger called it “The Oscars of Weird Sound Feedback” and wrote on her blog:

11:50: Parting thoughts – I guess they fixed the sound feedback issue in the end, but it’s what I’ll remember most about these awards. That and everyone going, “You heard it, too? Oh, so I’m not completely insane.”

That’s why professionals such as audio engineers are crucial to live events, from the Super Bowl to the Oscars. These gurus — with degrees from audio engineering schools — can help fix problems that can bother viewers and listeners and detract from the purpose of the performance, awards show, or other events.

If audio engineering isn’t your thing, “The Descendants” star Shailene Woodley shared on the Red Carpet that she’s studying to be an herbalist. Herbalist is an alternative medicine career, and students of all ages are study herbalism, acupuncture, and other paths from alternative medicine schools.

We don’t think the 20-year-old, who’s also in “The Secret Life of an American Teenager” on ABC Family, needs a backup plan, but it’s interesting to hear what type of careers celebrities want to do if their star quality fades.

Did you see anything else during the Oscars that made you think of careers or inspired you?

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