In terms of documenting tragedy, Twitter is perhaps the worst historical record we have ever joined together as a species to compile. On normal days, it is a forum where millions of jackasses try to talk over each other for the chance to make the best attention-seeking pop culture reference.
And on days when the world is rocked by tragedy, it is a forum where millions of jackasses try to combine their best attention-seeking pop culture reference with said tragedy to get people to buy SpaghettiOs.
4 Nelson Mandela's Death Seems to Be Covered by Adbots
When a famous human being dies, you can count on Twitter to host an ocean of terrible people either rushing to make the most hilarious dead celebrity joke they can think of or offering heartfelt tributes to a person they knew absolutely nothing about before typing their name into Google five minutes prior.
The passing of Nelson Mandela, one of the greatest human rights figures of the 20th century, was no exception, as a surprising number of people (read: more than zero) saw the man's death as a perfect promotional opportunity: