Twitterverse reacts to latest Rob Ford revelations

Once again, Rob Ford made Twitter explode.

On Wednesday, as explained by Yahoo's Matthew Coutts here, media reports revealed new details and images of Ford smoking from what appears to be a crack pipe and a separate incident where he makes vulgar and sexist comments about mayoral candidate Karen Stintz. The news stories led Ford to issue a statement claiming that he will temporarily step down from office to seek treatment.

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In huge numbers, politicos, media and the general public took to social media to share their thoughts. This tweet and image by Steve Ladurantaye shows the spike in Twitter traffic.

So who was tweeting?

Here's a bit of an overview.

U.S. talk show host Jimmy Kimmel, who has spent months mocking, poking-fun and parodying him took a more conciliatory tone on Wednesday evening.

Some of Ford's council colleagues weren't as kind. Councillor Josh Matlow shared his thoughts in a series of Tweets:

Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam isn't convinced that Ford will come back a changed man:

Ontario NDP leader Andrea Horwath started off in a conciliatory tone:

But after facing some social media backlash for looking past his comments, Horwath clarified her thoughts on Thursday morning.

And, of course, some in the media got their digs in

This story is also getting a lot of international attention and thus a lot of international tweets.

There's likely more to come.

As of 10:30 a.m. EST, #RobFord is still the top trending hashtag in Canada, and number eight in the United States.

(Photo courtesy of the Canadian Press)

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