TODAY's Takeaway

TODAY's Takeaway: Remembering Mandela, Twitter's future 

Dec. 6, 2013 at 2:28 PM ET

Al spots the best Christmas sweater ever, TODAY remembers Nelson Mandela and Dick Costolo talks Twitter.
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Al spots the best Christmas sweater ever, TODAY remembers Nelson Mandela and Dick Costolo talks Twitter.

1. “The world remembers Nelson Mandela, a man who rose above hardship to free a country — and changed the course of history," Matt said at the top of this morning’s broadcast.

TODAY anchors, guests and viewers expressed their condolences for the anti-apartheid activist throughout the morning.

“Of all the people I've interviewed, I must say, he had a lingering effect on me,” Tom Brokaw said. “I knew I was in the presence of a great man, and it wasn't just the moment.”

Video: TODAY’s Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie and Al Roker celebrate the life and legacy of anti-apartheid activist and statesman Nelson Mandela.

2. "Authenticity is absolutely the key to a great tweet," Dick Costolo told Matt.

The Twitter CEO sat down for his first interview since his company (very successfully) went public. See what he had to say:

Video: TODAY’s Matt Lauer talks to Dick Costolo, CEO of Twitter, about the company going public, the impact it has had on the world, and the three women Costolo wishes were tweeting. Costolo also offers his tips on how to tweet effectively.

3. Do you know what to get the techie in your life this holiday season? Katie Linendoll shared her favorite gifts this year, from speakers to chargers to — er — Twinkie makers.

Video: Check out some of the best tech gifts for the holiday that won’t break your bank, including a heated ice scraper and a sleek device charger with multiple connectors.

4. Al lost it on the plaza this morning when he spotted a TODAY fan wearing quite possibly the best Christmas sweater ever created — both coming and going!

Video: On the TODAY plaza, Al Roker encountered a fan with a spectacular homemade Christmas sweater that featured a red-nosed reindeer’s head protruding in front – and a furry backside bulging in back. Al’s reaction is just a priceless as the sweater.

5. Did you watch “The Sound of Music Live!” Thursday night? So did the folks at DiGiorno Pizza.

And that’s TODAY’s Takeaway!