It’s true what they say. You really are what you tweet.
Literally once you put something out there, you are fair game for ridicule, agreement, praise, embarrassment, encouragement, a meeting of minds.. the list goes on.
We are definitely a generation of tweeters. Companies tweet to promote their goods, customer service is increasingly dealt with on social media. I get all my news fixes in 140 characters – condensed and without the doomsday presenters – the way I like it. We tweet because we love the sound of our own voices, but also we hope that someone in the ether is listening.
It’s no secret that I love tweeting.
I met a previous love interest on twitter. It broke my heart at times.
It started with a tweet commenting on something he did. He started following me. I followed back (almost immediately, I have never been good at playing it cool.) We started chatting, we met, we got on, and the rest is history as they say. And we are still close now, (ish) so it’s all good.
This is an example of when social media can be magical. The whole thing was thrilling. Will he tweet me, won’t he? Listening out for that glorious sparkling xylophone jingle pinging out of your phone to signal the fact you have a new social media message.
But there are times when it is not so glorious.
If you tweet about someone, they can literally find you, at least on cyber space.
I read an article, in the Daily mail no less, about a ch4 show documenting the life of ‘an overweight woman, on benefits’ (I know, I’m trying not to judge – and failing miserably ) who made her boyfriend ‘take a lie detector test every time he left the house’ because she was jealous and paranoid. I commented on twitter that it was ridiculous (which it is) and that she was obviously insecure and maybe focusing on doing something for herself would maybe distract her.
Now, even though I didn’t use this woman’s full name, or hashtag her, or the article - somehow she found my tweet. Which is just even sadder because she was obviously having a little troll and combing the internet for any comments about her. I didn’t even tweet during the program – I saw an advert briefly whizz by on the TV.
She started this barrage about what a bitch I was and how I shouldn’t comment about people I didn’t know and what a terrible person I was etc.
Hadn’t this just come full circle? Weren’t her comments just as (if not more) offensive? I didn’t actually tweet it with the intention of her seeing it, or being hurt by it. But somehow her vitriol towards me – she deemed it justified.
My gran hates Facebook with a passion. ‘Why are people airing their dirty laundry in public? It’s so crass.’ She has a point. How many times do we see the ‘oh my life sucks, and my boyfriend left me and then took my car and stole my pet dog’ statuses – those people are almost like a culture of their own. They are prime attention seekers and they are boring. When my mum was in hospital last year I didn’t post it anywhere because it was private, and I was worried.
Married couples who argue on social media make me cringe – argue in person you weirdos – stop making everyone else live through it. It’s the online equivalent of being subjected to your parents arguing when you can’t leave the house.
Recently someone I saw on Facebook revealed themselves to be an absolute loony.
They were complaining about the NHS and how the hospital had ‘TRIED TO KILL ME!’ (one of her choice statuses), meanwhile the posts were accompanied with selfies of her in the hospital in her robe looking doe eyed into the camera. It was very bizarre. People tried to gently venture that maybe she was over-reacting – to which she blocked every single one. Anyone who even slightly disagreed with her was greeted by a torrent of abuse – ‘HOW CAN YOU SAY THIS. I’M BLOCKING YOU NOW.’ Then she wrote ‘DAVE HAS BEEN BLOCKED.’
I’m guessing she didn’t like what they had to say. It has made her extremely unpopular and pretty sure it’s halved her Facebook ‘friends’ count.
Social media *can* be amazing – look at the ALS bucket challenge – it spread like wildfire amongst the public (and celebrities) and raised a shedload of cash for a good cause. Lots of charities have gained attention and sponsorship through this method.
Social media also allows for keeping in touch with people abroad without it feeling forced (such as an e-mail might.) I certainly use it to keep in touch with all my American friends. When I see their parties, haircuts, boyfriends etc I feel like I’m sort of experiencing it with them. I miss them so when I see them online, it reminds me of the times we partied together, and I feel like I’m not so far away.
(me with my US beauties.)
But with great social media – comes great responsibility. It has to be used wisely.
A recent case in point. One of my friends is chums with Steve Jones (I KNOW) and I had kept asking her to set me up – she never did. According to her ‘I can’t take the broken heart – and I’m not talking about yours.’ Liar.
Anyway, a picture recently popped up in my newsfeed of Steve holding my friend’s baby. He looked gorgeous and swarthy as per usual. I wrote underneath.
‘Any chance this time?’
My friend wrote back.
‘Sorry he’s taken babe.’
Pffssh. She’s useless I thought. I decided to go on Google to see who he was with, wine glass in one hand, and curiosity in the other. Sure enough a cocoa skinned goddess popped up holding his hand in the pics. ‘American’ and ‘model’ were the two words that kept jumping out of the page.
I decided to write back. (What a poor decision.)
‘Yeh, just seen, ‘some’ American chic. SIGH!’
A Few moments later a notification popped up.
I read the comment. I didn’t recognise the name or the woman… at first.
‘Yes, I’M that American woman. He’s with me.’
FOOT. IN. MOUTH.
To say that I was mortified is probably an understatement. Thank GOD I didn’t say anything else. Can you imagine? ‘yeh she looks like a real ugger’ or ‘she’s punching above her weight.’ Thankfully, I didn’t.
But that certainly taught me folks. If you put it out there – it’s probably going to come back like a boomerang and bite you in the ass.
So tweet responsibly guys, and like driving, definitely best to avoid alcohol!