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What Happens on Twitter Stays on Twitter… Right?

Afam

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Twitter is the most remarkable invention, for never before has there been a more efficient thought catalogue. Journal and diary pages, are so long and empty that they appear daunting, and your Facebook friends would unfriend you if you shared every thought you had as it occurred to you. But Twitter is just right. On Twitter you can be anything and anyone. You can be Chimamanda’s forehead or the Desmond Elliot’s crooked tooth. You can be depressed, angry or hilarious. And you can be certain that whatever kind of tweeter you are, you will find your tweetfam.

While all of that is certainly delightful, it seems to me that the bulk of us have failed to adapt principles that are widely thought to be common sense in the modern day and age to our online proclivities. Both good sense and society speak out most fervently against turning our mouths into miniature caricatures of Usain Bolt. We have failed to transfer this logic to our fingers.

Several times a day, we flock to Twitter to share details of our lives and discuss trending topics like Beyonce’s alleged second pregnancy. E! Online say that their sources have confirmed that the King and Queen of all bees is pregnant, but last weekend she shared a sharp message on her Instagram that spoke out against all rumour millers and bee haters.

We strive for the RTs, and the followers with as much verve as a social media specialist who does the same thing for a living. We tweet certain things for laughs, and we whet our wits thinking up barbs to throw at celebrities and other complete strangers. It has been said that the walls have ears, and that we ought to be careful what we say for we never know who is listening. On Twitter, I’ll tell you who’s listening, the whole world.

A week and a bit ago, ms_kasharna1 commented on one of Rihanna’s instagram pictures. Ordinarily, this wouldn’t be remotely worthy of a mention anywhere, except that she wrote that Rihanna’s family looked retarded because of drug and alcohol consumption and this led Rihanna to stitch a picture od ms_kasharna1 to that of a goat, and post it on Instagram, and Twitter. The poor girl was so overwhelmed by the electronic assault of Rihanna’s navy that she had no choice but to protect her Twitter account and delete every picture from her Instagram. While I think that Rihanna should have refrained from displaying such a remarkable level of immaturity and cattiness, I also believe that ms_kasharna1 should not have commented if she did not consider the slight possibility that there might be retaliation.

Furthermore, the inclusion of unprotected tweets is now standard, journalistic practice. This means that racist, homophobic, anti-semitic, and hateful tweets that demonstrate a generous portion of bigotry are fair game to everyone and anyone. What’s worse, you cannot deny them, or state that they are mere allegations or unproven accusations. They are written confessions, immediately accessible to anyone with an internet connection.

As long as @OdumotaHasABigHead and @ShineShineBoboForTheLadies can be attributed to you, you can and may very well be held accountable for every tweet or picture that comes out of them. As such, it is infinitely better for you to air the worst of your opinions at home than it is for you to tweet them. If you would not be proud of anything you write online if it were to be exposed on a public platform, then you must refrain from posting it, for chances are that it might.

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Afam is the 23 year old man-child behind the blog: The Ramblings of a Mad Man.  A self declared architect of words; he is a shameless advocate of self promotion. Follow him on Twitter: @Afam20

11 Comments

  1. Beebaby

    May 22, 2013 at 11:33 am

    SpotOn Afam!…….a word they say is enough for the wise, and for the not so wise ones this is more than a word!

  2. HRS

    May 22, 2013 at 11:51 am

    Gosh! I wish a lot of tweeps will see this! U will be held accountable for all your tweets!

  3. sarafina

    May 22, 2013 at 12:31 pm

    Twitter makes grown men and women act like children. Insults,tweet fights,,hateful opinions,slander. When some of them tweet I zoom to see the idiocy. Bye ya’ll

  4. topsy

    May 22, 2013 at 1:42 pm

    yea right, for those that tweet

  5. khume

    May 22, 2013 at 1:52 pm

    Thanks for this Afam. Your tweets is a representaion of who you are. Just as your level of intelligence can be measured by what and how you communicate, so is your tweet. If you won’t be proud of it in the nearest future, then don’t tweet it now.

  6. Slander Scandal

    May 22, 2013 at 2:23 pm

    Twitter Slander people should read this, for those that tweet. Have a

  7. Hey

    May 22, 2013 at 7:57 pm

    I mean, this is basic common sense for those that have common sense. Didn’t actually require an entire article since common sense is not absorbed from words read.

  8. Hey

    May 22, 2013 at 7:59 pm

    My point is, this is absolutely wasted on the target audience.
    In other news, you’re 23? Hmmm…

  9. Spoton

    May 23, 2013 at 4:20 am

    This is why i refuse to be on any social network. Deleted facebook 2009. Deleted twitter 2012 and deleted my instagram 2weeks ago and WhatsApp is next.

    What happened to just calling and texting i couldnt deal anymore!

  10. MissShayee

    May 23, 2013 at 3:18 pm

    Most people think that twitter is a place you can just tweet stuff and get away with it. Wrong. When my immediate past boss told me he looked me up Facebook before my interview,i knew i couldn’t allow my social media lifestyle ruin my professional life.
    On the flip side, twitter is also a way of reading peoples’ minds on issues. Most people have issues, and their tweets are a perfect reflection of what their minds process.

    The conclusion i made about my twitter handle was to ensure my tweets encourage and promote logical discourse,not talk about time wasting issues. Social media can be a good tool,if well harnessed.

  11. Nollywood REinvented

    May 24, 2013 at 4:28 pm

    I think twitter is an amazing platform in the power it gives to people but to whom much is given much is expected. With all that power comes sort of responsibility to guard your tongue at least.

    To a certain extent I think it has to do with the type of individual, if it’s someone who naturally thinks negative thoughts then they’ll find a way to spread their negativity. As long as we can learn to guage our tongue and realize that somethings no one really needs to know, I think it should be all good 🙂

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