I recently read this post criticizing folks on Twitter for tweeting about other things during the recent coverage of Osama bin Laden's death.
She makes three flawed assumptions in her post:
- That many people had scheduled these "inappropriate" tweets
- That tweeting about the news is the only appropriate thing to tweet during such a moment
- That people offline at the time would not have scheduled their tweets for that evening had they known ahead of time.
It can take time to process a serious event.
Several commenters mentioned this. Many people need to think awhile before they can put their thoughts together into anything appropriate for public consumption. Much of what was tweeted in the immediate aftermath of the news of Osama's death was terribly inappropriate. Dancing around and gloating over even a villain's death while screaming patriotic slogans makes us no different from those in the Middle East who danced and celebrated when our towers fell. Shame on us.
We need to think a little longer before we tweet about the news, especially about death and politics.It is unhealthy to allow your life to be taken over by bad news, from personal to international.
I've spent weeks at the bedside of my critically-ill child. We did not want to spend every waking moment thinking about her medical status. We needed to talk about other things, dumb stuff like the weather and sports scores and what was going on at work. We especially needed to laugh. So even in the midst of a huge news event or a tragedy, it is perfectly appropriate to talk about a child's latest silly saying or a new idea for a story.
Unrelated-to-the-news tweets are simply unrelated. They are not inappropriate.It is unhealthy to allow your life to be taken over by social media.
I've heard this advice about not scheduling tweets before. And I have chosen to ignore it because I must not live my life on Twitter.
I am a writer, but what do I have to write about if I don't actually live a real, in the moment, life before sitting down at my computer?
I am a mother, but what kind of mom would I be if I spent each day thumbing on my smart phone or tapping on my laptop? My children need me to turn away from my work and listen when they need to tell me about their recurring nightmares, their friend on the school bus, and what they want to do this weekend.
Scheduling tweets allows me to share the things I write with people in other time zones while I live in the moment with my family. And that is a very good thing.
WritingJoy is the mother of four children, one who is in heaven. She blogs at Joy In This Journey and is a contributing writer at Deeper Story and The Well Written Woman. You can also connect with her on Twitter: WritingJoy
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