May 1, 2012 by Tha Lady Blogga
A Bachelor’s Thoughts: Is it really “Just Twitter”? by J.WhiteTo speak ill of others is a dishonest way of praising ourselves. ~Will Durant
I rattled my brain over and over asking myself “What can I do for my first contributing post for ladyblogga.com?” Then a light bulb went off and I realized I had my post right there in front of my face. All it needed was a little sprucing up. Who am I? With time I hope to let you in to discover for yourself. But that’s for another post on another day. But for now I want to discuss Twitter and the notion that “it’s just Twitter”.
I’m not a saint. I’m not perfect. My life isn’t as together as it should be, I can admit that. Yet that isn’t a crutch for me to rest on and be ok with. I consistently want to be a better person than I was yesterday. Some days I fail miserably, other days I’m triumphant. I tend to call a spade a spade which means being honest even when my peers may look down upon it. That’s just how I am. I often sit back and watch my peers. And by “watch my peers” I mean scroll my timeline on Twitter. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting and creating relationships via Twitter. Whether it was cordial or business related, people have gotten to know me that under any other circumstance, I would have never met. And every once in a while I get hit with “how you act on twitter and in person are completely different.” I’m sure I’m not the only person that has been hit with this. Often times I think what the hell does that even mean? But if you get hit with it once maybe, just maybe it’s a coincidence. Twice, it’s a possible trend.
In the society we live in, social media is now not only used as a platform for sending and receiving information, it’s used as power. A power that not everyone can handle. A power that draws drama or keeps it going. Scroll your timeline on a random day. Just do it. How many times during the day do you see someone “shock tweeting”? Constantly disagreeing with others, saying what they do and don’t like, arguing with someone, or constantly going in on hoes that they seem to entertain, fighting, leaking pictures , speaking as if they’re holier than thou, better than you, or screen capturing one on one conversations. And for what reason? Approval of others? A few followers? Because it’s supposed to be entertaining? Because that’s what you’re known for?
Would you really have the courage to keep your conviction about these people if you met face to face vs. behind a keyboard, screen, or touchscreen? Is that what you want to be known for when someone mentions you? Is that the kind of thing you want to be associated with when brought up? Or is it “just twitter”?
Truth be told twitter isn’t just twitter. If even in the slightest you’ve seen something that has upset you on twitter, it’s not just twitter at that point. Is it that serious? It shouldn’t be. But those 140 characters and “send” button holds power. Is that character for twitter really worth keeping up? Even I have tweeted some things before that were outrageous and I’ve looked back on it wondering what the hell was I thinking? As I stated before, I’m a firm believer in calling a spade a spade but the line for being respectful has been blurred and is bordering on nonexistent. People who uplift or are positive tend to get ignored, unless deemed to be cool or they have a substantial follower amount.
Twitter is made to be whatever you make it and to your liking. The “unfollow” button is only a click away. Your tailor you timeline. Whether you want to be informed, want to debate, or be entertained, at the end of the day it is your preference. But what you portray to the masses and constantly involve yourself in is how you will be deemed to be. Perception has unfortunately become reality. What is heard about you or seen from you will be deemed how you are; even if it’s the contrary your reputation will beat you to the punch. If you’re constantly in the middle of drama you’ll be labeled a drama king/queen. If you’re always talking about hoes you’ll be perceived as only talking to hoes or scorned. If you’re always talking about your exes you’ll be looked at as being hurt and bitter. If you’re always joking, you’ll be perceived as a clown.
Will you keep up that character because its “just twitter”? Or will you use your platform to show that there is more to you than your typecast? Just some food for thought.