Twitter PR wheel
I noticed recently that everyone from the Guardian to the Independent are talking about this Twitter spat between Jenny Johnson & Chris Brown. Admittedly, I’d only learnt who Jenny Johnson was today because of this. She’s a US comic writer, and her 345,000 Twitter followers proves that lots of people enjoy tuning in to her witty 140 character micro-blogs. I mean that’s nearly as much as Caitlin Moran. Maybe she’s the American version of Caitlin Moran.
Now, I’m a HUGE fan of these loud female writers. I secretly want to be one.
However: I am not a fan of Twitter arguments. It’s like having an argument in your front room and rigging up speakers and a live webcam so your neighbours could get an earful – and potentially millions of random people on the Internet too. I think the correct phrase is to ‘air one’s dirty laundry’ in public which even in this age of modern technology is still frowned upon.
So let this be a lesson to us all – let’s not slag off people on Twitter. It just makes you look a bit immature. Even if it’s funny and (in this case) a pretty valid point. I don’t really want to post the actual tweets on my blog as they hurt my eyes. I don’t know whether it was an accidental tweet that spiralled out of control (and subsequently got Chris Brown’s Twitter feed suspended) or whether it was a bit of strange PR. Yes, vulgar tweets make headlines, but is it really the headlines you want to get? Doubt it.
Either way – let’s keep things decent on Twitter, yeah?
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