Think Before You Tweet Part Deux

People, people – have we already forgotten what I said about the Internet being forever?! I am afraid so, based on one 14-year-old Dutch girl’s tweets to American Airlines over the weekend.

Sarah A.K.A. @QueenDemetriax_ posted a fake terrorist threat against American Airlines on her Twitter account, tweeting the following at the airline:

@AmericanAir hello my name’s Ibrahim and I’m from Afghanistan. I’m part of Al Qaida and on June 1st I’m gonna do something really big bye

The airline promptly responded with the following:

@QueenDemetriax_ Sarah, we take these threats very seriously. Your IP address and details will be forwarded to security and the FBI.

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Sarah then begins to freak out, while simultaneously being jubilant about her increase in Twitter followers (typical 14-year-old girl reaction I’d say). She even tweeted “Okay today was the highlight of my twitter days.” I mean, are you kidding me?!

Well, SHOCKER ALERT, turns out it is actually not smart to tweet fake terrorist threats! Who woulda thunk it? Sarah has since been arrested and her Twitter account has been suspended. But, luckily Storify has screenshots of all her tweets here.

I really don’t know what to say about this, but I’ll repeat myself once more. The Internet is forever. For.Ever. Even though Sarah deleted her tweets and even though her account is no longer in use, Storify captured her tweets and they will forever be available for people to search and for people to remember Sarah’s lack of judgment.

And, it’s a reminder that if the Internet finds something to be a big deal, the world is going to have to react. Even if her threat was fake, because there was so much attention surrounding it, it would’ve been a crime not to arrest her, for if such a threat had been dismissed as fake and had become real, there would’ve been a great deal of blame passed around.

So, like I said in talking about Stephen Colbert, think before you tweet. Think before you post anything on social media or online. While most of us would know not to make such a distasteful joke like Sarah, I am sure there are times when we have tweeted or posted questionable or risque things. Don’t do it. People can screenshot that in seconds and it can haunt you for eternity. So think before you post, and really, just don’t be dumb.

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Promoted Tweets: Love Um or Hate Um?

I don’t know what it is about promoted tweets, but I absolutely hate when they show up on my Twitter feed. I’m sorry Taco Bell, for the millionth time I am NOT interested in eating off your breakfast menu. And yes, Chex Cereal, I know that puppy chow (or as you call it “Muddy Buddies”) are delicious, but I do not need you all up in my Twitter feed reminding me of that. Hello companies, there’s a reason I don’t follow you.

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If you agree with me then you’re not going to like what I have to say next. Turns out Twitter is now allowing certain “high-profile” users to promote their own tweets for free. These tweets will be “pinned” to the top of the user’s feed, and won’t be subject to a time limit, it will merely be labeled as “Promoted” and appear on the top of their page. And while this feature is only available online (not in the app), I am bothered by it. 

I just don’t understand why people should be allowed to promote their tweets. I don’t understand the point of it, I mean people either actively follow you or they don’t – and if they don’t, they probably don’t care.

Us regular folk can pay to promote our own tweets, but I just don’t see the value. Am I alone in this sentiment?

Think Before You Tweet

As I browsed my Twitter feed last night, I noticed that #CancelColbert was trending. Now, I don’t routinely watch the show (or really watch it ever…) but I was surprised to see that such a popular show was receiving so much hate on social media. So, I investigated.

Turns out, the show’s Twitter account tweeted a racially insensitive joke that coincided with a portion of the show in which Stephen Colbert used Asian stereotypes to taunt Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder. The tweet, which has since been deleted, received a great deal of backlash across the Internet (and rightfully so).

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Source: http://mashable.com/2014/03/28/cancel-colbert-stephen-colbert/

The joke was completely insensitive, and in my opinion, deserving of the criticism it received. I mean, have social media reps not learned from previous Twitter flubs like that of Justine Sacco?! This is how people lose their jobs.

The show later tweeted an “explanation” for the tweet (using the word explanation very loosely) saying that Stephen Colbert does not run the show’s Twitter account.

Source: http://mashable.com/2014/03/28/cancel-colbert-stephen-colbert/
Source: http://mashable.com/2014/03/28/cancel-colbert-stephen-colbert/

So, is this the show’s way of apologizing? Not sure, but I am not convinced.

Stephen Colbert himself chimed in saying that he agrees that the tweet was offensive and that he, too, is angered. But, wasn’t it him who made the joke on the show? Just sayin’.

Source: http://mashable.com/2014/03/28/cancel-colbert-stephen-colbert/
Source: http://mashable.com/2014/03/28/cancel-colbert-stephen-colbert/

Now, I don’t know if this warrants a cancellation of the show, but it is a reminder to THINK before you tweet. Like we’ve all been told a million and one times, the Internet is forever. Also, the Internet is not very forgiving. Make one mistake, and you could be cut off.

So, take some time before you compose a tweet to remind yourself that anyone can access those 140-characters and put you in the center of a Twitter storm.

Twitter: Tag, You’re It

Is Twitter trying to reinvent itself and become the new Facebook? Based on the latest innovations in the app, the answer appears to be yes.

Twitter is now allowing its users to upload up to four photos in one tweet, allowing you to tag up to 10 friends in the photos, without using up any of your 140-characters.

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Source: http://mashable.com/2014/03/26/twitter-photos-social/

The four pictures you add will appear as a collage in your timeline, and when another user clicks on one of them, they’ll be able to see the picture in full.

However, this picture feature is currently only available for iPhone users, Twitter says it plans to roll out this four picture addition to Android and Twitter.com soon.

The friend tagging feature, though, is available to everyone and works just like tagging on Facebook. You tag your Twitter friends in the photo and then they get a notification. If they’re not pleased with the photo, they can delete their tag just like they can on Facebook.

The default setting on this picture tagging feature is a bit funky, though. It’s set so that anyone can tag people in your photos, which could lead to some false tagging. Could be interesting.

What do you think of these changes on Twitter? I must say, I like them. I like Twitter and, in general, my favorite aspect of social media is photo sharing, so combine the two and I am pleased.