Twitter Twouble

Man, this summer is full of terrible Twitter gaffs. Geraldo Rivera and his imprudent selfie, Dr. Phil the other day tried to be provocative and get feedback for his show by asking “If a girl is drunk, is it OK to have sex with her?”, and today I read that Thomas Gibson of “Criminal Minds” is the “victim” of catfishing. (From the Urban Dictionary: A catfish is someone who pretends to be someone they’re not using Facebook or other social media to create false identities, particularly to pursue deceptive online romances.)

Robin covered selfies the other day. I think most of us can agree these may have been fun and harmless when first discovered, but, like most things humans get hold of, have turned bad.

Dr. Phil asking a question to get feedback for his show is understandable, but just blapping it out there without an explanation was foolish. I know you’re limited 140 characters but have some common sense. Or use a medium better suited to the task, doctor.

As for Thomas Gibson, the story said he was enticed into a two-year relationship with a person (and we have to say person because catfish aren’t truthful about much of anything) claiming to be a porn star. He even engaged in the selfie route during the course of things. That last line of the story is the saddest: “The actor is estranged from his wife. The couple has three children.”

I waste a lot of time on Twitter. I’m told at every turn authors HAVE to be on Twitter. I’m rethinking Twitter.

Who’s with me?

Take care–Susan Kaye.

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7 thoughts on “Twitter Twouble

  1. Susan Kaye Post author

    I’m sorry you find it so disappointing. I’d at least like to think Twitter users have had some sort of enjoyable honeymoon period. I think I’m rounding into the seven-year-glitch.

    Thanks for dropping by, frugoal.

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  2. Laura Hile

    Twitter, while interesting, is for me a time sink.

    Because I should be writing. Yes, I should be, but I take “a minute” and look in at Twitter. And before I know it, I’m following links and reading. Reading when I should be writing! Facebook is the same. I need to keep up with friends and fellow authors and … everything!

    Where does the time go? Why am I so easily distracted? And why can’t I keep up with everything anymore? And another thing about fast-moving Twitter: How many people actually read the tweets?

    Perhaps it is easier to keep up with Twitter with a smartphone. My sons prod me to get one, but … no.

    I am stumbling back to the on-line world after a week away for my son’s wedding. What I’ve missed is a lot. And what I haven’t written is a lot, too! 😦

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    1. Susan Kaye Post author

      I have the feeling that the smart phone may be one of the biggest contributors to the whole “selfie” movement. Best to keep to the dumb phones.

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      1. Laura Hile

        I use my laptop at home, I walk to school and use the computer at my desk. Why do I need a smartphone with Internet access” Besides, I know myself. My “inquiring mind wants to know,” so I’d be one of those people in restaurants, checking the smartphone every five minutes to see if I’m missing something on Facebook or Twitter or this blog or …

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    1. Susan Kaye Post author

      IT seems to be my go-to for links to longer stories. I can follow a lot of diverse people without checking their blogs, etc. But, still, it takes up w-a-y too much of my time.

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