28 January 2010

Thou Shalt Not Tweet

With the onset of blogs, social media, and, in particular, Twitter, there have been as many articles written about how to use it as how NOT to use it. Lately I keep seeing lists of things that only gauche plebes devote 140 scintillating characters about to share with the world.

14 things you're not supposed to Tweet about if you're cool:

1) Kids
2) Cats
3) Anything that happens in the bathroom
4) Exercise programs or going to the gym
5) What you're having for breakfast/lunch/dinner/coffee break
6) Social Media / Twitter being broken
7) Random "meaningful" statements
8) The weather
9) Your mental state
10) Your sex life
11) Your daily whine/negativity
12) Your number of followers
13) Everything you do in your boring day
14) Socks (Or, I guess, your clothes in general)

Did I miss anything? I don't know about you, but this covers most of the stuff I think about and am interested in. (Feelin' a little unnecessary here, and I'm sure legions of hipsters would agree.) Taking into consideration all the additional cautions out there about posting too many links or retweeting frequently, what does this leave as acceptable Twit fodder?

iPad jokes? or is that too close to social media tripe?
Pithy observations about politics? Or is that too close to #7, random meaningful statements?
Scathing, 140-character commentary on customer service at X company? Or is that too much negativity?
Participation in things like FollowFriday and MusicMonday? Or is that too close to #12 and #13?
Links to your blog entries that also follow the above do-nots and thus aren't about bourgeois topics?

Bueller? Bueller?

Jody W.
http://www.jodywallace.com/ * http://www.meankitty.com/ (Can I LINK to my cat site since it's about, you know, cats who don't LOL?)
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