Does Courtney Love Twitter Still?
March 8, 2011 § 6 Comments
Or, “How to Lose $430,000 Dollars in 140 Characters or Less.”
Oh, Courtney, you BAD girl! Don’t you know it’s uncool to say nasty things about other people on twitter, especially if they are untrue? To borrow from Britney Spears, “Oops, you did it again.” On March 4th, Ms. Love settled her lawsuit brought by fashion designer Dawn Simorangkir for accusing Ms. Simorangkir of theft and having a criminal background via her twitter account. According to the Associated Press, the settlement is $430,000 plus interest. Heck, that doesn’t even include the attorney fees. ¡Ay, caramba!
The question that needs to be asked here is, why did she do it? You could say it has something to do with her strong personality. You could also speculate poor judgement brought on by any number of reasons (I’m being careful here). However, I think the answer has everything to do with large egos mixed with the easy access of twitter. What possesses a football player to blame God for dropping a game winning pass and and then tweet all about it? How about a reality star who denounces what may be a perfectly good diet program that features cookies as the main ingredient?
When you have a few million (or even a few hundred) followers on twitter, you have to treat the medium as if you were posting a headline in the New York Times. The problem some people don’t fully fathom with social media is, while conversational in nature, people are listening in. That is the whole point of social media and it can be exciting to have such easy access to an audience that follows every move you’re willing to put out there. Even at a local level you can find yourself in hot water if, for example, you slam your marketing company just to blow off some steam.
Here is my solution for hot heads and big egos who use twitter. Actually, I’ll give you two options. Option number one: shut it down if you can’t help yourself. Charlie Sheen, take a note from Giant’s pitcher Brian Wilson and dump your account [THIS JUST IN: Brian Wilson back on twitter - he just can't help himself]. Option number two: if you simply can’t bring yourself to shutting your twitter account down (I’m talking to you Mr. Wilson) then have your agent read all your tweets first. That’s what you pay them for. If that won’t work, write your tweets down, put them in an envelope and mail them to yourself. When you get the letter a few days later, reread it. If you’re still feeling the urge, by all means, tweet your heart out. If not, throw it away.
I realize my solutions aren’t very practical in this day and age, but we’re talking about people tweeting when they are angry and in sort of a digital road rage, if you will. If you’re angry about something and you tend to tweet like a caffeinated hummingbird, pull over and STEP AWAY FROM THE TWITTER.
Now, be nice and tweet this article for me. Thank you.