Welcome To Twitter Junior High

Twitter is starting to remind me of Junior High School. In the last few months I have seen the craziest things occur on twitter and just shook my head and walked away thinking “i need to post about this one day”. Apparently the universe decided today was that day.

Yesterday I worked all day on a campaign that was near and dear to my heart. I worked well beyond what I was paid to do because I was passionate about the cause.

This morning I wake up from an email from a friend of mine telling me that people contacted her about issues with this campaign. She was in no way involved in the campaign so why the hell she was brought into this I have no idea but apparently people are now deeming her the Principal at Twitter Junior High.

So, as I explained to the Principal I will now explain to you. YES, last night I gave a prize away to twitter account owned by my co-host. I HAD NO IDEA SHE OWNED THAT ACCOUNT! Yes, she replied with a thank you because SHE WASN’T SURE WHAT TO DO IN THE HEAT OF THE PARTY. She called me right after the party with “Houston, we have a problem”. We decided we would reaward it today.End of story we thought.

But apparently a bunch of people ran to the Principal to tell on us.

Seriously??? Seriously???

No dm to me? No email to me? No tweet to me? WHY?

Do people honestly think I would stake a reputation I have had online for almost 10 years to give  her a branded tote and mug? Come on people. If you don’t know the blogger business yet let me clue you in….we have more branded products than we know what to do with it. They arrive everyday in our mailboxes. I am not devaluing the prize but my co-host needs this like she needs a hole in her head!

Lets clear some thing else up while I am at it. Yes, I own multiple twitter handles. All of my sites have their own handle. They are clearly branded as sites and can be checked against my portfolio. So does my co-host. I just didn’t know she had the one I awarded the prize to. She uses that one to give away awards she finds. Sort of nice of her, don’t ya think?

Yes, our clients know we have these accounts. It is no big secret. Yes, it inflates tweet counts, DUH! Your point is??? If you are donating to a charity and the client is aware extra accounts are used to spread main messaging, isn’t that a GOOD thing?

In December I held a food drive charity twitter party and was attacked because some people determined the food to not be as nutritious or organic as they would like. Seriously???? You are bagging on a FOOD DRIVE? Let the people receiving it decide if it is OK for them. My kids love that product.

In December, Twitter Junior High also saw the horrible attack on Military_Mom after she tweeted about her sons drowning. There has already been enough said on that tragic subject.

September was the attack on the my blogging friends who were invited to Nestle and then were literally crucified on twitter for it.

Twitters terms of service do not allow anyone under the age of 18 to play in the US so why are so many people acting like they are still in Junior High?

I hated Junior High and I have no intention of letting my part of twitter turn into it.

You have a problem with me? I am not hard to get a hold of. Tell me, not the teacher or the principal or talk behind my back.

Have a problem with someone else? Talk to them! Don’t start a huge campaign on twitter about it.

Can’t we all just get along?

Here is your chance to talk to me. Leave me a comment!

Comments

  1. Wow! Given that Twitter is pretty faceless, I don't know why someone couldn't DM you to tell you their honest opinion. People need to put things into perspective. I get that some people have an issue w/ Nestle. But flaming someone over it? Complainign about a food drive? People need food! Hello!

    I'm just gonna sit here and shake my head.
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  2. Barb,
    Ridiculous, and I tend to ignore those who make a big stink, cause strife and leave a trail of negativity. I've been doing some "unfollowing" to remove negative rants from my stream. You are right, have an issue… go to the source!
    My recent post From the Treadmill to the Vending Machine

  3. Barb,
    Ridiculous, and I tend to ignore those who make a big stink, cause strife and leave a trail of negativity. I've been doing some "unfollowing" to remove negative rants from my stream. You are right, have an issue… go to the source!
    My recent post From the Treadmill to the Vending Machine

  4. Barb,
    Ridiculous, and I tend to ignore those who make a big stink, cause strife and leave a trail of negativity. I've been doing some "unfollowing" to remove negative rants from my stream. You are right, have an issue… go to the source!
    My recent post From the Treadmill to the Vending Machine

  5. Well, and especially flaming the innocent bloggers who thought they were going to learn about chocolate! I know many of them personally and they had no idea their was such a controversy.

  6. Doung, you so rock and are so positive. This situation hit me on the wrong day :)

  7. Firstly, let me say…. had I caught such a heinous CRIME … I would have handled it the appropriate way… bypassed the principal and @'d OBAMA … thats right, I follow him- and I am not afraid to call on that connection when it comes to the big issues! ;)

    and then on a more serious note let me say— a BIG FAT… "AMEN SISTA!" and that is why I am so thankful to be able to associate myself with level headed..real… people in this community like you!

    I blogged about the twitter nonsense & how ridiculous it is a few months ago… and then somehow made a list of "supporters" of the whole thing even though was not involved in ANY way. Its just sad that people have to take things to such extremes. There are far more serious things going on in the world than who's winning a branded tote and mug, what brand of chocolate people are eating… Or even by something personal in someones life that has only been described in 140 characters.

    GET A GRIP PEOPLE!

    O and— Barb, you got my mailing address right? Feel free to send me those gift card prizes whenever you get the chance ;)

    (**Disclaimer for any drama queens & kings reading this**— THAT WAS A JOKE… no need to alert the authorities.)
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  8. I totally just wrote a sub-post to your post didn't I? lol…
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  9. I was honored to be a part of your Twitter party last nite. Knowing that with every tweet I was helping another person made me feel wonderful. As far as I'm concerned being able to help make a difference is the BEST prize I can ever receive. It was lovely of you to be our hostess and wonderful of Campbell's to make the event possible.

    Thank you for caring about others and please include me in any of your charity based Twitter parties in future!

  10. I can easily see how this mistake could happen! I think you both handled yourself like professionals. Rock On!
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  11. I love your attitude. That is what it is really all about!

  12. Lori Cooney says:

    Gosh, it really makes you wonder why people are the way they are! Junior High Drama….been there…done that….let's grow up and move on.

  13. I get enough junior high drama AT SCHOOL so why do I want it on Twitter? Hate to say that is why I don't tweet very often or attend the parties very often anymore. Glad the party was a success though and you do a great job!

  14. Jennifer B says:

    wow! I am surprised, but I don't know why. I see stuff like this even on small levels. So Sorry that people have to be this way.
    Thank you for blogging about this! I think this needs to be talked about and these people need to tick their tails and go or grow up.

  15. THERESA BERNTSON says:

    You are a master at handling tweeters who run to the principle,GOOD JOB THANKS FOR HLPING THE PEOPLE WHO NEED IT MOST.

  16. OMG! That cracks me up! YOU crack me up

  17. Don't get me wrong, I do absolutely love twitter. Unfortunately, it has its cliquey, catty side to it like everything else. I am just real careful to stay out of it as much as possible.

  18. I don't do drama at all. I am new here – great blog.

  19. Wow! And here I am just starting to enter the tweet world. Maybe I should stay home – lol.