Think before you tweet.
The 140-character messages have eased the timeless exchange of information and inspired a new etiquette for its users. The appropriate time to tweet is one sticking point.
“People think others want to learn everything they’re doing,” said Julie Sharp, a 21-year-old senior at the University of Arkansas. “They want the attention.”
Baldwin, she said, should have waited until after his nuptials to take to Twitter. The senior also said she had encountered a similar situation when someone live-tweeted a baptism she attended, and has seen others tweet their sexual deeds, legal problems and mundane workout schedule.
“It’s not bad, it’s just rude and strange,” Sharp said.
Funerals, church and work should all be tweet-free, she said.
Kelsey Climer, a 19-year-old sophomore at the University of Memphis, said Twitter trumped tradition for one fraternity brother she follows who tweeted during his initiation.
“It becomes such a habit to see something funny or random happen, you tweet it,” she said.
Climer also said people who tweet during class come off as poor students.
Shraddha Sankhe, a 23-year-old graduate student at the University of Missouri, said Twitter has blurred the lines between a person’s personal life and career. Negative tweets about bosses, colleagues, bad days at work and office gossip can haunt the Twitter user later, Sankhe said.
“Anything your boss shouldn’t know about, don’t tweet,” she said.
Sankhe said some tweets about personal behavior can make you more relatable, but sharing news articles or other reading material is more important. Twitter is defined by its immediacy whereas Facebook users post more significant events, Sankhe said.
“People are tweeting about what’s happening now in their environment and Facebook is more for announcements,” she said.
Sharp said curiosity will continue to drive Twitter users to broadcast their lives.
“People are nosy,” she said.
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