So I’ve been getting into the Twitter lately, and I have to say it’s pretty fun. There’s something satisfying about pushing out 140-character tidbits of information, links, argument, and snark, without feeling like you have to flesh everything out the way we normally would for a blog post.
But it’s risky too. Particularly when you let snark get the better of you, as Phoenix reporter and inveterate twitterer David Bernstein did earlier today during the Gov debate at Emerson College. Apparently (I didn’t get to watch it), a 26-year-old woman asked a question about how she was supposed to afford health insurance. Here’s how it went after that:
Anyone kinda wish someone had said to the student w/ the health care Q: “You’re 26 – get a f@%#ing job”? #emersonforum #magov
@dbernstein I do have a job, I have two actually, and I’m a full time graduate student. If you were listening, you would have caught that.
Bernstein, to his credit, owned up to his gaffe, and in the process broadcast Anaridis’s response far and wide (he has nearly 2,000 followers; Anaridis has fewer than 10).
Uh-oh, busted. I take it all back, I was just feeling grumpy! RT @Anaridis: @dbernstein I do have a job, I have two actually #emersonforum
Twitterer Mike Deehan hilariously piled on.
So there you have it – an amusing, if somewhat embarrassing, contretemps. I say this as a caution to myself, as well as other twitterers out there: just as with good blogging, good twittering generally consists of knowing what you’re talking about and having the facts on your side. It just does so in a lot less space.