Where Twitter Goes Wrong

Kyle Reed // @kylereed

I think we could all list out thousands of reasons why we love twitter.
I live where I live because of twitter.
I have the job I have because of twitter.
I have the friends I have because of twitter.
I date the girl I date because of twitter

You get the point.

But there is one side of twitter that we see everyday but don’t necessarily like to talk about. It is the side that allows us to see into others lives.

You might be wondering, isn’t that the point of twitter? Yes, it is, but to a certain limit. You see, 5 years ago I did not call up 80 of my closest friends and tell them that I got a new job. I didn’t call everyone in motorola razor address book and tell them who I was hanging out. My network was not at my fingertips. The only thing I could control was myself.

That changes things. It changes things because now a days you can be anyone you want through social media. You can give people access to your life, create a persona, or put the best you forward. Before, you couldn’t control what others saw. You had to have dignity, honor, respect and integrity. That wasn’t earned through a ReTweet and it wasn’t earned through having blog readers. It was simple earned by your actions.

Twitter is great, but when it turns into a broadcasting tool for yourself it turns bad.

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Kyle Reed

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I create websites, conversations, and ideas. Advocate for the 20 somethings. Looking to connect everyone to a mentor. Married to my best friend, Ginny. I like my coffee black and my dog Jack. I currently live in Nashville and work at Sony Music/Provident in Nashville
  • Samantha Butterfield

    Well said. And thanks for the challenge to really be who we say we are.

  • http://www.reflectinghearts.com Morgan MacGavin

    So well said, Kyle. Too often I think we take what we see in social media as face value, and then we act shocked when that person doesn’t live up to the expectations we had based on what they portrayed. Did we stop to actually get to know that person? Or did we trust what they put out their to be the entire picture?

  • http://sammahlstadt.com/ Sam Mahlstadt

    Truth! Good word, Kyle

  • http://www.jasonvana.com Jason Vana

    Great point, Kyle. Twitter is meant to be a connecting tool, not a broadcasting tool. 

  • http://www.jasonvana.com Jason Vana

    Great point, Kyle. Twitter is meant to be a connecting tool, not a broadcasting tool. 

  • http://hssummers.blogspot.com/ Heather Summers

    When people see us through our social medias they see us at our best (for the most part, unless typing happens without fully thinking.) We can make ourselves what we desire for ourselves to be like at that moment. We put up the best looking pictures of ourselves, say inspirational or funny tweets just for the retweets/likes so that we can feel good about ourselves. What’s really the point in it all? What do we gain from being favored for that moment by random strangers on the Internet? It’s all really silly, yet we do it.

    Oh yeah, and I loved your razor remark. I remember when razors were the coolest phones out. And they were nothing in comparison to what we have now, just think of what’s to come.