Sometimes I go on Twitter with the thought of stirring up shit in the pot. And by stirring up I mean by tweeting random things like, I dunno, I’m shitting and twitting or stupid things like that. Silly random dumb tweets. Harmless. Innocuous.
Because it’s ridiculous. Twitter is meant for fun. Which is why I like it. I like to have fun.
But then, the last couple of days, I’ve been watching in morbid horror and curiosity at some really disturbing Twits on Twitter. Ripping other bloggers to shreds because they think they can. Because they have a false sense of security while they are click, click, clicking away on their little keyboard with their little screen lit up in front of them displaying the ugliness that they’ve proven themselves to be. I picture each 140 letter tweet being sent with a smug look on sanctimonious faces. And I really wanted to reach through the screen and shake every last one of you. Some of you, whose blogs I read, shocked me by your behavior. Others I had come to expect that type of better than tweeting and insulting.
Blogher was a bad enough display of how horrible and self serving some of the Mommy blogger community can be.
What? The? FUCK? Is wrong with you people?
Instead of sounding like you were trying to educate and enlighten us to Nestles bad past. You came off like bitter, jealous cheerleaders cat-fighting over the same boyfriend. It got tiresome. A bunch of us avoided Twitter for most of the day because of the constant stream of slander. We didn’t want to stand around cheering for which cheerleader should have her varsity sweater pulled over her head.
It wasn’t about you. Any of you. And you should apologize to the lovely bloggers, some of them my friends, who were at the Nestle family conference. Because they had to deal with your insults and your barrage of nastiness.
But you probably won’t.
Shame on you.
Angie [A Whole Lot of Nothing] says
SOSOSO true. Points well made.
LMAO. Wow. I have no idea what’s going on and I like it that way. Get out of your computers and into a life, people.
*Backs slowly away from the crazy women*
Raychel Celeste says
I wasn’t at the conference and I don’t know that particular situation.. but I’ve said it a dozen times that I CANNOT STAND the stupid, pointless bashing that goes on through Twitter and blog comments. Most of the people who say these idiotic, hurtful things and would never act this way in real life. AND if you do, act this trashy and abrasive in real life.. then please let me know, and I will promptly remove you from my feed. Simple as that. I don’t understand the SMUG attitude of some of these people. They just need to grow up.
I see it this way with those smug SOB’s or are they DOB’s? Regardless, obviously easier to tear someone down than to build them up, or converse in a respectful manner. Why take the extra effort to be civil when their actions are so much easier to act like toddlers throwing tantrums.
you would think that, as women, we would have outgrown the cattiness that was abundant during their high school days. some women don’t know how to let that go apparently. i choose to never be friends with people like that, because I don’t have time for the drama. It’s also a very toxic thing and one must rid of all the toxic things from their bodies, lives, etc., no?
My personal opinion of this kind of behavior is that it happens because we have gotten into the habit of not seeing the person we’re talking to. It’s as if being in front of the computer screen and not with a group of people that we have face to face with has given some of us the idea that we’re all that matters.
One of the reasons I seldom comment on blogs except those of trusted friends is that too many enjoy the schoolyard games and I’m not willing to get involved.
However…they were at the event by choice. They choose to twitter about how much fun they were having on the behest of a highly controversial company.
They gave their name and blogs and tweets for FREE for ‘shiny things’ http://queersubversion.blogspot.com/2009/10/showing-bloggers-shiny-things.html
and defended the company which did unfortunately fan the flames from discussion to snark.
However..I think people were just aghast at the flippant attitude that came across from many attendees there…..the bashing went both ways.
I really really feel that bloggers – moms or not – really really need to learn about marketing, business practices, PR, soc med etc before delving into reviews, ads etc.
Business looks at blogs and the interweb as purely a business opportunity.
Nice bloggers or not…friends or not……Nestle left them out there to be their front line in a cyber slaughter and really hasn’t said much about that.
I hope people will learn to a)research a company they are aligning themselves with first and b) to not be tools for corporations.
This isn’t just about women being meant to women or mom’s not supporting moms…this is business..and if you put yourself out there connected to any businesses…you have to be ready for the heat that will be generated in cyberspace.
Thank you for your post I heart you. I think it is ridiculous that some held the attendees responsible for what they are accusing the company of doing and just because the attendees didn’t jump on their band wagon of Nestle boycotting all the sudden we were the enemy and deserved to be crapped on. Very high school behavior. All I know is I heard the arguements they had and there was not beyond a reasonable doubt that they knew what they were accusing the company of.
And then when we actually started getting answers for them they problem changed to something new very ironic. I have had Nestle in my life for the 30 years I have been on this planet and will have them until I hear an arguement that Nestle can’t provide an answer for that satisfies Me (and yes I was a BF mom to all my kids before they jump on my case). I actually got on video responses from the CEO to questions asked on twitter and why in foreign countries Nestle shouldn’t be to blame. It’s my choice to believe what Nestle says just like it is the boycotters choice not to, but it comes to a point when people get disrespectful that it’s not cool. We can just agree to disagree if neither side will budge and move on.
Thank you for your post 😉 I heart you, you awesome woman
Eeks!! I try to stay away from drama, so if I see it from someone I usually unsubscribe from their Tweets asap. And go about the rest of my lovely day.
You know, now that you bring it up, a blogger emailed me, asking if I had seen what was going on and gave me a whole bunch of links. And I stated that I agreed with a certain article she sent to me. And that was that. But now that I think about it, maybe she was trying to get me invoved……..because really what was the point in emailing me, she didnt keep up the conversation after I replied with my simple statement saying “I agree”
ugh, some people
I wasn’t at the event, so I don’t know what happened. This sounds too much like real life and it sucks. You made valid points in your post. Wonder what these people would say if they had to do it face to face?
I obviously don’t follow the right people on Twitter. That, or I’m just too wrapped up in myself to notice any of this stuff.
Sheesh, makes me nervous to be a “mommy” blogger someday.
C @ Kid Things says
This is how out of the loop I am, I actually had to do a twitter search a few days ago to find what was going on. Sometimes, in my case anyway, ignorance is bliss.
I know very little of what’s going on. I don’t even want to get into the middle of it. Just because someone goes to a conference does not mean they are “aligning” themselves with a certain company.
Our blogs are for us! Yes, other people read them, but it is up to them to leave if they do not like what we are writing. There is no reason to go blasting people for what they write.
People should get off their high horses because the blogosphere & twitter world does not evolve around them!
Keep up the great writing!
Don Mills Diva says
One of the reasons blogging has lost its lustre for me for sure.