To borrow from Inigo Montoya in “The Princess Bride”: “You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.”
To break it down, there are basically two socially acceptable paths for live-tweeting. On the serious side, journalists will often live-tweet a breaking news story, such as a hurricane or the Arab Spring. On the not-so-serious side are people who live-tweet popular TV shows and movies. Last week, new Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges live-tweeted comments on her favorite movie, “Die Hard,” during a screening at the Riverview Theater. It was harmless fun.
But lately there seems to be a movement where it’s suddenly cool to live-tweet anything we hear, no matter how personal the topic.
In November, New York writer/comedian Kyle Ayers live-tweeted what he says were a couple breaking up after they arrived on a Brooklyn rooftop. The chain of events isn’t confirmed anywhere, so believe what you will. But whether it’s true or not, there’s nothing cool about live-tweeting someone’s personal business, no matter how funny you think it is.
Yet listacle website BuzzFeed found it very funny. It even published a story with every tweet Ayers posted and added its own commentary, suggesting this was normal behavior: “Kyle did what any sane human would do, given the circumstances. He live-tweeted their breakup.”
But is that really what any sane human would do? Maybe a sane human would have walked away and let the couple have their argument. Even if your ultimate goal was to pick up a few Twitter followers, is it worth it?
It’s really not. Live-tweeting what’s happening during a hurricane could save lives. Live-tweeting a breakup is petty and has no purpose. Imagine how embarrassed you would be if that happened to you.
Of course, we can all agree that a rooftop is a bad venue for a breakup, right? □
Staff writer Tom Horgen contributed to this report.