Welcome to Keeping it 140. I’m Kyra Kyles, a Senior Editor at JET who moonlights as a social media stalker, tracking the good, bad and ugly of online sharing. I’ll mostly be taking celebs and public figures to task for gaffes on the Interwebs (I see you, 50 Cent and Chris Brown.) But I’ll also offer advice on how we civilians can keep it together on sites like Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and… um… MySpace, that is, if you’re still lurking around on the latter outlet. Just think of me as the Emily Post of posting.
Someone Please Call 9-1-1 (and Palmer’s Lotion)
What. In. the. Hell. The blogosphere has already sufficiently lambasted the Haitian-born Wyclef Jean for this peculiar birthday shot, but just a bit more must be said. So many questions? Why the Speedo? Why is he only oiled from the waist up? Did he run out of cocoa butter halfway through the shoot? Doesn’t the former Fugee have better things to be doing with his time than Twitpic given that his charity, Yele has been shuttered and allegations of financial tomfoolery abound? Seriously, I think a part of me died inside because of this half-slick/half-ashy mess here. No mas.
As if there wasn’t enough of a reason to dislike Rupert Murdoch, the real-life Mr. Burns decided to use Twitter as his personal platform to call celebrities scumbags. The media mogul released the following venom into the Twittersphere, tweaked that the Prime Minister David Cameron might even consider laws to further protect stars’ privacy.
It turns out that not wanting so-called journalists hacking into your phone is a bad thing and somehow makes YOU the scumbag. Shame on Murdoch, perpetually and deservedly, under fire for this hot mess of a scandal.
Ooooh. Wee. I know Tom Brady, despite his carefully worded response, was mad as all hell when he saw this meme tweeted by Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman, who came away with one of the New England Patriot QB’s two interceptions in the narrow 24-23 win in Seattle. The image and caption speak for itself, but it seems cooler heads have since prevailed. Sherman 86′d the Tweet.
A Little Ribbing…
And for my final entry into the social media mania of the week, I give you a funny image that sprang up, seemingly within seconds of the most recent presidential debate that pitted President Barack Obama vs Governor Mitt Romney. An undecided African American voter who voiced his dismay with voting for Obama in 2008 netted the following sharp rebuke from the meme-making masses:
Your turn: Did you see something crazy on social media this week? Or do you have a question about online etiquette? Do tell…