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.
Jesus take the touchscreen.
There are sooo many out of control social media muck-ups this week, I started to just fake sick (cough, sneeze) so I could get out of writing them up. But I am nothing if not dedicated to the fight against Facebook, Twitter, Instagram (and maybe even MySpace 2.0) madness. More on MySpace later. Let’s do this…
**rolling up sleeves**
Mother, May I?
I don’t give a hell what kind of relationship you have with the mother of your children, please do not use Instagram to voice your disdain…especially not while you’re holding your baby on your lap. **blank stare** But Meek Mill, rapper and alleged champagne bottle flinger extraordinaire, did just that earlier this week calling the mother of his son a “true bum” as well as the b-word and revealing she spent $11,000 in less than a month and asked him for more money. Then, he suggested that someone feature rappers and their respective bum b’s trying to bilk them out of cash. (I pray VH1 isn’t calling him right now to take him up on this offer.) My only other hope is that when this cute baby grow up, he looks back upon this post and gives his pops a chest shot for showing that level of disrespect to a woman he clearly thought enough to impregnate. And then puts that image of daddy doubled over on Instagram or whatever app they’ve got 10 years down the line. Baby Meek, might I suggest the “Walden” filter?
Was it really necessary for Snoop to post imagery of him rolling up and smoking up with his 18-year-old son? Methinks not. Perhaps the king of Chronic wants weed legalized, but the fact is: it’s not legal now. I know Snoop
Lion Dogg’s rich, powerful and could get all Lil’ Weezy in any deposition, but maybe this rappin’ dad wants to reconsider exposing his progeny to the long arm of the law. The hip-hop police will have young Corde on their Most Wanted List. Not a good look, hip-hop pops.
Can She Get the Letter Jacket, Diddy?
Cassie loves Diddy. Diddy loves Cassie. And now, after years of slipping ’round here secretly like Nelly and Ashanti, it’s now official because they said so on Twitter and Instagram. Please tell me how this “love.him” captioned photo foolishness she Tweeted of her undercover lover on a watercraft is any more mature than sliding someone a note that says “Do you like me? Click ‘yes’ or ‘no.’” Tell me how it’s more elevated than rocking his dusty jacket in the halls in high school. Oh, it’s not? Okay, moving on then…
I’m in support of citizens learning about the laws of the land, but I would be crazier than he is if I co-signed for this 25-year-old who tried to test the limits of free speech by levying threats against President Barack Obama via Twitter. Seriously, watch the news story on this nonsense out of Birmingham, Alabama and then remind yourself, Jarvis Britton looks young, but consider this is essentially a grown arse man who tried this. He better thank heavens he was not grabbed up by Navy Seals and crammed into Saddam Hussein’s old spider hole for this insanity.
Last, but not least, I’d like to bring to your attention that MySpace is rebooting. That’s right, the original home of “quote” names, absurdly pornographic photo galleries and ridiculous wall postings. Justin Timberlake is their spokesperson, but even Mr. Sexy Back will not be able to breathe life back into this social media mass grave. Thoughts? Agree? Disagree?
So, I’m done Keeping it 140. Your turn… What foolishness did you witness on social media? Or do you have an etiquette question you’d like to ask? E-mail me at email@example.com and I’ll address your issue.