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.
Whew! This week’s social media activity reached “Shining”-level craziness with feuds, fake kidnappings and a seeming suicide threat— all online. Check out all the wild words and deeds captured on the Interwebs. Don’t say I didn’t warn you…
The handsome hip-hop great didn’t exactly project it onto a Jumbotron, thank heavens. But he did reportedly reveal at a recent London performance that he texted his ex-wife, Kelis and asked if he could get some of that old thang back. More details here. I would love to see the dynamic duo get back together, particularly given his heartfelt prose in “Bye, Baby,” but I think the key to reconciliation is not telling hundreds of people he was sexting her.
The Twitterverse was about to send Liam Neeson to save this teenager, Kara Alongi, who falsely Tweeted that there was someone breaking into her home and then subsequently fell silent, leading spectators to fear the worst. Thankfully for her (and the thousands of Tweeps all over the world hunting for her), police found the 16-year-old wandering along a New Jersey highway and took her in for a mental assessment. The silver lining in this ruse is how many people banded together to try and help, using the hashtag #helpfindkara. It gives me hope we can find some of those missing, and accounted for, in our community. The power, and curse, of social media.
Gunning for Trouble
My deepest hope is that the Detroit internal affairs officer who Tweeted a picture of herself with a service pistol in her mouth was not suicidal, but only making a desperate bid for attention after her alleged former lover, Chief Ralph Goodbee, was found to be (again with the allegedly) canoodling with another woman. In any case, this disturbing photo has landed her in evaluation and placed her job in jeopardy. She is already suffering, so I’ll leave it at that.
Tweet in Mouth Disease
Can Lolo Jones catch any kind of break? After rising and falling as the darling of the Olympics, the gorgeous runner is in hot water for an online quip she clearly didn’t think through. Earlier this week, Jones had a Twitter exchange with Eric LeGrand, a former Rutgers defensive lineman who is paralyzed from the neck down. Trouble is, Lolo didn’t realize that about LeGrand when she Tweeted this little gem back to his playful challenge to race him. ”Get Checked for a concussion. Clearly, u’ve been hit in the head… Cos u arnt beating a track athlete.” Now, if we keep it 140, we know Lo to the Lo is probably telling the truth when she said she always responds that way to athletes goading her about her athleticism…but still…you have to be careful out there. Homegirl got gaffled by a ton of Tweeps for the insensitive missive, as this article explains.
I was fervently wishing that this embarrassing caught-on-video verbal catfight between newly minted American Idol hosts Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey was a divalicious bit of acting meant to shore up ratings. It now appears that it was absolutely authentic. Nicki Minaj took to Twitter to…um…defend herself with a series of sarcastic Tweets, detailed by MTV. Meanwhile, it seems Mariah Carey went old-school to publicize her feelings, whining on the sidelines to Barbara Walters that Nicki threatened to shoot her. I doubt the hip-hop Barbie would turn original gun clappa over this, and advise Ms. Walters to stay the hell out of this hot mess. To neutral corners, divas.
For our last item, I have to know what you think about this notion of Facebook allowing users to pay to promote certain statuses. With FB at a billion users, that might sound like a clever marketing revenue stream, but I’m already groaning about a massive influx of hideous plates of food, passive aggressive rants, on-the-job whining and more…but more high profile. What do you think? Should FB do this? And would you pay for it?
Thanks for joining me for this week’s episode. Do let me know if there was social madness I missed or hit me at email@example.com with any juicy tips. Until next Friday, keep it 140.