It seems that when no-one in the media knows what’s going on, they turn to Twitter to report what other people think is going on, even though they don’t.
While all was confusion, the BBC had a social media correspondent whose job it was to gather up all the rumour, speculation and reaction that people posted on Twitter and Facebook and then report it as fact.
It’s called citizen journalism, though really it is more like the gossip you might hear in the local pub, but on a global scale.
Twitter gossip can be dangerous stuff, of course, as we’ve seen now that Lord McAlpine is suing Sally Bercow for libel for her tweeted innuendo about his sexual peccadilloes.
And Twitter is so insidious these days. You can’t watch quiz shows like Million Pound Drop without has tag comments, such as ‘way to go Charlie’ appearing at the bottom of the screen. They add nothing to the programme other than to prove that it’s live.
At this point I should confess that I have a Twitter account that I ignore pretty much all the time. I just couldn’t imagine who would interested in what I was having for lunch in the same way that I’m not interested in the 140 character wisdom of celebrities and wannabes.
However, if Twitter has one saving grace it is the one-liner joke and just to show that I’m not a total Tweetophobe, here are a few I read about last week:
- How many Chinese whispers does it take to change a light bulb? Steven.
- In order to catch a bus, first one must think like a bus.
- Due to an autocorrect cock-up, my time machine only lets me travel into the furniture.
- The best thing about alcohol hand gel in hospitals isn’t the hygiene, but that everyone walks around like they’re hatching a dastardly plot.
- When the Ring showed up in the Shire, that was an unexpected item in the Baggins area.
- Andy Carroll, once again looking like someone who’s been given a ‘Professional Footballer Experience’ for a birthday gift.
- I had a dream that I weighed less that a thousandth of a gram. I was, like, 0mg!
- Turns out that when you wife’s away for a few days, setting your FB relationship status to ‘it’s complicated’ isn’t as funny as you think it is.
- If you haven’t got anything interesting to say, post it on Facebook.