For years people have taken classes on etiquette, through this people learn how to fold napkins, and what fork to use for salad at a dinner party. However, welcome to the world of Twetiquette where you better think twice before you tweet, because there is in fact a hidden rule book of what is okay to tweet and what is not okay to tweet. The article “The Self-Appointed Twitter Scolds” by John Metcalfe shows how many people are emerging to judge tweets and even creating twitter accounts to tweet about how dumb people are while tweeting. Celebrities and normal people alike are getting scolded by the Twetiquette cops of twitter. Interestingly enough, these “cops” do not only tweet at the person to inform them that they are improperly tweeting, but also tend to make twitter accounts just to make fun of them for what they are tweeting.
This article was so interesting not only because I have personally never heard of a Twetiquette, but also because it seems strange that there would be so many people who are so strict about grammar used on Twitter. I mean in all seriousness, how badly could people mess up with only around 140 characters to say what they want to say. Furthermore, if you are annoyed with how someone tweets, just do not follow them.
I do think that it is funny to make up Twitter accounts about specific tweeting mistakes or even poking fun at people who “tweet to hard” but there is a fine line between doing something for humor and doing something that becomes some what like cyber bullying. Also, in case all of these “twetiquettes” did not realize, twitter is not a class, we do not get graded for how properly we tweet.
I understand where people may get annoyed by poor grammar on a website, or blog post, however the idea of getting as annoyed with a tweet seems a bit excessive. Overall, Twitter was made to express ideas in short sentences and to be able to instantly share something or communicate, therefore unless you are a celebrity who has 2 million followers does it really matter if you in your hurried state of tweeting spell something wrong or use the wrong punctuation.
Overall, this article really shocked me, I never realized how much of an issue grammar in on Twitter is becoming. I enjoyed the article because it showed both the serious side to this issue and the comical side to this issue. I feel like in a world where everything is becoming short handed because of technology, we should be conscious of grammar, but if we do make mistakes, there is no reason we should be bullied by other Twitter members who we do not know, a small joke is one thing but serious heckling is another.