Hayley’s perspective


Hayley left a comment at the end of the “Twitter Fight” post that I’m afraid will be missed now that the conversation has wrapped up. Her insight, per usual, is spot-on.

I have two strikes against my credibility as I’m not on Twitter and I’m Todd’s wife, but I have one comment I’d like to make regarding this fight (or, “extended conversation wherein both participants talked past each other over an entire weekend, up to an including a full work day”). I don’t know how many followers Todd and Shea lost, but I would suggest that any lost followers may not be due to disagreements with each person’s stance but rather a disappointment with the tone of the conversation. Shea’s tweets were kind of mean-spirited and Todd’s post was a little spiteful. Maybe I don’t know since I’m not on Twitter, but Twitter is supposed to be fun, right? It doesn’t seem fun to me to watch two people trade angry and vulgar barbs over a rather insignificant issue. Maybe if the conversation had been kept lighter and hadn’t verged into the spiteful no followers would’ve been lost and all the commenters on the summary, rebuttal, and rebuttal-to-the-rebuttal blog posts could’ve been working [Monday] afternoon rather than dissecting this “fight.”

P.S. I know Todd and Shea may not have written anything with malicious intent, but all we have to go on is how they came across, and they came across as rather mean.

P.P.S. I also know Todd and Shea aren’t belly-aching over having lost any followers.

As far as I can tell, I didn’t really lose very many (if any) followers, but I did lose some respect for myself and the way I handled the situation. Once again, Hayley cuts to the quick.

What do you think? Is she right?

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  1. May 14, 2009 at 10:19 am — Reply

    Very well said Hayley. I appreciate your thoughts on this matter. Of course, as many did throughout the “Twitter” fight follow-up I must disclose that I am a friend and fan of Todd. A real value of “Twitter” as I see it, though I don’t “tweet”, is it’s playfulness. Small pieces of valuable information can be shared via Twitter and, when done well, can enhance discourse rather than drag it down.

    “Snarkiness” has a place and it’s a huge part of culture today. Crude and aggressive doesn’t necessarily equal “snark”. I listened to an interview with David Denby who wrote the literal book on “snarkiness”. You can check it out here: http://www.amazon.com/Snark-David-Denby/dp/1416599452

    When “tweeting” and “blogging” and other social media elevate the level of discourse in our culture then let’s cheer them on. Otherwise they are best abandoned like e-mail YELLING. Unfortunately, I don’t this one has completely gone away.

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Hayley’s perspective