Poor Charlie, who starred in yesterday’s social media cautionary tale entitled, “Do Not Tweet What You Mean to DM.” Especially not your cell number. Especially if you are famous (not just internet-famous but actually famous) and have 5 million followers. According to the UK Daily Mail, he got 1,800 text messages before he could remove his tweet.
The headlines and updates in yesterday’s streams were harsh. But before I get on the celebrity bashing bandwagon, I stop and consider the “most famous” lesson in the good book: “Let he who is without sin, cast the first stone.” C’mon, people … admit it. Who has done something like this or, maybe this exact thing.
Let’s just say that some 13,000 tweets ago, there was a local Tweetup and I was trying to coordinate with a friend … and in those days when the difference really was just a “D” and a “@” … Let’s just say another friend on Twitter had to give me the heads up:
“d riasharon by the way, that was public. Did you know?”
I find it rather interesting that other relatively prominent people (yes, with verified accounts) on Twitter were so quick to pounce on Charlie. I mean, it’s a easy enough mistake, one that you don’t have to be inebriated to do, and hardly a crime.
In my case, since I’m not famous or even particularly internet-famous, no one cared. Unlike Charlie, I didn’t have to change my number. You gotta give the guy props for rolling with this one. A HuffPost article says he answered the phone a few times with “Ray’s Pizza” and “Winning.”
Does anyone else think he’s looking a lot like Michael Jackson in this pic?