When Twitter was first launched back in 2006, I didn’t exactly rush to create an account. I honestly didn’t understand what the point was and felt certain that nothing that happened in my personal life was tweet-worthy.
Eventually, curiosity got the best of me and I signed on. It was then that I realized that having something important to say is not a requirement when it comes to tweeting.
But if Twitter started out as a place for bored people to share the mundane details of their lives, it has evolved into something much more. The ability to communicate in real time with total strangers has brought out the exhibitionist in some.
It would seem that a desire to fill that little “what’s happening” box at the top of the Twitter page with something interesting has resulted in a whole lot of over sharing.
Take, for example, a woman who tweets her labor and delivery. Who does this and why?
Fi Star-Stone, a 34-year-old British woman, says she tweeted her 13-hour home birth experience in order to show her followers “the positive side of childbirth.” Of course, she could have just waited until after the birth to tweet about the experience, but that wouldn’t have gotten her 250 replies and 100 new followers, now would it?
It cannot be coincidence that Star-Stone runs a childcare-related website and her husband is a PR consultant.
Of course, Star-Stone isn’t the first and won’t be the last to share the miracle of childbirth with total strangers online. This over sharing of private moments is veering into trend territory and I can’t help but wonder what’s next. Tweeting conception?
Would you tweet your delivery? Would you follow someone else’s?
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