Society: Twitter | The Pressure To Update
More and more people seem to be deleting their profiles. Is Twitter losing it’s mojo?
To tweet or not to tweet…that is the question going through the minds of many users these days as more corporations, mentors and former bosses begin to click the follow button.
In a world where your image can change in the blink of a cursor, many are thinking twice before they hit enter.
Just a few weeks ago, Octavia Nasr, a 20 year veteran at CNN was fired after tweeting about the death of Ayatollah Mohammed Hussein Fadlallah, a controversial figure in the Middle East. Her tweet said simply: “Sad to hear of the passing of Sayyed Mohammad Hussein Fadlallah. One of Hezbollah’s giants I respect a lot.” After the harsh criticism and mounting pressures, CNN decided to release her from her position as senior editor for Middle Eastern affairs.
Finding the balance between saying what you’re actually thinking and leveraging your professional image is a hard one to keep align when friends and supervisors are all reading the same updates.
“It’s hard finding a balance between my professional image and social, which is why now i “think before I tweet,” said Dwight Lazurus whose been on twitter for a little over a year and has noticed a shift.
He notes that there seems to be more of a forced methodology to people’s updates leading their timeline to be more of a platform for bragging rather than a conversation or forum about what’s happening.
Essentially the more followers you have, the more people are watching you, and that can mean a lot of pressure for some who have a reputation to uphold. To deal with it, some are locking their pages, while others are deleting them all together claiming that it’s starting to lose it’s mojo.
“People get bored with [every social network] and start searching for the next big thing,” said Julie who has 1,258 followers and recently threatened to delete her page.
But despite the pressure and all the controversy, according to a report conducted by the PEW Research center, the sharing and the oversharing won’t end anytime soon. Tech experts generally believe that today’s tech-savvy young people – the ‘digital natives’ who are known for enthusiastically embracing social networking – will retain their willingness to share personal information online even as they get older and take on more responsibilities. In the report, experts surveyed say that the advantages Millennials see in personal disclosure will outweigh their concerns about their privacy.
And the advantages are simple, it comes down to relationship building.
“I believe in this thing called follow by association, where some people just follow certain. people because they are cool with someone they know, or someone they want to know, and wind up retweeting those people and establishing friendships online.”
To be sure not to lose those friendships or deteriorate professional relationships, users should heed these words: think before you tweet.