The Twitter epidemic and you…

First let me say that I love Twitter. Twitter is the homie. I have met several people on Twitter with whom I converse on a regular basis, but have never physically met. It’s great! When it comes to which I like better, Twitter or Facebook, it’s not even close. Twitter, hands down.

But my post today is not about Twitter as a whole, but an epidemic of which I’ve only recently become aware. Apparently, there are some semi well-known to well-known people on Twitter who are on some “lemme search for my own name to find any and everybody who says my name, and respond back with bitterness” type of stuff. In fact, I tweeted that.

What was I talking about? Here’s the story:

This past Saturday I was watching the Oklahoma State football beatdown murder embarrassment of a game. Usually, when I’m watching an OSU sporting event, I like to hop on Twitter and converse with my fellow OSU fans and alumni. As I was watching the game and scrolling through tweets, I saw a fair share of tweets about the game, but I also saw some others. I noticed an overabundance of retweets (that’s like a way to empasize a tweet you’ve read so that all of your followers can see it, for you non-Twitter heads) by Roland Martin about Roland Martin. I had been following him for a while, so I was used to seeing him retweet people who complement him… no big deal. But it WAS a big deal. It seemed like all I saw were his retweets of other people complementing how well he dresses or how well he dances. 

Now don’t get me wrong, I don’t have a problem with Roland Martin. He seems like a cool enough guy. I don’t have a problem that he believes himself to be a really good dancer with a lot of fashion sense. I don’t have a problem that many of his followers, on that night, chose to pay him complements all at once for whatever reason. I don’t have a problem that Roland Martin chose to acknowledge the complements he received from his followers. At the time, my problem was that he filled up my timeline with retweets from strangers telling him how great he was. I couldn’t take it! So I decided to tweet the following:

I followed that with this tweet:

I left it at that. Simple. Notice I did not call out Roland Martin’s Twitter handle. He doesn’t follow me (why would he?), so the likelihood that he would see either of these tweets was low. I didn’t care if he did see them, but I didn’t write them for the purpose of directing them toward him.

The next day I opened my iPad to see that Roland Martin had responded to my tweet! He responded by saying:


Word?!! I elected not to respond…

I had two initial thoughts. The first was that I hope he won’t miss a beat with me gone! That would suck for him, huh? If I have the power to derail careers by unfollowing people, then please excuse me as I quickly go to follow then subsequently unfollow Drake, Lil’ Wayne, Nicki Minaj, the OU Sooners, that kid who threw a rock at me in 3rd grade, and Dr. Phil. My second thought went like this, “Wait, what?? I didn’t explicitly mention him! How did he see this?!” The only way that he could have ever seen this is if he searched Twitter for his own name and found it… Yep. He’s about THAT life. I didn’t have a complement for him. I didn’t necessarily take a stab at him either. Either way, he didn’t like it. And apparently, as he searched the twitters for his name, he came across my little ol’ tweet.

The crazy thing is that he’s not the only one who is about that life. Chris has a similar story involving a well-known rapper from that same day! And one of my follows, @iSpeakLOGOS, became a victim of this epidemic as he was telling me about a well-known gospel artist who is also about that life.

So the next time you say someone’s name on Twitter, be warned that he/she may be about that life…

Until next time…

-Erik (@WalkSays)

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Erik Walker

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    • Rae
      September 6, 2012

      Is it even worse when people who aren’t famous, whatsoever, do it too? ::mutes::

    • Leigh
      September 6, 2012

      People accept compliments, but get in their feelings behind something that is simply a non-positive. Doesn’t he have stuff to do? Ijs…


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