Like most normal people, I get a little nervous when I hear the President is going to speak on national security at 9:30 p.m. on a “school night.” I tensed in anticipation of either an imminent terrorist attack, or need to send troops somewhere into the world. As time dragged on with no POTUS is sight, I was doing what comes naturally. Thinking the worst.
Thank goodness for Twitter. I thumbed through my phone while listening to various newsmen tread water (badly). Aha! Oh, look!! Osama bin Laden is dead. Whew. That’s nothing to panic about. That’s good news!
I watched the feed on my Iphone go nuts over the next 45 minutes or so until the President made the announcement official. Frankly, by the time Obama came on, I bet my grandmother even knew the scoop.
One thing quickly became apparent. Scheduled tweets are not always a good idea. I’d be scanning a series of comments about Obama, CNN, FOX, Times Square, etc. and in the mix would be someone with design, technology, or social media pitches. Hello? The rest of the planet is dealing with #OBL right now. Social Media Tip #1: Keep your eye on the ball and your finger on the cancel button.
I couldn’t help but whoop with laughter when I saw a response to Lady Gaga’s (I assume) previously scheduled message:
Another comment, not pre-scheduled – I don’t think – was from @ParisHilton around 11:30 p.m. CST: Back in LA. Can’t wait to get home to my pets. I miss my babies.
She caught up twenty minutes later and expressed her happiness with OBL’s demise.
The second thing I noticed Sunday night was the amount of comments that made me uncomfortable for the people tweeting. I wonder if there are any stats available about the number of “unfollows” that occurred Sunday night? Or are Tweeters in general pretty forgiving and open-minded about varying opinions and degrees of, shall we say, bloodthirstiness? I know I typed a couple of things I opted to delete rather than send. It was kinda’ fun to type them, though.
So, as I see it, these are the facts:
The President is a terribly exacting editor-in-chief.
If you’re going to follow someone on Twitter, make it @keithurbahn.
And lastly, Lady Gaga and Paris Hilton are easy targets.
Speaking of targets… Thank you, #Team6.