Nice to Tweet you.

Hello Friends!

So yesterday I posted a Tweet and it unexpectedly went viral. (This one).

It all started when I saw someone tweet a photo of a store with empty shelves after some folk had gone on a panic buying frenzy, due to the unfamiliar snow storms they were experiencing.
I found this to be amusing. Being a fellow British/English person, I know what we can be like when reacting to extremities. So I posting the above GIF, because it is what I was reminded of.

Never in a million years did I expect it to reach over half a million pair of eyes! But apparently it did and the Likes, Retweets and comments came rolling in. It was even one of many that made it onto a UK news site.

Most of it was all in good fun. The majority of people understood that it was a bit of a joke and they could relate. Others though, well, some got offended simply because I used the word “Brits” and there were a few that just got down right offended for what exact reason I just do not know.

It saddens me that it is possible to make something so harmless into negativity. That is not what I am about.
If anything, I appreciate the people who follow me a lot more, because they know me for who I really am and I am fortunate for that.

It also reminds me how lucky I am for the amount of followers I have on WordPress, how I seem to have the best of the bunch and for that I am truly grateful.
It is probably damned near impossible to rid yourself of all forms of negativity, especially as the ones in question are comfortably hiding away behind a screen with the power of words at their fingertips, but at least I can rest easy knowing the community I belong to is and always will be a safe place.

What do I think about going viral? Well, personally it is not for me. I don’t know how it happened this time around, but I hope it doesn’t happen again any time soon. My anxiety was not loving it, that is for sure! I don’t know how anyone would cope with this amount of communication with the outside world. It was truly overwhelming. I am happy that for the most part it was taken in good fun and the majority are a positive bunch, but I will leave the viral Tweets to the big shots in future and I will stick to poetry!

I have my birthday coming up this weekend, so hopefully I get to do something fun that I can share with you in a later post.

Until next time, stay amazing!

-Sara

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59 Comments

  1. I worry about this happening, too! And of course it’s never the tweets we hope will get attention that go viral. I had a blog post go sort-of viral once (4,000 views when my normal “successful” posts get about 50); in my case, it was because I deliberately was trying to address a hornet’s nest, which of course means the hornets will come after you. So I was sort of asking for it…but it has led me to worry that I might inadvertently put myself in their line of stingers again sometime. I want to be a writer, so I have to be okay with that on some level….and actually, looking at how you responded to the negative comments here (saying things along the lines of, “I didn’t expect this to reach anyone other than my followers”) seemed like an excellent response that I’ll remember in case I’m ever in the position of “context collapse” (which is a term I learned recently for what I think happened to you here). Thanks for sharing!

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    1. That’s very interesting. I am not comfortable with confrontation, so I tend to stay away from big subjects for that very reason. I am complete okay with criticism and the likes, but plain old verbal abuse is uncalled for, so I’ll avoid it where possible.

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  2. Some people have a way with negativity… They even call “positivity” as “opposite of negativity”…Ha!

    So don’t let it bother you. This one’s already over. Take this experience as net practice… now you know how to handle the cynics😄

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