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Erykah Badu Twittered Her Labor and Baby's Birth

Geek Out: What Things Should Not Be Twittered?

We've seen what happens when you Twitter everything, and it's not attractive. But we all have different levels of what we're comfortable sharing, and some people are ready to (over) share a lot more than others. Erykah Badu, for instance, just had a baby. No, I didn't see a press release; she Twittered it.

While I follow some of my favorite Twitterers, like Dooce and Tina Fey (that's one of her more tame ones pictured there), simply because they have a habit of excellent TMI, I myself would never say just anything on Twitter. I keep it light, simple, and try not to turn anyone off their lunch.

And particularly since Twitter is big on accruing a ton of friends/followers that you often don't know personally, it's even more likely that I'll keep the personal stuff to myself.

Not that I'm anybody, but still, I wouldn't share anything I wouldn't want my mother to know. That's my rule — what's your rule for sharing stuff on Twitter or other places online?

kristints kristints 8 years
My cousin and her husband updated Facebook throughout their laboring process and it was fun for us to know how everything was going since we weren't able to be there. I think it's cool
sparklestar sparklestar 8 years
I'll tolerate people who tweet boring crap for so long and then I'll unfollow them. I had a cull of about 30 twitterers today because they were just SO BORING! I don't wanna know you are having starbucks or whatever...
missburrows missburrows 8 years
I don't Tweet anything I wouldn't tell someone face to face. However, for ME, this might include, "Realizing you shouldn't blow dry your vagina." @missburrows
True-Song True-Song 8 years
I make it a general rule not to put *anything* on the internet I don't want my mom to see. I love twitter, though. It forces pithiness, and I like following people who I find interesting but not interesting enough to read their blog (people I know and celebrities). On the flip side, it lets me share little thoughts or one liners right from my phone that wouldn't be worth a whole entry on my blog. The trick with following celebrities is finding ones who actually do it and not ones who just have their aide post links to article about them. Claire McCaskill's is awesome.
dexaholic dexaholic 8 years
Myselfish adj. A term used to describe people's need for recognition and self-fulfillment via the Internet. This is accomplished with incessant Facebook status updates and TMI-Twitter feeds, and serves the purpose of making one feel important and/or noticed "My friends consider my need to Twitter detailed accounts of my trips to Trader Joe's, the gas station, and my opinions on anything, really, to be annoyingly myselfish. I consider it shameless self-promotion!" I fear I am myselfish. But I'm ok with it! I added a twitter gadget to my igoogle page so I can tweet and see tweets right from there.
kcochrane kcochrane 8 years
I twitter a lot for work. It took a while to get used to, at first it felt like I was shoving Intel news down everyones throat. Now I'm really starting to get into it, especially since I've had people re-tweet information I've shared, or taken my advice on new techie gadgets. The coolest thing I've seen is how breaking news spreads like wildfire! I found out about the plane crash in the Hudson before I saw it on CNN. pretty crazy.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
I don't get it either, sy! I mean, I know what it is, I just don't see its purpose.
TidalWave TidalWave 8 years
I follow erykah badu and was really surprised to see "I'm in labor" show up in my twitter feed.
syako syako 8 years
I still don't "get" twitter. :?
sparklemeetspop sparklemeetspop 8 years
You're a Dooce fan too? Awesome. I try to be creative when I Twitter, but it's probably pretty mundane to anyone else. Yet I have some followers, so who knows.
willowdiamond willowdiamond 8 years
stuff that should not be twittered; gross things, things like going to the bathroom.
kcwebgirl kcwebgirl 8 years
i only tweet mundane things like how cold i am at work, or bored and unfocused, or about the traffic or meetups and stuff. i love the stories that are posted and i follow few celebs. just a bunch of boring stuff on my end.
angelabeth angelabeth 8 years
AHEM. Yeeeaaahhhh.
Raxi Raxi 8 years
I think it depends on how well known you are on Twitter or, say, your blog. And it also depends on your comfort level. Personally, I tend to overshare. I tweet on the bus on the way to school, when I feel tired, what I found interesting on the street, etc. I don't think that I'd share physical ailments (y'know what I mean) but almost everything else that isn't too visceral.
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