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This is a little story about how an unwieldy stimulus package can drive away your treasured online buddy.
I had this twitter app that emails me at several hours interval every day a summary of my direct messages in Twitter, the last 20 tweets, a list of new followers with their bio, Facebook updates, and list of persons who unfollowed me in twitter.
A reader of this blog has unfollowed me in Twitter. It struck me as odd. We had emailed each other before discussing our posts and interaction with readers. I felt a connection with her because she’s a real charmer and what she writes about resonates with me.
I know, hundreds of thousands have lost their jobs worldwide. And there seems no assurance tomorrow or the day after will be any different.
And I have just lost only one blog reader. Get a grip, I have told myself. A dear online buddy told me the same thing and advised me to grow another layer of skin, the thicker the better.
If any other individual unfollowed me in Twitter I will not mind at all. The twittersphere is one thriving democracy. Everyone can do as he pleases.
Back to the story. Hours later, I’ve stumbled upon the probable reason why I fell out of grace. I had used an offending phrase which might have driven her nuts. Apparently, she’s launched a crusade against the ill-advised use of the phrase “stimulus package.” And I was a deer caught in the cross-hairs of her crossbow. This is how I’ve used the offensive phrase in my post If Tweet Be Told I Love Tweeter:
For somebody who has aspirations to uber blogging (I do, I do), I find Twitter a blessing. In this time of want and depressed economic realities, Twitter experience has become – excuse me, Mr. Barack Obama – the ultimate stimulus package. For the creative mind at least. And this makes me very happy.
Truth to tell, she’s got a great catch on the day she wrote her post – all stupid uses of the phrase with a lot of her other pet peeves.She had them all fingerprinted and lined up the wall for the usual mug shots.
Reading on, I realized she has this abiding love for the language. That’s an admirable trait in itself. I should not feel particularly singled out. In the first place, she didn’t even link to my offending use of the language to make me feel stupid in the eyes of her other readers.
My only beef is that I just wish she had called me out on the comment section of this blog. Here. So I can defend my position and choice of words. I maybe careless with my use of the language, but I can always listen especially from an online buddy. This old dog can still learn new tricks, I earnestly believe that.
Of course, I’ve also considered the possibility that I tweeted too much. And she wanted out. As simple as that.
I’m not fishing for sympathy here. I have already done any sane man will do under this circumstance: scamper under the safety of the table and whine, tail between my legs. And I’m fine with this.
So, I’m curious and would like to hear your opinion. How do you deal with online flak? And how do you protect yourself from your online buddies?If you enjoyed this post, make sure you subscribe to my RSS feed!