Cursing on Twitter

“It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to open one’s mouth and remove all doubt.” – Abraham Lincoln

Insults at 140 characters

On Thursday I received some profanity laced tweets via Twitter from someone I wasn’t following.

The multiple tweets filled with cure words were in reply to a tweet I sent out to this user. I tweeted that I thought they may suffer from ‘Narcissistic Twitter Disorder,’ overly promoting oneself-in this case their community.

I was merely pointing out that it was not a good thing to only post self-promotional links to ones community and my message was tweeted in humor. I guess I should have used a LOL to convey humor. (I think he may of still responded in the same manner though.)

Maybe, I should have left it alone and simply not tweeted anything to him. Yes, I had an opinion about his tweets, but I didn’t have to say anything to him. My mistake and I admit that!

(For the record: It’s think it’s okay to self-promote as long as that is not the only thing you are promoting. I promote myself all the time.)

You can see his personal attacks at me here in the screen capture.

Please click on screen cap for full size. (You’ll see he called me some nasty names that were not very creative.)

What was his point in calling me such names? Does it make him feel better that he called me a jealous old hoe?

I’m not making this post to defend my actions or attack this person, but to highlight what took place via tweets on Twitter.

As for the online personal attacks sent to me by this individual, I will not engage in a “flame war” with him. Beyond this post, I will not be replying to him further. “Sticks and stones” and all that stuff!

Apparently, I’m not the first woman that this man has felt he could attack with such verbal profanity.

What we say and how we say it is a reflection of ourselves. Profanity has no place in professionalism. Why is it some folks feel the need to use profanity simply to communicate a difference of opinion or reply to criticism?

Reading his tweets further I see he uses profanity a lot. Maybe he has a limited ability to communicate a decent response, so he uses profanity. Maybe he tweets like he talks offline.


How would you deal with a personal attack filled with such profanity in media channels? How do you feel about profanity on social networking sites?

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