“I’ve been told I need to twit,” she said.
It’s extremely (if dangerously so) easy, I told her, and I offered up this gem: don’t drink and tweet.
Indeed, when Jeff Jarvis was in Ottawa last fall promoting his book Public Parts and advocating for publicness, he spoke of an incident where he did just that.
After a few glasses of wine, he was watching a TV report on the debt ceiling, and he tweeted this:
Hey, Washington assholes, it's our country, our economy, our money. Stop fucking with it.—
Jeff Jarvis (@jeffjarvis) July 23, 2011
One of Jarvis’ followers suggest he use the hashtag ‘#fuckyouwashington’ and things took off – a week later more than 100,000 people were using the hash tag. (Jarvis has a hilarious account of the incident, and a data visualization of the flurry of #fuckyouwashington tweets)
But at his Ottawa talk, Jarvis said that while the flurry of the hash tag was interesting and exciting, he wasn’t sure twitter was the right place to go after a drink or two.