Not Easily Offended on Twitter

IMG_1193I am careful about who I follow on twitter. It may not seem that way but I am. I LOVE learning and the beauty of twitter is that you can do that with a network of people that YOU choose…hence the “P” of PLN.

I’ve learned so much along the way on my twitter journey. Perhaps one of the most important lessons that I have learned is that 140 characters is not enough space to determine the intentions of another…not in one tweet.

This morning, I received a message of apology via DM (direct message) for offending me during a twitter chat. For me to receive a message at 6am, I can only imagine the weight of worry that lingered over this person all night since that tweet. The thing is, I didn’t even remember it. I had no idea what she was talking about because that is not how I operate on twitter. I welcome the opinions and actions of others. I do not judge a person in the matter of 140 characters. There is no room for that.

I am not easily offended on twitter.

When we tweet, we have to be mindful that communication can easily be misconstrued IF we allow it to be. I choose not to. Call me naive, but I believe that the network that I’ve chosen are full of characters with various personalities and that means that I have to be open to the thoughts that they communicate in those 140 characters. Sometimes we agree and sometimes we agree to disagree. Being able to express your opinions without fear of judgement is necessary to remain authentic to who you are on social media. I honor that statement wholeheartedly.

While I said that I am not easily offended, there are moments when I have been. In those cases, I either deal with the person in private, UNFOLLOW or blog to myself to get over it.

I hold myself accountable too.

The most important idea to remember is that you control the voices that you hear. You also control how you react to them. We each have a path of learning guided by our own beliefs. We must also be open to the idea that our beliefs are just that…ours.

The lesson here is this…

 You have a choice to surround your thoughts with others who think as you do. You also have a choice to expand your network to include those who may challenge your thinking.

The Choice is Yours!






Comments 7

  1. Good post. I have found that most educators on Twitter, even when voicing a different opinion, do so with respect. That is the key. It is only a rare occurrence when someone is harsh or abrasive in expressing his/her opinion, and at that point, we still have the choice as to how much credence or attention we give. Life is too short for shouting matches or flame wars. 🙂

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      If I could retweet this, I would! So very true about life being too short for flame wars!

  2. Thank you for all this wisdom. I, too, try to take everything with a grain of salt, knowing that we can’t see the whole picture in 140 characters. When in doubt, give people the benefit of the doubt. Makes life easier for everyone 😉

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  3. Awesome piece! I don’t think people realize how they say things can be just as important or even more important…than what they say. I pray for the kind of strength you possess! Thanks for sharing!

  4. Loved this post very much! I shared it again when I wrote a post about Twitter yesterday by inserting a link back to it. You’re blog is extremely fun and inspirational to read! I have a lot to learn from you. Thanks for sharing!

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