I tell my students their tweets should be helpful, useful, friendly, humble, generous… To help them understand what I mean, I collect examples of tweets that match that criteria, though showing them the opposite of such tweets (scroll down here) is sometimes more effective.
When I saw a tweet that said “Feeling very happy about my awesome company” I knew I’d have to add it to my collection of disappointing tweets. But I was even more disappointed to see who it was from: @Ev, Evan Williams, a Twitter co-founder.
I have been generally very impressed by the tone of all of Twitter-the-company activities on line. They’ve a lot to be proud of and have avoided being arrogant and show-offish, including the founders, Williams; @Biz, Biz Stone; and @Jack, Jack Dorsey. So this particular tweet seems out of character. It could be tongue-in-cheek or somehow ironic, but I don’t think so. Especially when you consider his previous tweet was: “The food is amazing — as is the company — at the Twoliday Party. Well done, team” and his next tweet was: “Listening to Ira Glass tell stories, live. Sounds different when you can see him.”
[I presume the Twitter folks won’t even notice this post, but if I disappear off Twitter, you’ll know why <grin>.]
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