Twitter is my favorite social media site and has been for quite a while. Since everybody and anybody likes Facebook, including some obnoxious family members and friends, I prefer to escape to the Twitterverse a lot. While it’s more sociable, someone once described Twitter as shouting in a crowded room. Which, if you use twitter regularly, it’s true. Some people like to build up a TON of friends, simply because it makes them feel good (it makes you look “cool” on Facebook so why not Twitter) or even because they are using Twitter to promote their website. Whatever. Either way, people tweet a lot and your tweet can often be missed or overlooked.
Once tweet that wasn’t missed yesterday was sent by a 16 year old girl named Kara Alongi.
The tweet went viral and twitter users began tweeting #helpfindkara. Hours later people began tweeting #karawasfound but this happened to be a joke by someone causing other’s to run with it. It wasn’t true. However, it turns out that a girl fitting Kara’s description was taken to a train station by a cab driver. After all was said and done, it turned out that it was a hoax. Kara was a runaway. She left her phone at home so she didn’t get to see all the tweets and follows she received in a few short hours.
Clearly this was a cry for attention and this girl, who for a brief moment was the most worried about in the nation, quickly became the most hated. Twitter is a fantastic tool, like many social media sites, for things like Amber Alerts and celebrity deaths (not kidding, if you use Twitter, you know what I mean) but it is also a terrible tool. For instance, faking celebrity deaths and apparently pretending to be kidnapped as a cry for attention.
Thousands of children go missing each year and those kids need to be trending on Twitter like Kara did. This little bitch’s (seriously, check out her other tweets) tweet went viral and caused a panic across the nation and SHE RAN AWAY. Kids who are kidnapped and murdered daily never get this kind of recognition or concern. I’m sure it won’t be long before her Twitter account goes down assuming she goes home. The Twitterverse is not happy with her (and she’s getting quite a few threats using the hashtag #helpfindkara) but when you use Twitter to get attention, what do you expect. That, ladies and gentlemen, is how NOT to use Twitter.