As far as I can tell, this is a genuine tweet.
Now I love Twitter, I really do. I remember Sophia Pangloss extolling its virtues years ago, and me thinking, nah, but giving it a bash anyway …and finding just how interesting it was (and what a challenge to get all your thoughts into so few words).
But the maximum character limitation does give people the opportunity to, in a very short time, possibly without much pause for thought, batter something out into the night that, depending on your audience, may reach millions of people. And that can be embarrassing in the cold light of day, and without the rosy glow of a couple of glasses of whatever your tipple is.
I bet most users, including me, could find a tweet that they would, on reflection, have preferred not to send.
But that’s OK for most of us. We’re not the regional manager of a political party, and we don’t aspire to higher office. In fact, we’re not public figures of any sort (at least not most of us). And most of us don’t have a vast number of followers.
So maybe it would be a good time for people who are in that position to reflect for a while on their use of Twitter. It’s genuinely in their own best interests to do so, and to remember the “wise if somewhat naive” pronouncement of David I’m So Cool Cameron only a few years ago. Erm, Lots of Love!
I read on the self-same Twitter this morning that the results of the American election are as follows.
Eligible voters: 231,556,622
Trump %: 25.5
Clinton %: 25.6
(Presumably the other candidates got 2%.)