So yesterday morning, I read a hilarious tweet while trying to get some caffeine down my gullet. Somehow, during my attempt to retweet, this tweet was not properly attributed, and I didn’t really notice. Later in the morning, it became abundantly clear that this thing was getting traction and being picked up around the world as Tweetdeck was chirping away at me madly. And then the email notifications of new followers started pouring in. And the worse I felt. When Wil Wheaton (@wilw) picked it up and retweeted, the guilt became overwhelming. I decided to let things cool off a bit and to write this post today.
A good friend observed, “There are far worse things in the world you could do than to hijack someone’s tweet.”
True. I could be responsible for spilling millions upon millions of gallons of crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico. The perspective helped, but I still kept thinking about the people who made snide remarks or had a case of the butt-hurtz regarding the unattributed tweet. Rather than try to appease them directly, I went to the source.
I took it upon myself to contact the original poster, @Tw1sty, and apologize to him for the tweetjacking.
Then I sat back and waited, unsure as to what to expect. This is what I got:
While I’m glad he’s not bent out of shape over it, I’m still going to feel bad about this one for awhile. I like to think of myself as a stand-up guy — giving credit where it’s due, taking responsibility of my failures — a friend used the term mensch, which is what I strive to be. I’m hoping that this posting gets me back toward that track.
And for those curious, the original tweet was:
“BP wants Twitter to shut down a fake account mocking the oil company. Twitter wants BP to shut down the oil leak that’s ruining the ocean.” — @Tw1sty