If you're a Chris Brown fan, there's nothing that says I love you on Valentine's Day like seeing a tweet from one of your fave men telling you to "F!@* Off!" The Grammy Award winner for Best R&B Album gave a little bit of a Twitter tantrum yesterday, when he posted a series of ranty posts ending with one bold statement:
"HATE ALL U WANT BECUZ I GOT A GRAMMY Now! That's the ultimate F!@* OFF!"
Welp, looks like someone woke up on the wrong side of the bed the whole past year yesterday. The 22-year-old has since deleted the tweets.
Sigh. This is the perfect example: just because you've deleted something off Twitter doesn't mean it's actually gone.
Putting the fact that I'm not the biggest Chris Brown fan aside -- it's always good to learn from someone else's mistakes. The way that Twitter works is that your personal timeline is a living, breathing (OK, not really) thing. Essentially, as soon as you post something to the site, all of your followers, and anyone who just happens to stumble upon your page (if it's unprotected, that is) can read your 140-character messages.
You know what that means, don'tcha? They can screen grab them and then post them all over the Internet, too! Womp womp. While yesterday's offensive tweet may not be on Brown's timeline anymore, it still is floating around in cyberspace, awaiting loads of inevitable criticism.
That's why it's SUPER important to be careful about what you post on the popular site. I'm not just talking about angry rants, either. If you misspell something, tag the wrong user in a post, or get a little tipsy and send one-too-many drunken messages -- these aren't things that are just going to disappear.
My suggestion? Keep things on your timeline pretty PG and proofread everything. If you think you're going to offend someone with what you're saying, then ask yourself if it's worth posting in the first place. A safe tweeter is a happy tweeter. Right, Chris?
Are you on Twitter? What's your biggest pet peeve about other people's posts?
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