You are What you Tweet and look both ways before you type.

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You are What you Tweet and look both ways before you type.

Tweeter (and all the various offsprings) is a phenomenon. At it's best, it allows news to travel around the world at an incredible rate of speed, sometimes saving lives. At it's worst, and we've seen much of this lately, it's trite, crude, inarticulate and used to heat up an already hot burner. At it's very worst, it's dangerous in that it might allow you to be void of a thought process that you might normally have and set a course of events that might not be for the best.
If you are a public figure - political, sports, business ...etc you can change the way people view you in less than 30 seconds. After an ill-thought out missive, you can delete, but somebody already has a screenshot. You can claim hack and hope anybody believes you. If you tweet in anger, you might show something about yourself that you typically keep hidden. Anger removes the filters in some cases that you have to fit in (if you choose to).
To a lesser degree, Facebook is the same. You post, you correspond, you share things you like, you alert friends to things they might need to know. Sometimes you show them a side of you that is little problematic. That brings us to a situation that calls for thought.

A fire chief in a Pennsylvania small township decided to over-share just a bit before the Pittsburgh Steelers game. I'm not naming him, I'm not naming the town, you can find either on the internet in about a minute. Prior to the game, the Steelers decided they wouldn't come out for the anthem, although one actually did by accident. You can read his story just as easily. This perceived lack of respect for the country angered the fire chief and he hit Facebook with this quote: "Tomlin just added himself to the list of no good n*gg*rs I said it". Someone, hopefully everyone, didn't think that the fire chief should be saying that and they ratted him out to the township.

To his credit, he owned it, apologized and said he wasn't speaking for the fire department. Troubling is that he alluded to a "list", likely not written down but in his head. He evidently has given this sort of thing some thought.

The township doesn't know what they'll do yet, the chief position is not paid, but is a position of responsibility. Maybe he has saved homes, cats from trees and risked his own life to save others.

Nobody's perfect, but everybody doesn't have to know your imperfections as you hopefully try to fix what needs fixing.

Think before you type.


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