Everyone’s up in arms over a print journalist who reported the funeral of a three-year-old on Twitter. Why use Twitter? The child’s parents didn’t want media covering the memorial. Read the story if you want to know the details (Rocky Mountain News).
Maybe this is what Moe from Jezebel (now at Gawker) meant when she joked… kind of… that Twitter is the end of the world. If you’re thinking about using under 140 characters to update everyone online on a tragic event, stop. Think. If it’s not a terrorist-level emergency, you should keep thinking, judge through past experience, put yourself in their shoes, etc., etc.
Twitter Cartoon (ReadWriteWeb)
General Consensus. Twittering the funeral of a toddler who died tragically in an ice cream shop is crossing the line. Also, nobody should have to tell you that!
Let it be. It’s never good to use web tools and networks to be sneaky about what you do/information you give or get. Two reasons: it’s hard to stop and easy to loose a human touch. Go ahead and google search someone. But social networks are anti-social and creepy enough as it is. Don’t be that guy.