Twitter is a playground where we love to hate
Twitter lumps us all in to the one cyber classroom where celebrities, even politicians are fair game – just ask @KRuddMP. The only thing that divides us on this virtual playground are our opinions, and what typically bands us together, is our joint disapproval of someone; there is defiantly no “Like’ button on this social media platform.
A recent example of a typical Twitter gang up was following “those” comments made by Yumi Stynes about Victoria Cross recipient Ben Robert-Smith. The public tweeted feverously, discrediting Stynes’ justification that her quips were made in good humour. A week later and @yumistynes is still usually accompanied by #EpicFail and #Disgusting, her co-host #GeorgeNegus sometimes wedged in between.
Congruent to our love of a good biff, it felt as though the whole of Australia indulged in this online opportunity to call a spade a spade.
Stynes gained thousands of followers during this time, enraging the majority of the country and its armed forces proving positive for her Twitter career. Not that she’d be enjoying her newfound popularity; the majority of these people were demanding her dismissal from television loud and clear.
On Twitter we love to hate and the power of an @ symbol is a pathway to telling celebrities exactly what we think of them. Comparing one newspaper poll – the 50 most hated Australian and their Twitter accounts, it seems the more unpalatable some people are, the more they are followed. Wayne Carey, disgraced footballer and number 4 on the list has an astounding 1,200 followers only 30 Tweets in to his virtual career and his bio? “Just playing the game”. Corey Worthington, who also made the top ten, is breaching 1,500, probably everyone who attended his party, but at least, this cyber good guy follows about the same number.
Kyle Sandilands, has 8,000 followers and follows just three – one being his own radio show. Considering many people regard him as the human version of nails on a chalk board, he certainly has some interest and they couldn’t be all fans. David Cowling’s ‘Kyle Sandilands trending On Twitter‘ reported his battle with journalist Alison Stephenson, where the public flocked to his page to savour this war of words, despite many of them siding with his opposition.
@RickyNixon1 who in my opinion, should take Number 1 at this year’s Unpopularity Fair set Twitter alight last week following a drunk domestic dispute. Currently 5,000 Tweeters follow his page, including myself, if only to give him a piece of their minds. I’ll be ready with my two cents for when Nixon next steps out of line, and until then, like the rest of Australia on Twitter, I’ll follow him and wait.