I caught an interesting exchange on Twitter the other day, and it had me thinking. The conversation in question came between Congressman Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) and Mittsunderpants (lovely racist reference to Mormon undergarments right there). Mittsunderpants tweeted the Congressman a pretty nasty tweet – and Congressman Rohrabacher responded:
Interestingly enough, the tweet was deleted by Rohrabacher and is no longer visable on his page. I actually think the tweet was appropriate – if done for the right reasons.
To further illuminate my point, a personal example. The other day, my legislative account sent out this tweet:
And got this wacky response:
What? Just…what? Anyway, it would have been very easy for me to retweet that tweet and issue a nasty response…something along the lines of, “Hey, you sexist jerk, do you think women should be barefoot, pregnant and cooking? That sure is what it sounds like.”
I chose not to, because that isn’t my style. I like being quirky and funny at times, but also professional. I don’t want anyone to think that I regularly engage with trolls – I want to be above that. And that was the path I chose. Congressman Rohrabacher, at least temporarily, chose a different path. I don’t think there is anything wrong with that path if it fits your image. That, of course, goes back to knowing what your social media goals and objectives are – and this, in general, shows why everyone needs a social media plan.
What do you think? Do I have it right? Let me know in the comments!