As far as I’m concerned, social media is a privilege, not a right. Some Lebanese politicians use it, others abuse it. Some of them teach us about tact. And none of them (thankfully) have made the colossal error of telling us about their bowel habits. Below, the do’s and don’ts of Twitter as demonstrated by our
1. Don’t attack someone on Twitter if they’re not actually on it.
وليد جنبلاط يقول أنني قلت ان وسام الحسن هو شهيد السنة هذا كذب ومن قالها هو حليفه الميقاتي. وسام الحسن شهيد لبنان .
— Saad Hariri (@HaririSaad) October 25, 2012
Big mistake, RiRi. Nothing screams lame like a 140 character jab at someone who can’t respond to you on the same level. Pro-tip: you should also be able to do this kind of thing in person.
2. Do build a Twitter following.
3. Don’t use Twitter as a tool to announce your party’s boring news.
4. Do write your own Tweets.
5. Don’t make outrageous claims in your Twitter bio.
6. Do Retweet your followers.
— Tajaddod Youth(@TajaddodYouth) October 22, 2012
Can you hear that? It’s the sound of satisfaction from people who feel slightly more empowered because you retweeted them.
7. Don’t go for long periods of time without Tweeting.
8. Do Tweet in Arabic, English and French.
9. Don’t let a parody account be your only presence on Twitter.
10. Do use Twitter to support local social activists.
— Gebran Bassil (@GEBRAN_BASSIL) October 23, 2012
I loathe Gebran Bassil and his faulty partisan politics, but I’ll give him the smallest bit of credit for Retweeting this.