Saturday, April 24, 2010

Social Media Gone Awry

Social media is the new black, right? It's perfect for every occasion. Kid graduating from college? Facebook it. See something amusing on the street? Twitter it. Going out to dinner? Use FourSquare to post your location to Facebook and Twitter at the same time.

But we've all seen examples of too much social media. Sometimes, it's just that a "friend" puts more on Facebook than you want to know. Other times, social media is used to spread news that probably should be relegated to more traditional fora. (For instance, I recently learned of a law school classmate's unexpected death via Facebook.)

Now comes word that the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections is considering tweeting the completion of executions. That strikes me as being in remarkably bad taste. But perhaps I'm just old-fashioned. What do you think?

(Hat-tip: SL&P Blog)

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