Sunday, June 21, 2009

Bloggers Beware - You May Get Blocked on Twitter !!!!

I'm writing today's post while waiting for the US Open to resume, sort of like Atlantis rising from the deep. As I sat here this morning, I was catching up on my reading, checking my favorite blogger's posts for the past week, and reading some of my recent posts. Something happened a couple of days ago that really "connected" two of my recents posts.The first post was from a few weeks back, when I wrote about what I regarded as the difference between a "journalist" and a "blogger". The second post was from last Sunday - when I pointed out that, despite some recent indications to the contrary, it seemed that when Michelle Wie has a microphone in front of her she reverts back to making excuses and other comments that can only be considered delusional. Yes, I have been called a "hater" by some - but I believe I'm doing nothing more than holding someone accountable for their comments made in a public forum.
In an effort to be completely open minded, I decided a few weeks ago to "follow" Ms. Wie on Twitter. During these few weeks, she made some witty and quite normal (140 character or less) remarks - and seems to be well accepted by her "tweeting" peers. In an effort to reach out to her, I sent her a "tweet" asking who she was picking to win the U.S. (Mens) Open.

Now, If you are wondering how these storylines converge, here is the punchline. I noticed today on my twitter account that "themichellewie" (her name on twitter - gotta love the "THE") had BLOCKED ME FROM GETTING HER UPDATES !. It would be funny if it were not so sad - I mean,seriously - she has like 4,000 "followers", and she (or someone from"Camp Wie") is tracking them to be sure none of them DARE say anything critical of her ? I guess I should not be surprised - her team has never dealt well with criticism. It's clear to me that these lame attempts to characterize her as "normal" are destined to fail.
I guess this means I won't get to read anymore profound thoughts from her on twitter like "Did u know that the 7-11 extreme gulp is 50% bigger than the volume of the human stomach?!? . or "i love you guys..whenever i read your comments its gives me such a confidence boost!" (Obv the last one was not meant for moi - what in the hell is she learning at Stanford ???)
Not exactly censorship I know - but pretty poor form (and thin skin) from someone who craves the spotlight....

7 comments:

Heather said...

I'd leave a comment, but I don't want to be blocked. ;o)

Anonymous said...

I'm not at all a Wie fan but I think she has every right to block whomever she wants to. I block people all the time (usually spammers) but sometimes because of hate speech or even just because I don't like their attitude. The way anyone uses Twitter is their personal choice just as the way you use your blog to whine about it is yours.

;-)

Cash said...

Dear Anonymous,
Sorry you found my commentary "whiny". Rather than delete your courageous comment, I chose to leave it up as a beacon of hope for other readers. My point is this - if you seek the spotlight (as Wie obviously does), don't run away from being held accountable for your public comments.

Kevin said...

Wie is about the same as good 'ol Sergio in that regard. Loves the spotlight but also loves to complain when things don't go their way, it's always someone else's fault.

Charles Boyer said...

Until Ms. Wie toughens the inside of her head, she will never be a consistent winner in golf.

That's not being a hater, that's telling it like it is.

Ottawa Golf Blog said...

Great story I wish I got blocked by a famous golfer. :)

Average Golfer said...

What's Twitter?