Welcome to Keeping it 140. I’m Kyra Kyles, a Senior Editor at JET who moonlights as a social media stalker, tracking the good, bad and ugly of online sharing. I’ll mostly be taking celebs and public figures to task for gaffes on the Interwebs (I see you, 50 Cent and Chris Brown.) But I’ll also offer advice on how we civilians can keep it together on sites like Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and… um… MySpace, that is, if you’re still lurking around on the latter outlet.
Thank you celebrities and public figures who have no clue how to handle yourselves on social media. You make my job here at “Keeping it 140” a snap every week. And in this week’s SMH Hall of Shame, batter up!
‘Memba that 90s group brought to us by R. Kelly? Well, Chad Johnson seems to be auditioning to join them. After allegations he headbutted his now-estranged wife/reality show denizen Evelyn Lozada, Johnson’s silence has been broken by several avatar swaps on his Twitter page. First, he had to delete his Miami Dolphins designation, ‘cuz, well, they gave him das boot in the hours after the domestic violence word got out in the media. Then, he put up a photo with some dudes, inspiring globalgrind.com to guess it was his attempt at comforting himself “when my homies call” style. Finally, he placed a looking-out-the-window-like-Malcolm image up for the world to discuss.
My suggestion to the fallen footballer: Sort out your personal life instead of re-arranging your social media photos.
The next celeb I am about to mention is a child, so I will tread carefully . However, I would strongly advise her to back away from the vortex that is social media. Providing further proof that there are certain behaviors that should be limited to the older crowd, the young star and progeny of Will and Jada posted an Instagram image of a letter she wrote to Tupac some years ago (aka when she was still eating crayons). In it, she intimates that Tupac is still alive, that her mommy misses him very much and reveals that she wishes he’d return so she and her “momy” could be happy. There is no mention of daddy in this scrawling. Read it for yourself, if you have not… **Awkward silence.**
New York Giants punter Steve Weatherford may be regretting that he Tweeted a video of teammate Jason Pierre-Paul carrying cornerback Prince Amukamara down a hallway and dunking him into a cold tub of water as retribution for the Giants’ 26-3 Saturday win over the New York Jets. As a result of this lil’ Wiki leak, I’m sure the aforementioned gentlemen earned an earful from their coach to go with the outrage of media outlets. And BTW, Giants, you shouldn’t have dunked Rueben Randle either. This isn’t an episode of “The Game,” somebody could get hurt!