The Loudspeaker

People only listen to the conductor over the loudspeaker when they’re seeking helpful information, half-listening to general announcements.

Owning a public microphone holds the same responsibility as a owning a Twitter account. Tweets must be relevant to your audience.

Sometimes the train conductors hold conversations over the loudspeaker that should be held in private over walker talkies. The information is only useful to them. The public helplessly listens because the rambling is just too annoying to ignore. It’s loud.

Similarly, public conversations on Twitter are equally hard to ignore. A public reply with characters preceding “@” go to everyone in the feed. Stop this.

Twitter is a loudspeaker that must be used to broadcast wisely or people just won’t want to follow you. Unfortunately, there’s no unfollow/mute button on the train.

Unnecessary chatter is a nuisance if you can’t turn it off.

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By Wells Baum

Wells Baum is a daily blogger who writes about Life & Arts. He's also the author of and four books.