when tweets give you lemons, make lemonade.

When I returned from a meeting that took up half my Thursday morning, I sensed a great disturbance in the force. People all over the ether were up in arms — distraught, despairing, despondent.

What happened? Some tragedy killing innocent people? A government ruling infringing upon our Constitutional rights? A natural disaster sending communities into ruination?

Not quite. Not hardly. All the overwrought hand-wringing stemmed from Twitter being down for a few hours. To add sturm to drang, apparently Facebook had issues too. People wondered what in the world they were expected to do without access to their favorite social media outlets.

What to do? Um, maybe … work? You know, that thing most of us are paid to do during working hours?

It’s odd how people now treat social media as some kind of inherent privilege like life, liberty or the pursuit of happiness. How many words and hours were burned up by folks kvetching about their morning being ruined … all because they hadn’t been able to foist more Facebook quiz results or retweeted articles upon the rest of social-mediadom.

Here’s what people should have done because they were deprived of social media: Rejoiced over being freed from their addiction. Connected with people face to face, like the old days. And, oh yes, completed a little bit of work. Instead of kvetching over Twitter temporarily turning into a lemon, they should look at it as an opportunity as sweet as lemonade.

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8 responses to “when tweets give you lemons, make lemonade.

  1. OMG! He uttered the”w” word! On a blog, no less!😉

    I actually had blocked out my morning to get some writing done (thank goodness for deadlines), but then some minor brushfires broke out and I ended up spending only 1/4 of that 4-hour block doing any actual writing. I wouldn’t have tweeted anyway. My withdrawal wasn’t too severe. Hey! Where’d I put my methodone?

  2. Eric

    Eh… I just got a connection error on my phone and figured I had broken twitterberry again. Now that I know, I must retroactively fight the loss of the twitterverse… or — ya know — just go to work and act like nothing out of the ordinary happened.

  3. Dan

    Per my post yesterday, when you are helping a non profit and Facebook is one of the easiest ways to post events and publicize them to people in the community, well, then it gets quite frustrating. Some people do “work” on Facebook and Twitter – not that I need to tell you that. I cannot simply tell my coworkers there is an arts festival this weekend with the hope that they will propagate the information to others. All about social ROI – there is a reason these sites are popular – they work.

  4. Ok, but, but but….

    Twitter has found us some amazing friends and professional connections. I felt a huge loss not being able to ask a couple of burning questions I needed quick answers to. I missed following the usual witty banter, but most of all I missed that instant resource I’ve come to rely on professionally.

    That said, I did get a ton of work done yesterday morning.

    I’ll now go finish my glass of my lemonade.🙂

  5. insidetimshead

    There’s a big difference between losing Twitter or Facebook for a couple of hours and having it go away for a day, a month, a year. Losing a social media channel — which, yes, I consider an important avenue of communication — for a long time or permanently would be a real setback. Losing it for a couple hours is merely an inconvenience. And, as I noted, a potential blessing in disguise.

  6. I missed a deadline with a client because I couldn’t finish my Facebook research.

    Should I have probably had it done before the day it was due? Yes.🙂

  7. insidetimshead

    So Brad, I guess you can’t just say the dog ate your research? If you or anyone else ever finds some cure to procrastination, let me know.

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