When Isn’t It Appropriate To Tweet?

Occasional Black Eyed Pea Will.i.am copped some flak recently for tweeting while he was running with the Olympic Torch. Sharing once-in-a-lifetime events seems to me a better use of Twitter than just random commentary, but then I’m a happily frequent user of Twitter and I’m not too worried about Olympic dignity. So what are the occasions where using Twitter (or any other social networking site) simply isn’t on?

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There are some obvious answers to this:

  • when you’re at dinner or in conversation with someone else who doesn’t also have a phone;
  • during sex;
  • at a play (since your phone screen lighting up is distracting for other audience members; I’d be less worried at a concert).

What would you add to the list? Tell us in the comments (but bear in mind that your boundaries are not necessarily going to be everyone else’s).


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