In a “kids and their darn technology” story sure to be griped about by parents everywhere, it seems that Destiny’s Child member Michelle Williams is receiving some constructive criticism for not congratulating new mom Beyoncé on Twitter. Commentators are doling out pearls of wisdom such as, “YOU BETTER CONGRATULATE YOUR KING ON GIVING BIRTH TO HER CHILD. (Unbelievable)”. Indeed.
Williams responded to the criticism like a sensible human being, asking why she needed to congratulate someone who she speaks to regularly, and who isn’t even on Twitter:
“Let’s get ONE thing straight. I do NOT have to say congrats to someone when they’re NOT on twitter…ESPECIALLY when I talk or email them all the time….or when I’ll be physically present as well…so harassing and stalking my timeline to see if I’ve mentioned something is POINTLESS!!! My friendship with people aren’t always for twitter display. Respect that and get a LIFE!!! Enjoy this FINE day!!! God bless!!!! [via E! Online]
Michelle, you bring up a valid point. But this is also the Internet, where crazy roams wild and free, especially when it comes to godlike celebrities. Are you really that surprised?
For me, social media is incredibly important when it comes to friends’ important days. Meaning, Facebook tells me it’s someone’s birthday, so I call them and pretend I knew that all along.
Actually, the idea of wishing someone well online just seems too easy. I hardly remember who posts on my wall for my birthday, but I do remember who took the time to call me. Everyone knows you’re just pleasantly-but-halfheartedly posting that “congrats,” because it takes two seconds but still makes you look kind of good. Heaven forbid picking up the phone.
What do you think of social media and events like this? Do you call, tweet, Facebook, visit, or all of the above for special events?