Posts Tagged ‘tweeting’
Dr. Frank Ryan, plastic surgeon to Heidi Montag and other celebrities, was sending a Twitter message about his border collie just before his fatal car accident, his ex-girlfriend tells PEOPLE.
“He lived up in Malibu on a tiny street and he was texting while driving and he accidentally went over the cliff,” Charmaine Blake says.
Blake, a celebrity publicist, says Ryan’s family was told by investigators that the Tweeting caused the wreck on Monday.
The dog, whose name is Jill – Blake’s middle name – was in the car at the time of the crash and survived injuries to the head, eye and paw.
The California Highway Patrol confirms Ryan was texting before the crash, but investigators have not officially determined the cause of the accident.
“It is one of the elements that we are investigating,” CHP Officer Steven Reid says…
She adds that she hopes other people learn from this tragedy that “people should not text and drive at all.”
Golly gee, thanks for the tip, lady.
Readers of “mommy blogger” Shellie Ross are used to her sharing information about her life through her blog and also through her Twitter stream. No-one, however, expected a tweet she sent out on Monday that has sparked a storm of protest, criticism, headlines and sympathy. Here is why.
At 17:22 local time from her home in Florida, Ms Ross tweeted that:
“Fog is rolling in thick scared the birds back in the coop.”
Eleven minutes later, her son called 911 to report that his two-year-old brother Bryson was floating unconscious in the pool. The paramedics arrived at the house at 17:38.
At 18:12, Ms Ross tweeted again:
“Please pray like never before, my 2 yr old fell in the pool.”
Tragically, five hours later her son Bryson was declared dead. At 23:08 Ms Ross returned to her Twitter account to update her 5,400-plus followers. “Remembering my million dollar baby.” She also included a photo of Bryson in the post.
The case has now fuelled a debate about parenting and of course about how much someone should share about something so personal. There are equal amounts of shock, sympathy and anger about the affair.
And naturally enough, much of it is being conducted over the internet, especially through Twitter and a number of blogs.
RTFA for some of the commentary.
Regular readers will know that at best I’m non-social, a hermit except for my wife – who probably would also be a hermit except for me and the fact that she can’t telecommute her job. That doesn’t mean we’re anti-social.
I find it easy to comprehend the “social” nature of social media. How individuals find themselves in a collective and social relationship with many other individuals. It’s another part of how we evolved, after all. Personally, this blog is sufficient.
To berate someone for belonging to an atypical community – atypical by 19th Century standards prevalent in societies that have managed to achieve a minimal level of education and even less understanding – is crap!