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Friday, March 16, 2012

#winelover, don't drink and post.


Today I woke and found this at the top of my twitter page (for everyone to see - not a Direct Message "DM"): "@thewinehub Yes, I have a thought. Two. Get a shave and visit the dentist."

I'm not going to mention who posted this (it is totally irrelevant), but I wanted to talk about it because our community cannot afford to have the general public labeling us as "you people" (when someone wants to make a reference to us - people who use social media), but it's challenging to argue against their point of view when they seem to be right... How can we possibly hold people responsible for their erratic words ("you people") when we read so many alcohol-influenced words in our realm today? I believe that the only possible method is that of our community continuing to stress the importance of responsible writing.

So here is a suggestion: Don't drink and post. We can be inspired and excited with the excess of alcohol in our blood stream, but we may find our comments regrettable the next morning. Worse than that, each one of our comments will reflect on the reputation of our community as a whole! Feel free to write anything at any time, after as many drinks as you prefer, but please refrain from "hitting the button" until you had a sober reflection of your words. We are trying to build a reputation for people who love wine and use social media to share their passion with the world. The #winelover's community thanks you in advance for understanding and contributing intelligently.

 ===> Being told in public that I have to shave and that I need my teeth fixed: #fail -
Making our community a better place by elevating the quality of our postings: #priceless

Cheers,
LA


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9 comments:

Darby from Vinodiversity said...

Good Post. I think it may have been Hemingway who said "write drunk, edit sober" Unfortunately these days the edit bit does not occur, we just hit the button and it is published.

Luiz Alberto said...

Thanks for taking the time Darby.

You couldn't be more right. The age of instant gratification has its advantages, I don't deny it. But it has certainly its drawbacks as one clearly can see with "Yes, I have a thought. Two. Get a shave and visit the dentist." from someone I know. Saying stupid things ("hitting the button") and believing that by just deleting what was posted on a drunken moment is going to fix the problem is a huge "#fail". The damage is done!

And I agree with you also that the title is a misnomer. But I don't have a better idea (or title) because, as you said, the days of "write drunk, edit sober" are long gone...

Suggestions?

Cheers,
LA

Fabio (Vinos Ambiz) said...

Luiz,
On a similar vein, my New Year's Resolution was not to post comments or tweets when 'hot and bothered' about something that I've just read, and to let 24 hrs go by first! I often regretted what I wrote and sometimes found that I didn't even really agree with my own comment! It's hard, but I'm succeeding over 50% of the time :)

Anonymous said...

I do agree with you, though I would like to add to it; don't be drunk and tweet/facebook/G+ etc. I tweet a lot while drinking, but I try to avoid to tweet when drunk, perhaps a thin line - but I believe that taste notes when in a bar/restaurant/tasting has its place, but perhaps not during happy hour or at the after party (secret or not) etc. :)

Filippo Ronco said...

What was that tweet referred to?
Reading it all alone doesn't seem a so bad injury because the reader had not give the right or, better, the complete prospective imho.


Cheers, Fil.

Anonymous said...

Are you so sure I was drunk??

Luiz Alberto said...

It was a picture of me Filippo. One that was taking during Vinexpo with me wearing a #winelover t-shirt during Prowein... It is certainly related to some previous resentfulness against me... but this is all I will say...

That's why the "don't drink and post" is more relevant than anything else. It's very difficult to build a reputation for our community when there's people out there with no sense of responsibility with the things they say on Facebook and Twitter. As Angela Reddin said "what we write now is immediate and cannot be called back."

I look forward to seeing you at Vinitaly next week. We certainly can discuss this further, as I really value your opinion on anything that involves "wine + social media"

Cheers,
LA

Filippo Ronco said...

Oh my God, what the hell I've written above? ;)

Just want to say that if you read that tweet all alone, out of context, it is difficult for the reader to understand what it was referring to and, moreover, it is very difficult to assign the right prospective to the phrase.

Saying to someone to have a shave (or a shower or whatever) is not a rude injury per se, I suppose. The reader needs more details. Was it a tweet of you or was it a tweet you've received from someone else? Did you consider it rude to you or (if you were the person that wrote it) rude for others?

Hope it is more clear now ;)

Anyway, agree with the alert. Writing and tweeting under the effect of alchool might be very dangerous!


(not drunk at the moment) :D


Cheers, Fil.

Luiz Alberto said...

Filippo, the twitter said: "Yes, I have a thought. Two. Get a shave and visit the dentist." so, yes. I found it offensive. I can understand the "get a shave" part as a joke, but telling me that I need to go see a dentist would only come from someone being nasty and, for our purposes, totally inappropriate.

I don't know if you noticed, but right in between our comments, there's another one (posted anonymously): "Are you so sure I was drunk??" March 19, 2012 7:22 AM

It doesn't seem to be the same person who offended me in the place... This person has made it very clear who she/he was, so I'll take as a joke for now...

More in Verona...

Cheers,
LA