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The Do’s and Don’ts of Drunk Tweeting

Twitter has become a hub of communication for people all over the world. People may turn to Twitter for first-hand accounts of major new stories, but they also use twitter as an escape. With only having 140 characters to speak your mind, I have come to realize how funny and quick some people can be. Becoming part of the Twitter world has let me see inside another one – the world of drunk tweeting. Checking your Twitter feed anytime between 11pm and 4am from Thursday-Saturday will leave you clutching the side of your stomach. But what is the phenomenon behind drunk tweeting?

Everyone always says to actually listen to what a drunk person is saying because “a drunk man’s words are a sober man’s thoughts”. So when twitter comes into the scenario, your drunken thoughts are available for the world to see. Most of the people I talked to said they just tweeted what they wanted without really thinking about it and when they saw it the next day, decided that it was too funny to erase.
Others said that there is a science behind drunk tweeting and when done properly, “it’s really awesome and hilarious”. But with every positive, comes a negative.

Some said excessive drunk tweeting can be super obnoxious, especially when people go on a rant without realizing what they are doing. The number one pet peeve people have about drunk tweeting is when others tweet about how drunk they actually are and how much they have had to drink that night. One person said, “We are all in college, we all go out on the weekend so there is no need to reiterate something that everyone already knows. It doesn’t make you look cooler, it just looks like you’re trying too hard”.

With the help of my roommates, I have compiled a list of Do’s and Don’ts when it comes to drunk tweeting:

Make it lighthearted
Make fun of something stupid you did. Everyone loves when you’re able to make fun of yourself
Include funny hashtags
Include pictures, but I have to include a warning with this one. Be careful with what pictures you include. Don’t post any pictures that could incriminate you or any of your friends

Don’t confess your darkest secret. Or anything that you would rather the world not know about yourself
Please beware of accidentally tweeting a text message. I have seen this happen one too many times and it always makes me cringe
Don’t tweet about how drunk you are. This will only annoy people. We all know you went out and drank, there is no need to reiterate it
Absolutely do not tweet anything that may get you in trouble. This is the same rule that applies with everything on Facebook. Your account may be private, but we live in a world where there are ways to get around that. Use caution always

The way I understand it, drunk tweeting is a way to laugh at yourself and the funny things you and your friends come up with or do. Let go and don’t be so uptight – let people see your awkward side, or you with your guard down. Drunk tweeting is a release so stop caring what other people think and join the movement.

Hi, I'm Kate! Orginally from northern New Jersey, I'm currently a junior at the University of Pittsburgh majoring in public relations and writing. Writing has always been a passion of mine and writing for Her Campus really let's me engage in something I love to do. I am a huge sports fan, especially for the New York Giants, Yankees, and of course, the Panthers. I am way into fashion and writing about it. I am also obsessed with travelling and one of my goals is to travel around the world and different cities in the states in order to see as many different places I possibly can. So far I've been fortunate enough to immerse myself in the culture of London, Paris, Chicago, Los Angeles, and a tiny island off of South America, Curacao. I really believe that in order to be truly happy, you need to become who you are meant to be and stop being who you think everyone else wants you to be. I'll leave you off with one of my favorite quotes, "Always laugh when you can. It is cheap medicine." - Lord Byron  
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