There’s a lesson to learn from this: http://news.cnet.com/8301-17852_3-10436629-71.html?tag=newsLatestHeadlinesArea.0. Some jokes do not deliver well in text and, as a friend puts it, sarcasm does not translate well in text either.
I am not the first to say this but people should remember NOT to do things online that might, sooner than later, cause regret.
Many of us today use blogging and micro-blogging sites to self-publish writings about… anything. However, for most of us, we forget about the #1 rule in writing: know your audience.
When you post something online, you have to remember that your audience could be everyone on the Internet — and that most of those in the audience are actually people you DO NOT know. So, for the most part, you should expect that they have no context at all of what you are writing about. If you want to make sure that most of them would actually understand you, then you have to write smartly — not just intelligently, but smartly. Regardless if you’re writing a book, an article or a 140 character long text message, what’s important is that you get to send the intended thoughts right. There is no room for misinterpretations and misunderstandings; and there is definitely no reason for getting jailed just because you shared what’s happening or what’s on your mind.
Knowing your audience allows you to create content that can be accepted and appreciated without causing confusion, madness and chaos. Knowing your audience allows you to write about the things that matter. Knowing your audience allows you to avoid getting in to prison for publishing something stupid. All the more, knowing your audience allows you to filter what you write so you do not expose, too, much information that could put your life and your loved ones’ lives in danger.
Today, social networking sites have revolutionized the amateur art of exhibitionism. We all have the tendency to find our connection in this world. For most of us, there is a need to connect to someone or anyone somehow. We all have something to say (or write) and we all want to be heard (or read). There is really nothing wrong with that. What can be wrong is when we are not being smart in doing it.
Understand that all writers are bias. Now, since most of us are not really professional writers, we have to be more careful about what we write and what we write about. Be sensitive. Be discrete. Be cautious. Your choice of words matters. Even your mood matters. Seriously. The last thing you want to do is to offend a reader you don’t know and get yourself in trouble.
Know your audience. Be aware. Write smart.