A young mother wanting to alert people to a hijacking received far more attention than she was probably hoping for. We decided to follow the story to see where it led and discovered that people on twitter can sometimes be quite nasty
South Africans use Twitter for many purposes ranging from seeking out connections with others, to sharing infomation as widely as possible.
Everyday there are at least dozens, if not more, posts which appear on any twitter user's timeline including the words "RT for awareness".
Briefly.co.za decided to follow one of these stories when a woman tweeting two pictures of cars and a plea for people to share the tweet in the hopes that a stolen car might be found.
Of course there were also those who got smart with some comments and digs at the woman posting the pictures of the car. Screenshots of other tweets with an identical car had one tweep asking "Exactly who's mom's car is this?"
This was swiftly rebutted by another tweep pointing out that the original tweeter might well have a sibling.
However, one twit hit the nail on the head of what the message was actually asking...
Since twitter is such a widely used platform, it is possible for an actual car thief to be on anyone's list of followers.
The story then took a turn when the car was found and the original tweeter posted a picture of it.
Straight away she was attacked from all sides by people accusing her of rudeness for not thanking people for their retweets with one person reminding her that she had forgotten to say thank you. However, another said it was understandable given the stress, and commended the girl for reporting back at all.
However that wasn't acceptable and the original critic doubled down seemingly unprepared to let go of what might become an interesting fight, or, as the cool kids call it, a Twar!
From there things just escalated and got to the point of being quite ridiculous.
And the car? It will be covered by insurance apparently and fortunately no one was seriously hurt during the robbery.
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