There are a lot of great ideas floating around on Twitter, but there are also a lot of really terrible ones. This blog post is about the latter. We all have those off-the-wall ideas once in a while, ones where we think, “I’d like to do that, but it’s probably not a good idea to follow through with it.” Well yesterday, Twitter user Dylan Masone (@MasoneDylan) followed through with his very own, not so great idea.
Just before game time, Dylan told his Twitter followers that he would run onto Citi Field if he got 1,000 retweets. Dylan obviously underestimated is Twitter-power because a few short hours later, he had reached his goal. Now this is the point of the evening when many individuals would simply not follow through with their plan, but that’s not how this story ends. No, it ends with Dylan following through with his plan and being quickly (and forcefully) escorted off the field.
This was not Twitter’s fault, nor was it the fault of Dylan’s fan; it was purely an user error. Unfortunately animated GIFs, photos and blog mentions such as this are spreading virally across the web. It’s safe to say Dylan got his 15 minutes of fame. However I doubt it was worth it once his mom got ahold of him – he’s probably still sore from that tackle too.
The moral of the story is simple: Twitter doesn’t make people do stupid things; they decide to do them all on their own. If you’re looking for some encouragement, you’ll be sure to find it there.