I have been remiss in my posting as of late, but something happened to me today that shocked me into posting. A beloved designer of mine, Lilly Pulitzer, has died. I love her brand and was very sadden to hear the vision behind those colorful prints was gone.
But, what shocked me the most was that I found out about this death on Twitter. Now, I have found out about significant breaking news on Twitter before. This, however, was one of the first deaths I have experienced through social media.
There is always a little bit of doubt when you first find out that someone you “know” has died from Twitter. I say “know” in quotations marks because I didn’t really know Lilly Pulitzer the person. But, you can never really be sure when you hear someone has died on social media because there is no credible source. Usually, it is someone in your news feed and then you have to get the news confirmed from a credible handle like @cnnbrk or @CNBC. So, until it is confirmed, you are in this weird limbo where you also want to tell people about it but you aren’t sure it is true. It’s not until an official tweet comes from @AP, the Associated Press, that you can know the truth.
I’m not sure if this happens with other sorts of breaking news, but I have just become very wary of what I read in my news feed.
Does this make Twitter less credible? Have you has similar experiences? As always I would love to hear your questions or comments and feel free to tweet at me @Amelia_Power
RIP Lilly Pulitzer