Earlier this week (yesterday, to be exact), the Globe and Mail published a piece by columnist Ivor Tossell calling on Canadians to stop tweeting about what they eat. The essence of his argument is tweets about what you’re are eating are uninteresting. They’re noise.
Well, to be exact, Mr. Tossell begged of Canadians to stop posting pictures of the meals they were about to enjoy.
A lot has been written about the culture of Tweeting the mundane. Twitter updates like “Making toast”, “I forgot how much I like pickles” and “It’s 4pm and I’m only eating lunch now” reveal a lot about eating habits and nutritional awareness.
Basically, one journalist’s inconvenience is a treasure trove for nutritionists, dietitians and health care researchers.
People who share information about the food they eat and when they eat act as members of a voluntary, self-selected focus group offering priceless information. Just as the people who share invaluable information about cancer diagnoses and treatment results, computer problems and solutions, and transit delays and alternate routes, it’s not for you to decide the value of the information you share based on the feedback of a single person on behalf of the collective. Your overall audience will decide. And, for the most part, the people most taken by your content are probably unknown. If your comment can help or change the life of a single person… that’s a good thing.
So, I say keep tweeting whatever strikes you in the moment. If someone is annoyed by your content, they can invoke their own filters — automated or manual. Don’t let one person force you to change your habits.
For more on the value of your online content, watch this video.