Daily Archives: February 1, 2012

Twitter is Now Like My Auntie…

If you have the kind of auntie like I do – you know, the one who’s always into gossip and keeps the entire family (and the extended community as well) in the loop with every death announcement, divorce announcement, and wedding announcement – then I must say: Twitter has become that auntie for me.

For example, I go on Twitter this morning and look at the Twitter trends, and I swear every time a name I recognize appears in the “trend,” my heart starts sinking. Because I now imagine that person has died.  That’s the first thought before I consider other possibilities, like that person must have embarrassed him/herself in public or got into an accident or was rushed to the hospital (like Demi Moore) or announced she’s pregnant or gave birth to a baby (like Beyonce).

So, when Don Cornelius was trending, I immediately jumped to the death announcement, and it was! 😦 A whole generation of folks I grew up with are passing on.

Don Cornelius (for those of you non-soul-music-listening folk) was the host of the TV dance show, Soul Train, during the ’70s and ’80s. A staple among black households. It’s sad to learn that he committed suicide at the age of 75.

May he R.I.P.  And, of course, to invoke the Soul Train sign-off, I wish him “Love, Peace, and Souuuuuuuuuuuul!!”

So you all know if I ever see David’s name “trending” on Twitter, I’ll be this close to a heart attack (until I see he trends for something completely positive!)