News Flash: Twitter is Full of Haters

Remember when I didn’t want to be on Twitter?   (Read Why I’m Not on Twitter as a refresher!) Later, I caved and put this blog on Twitter, so I could communicate better with you guys, and it’s been interesting so far.  The reason I didn’t initially want to join was because Twitter seems to be so full of haters.  Recently, a study showed that my gut feeling was true:

The survey tank’s latest findings sum up a year’s worth of comparisons between the reactions of the general public to breaking-news events and the tenor of the reactions on Twitter. The main takeaway isn’t surprising, but it’s worth noting nonetheless: As much as the media leans on Twitter as an instant public-opinion barometer, the microblogging site’s users really aren’t representative of the nation at large.

Twitter users skew young and left—they leaned hard toward Barack Obama during the election and for gay rights in California. But the most consistent bias that Pew found was not toward liberals or conservatives. It was a bias against, well, almost everything. For instance, the Twitterati were heavily against Obama’s nomination of John Kerry for Secretary of State, and they thought the president’s 2012 State of the Union speech was a stinker. (In both cases, Pew found the public as a whole generally supportive.) And while they evinced more hate for Romney than Obama overall, negative comments toward both “exceeded positive comments by a wide margin throughout the fall campaign season.” In Pew’s words:

At times the Twitter conversation is more liberal than survey responses, while at other times it is more conservative. Often it is the overall negativity that stands out.

So, what do you think?  Do you guys who are on Twitter love it or hate it?  This blog is on there… for now, though we get lots of mean Tweets from people.  If you’d like to follow me there, please go here… and show me some Twitter love instead of hate!

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  • Young Explorer

    Twitter is only one of the anti social media that offers a bunch of hate tweets. Don’t take it as personally. I know it’s a hard thing to do.

    Bristol: You have a bright future ahead upfront your life. Use it as much as you can. For today, just ignore Twitter and do something to keep yourself more productive citizen. Sounds a good start?

  • Dennis Carr

    I went to Twitter for following Milla Jojovich only, but the next thing I saw was the fact that your very restricted on the amount that you can type.. Not so with FaceLessBook. I believe if people WERE required to use their Real name and they address nobody would be posting anything except the RIGHT.. Polite talk is required or you get removed.. HUFF&PUFF kicked me off for banging a lying stupid LEFT person and they complained.. So what, I logged with one of several services and they can’t keep me off… Heck at 74 you can not make me keep my mouth shut, it is my country too.

    • LMA

      “Polite talk is required or you get removed…HUFF&PUFF kicked me off for banging a lying, stupid LEFT person…”

      Priceless, Mr. Carr.

  • kittyknittel

    I have never gone on Twitter or Facebook. Feel we, as conservatives, need to stick with e-mail and even snail mail so we are able to “pick and choose” with whom we communicate. It does not enhance our lives to communicate with people who do not have core values the same as our own. We do need to do it in our personal daily lives at work, neighboring, church, etc., but then we are able to see the reactions and have a chance to pass on why we feel the way we do in a calm and nice way. And, at this point, the old “sticks and stones will break my bones but words will never hurt me” may be the way to go.

  • Thomas

    Bristol, just brush these haters off its not worth your time and safe your finger tips.

    • daryl

      I agree these losers don’t know what they are talking about.

  • Steve

    Bristol, we love you and your family and not only because you’ve put yourselves out there to represent the values we cherish. We like you because you’re fun and kind and loyal and courageous. You are our kind of people. Anyone in my family and circle of friends would take a verbal bullet for you guys anytime. I can say that confidently because we have stood up for you guys countless times over the past eight years and been hated on for it. People like Iglesias hate us because they hate God. They lash out because their hearts are filled with fear and jealousy, their minds are ignorant and their characters are withered with depravity. Don’t let it get to you, sister. Don’t even read it, I say. There are plenty of people like us out here but unlike the Palin haters on Twitter we have have life and we have better things to do every day than tweet about it all the time.

  • millie


    I agree with Thomas just brush them off. They are usually people who don’t feel good about themselves.

  • Diane V

    Let your light shine, don’t hide it from twitter or any where else! Because of the ungodly, you will suffer persecution, it’s not going to go away. I’ve been under attack too. I don’t have your platform so it’s not nearly to the degree yours is, but I must confess, I’m blessed by the fellowship of other believers. I hope I encouraged you.

  • Barbara Landi

    Haters don’t have a life. Poor them. Not.

  • Lidymae

    You are saying “twitter is full of haters”, what about Facebook? Whenever I post something or get something on my newsfeed about Obama, 6 times out of ten 10 it gets stamped with a “access denied”. Apparently Facebook doesn’t want anything bad posted about Obama. I am about to turn my computer off permanently.

  • Robin

    I love Bristol and her whole family if you hate her stop checking in on what she is up to. Go someplace else. God Bless you Bristol. p.s. own your book love it.