Card experiences the highs and lows of Twitter

Source comes face to face with the restrictions that come with social media


Hailey Boger, Reporter

When senior Macy Judd posted screenshots of text conversations with her parents on Twitter, she hadn’t expected them to gain much attention. However, before she knew it, her tweet gained over 2500 retweets and around 9000 likes.

“It was just kind of weird,” Judd said. “I think the most amount of likes I (usually) get is about 10.”

Judd’s tweet featured screenshots of her sending a picture of her fingers, which had turned blue in her psychology class, to her parents individually. Her mother responded with concern, asking if she felt okay and telling her to text her dad about it. When Judd sent the same picture to her father, he jokingly responded, asking if she had been stirring Kool-Aid with them.

Tweets going viral is primarily a matter of luck. It could depend on the number of followers one has, or the number of followers an account that retweets it has. Many times, viral tweets happen purely on accident and without warning, such as with Judd’s tweet.

Shortly after the tweet went viral, websites such as took her screenshots and posted them on their website in an article, without her permission or credit. Judd says that these articles got every piece of information wrong.

Even Twitter accounts such as “Girl Code” stole her tweet, posing it as one of their own and gained their own retweets and likes.

Judd says she wasn’t really bothered by her tweet being stolen, and that she didn’t find that people’s perception of her had changed as a result of her viral tweet.

“My friends just kept teasing me and telling me I was famous,” Judd said.

One of her friends, senior Breanna Edwards, is happy for Judd and her so-called fame.

“I thought her tweet was funny, and I’m happy that she’s famous now,” Edwards said.

Other accounts stealing Judd’s tweet didn’t really upset Edwards, because she says those accounts steal everyone’s tweets. She does think that Judd has become associated with her tweet in a way, though not necessarily in a bad way.

“People in the hallway would be like, ‘Oh, that’s that girl that got so-and-so many retweets,’” Edwards said.

Judd’s original tweet was eventually deleted even though she didn’t do it herself. She believes that her tweet got reported so many times that Twitter deleted it, even though she says that some of the accounts that stole it had her username in it. However, there were still accounts that did not credit her, which is something she wishes would happen all the time.