#OMGFacts – Tastelessness Can Ruin You!

January 19th, 2010 |

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V. Matthew King-Yarde is a freelance graphic/web designer & new media consultant. He’s also a songwriter, recording artist and studies how to use social media to promote musicians as well as himself. He blogs about his love for music, social media, and provides commentary when the two collides on his blog “Thought Remixer“ and contributes to Black Web 2.0 He's @nukirk on Twitter.

If you were on Twitter during the last few weeks, you probably ran into a trending hashtag at one point called #OMGFacts. This tag was used to state trivial facts, ranging from the mundane to the insane (as if Twitter doesn’t already have enough of these uninspiring trending topics). While I don’t know how this trend got started, I do know that it spawned its own Twitter account. I did not follow the page (nor care) until January 18th, when people began retweeting this from said account:

OMGFact - The one that broke the camel's back

Now, people are asking who would post such an incendiary message. I’ve come to find out that the owner of the account is @AdorianDeck, a 16-year-old male from California. He’s the one responsible, not only for the OMGFacts Twitter account, but also for the OMGFacts blog. Upon tweeting this gem, he caused an uproar. The backlash was so intense that he not only took down the Twitter account, but the blog as well. He then tweeted the following message from his personal Twitter page:

“Deleted it. Only cared about #s and $ recently. Greed. Stopped thinking about things, I’ll just say…I’ve learned so much. No regrets. – @AdrorianDeck

Some people think the act was commendable. Others thought it was “young and stupid,” yet forgivable. I, however, thought it was tasteless. To understand where I’m coming from, observe the analogy below. The following is how I define “stupid” vs. “tasteless”:

Stupid Example: You told your friend how much of an idiot he was when he misinterpreted a message. Motivation: You’re upset.

Tasteless Example: You told your friend how much of an idiot he was and let him know the cause of his stupidity in front of a television audience that is being broadcasted in five different countries…with no regrets. Motivation: You want to ruin his career.

Sure, that example is a little extreme, but it demonstrates why I think the act was tasteless. To better break it down, let’s look at what he stands to gain:

  1. He’ll gain a lot of attention for saying something audacious. After all, the Civil Rights leader isn’t alive to defend his reputation.
  2. He’ll gain increased traffic to his blog. Despite the fact that it was initially deleted, this has since been posted on the OMGFacts Facebook fan page: “OMGFacts: The account is there now, but won’t be tweeting. So you can still read facts to friends and such. RT them, whatever.”
  3. Since there are ads on the OMGFacts site, he’ll generate even more revenue.

This is what people who use rabble-rousing tactics do. Don’t believe me? Look up Rush Limbaugh, Don Imus, Young Money (see: BET Awards show last year) and, of course, the aforementioned site that used Martin Luther King’s name in vain (Google it. I’m not linking it).

Now, should I be more forgiving of a child? Not really. Here’s why again:

  1. He initially took down his site, showing he was fully cognizant of his actions.
  2. He removed the OMGFacts Twitter account.
  3. He never issued a statement.

So, Adorian, if you’re somehow reading this piece, I ask that you take note of the following. I honestly feel that you did not learn your lesson nor attempt to soften the blow left by the post. If you had kept the OMGFacts Twitter account up, deleted the tweet, and issued an apology from both the Twitter account and your blog, you then would have earned the “Young and Stupid Award,” which is more forgivable. However, all you succeeded in doing was downgrading yourself to tasteless status.

You did not mature, you just took the easy way out. Man up, child.

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  • Adorian Deck

    I'm not going to even argue that, a small portion of this is true, but most of it is rumor. The tweet isn't the main reason I deleted the account, but a catalyst to a few things that happened the days before. I realized I was turning into something I wasn't, so I needed to stop. At least take a break. Basic Story.

    • http://www.thoughtremixer.com Nukirk Digi.tal

      Dear Mr. Deck,

      I written this post at face value with the information presented to me.

      1) Your twitter account & Facebook Fan Page.
      2) A screenshot.

      Wither it's rumors or not, I'm educating you on how it appears to me and others. Sadly, you missed the whole point.

      You are still not owning up to the fact that you offended people. Instead of issuing an apology and kept it moving, you disappeared, then reappear without any acknowledgement.

      So, this post is going to stand as is until you stop hiding behind this bland excuse, which is petty much what it is.

      You don't owe ME an explanation. But you do owe A LOT of people one, so I'm calling it as I see it. And you're tasteless.

      • Adorian Deck

        I know what I did with the tweet, I was thinking before I tweeted it and I never said “sorry” but I kind of said an apology statement on my twitter account. I didn't mean to whatsoever be racist or disrespect him, like you said, I'm 16, I'm tasteless, it's natural. What I was talking about is that the account being deleted wasn't because I was hiding from hate, but for other reasons.

        • http://www.thoughtremixer.com Nukirk Digi.tal

          Okay. You accept the fact that it's tasteless.

          Now, explain THAT to THIS… http://twittercounter.com/OMGFacts

          You took a NOSE dive in followers the other day. And eventually, you're going to use that twitter account again. This is a social media discussion blog. You really don't understand why I tackled this issue?

          It's one thing to make a mistake, it's another to be oblivious about it. That's how you are appearing sir. You're not owning up. Disappearing for a few days and coming back don't say anything. Anyone offline can do that. You think some people's going to forget how you hurt them? You hurt a lot of people and these people never seen your apology.

          I honestly don't care what you do nor say after this. I just report it as I see it. And if you can't take anything away from this, then tough.

  • http://twitter.com/blessedbriliant Blessed

    excellent

  • Adorian Deck

    I'm not going to even argue that, a small portion of this is true, but most of it is rumor. The tweet isn't the main reason I deleted the account, but a catalyst to a few things that happened the days before. I realized I was turning into something I wasn't, so I needed to stop. At least take a break. Basic Story.

  • http://www.thoughtremixer.com Nukirk Digi.tal

    Dear Mr. Deck,

    I written this post at face value with the information presented to me.

    1) Your twitter account & Facebook Fan Page.
    2) A screenshot.

    Wither it's rumors or not, I'm educating you on how it appears to me and others. Sadly, you missed the whole point.

    You are still not owning up to the fact that you offended people. Instead of issuing an apology and kept it moving, you disappeared, then reappear without any acknowledgement.

    So, this post is going to stand as is until you stop hiding behind this bland excuse, which is petty much what it is.

    You don't owe ME an explanation. But you do owe A LOT of people one, so I'm calling it as I see it. And you're tasteless.

  • Adorian Deck

    I know what I did with the tweet, I was thinking before I tweeted it and I never said “sorry” but I kind of said an apology statement on my twitter account. I didn't mean to whatsoever be racist or disrespect him, like you said, I'm 16, I'm tasteless, it's natural. What I was talking about is that the account being deleted wasn't because I was hiding from hate, but for other reasons.

  • http://www.thoughtremixer.com Nukirk Digi.tal

    Okay. You accept the fact that it's tasteless.

    Now, explain THAT to THIS… http://twittercounter.com/OMGFacts

    You took a NOSE dive in followers the other day. And eventually, you're going to use that twitter account again. This is a social media discussion blog. You really don't understand why I tackled this issue?

    It's one thing to make a mistake, it's another to be oblivious about it. That's how you are appearing sir. You're not owning up. Disappearing for a few days and coming back don't say anything. Anyone offline can do that. You think some people's going to forget how you hurt them? You hurt a lot of people and these people never seen your apology.

    I honestly don't care what you do nor say after this. I just report it as I see it. And if you can't take anything away from this, then tough.

  • http://twitter.com/blessedbriliant Blessed

    excellent

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