Sometimes the most wonderful things come to fruition because of Twitter. The #MeToo movement gave survivors a platform to share their experiences with sexual harassment and assault. Online conversations about HBO's Confederate series – which aimed to explore a world in which slavery was still legal in the United States – may have contributed to the stalled production. The social media site also allowed us to experience Chrissy Teigen's famous banana bread scramble and a full-blown dance party to Cardi B's "Bodak Yellow" in an NYC subway.
Sometimes, however, Twitter can be a little malevolent. Gizmodo reports that Senator John McCain learned this lesson the hard way on Monday after he put out a request for 74 more followers.
Unfortunately for the Arizona politician, the request actually backfired as people went on an unfollowing spree. As of press time, McCain's account appears to have dipped down to 2.98 million, well below his target.
Some vocalized that their decisions to delete McCain from their timelines was directly correlated to his vote in favor of a tax bill in the wee hours of Saturday morning. Others took the opportunity to throw in some jabs about McCain's leadership and the current state of the GOP.
3M! Wow! That almost 10M less than the number of people who will lose their insurance because of the shitty Tax bill you voted yes for without even reading it!— Dana Goldberg (@DGComedy) December 5, 2017
This isn't the first time a political figure's public request on Twitter has been met with an unfavorable outcome. According to CNBC, Rep. Martha Blackburn released a poll in January with the intention of proving her followers wanted to repeal the Affordable Care Act only to learn that most people wanted to keep it.
When in doubt, stick with the tried and true rule: "Never Tweet."