Wow, it was just an awful day around here. I’m writing this on Friday afternoon after putting together a Wakelet of the Ontario Educators that ended up on my Twitter timeline as I did my regular #FollowFriday recognitions.
It was there that I realized that I had messed up some names.
If you know me, you know that I’ve always tried to get people’s names correct. A post from Pav Wander got me really thinking about this and maybe spending a little bit of time ensuring that I respected people by at least getting their names right. It turns out I didn’t do a terribly good job at it.
The Wakelet is my double check of the #FollowFriday efforts. I pull all the Twitter messages for the day together so that anyone who looks can see everyone mentioned. Since Wakelet pulls in live Twitter messages, anything that links to an account is indeed live. You can see them as appearing in blue. What doesn’t appear in blue is any text I might have or a typo. And, embarrassingly, there was one. Even more embarrasing, it was someone I’d worked along side. @WinneyKelly I know exactly how it happened; it’s a Tweetdeck thing. When I do the names, I rely on Tweetdeck to validate the names but periodically it stops doing so and I’m left on my own to validate. That happened here and I dropped the ball.
Earlier in the week, on the voicEd Radio show, I got @Mr_H_Teacher‘s name wrong. It was actually incorrect in my show notes. I had worked previously with another person with the same last name and had written the other person’s name into the document. So, when we went live and I looked at my notes, I was off and running with the incorrect name.
And, I messed up with @sarahanneleroux as well. She had a great, inspirational blog post that I included in my Friday post. I hope that you had a chance to read it. My mistake this time was using my memory and making reference to her maiden name Twitter handle. Thankfully, Wakelet flagged that and I was able to make a correction. This time, she was flagged because of the correct use of her name and I got a very nice message from her thanking me for including her post.
I do make mistakes periodically but this has to be a new record for me. I feel badly; I do try to check and double check but it didn’t work this time. So, Kelly, Marc, and Sarah, please accept my sincerest apology.
It wasn’t all bad though.
I got @iamnoadaniel correct. She was previously on Twitter with a different name and it stuck out when I was proofreading. I double-checked to make sure that I had it right and, fortunately, I had.
The experience serves as a reminder that double-checking is so important. If it happens in this blog, I can go in and do an edit to correct things. Twitter isn’t forgiveable though. There’s no way that I know of to go back and edit a Twitter message. In the big scheme of things, that’s probably a good thing so that history can’t be rewritten. But you can delete the message with the mistake and reissue it with the correction.
Lessons were learned around here today. I hope to do better in the future.