A great friend of mine shared a brilliant video via Twitter the other day. Unfortunately it was from wimp.com which means I can’t share it here apart from a link which is at bottom of this post. Here is a similar one from YouTube:
Which brings me to the subject of this post – how well does humour work on a blog or in social media?
I’ve seen some links to very dubious videos that were quite frankly unwelcome intrusions in my busy day, so now I’m very selective about whose links I click on. You can go off someone very quickly when they post a tasteless link on Twitter.
Also what counts as humourous for one person is not necessarily found funny by another. You run the risk of alienating your audience if you sail a bit close to the edge.
However I find that a funny link can lift my spirits and that laughter can help to put things back into perspective. So sharing a fun piece can have a valuable effect on others. If you do offend someone maybe they are just not your target market.
I think that before posting something you just need to double-check to see if it adds value in some way. If in doubt, leave it out.
What are your thoughts about using humour for social media and blogging?
Many thanks to Louise Billington for the original link to Animal Voice Overs on wimp.com