To tweet or not to tweet? That time I went to Excitement Video and Toys for work.

The only photo I tweeted out from Excitement Video and Toys’ Ladies Night on Thursday. It’s a shoe. There is nothing dirty about shoes.

Once upon a time, there was a business reporter who got assigned to go to Excitement Video and Toys for work.

Yes, work.

“It’s an economy story,” she convinced herself, as she nervously perused the displays of kinky gadgets not suitable to describe to her 58-year-old mother — let alone an entire county of print subscribers.

The goal: to tastefully write about how the erotic novel ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ was affecting sales of … um … products.Yep, that happened.

I never in my life imagined I’d be asking random women, “Hey, how has this book changed your sex life?”

First and foremost, I never imagined that would be a business story.

But it was. You can read the my story by clicking here.

Since being chosen for Digital First Media’s ideaLab, I’ve been tweeting like crazy about everything with my new iPhone 4S.

I’m shooting photos of weird-looking people in line at the grocery store.

I’m collecting photos of weird things on porches in North York.

I’m live tweeting my own birthday parties.

But last night, I kept the phone in my purse once inside the doors of the store.

(I got the mobile reporting bug out of my system after work by telling a friend some what-I-would-have-tweeted faux tweets.)

Anywho, there are place where you’re better safe than sorry when it comes to Twitter.

The adult store is one probably on that short list.


Because you don’t know who or what might be in the background of a photo.

As a journalist, you don’t know who you might seriously offend.

And you never know how far is too far.



One response to “To tweet or not to tweet? That time I went to Excitement Video and Toys for work.

  1. Pingback: If you tell them, they will come: Visit to Panera ‘office hours’ in York yields hyperlocal business column | BY LAUREN BOYER

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