I don’t know who came up with “The Ratio,” but it is fool-proof in determining whether a tweet has gone bad. The Ratio, as GQ says, is “if the number of replies to a tweet vastly outpaces its engagement in terms of likes and retweets, then something has gone horribly wrong.” It makes total sense — likes and retweets express approval or agreement. Replies are generally people yelling at you.
Check out The Ratio on this tweet. As of publication, it has 432 retweets and 14,000 replies.
Tonight is a new President Trump: Acknowledging a flip-flop and talking about gravity of office, history & substance.— Philip Rucker (@PhilipRucker) August 22, 2017
That’s a bad tweet. This would have been a bad tweet after the convention, when it was apparent that Trump would never pivot. This was a bad tweet after the election, when it became apparent that Trump would never be “presidential.” This is a terrible tweet the week after the man drew a moral equivalency between Nazis and those protesting Nazis.
Twitter wasn’t having it.
Um, Trump is reading words someone else wrote which he doesn't believe because he's outsourced policy making to the military. Not good. https://t.co/A4xenIMGL2— Jeet Heer (@HeerJeet) August 22, 2017
Tonight Donald Trump truly became presi—OH MY GOD MY EYES THEY BURN THE BURNING OH GOD WHY DID I LOOK INTO THE SUN IM MELTING MELTING MELT https://t.co/Dl5L7Qzc7x— Courtney Enlow (@courtenlow) August 22, 2017
Today is the day Philip Rucker became a human tramp stamp. https://t.co/byqdKXmlRn— Sean Corcoran (@seacorc) August 22, 2017
This is one of the most idiotic things I've read. (And why people hate the media). https://t.co/hU7sOuMw9B— Soledad O'Brien (@soledadobrien) August 22, 2017
Really?? Wow, to be blunt, what an idiotic and naive statement. Tonight Phillip Rucker became a TOOL! https://t.co/oVnfRsCFLn— Angela Dobbins (@dobbinsangela8) August 22, 2017
The only possible justification for this is that someone is holding Rucker's child hostage and dictating this to him over the phone. https://t.co/J6lHMSTMrY— Sandra Newman (@sannewman) August 22, 2017
You are a fucking idiot. If you believe that you need to take your retirement check and start working on your romance novels. https://t.co/PZLYkyrwEy— Judd Apatow (@JuddApatow) August 22, 2017
Mr. Rucker, there's a little girl named Lucy outside who'd like to play football with you … https://t.co/GvDdL2g40y— Nash (@Nash076) August 22, 2017
Prediction: This is going to look really damn dumb after tomorrow's AZ rally to pardon a racist convicted sheriff. https://t.co/8KJEKDjKYv— Patrick S. Tomlinson (@stealthygeek) August 22, 2017
Me: How many times are you going to fall for it when your shitty abusive boo tells you he's sorry?— Ashley Black (@ashleyn1cole) August 22, 2017