Why Couples (Especially Celebs) Need To Keep Their Relationships Off Twitter
Michael Phelps' alleged girlfriend is the latest to get blasted due to social media.

Oh Twitter, what would we all do without it? The micro-blogging site has become the go-to platform for connecting people all over the world, including plenty of celebrities. In fact, Twitter has so much clout, celebs and notables are often judged by how many  "followers" they have.

Modern technology connecting people is a great thing --or is it? What happens when users reveal a little too much? It seems we've hit the peak of overshare overload. Celebs like Demi Moore, Chris Brown, Rihanna and countless others have taken to Twitter to "air dirty laundry" about their personal lives and relationships, sometimes with dire results. 

Most recently Michael Phelps' alleged girlfriend tweeted one too many public messages to the famed Olympic swimmer and it didn't take much time for Gawker to drop a bomb; followed by  a media mini-storm of people calling her a "fame whore" and "gold digger," citing her use of Twitter as a red flag. People are especially fired up about a tweet where she claimed to not know how to send a "direct message" so that she could publicly interact with him:

Albeit unfair to make such judgements about a stranger, there is a lesson to be learned here. The poor woman gave the media and her critics far too much ammunition. It's safe to say if she hadn't taken to Twitter to proclaim her association with Phelps, there wouldn't be such rabid accusations of her dating him for personal gain.

The woman, Megan Rossee, is an aspiring model and actress in L.A., as well as a cocktail waitress at Blok nightclub, where she reportedly met Phelps back in January. After stepping out with him at a recent Speedo event in London, naturally everyone wanted to know, "Who's that girl?" It doesn't take more than a Google search to bring up her Twitter feed filled with pictures of Phelps along with romantically associative tweets --most left unanswered by Phelps, who has remained mum on the subject.

You can't help but feel bad and embarrassed for her as she becomes the latest target for attacks and fodder. But really, what did this woman do besides put up a few little 140 character-or-less messages on Twitter?

Harmless, right?

Not so much. That is exactly the point. Twitter is a very powerful platform. Use it wisely and with caution when it comes to your personal life and relationships. And for goodness sake, please save your romantic mushy interactions for phone, text or email! Or suffer the consequences, apparently.