01/02/2014 08:55 am ET Updated Jan 23, 2014

My Mom And I Blocked Each Other On Twitter To Save Our Relationship

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When I mention that my mom and I blocked each other on Twitter, the first thing people usually say is, "Your mom's on Twitter?"

It's a fair question. When it comes to social media, most moms seem content to roost in the cozy henhouse of Facebook. Few of my Gen-X colleagues who work in media have had to interact with their own mothers in snarky, hashtagged, often inane missives. But one day two years ago, my mom announced she was signing up for Twitter. So — in a show of support we would both later come to regret — I became her very first follower, and she followed me back.

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