Can you tweet a tear or post a pout?
You can, if the online reaction to Prince William’s engagement is any guide. Hours after the thoroughly modern prince announced his engagement to Kate Middleton, some of his female admirers expressed their grief in a thoroughly modern way: They took to Facebook and Twitter to mourn.
Social networking sites have been alight over the news that William, the object of female fascination for years, is now spoken for. Young women worldwide are tweeting and posting to express their sorrow at having missed the chance to catch a prince.
“my prince william is getting married,” Eunice Jan Destura mourned on Facebook. “as if adding to injury, (he) gave (Kate) his mother’s engagement ring!!! the one i coveted the most”
Destura, a 23-year-old nurse from Pasay City, Philippines, was not alone. Lauren Indvik, assistant editor of social media blog Mashable.com, said that, while most people were either happy or neutral in their posts or tweets, 16 percent reacted badly — and that group included many depressed women.
Heartbreak was one several emotions that flooded the web, according to Mark Ghuneim, whose New York-based software company Trendrr tracks tweets in real time.
Among those heartbroken and logged on was Kristin Kellner, 27, a marketing assistant from Princeton, New Jersey, who tweeted: “Even though Prince William is taken and my childhood dream of being a princess is crushed — i still LOVE his accent!”
Kellner said later told The Associated Press that she realized the feeling was superficial.
“I never stood a chance in reality,” she acknowledged. “But it was fun to dream about being a princess.”
Sociologists say the outpouring of affection, congratulations and heartbreak online sheds light on something larger: Social media now provides the well-wishers and the crestfallen alike a platform to share how they feel about royal events.
That’s relatively new,…