gyi0059104811At its best, Twitter is a tool that hemorrhages breaking news in a useful way to a wide swath of the population. At its worst, it’s the gateway drug for those on the road toward chronic, irreversible oversharing and the Internet fame that tends to go along with it.

In the days since heiress Casey Johnson’s death, the latter has been painfully obvious. Tweeting breaking news or even mundane thoughts is one thing, but tweeting condolences? Something just doesn’t feel right about a 140-character expression of grief.

At an extreme end of the spectrum is Johnson’s fiancee, Tila Tequila, whose first tweet after Johnson’s passing on Monday read, “Everyone please pray 4 my Wifey Casey Johnson. She has passed away. Thank u for all ur love and support but I will be offline to be w family.”