Let's face it there is a lot of nastiness out there in cyberspace. For some reason some feel more empowered to say about anything on message boards, social media outlets, and chatrooms. Those statements however can form the basis for a lawsuit. Kurt Cobain widow and Hole lead singer Courtney Love has been sued by a fashion designer over tweets authored by Love that were less than flattering.
Let me state the obvious - statements on Twitter can serve the basis for the defamation suit. There is no social media exception. Additionally, those statements will be seen by many and are easily accessed - this can lead to a large damage claim. While it is a lot easier to rip into someone on Twitter as opposed to in person it may ultimately have the same legal consequences. Let's be nice out there.