Twitter is not a good place to get a sense of how all people are feeling, but it does offer a very effective way to see how some people are feeling and this weekend's funeral for Senzo Meyiwa showed both sides.
At a packed Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban, South Africa bid Senzo Meyiwa farewell after his murder the previous Sunday in a shooting at the home of his girlfriend Kelly Khumalo.
The funeral was declared a provincial funeral, which meant the arrangements and costs would be covered by the Kwazulu Natal Province and broadcast live.
Radio presenter, Gareth Cliff was watching and asked who was paying.
Who's paying for this massive funeral for #SenzoMeyiwa ?— Gareth Cliff (@GarethCliff) November 1, 2014
Thousands of tweets followed, the majority negative
@GarethCliff Very inappropriate question to ask. His body has not yet been committed to the soil & you're talking about the cost? Shame.— simba chitando (@simbachitando) November 1, 2014
Of course, some were asking the same question with the reports of the overcharging for Nelson Mandela's funeral still on going.
@TshepoTsala | We (my friends & I) asked the same question yesterday. We were more blatant about it actually.— Lance Letuka Mosiea (@HeirOfZion) November 1, 2014
Then last night a new hashtag began trending #NotSenzosDad - it followed the gesture of greeting than Meyiwa's father, Samuel Meyiwa made at the funeral on Saturday.
Picture credit: The Citizen
With that as the inspiration tweets with versions of that gesture began appearing and soon was the top trend in the country.
You will find tweets that find this trend inappropriate and you will find many asking how this differs from Cliff's question.
The answer is a simple one - on Twitter you will find fans for something as easy as you will find critics. Both reflect a real sense of how some people feel, but never trust it to reflect how everyone feels.
This article first appeared on 702 : The two sides of Senzo Meyiwa's funeral on Twitter