Read & Respond week 5: Twitter

This week is about all things Twitter, the platform where your thoughts are limited to 280 characters but the outrage is limitless. We’ve got some neophytes in our class, so first, have a poke around in some of these how-to links:

Getting more into the realm of journalism and mass communication, skim through these suggestions and warnings:

And now for the important part. There’s a current debate over whether Twitter does more harm than good. Read (don’t skim these ones) these next two and see what you think:

In your response, I’d like you to respond specifically to these two viewpoints. Never tweet? ALWAYS tweet? Something in between? Give us some examples that illustrate your stance and why it’ll make the world (or at least journalism) better!

As always, post your response as a comment to this post (and finish your Twitter duties) by 11:59 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 15.

Personal Blog for Week 5

For week 5, you will publish your explainer post. Remember that a minimum of 10 meaningful links is required, and don’t forget to bring your annotated list of links to Monday’s class! (full details with the assignment)

But Before You Go…

Finally (if you haven’t already) you need to get ON Twitter. You’ve got four things to do:

  • Create an account if you don’t have one (or want to use a different one for class), and make sure it is public (not hidden).
  • Follow at least 20 people – if you’re new to Twitter, try tweeting with some hashtags (#) and tag (@) some people (start with your classmates and me if you’re anxious).
  • Follow me (@thebobthe) so I can follow you back.
  • Post two tweets promoting one of your personal blog stories on two separate days, one on Thursday and one on Friday (include our course hashtag #WVUblogJ in each). We’ll compare their performance in class.

18 Responses to Read & Respond week 5: Twitter

  1. After reading these two articles, I can firmly say always tweet! The first article talking about the Covenington kids was a case of some people speaking too soon. However, it did make the public interested in what really happened and learning about the scenario and trying to get to the bottom of the truth, which in my head is a big facet of journalism, right? Even in our tweeting mistakes, we learn things about one another. Most people our age don’t read newspapers or long articles, so for many twitter is their most used source of news- and at least people are getting it somewhere rather than nowhere!

    In the second article I really liked the point that journalists have to go where the people are. By disbanding twitter, that is a whole audience we are tuning out and our job as journalists is to know what people are talking about/ what people care about and twitter is a great source to see that. While yes, Twitter is an image micro- journalism platform, that is what this day and age is leaning towards- the quicker read the better. By unsubscribing ourselves to this platform and not contributing to the conversation, we are letting down a whole network of people who rely on Twitter to get their news.

  2. adisonammons says:

    I can say after reading these articles, Always tweet! This is so important for the journalist to come and the journalist that is today. This form of media is not going anywhere and more and more people depend upon social media for news and other forms of communication. Our generation is known for using online forms to communicate and stay up to date so it only makes sense that journalist continent to change with the times as well.

    I found it interesting how Manjoo was describing the twitter world. In terms of posting less and lurking more it’s almost like he was intending for twitter to be used to get content instead of adding the world of content that is available. “Stop thinking of people as masses; start recognizing them as individuals and members of communities and you will begin to appreciate the people you can meet, hear, and learn from on Twitter and Facebook and YouTube and in tools not yet imagined, tools that connect people” (Jarvis). I believe this is what twitter was intended for and being used for. The definition of journalism has changed throughout the times and because of this content and presentation has to change as well.

    In the second article I found that I liked how it talked about privacy and specifically privacy within age groups. While I believe that social media is great I do think their can be blurred lines with what is posted and the content that floats around.

    Social media grows so quickly and in so many ways. By not being active or having content on the media we are limiting ourselves. The turn of journalism has entered the social media phase. As writers we have to allow ourselves to evolve with the content.

  3. The debate over whether or not to actively engage in Twitter is really complicated. My generation has grown up with social media, and so we don’t find it difficult to adapt to new platforms such as Twitter. My natural inclination is to say, tweet. However, I don’t necessarily think you should “always” tweet.

    Farhad Manjoo’s main issues with Twitter seem to revolve around inaccurate news, political polarization, and unjustified public outrage. That is, inaccurate news spread on Twitter leads to further polarization in American politics and therefore angry rants based on little more than personal opinion.

    But I really agree with Jeff Jarvis when he says that it is a journalist’s “duty to bring journalistic value — reporting, facts, explanation, context, education, connections, understanding, empathy, action, options— to the public conversation.” This was actually my first thought as I read Manjoo’s piece. Inaccurate information on Twitter means that it is more important than ever for journalists to break through the noise and provide the public for people to know the truth. That is our goal in the real world, and it should be no different on an online platform.

    The solution to this misinformation is to simply take the responsibility as a media professional to do your research before tweeting into the void. If you strive to do that, you will not only break through the noise, but also be a reliable source for people to follow, and in turn have a budding platform.

    Lastly, Jarvis made an extremely important point when he mentioned that Twitter gives the public an outlet of their own. It is the one place where every day people can reach a massive audience, which is an especially important research in an age of rampant police brutality, racism, etc.

    So yes, as a media professional, tweet! Fact check your information so that you can be a reliable source, but tweet and tweet often.

  4. Personally, as a Twitter user, I almost never tweet. I’m on Twitter pretty regularly throughout the day, but I rarely participate (what Manjoo refers to as “lurking.”) However, as a journalist, I feel that Jarvis made the better point about how journalism and Twitter can and should intersect. Twitter, as bizarre and overcrowded as it seems sometimes, is a reflection of the people. It’s a platform for instantaneous discourse, and it’s value to the journalists of the world should be apparent.

    While much of what you might read on Twitter in a given day is likely misinformed, biased, or blatantly false, there is value in wading through the muck and getting a sense for what’s going on on the ground. For example, as mentioned in Manjoo’s article, the Covington controversy was among the most misrepresented and confused displays of Twitter outrage in recent memory. Even after researching the incident, I’m still not totally sure who is at fault, but it almost doesn’t matter. The alignment of a league of MAGA hat-wearing young men, fronted by one smug figure, facing off against Black Israelites and a seemingly lone Native American rights advocate was too perfect of an image to represent racial tensions and identity politics in the US today. There was seemingly no time to get the story straight before the political commentary came pouring in — but this isn’t inherently bad.

    As Jarvis mentioned, Twitter is only a manifestation of what people would be saying anyway, right or wrong. Below the standards of thoroughly researched, well-informed journalism is an information war that will go on with or without the participation of journalists. Journalists should take on the task of steering this conversation toward truth and objectivity, however cumbersome it is to shout over all the half-truths and biases that multiply on Twitter. I find it difficult, personally, to support the “always tweet” approach to journalism in the social media space, but it is the job of journalists to take the pulse of the people and solidify the place of fact in the conversation, wherever the conversation is happening.

  5. After reading the articles by Manjoo and Jarvis, I find it nearly impossible to choose a side in the debate of always tweeting or never tweeting as a journalist, as both made very valid points.

    At first, Manjoo had me sold as he explained the way that Twitter is ruining American journalism. Using the Covington story, he made a great argument about the fast paced posting on news allowing for such a large margin of error. Stories like these are tweeted quickly because everyone wants to be the first to break the news, and consequently all of the information is not checked first. People share their opinions and the entire story is shared and commented on while nobody took the time to make sure that everything was reported accurately. Manjoo shared that this creates a type of “mob driven groupthink” and that Twitter has become a nonstop information war that skews journalism. I had to agree.

    Then, as I read the article by Jarvis about having a sort of duty to tweet as a journalist, I realized that he is also correct in a sense. Jarvis pointed out that Twitter is the only platform that most people have to share their stories, thoughts, and point of view, which makes it the platform for the public conversation of democracy. Without journalists sharing on Twitter, it loses the journalistic value aspect and the conversation is not as democratic as it should be. These stories must be shared so that they are available to the people. However, a flaw that I found in Jarvis’ argument is that Twitter is not to blame for misinformation, journalists are. While that does have a bit of truth to it, I feel that the blame cannot solely be placed on journalists. In a high-pressure, fast paced environment, journalists are expected to share the news in am extremely timely and accurate way on Twitter, and feeling rushed in the “now” environment that Twitter has created is absolutely reasonable. While this does not excuse misinformation, it shows that Twitter is partially responsible also.

    That being said, I agree and disagree with both sides to a point. While I feel that while completely abandoning posting your journalistic information on Twitter is not a plausible answer to the debate, neither is using the platform in the way that it is currently being used where everything is tweeted at such a fast pace. A change must be made, journalists must slow down in their tweets to be sure that the information is accurate, and nobody is going to do this unless everyone does it together as a whole, because if only a few journalists do it they will then be lost in the shuffle as all of the stories are shared before they have a chance to share. I do not have the answer for how to achieve this, and I am not sure that it is even realistic, but to me it seems like the only way to solve the issue of fixing journalism in the Twitter world.

  6. After reading these two articles and with my experiences of twitter and what people tweet, my opinion of being in the middle stays the same. I do believe in tweeting but in some circumstances and in some ways, you do not need to tweet. There are some things that people do not need to know or read or hear. But, there are situations where twitter is one of the best options for the news to get out there.

    Manjoo’s opinion of journalists needing to “disengage” from Twitter is not a great idea. Journalists use twitter as a way to get information out quickly and to a lot of people in a limited amount of time. His opinion on it being the the world’s most damaging social network is completely wrong in my opinion. Twitter has its uses and when you properly use it, it can completely go your way. Businesses using social media has been a new tactic over the years but it works. Businesses have gained a brand new amount of followers that would ever be possible without social media.

    Jarvis’s fact that it is journalists duty to bring journalistic value to the public conversation is beyond correct. Journalists use twitter to their advantage and know how to use it. When Jarvis counteracts Manjoo’s opinion on twitter prizes image over substance with saying that he has found plenty of smart people on twitter who genuinely share the truth and their opinions, that spoke to me. Social media is not always looking pretty and saying what they think people want to hear, social media is about sharing your opinion but in a well-spoken manner, not spitting out ‘facts’ just to make people like you or hate you.

    Tweeting in circumstances of news and emergency situations, always will be the best ways of how to use the platform, but when it comes to people tweeting whatever the feel like it, not even fact checking it, then you get the conversation of whether you can trust what is on twitter. Yes, you can but be careful of what you read and make sure the person knows what they are talking about.

  7. After evaluating my own experiences on twitter, and reading the articles in the links above, I have come to the conclusion that I am in the middle of the “to tweet or not to tweet” debate. I think that all of the points made in the articles helped me come to this conclusion since they made great points about the pros and cons of the twitter-sphere and the impact the platform has on the transformation of journalism and society’s methods of getting the news. I think this debate is far from over since it is so complicated and good points are being made by both sides.

    The Poynter article on the concept “you are what you tweet” makes points for both sides of the argument, mainly just warning people of the effects their words have on the internet. It states that Twitter is great for staying up to date on recent news updates and information in general, usually giving users minute by minute coverage. This can be extremely useful in this day and age, since the primary way our generation gets its news is from social media sites. The article also goes on to explain that information written and published on twitter is relatively easy to misconstrued, leading to “twitter wars” or fighting over the mis-wording or misunderstanding of tweets.

    In Manjoo’s article, he acknowledges that Twitter gets the news to people quickly, which is a great asset in today’s fast paced society. However, he believes that twitter has become an information battle rather than a platform for journalists to post, develop and share ideas. A phrase that stuck with me from the article was, the path journalists often choose of “cheap dunks over reasoned debate,” which is the argument that people will post the facts they know that are unarguable rather than develop ideas and self educate on a topic they may not know all of the facts about. This was the scenario with the Covington case, where misinformation and too-soon reporting to appease certain audiences lead to a standstill, where people were arguing over their opposing views rather than trying to figure out what really happened at the march. He also makes a good point when discussing that “by the time more information comes out, Twitter had moved on to the next thing,” which means that these injustices often go uncorrected or unnoticed.

    Jarvis, however disagrees with Manjoo’s stance. He believes it is the duty of journalists to “bring journalistic value — reporting, facts, explanation, context, education, connections, understanding, empathy, action, options— to the public conversation,”. The argument Jarvis is making here is that journalists should be responsible for providing the public with accurate and researched information before publishing a story to prevent biased or incorrect news from being spread. Jarvis does not seem to deny that there is fake news out there, but he shows the importance of journalists weeding through information before writing in order to properly showcase the truth. I think that this is often something that can go overlooked by certain news providers, because they seem to only incorporate the information that is valuable to their argument, not all of the information.

    In conclusion, I think the lesson here is to make sure you be careful what you believe on twitter, and the news in general. It is very easy to see a video or a news story and believe it without making sure the source is credible and the full story is being told.

  8. Personally, I am a huge Twitter user. On the front of tweeting, I would say I do it often. I average around four or five tweets a day. I am also a huge advocate for using Twitter because I believe it’s a great place for news. The first thing people want to do when they find out a piece of information that isn’t common or well-known they tweet.

    Manjoo’s take makes sense and is a valid argument for why we should stop using Twitter. However, it seems that he is more or less talking about his personal use of Twitter being the problem rather than the platform itself. He mentions losing himself in the Twitter world and tells us that he use to tweet all the time and browse the platform waiting for news to break. His wedding, the birth of his child; everywhere. He is more concerned about Twitter becoming an addiction rather than what is being put on there. Just because he allowed himself to become victim to Twitter that way doesn’t mean everyone will have that same experience.

    Jeff Jarvis makes a great point in his article when he brings up the point about journalists bringing the facts and other information that may be hard to come by, to the people who may not receive it otherwise. Let’s call it journalism for the people. This mentality is crucial, especially in the world today. There is a LOT of news out there, but there are also a lot of things not included in the “news” that is very much worthy of being told.

    Either way, I believe it is worth the time and effort to at least be on Twitter and engage in the things that you want to read and hear about. However, you should also take advantage of the opportunity to have access to more information that is important to everyone.

  9. hannahhebel says:

    I want to start with disclosing that prior to this class, I had about three followers on twitter and only because it was required for my beat reporting class, therefore my experience on Twitter has been very limited. Personally, I am on the side of never tweet and I think twitter is all about branding. I don’t believe there is any context or nuance that are brought in to tweets; it’s all about who can cover it the fastest or respond immediately, just as Manjoo argued. In the words of one of the top comments on “Never Tweet”, from Jason Thomas, my preference would be: “Better yet, stop covering Twitter like it is news.”
    I think the world would be a better place if journalists were not on twitter at all, however, since that is not the case, and I doubt twitter is going away any time soon I think the lurking that Monjoo described, as well as limited tweeting, would be best. Jarvis agues that lurking “robs and exploits” the stories from individuals. I am still uncertain as to what he is saying, and I have questions as to where the line is between robbing and sharing in journalism. I think that if you are on twitter you can still listen to what issues the people care about and put it in application in your newsroom; Reach out to use their voices, but leave out the part where you insert your own.
    Right now the environment is pretty hostile on the platform, so I believe the only people you reach are like minded individuals anyway, which personally isn’t why I do journalism. My focus has always been on journalism on a local level. That said, I think it is a great avenue for those who want to attract readers on a national spectrum (whether it be good or bad for the media sector as a whole) and it can be a very useful tool.

  10. I say something in between. Social media has the potential to become a disaster, especially since people have lost their jobs over what they tweet. But when it comes to journalism, or politics, things can be interpreted in so many ways. While reading “Never tweet,” the author explained that Twitter can turn the news into “knee jerk outrage-bots.” Twitter has a habit of turning news into something worse than it already is. This article made very good points on why you shouldn’t always tweet.

    But, I also say to tweet. I think Twitter should be used as a way to express any type of political opinions and to understand what’s going on in the world. Reading the second article, “Journalism is the conversation. The conversation is Journalism,” the author expresses that, “It is the sacred duty of journalists to listen to the public they serve.”

    Social media is always either a place of negativity or positivity. But in the world of journalism, I think it’s important to separate those two and remain professional. I think that’s what will make the world, or journalism, better.

  11. I feel conflicting with which side I feel is better. Part of me wants to not tweet and feels like that is a good idea. But, part of me agrees with Jeff Jarvis’s post about how it is good for journalist to tweet. He does mention in his article that he agrees with them maybe not tweeting as much.

    In “Never Tweet” Farhad Manjoo makes statements about the Covington students and how journalist had different approach to how they reacted and got news out to on twitter. I feel like when you tweet as a journalist student or professional journalist you should always make sure you have the facts because if you don’t that just destroys your credibility. I feel like Twitter sometimes ruins the way people view journalist and if they do or don’t take them seriously. In my opinion, Twitter ruins journalist in that way by destroying their credibility.

    In “Journalism is the conversation. The conversation is journalism.” I agree with Jarvis about certain things. For example, the use of hashtags and how news gets out there quickly. But that is also the problem. Getting news out there fast isn’t always the best option and most reliable.

    Twitter is a great place for journalist and anyone who wants to express their opinions. Is it always good? No In my opinion, should people tweet less? Yes. But, if you’re the kind of person who wants to build a platform, Twitter is the place for you.

  12. emmyrinehart says:

    These articles were interesting, and while they leave me in the middle on my viewpoint, I think I fall more on the side of #nevertweet.

    All social media has bred a society in which we EXPECT to be corrected, and we EXEPCT to be attacked for what we post, no matter the content. Because of this, where the article for journalists tweeting states that it is their job to be a part of these conversations so that they can offer facts and explanation, social media is not receptive to this. In trying to be a good person and share information you have that others may not, social media has no respected “experts”. You’re just another jerk with an opinion to every other user on the platform.

    Second, I agree that seeing the conversations and the trending topics on Twitter is important, but just because you have an opinion on that topic, you don’t have to share it. This is hard for me when I see something I think is hilarious or so true, but I know that it’s not something I want everyone following me to know about me. My brain tells me if I don’t like it I’m doing myself a disservice, but really, I’m saving myself from a lot of stress.

    Finally, the public does not have much trust for the media right now, so trying to correct people with as a journalist is going to do next to nothing to convince them that you’re right and they’re not. No one knows what or who to believe anymore, but sadly I think one of the people at the bottom of the list of being believable at the moment is a journalist.

    Overall, I think that if you are passionate about something, there is a way to Tweet about it plainly stating your opinion and making it clear that is that and only that: an opinion. Whether based in facts or not. But, you always do so knowing that you’re playing a dangerous game that could blow up in your face like a bomb in an old-school cartoon.

  13. jbnucci says:

    After reading the first article “Never Tweet”, I do slightly agree with Manjoo that it’s impossible in today’s news business to not tweet/post and to lurk more. When the Covington Catholic incident happened, many people on twitter immediately jumped to the conclusion that these students were white supremacists and many other awful things even though there was a live stream video filming everything that happened leading up the event and contradicted the twitter mob’s narrative. Even though days later the media finally corrected the story, the students were still facing backlash and had to bring the Washington Post and other news outlets to court over the issue. I do think that most people should just wait a couple of days for the story to develop and then make their conclusions once all the facts are present and not jump to an emotional reaction that could harm an individual’s reputation or character.

    In the second article, I do agree with Jarvis that journalist should go where the people are and how twitter gives the public a platform of their own to post on. Not every journalist can travel to the destination where an event/situation is unfolding and twitter gives people the ability to do their journalistic work through twitter by having it being shared to the world. In today’s world twitter and other social media platforms are now the new CNN and Fox news.

  14. I think you should always tweet! In today’s media world, there are so many people that go just to Twitter to get their news. Now, I’m not saying that is a good thing, but that’s how it is. A lot of times now when I’ve applied for internships in the journalism field, they ask that I have an updated Twitter account that I actually use on a regular basis. I think that is so funny because it doesn’t seem like long ago that no one was using Twitter. It was just taking off. Now, I think you should be active on Twitter and I think you should always tweet.

    In Manjoo’s article, “Never Tweet,” I do like the quote, “Everything about Twitter’s interface encourages a mindset antithetical to journalistic inquiry: It prizes image over substance and cheap drunks over reasoned debate, all the while severely abridging the temporal scope of the press.” I think this is very true. Some people become too far off of a subject because of their personal views on Twitter that they lose credibility with their follower or the public in general. This can be very damaging for them and for Twitter because people might begin to believe it isn’t as useful as they once did.

    Going to Jeff Jarvis’ article, “Journalism is the conversation. The conversation is journalism.” I really like the quote, “No. It is the sacred duty of journalists to listen to the public they serve. It is then their duty to bring journalistic value— reporting, facts, explanation, context, education, connections, understanding, empathy, action, options— to the public conversation. Journalism is that conversation. Democracy is that conversation.” This is really important. I like the reasoning Jarvis has in his opinion. Journalists in order to stay current, have to keep with the public and sometimes allow the public to voice their opinions. Twitter allows journalists to do this. They give them a great opportunity to spread news quickly and also get opinions from readers. I think this is why Twitter will survive longer than we would like to believe.

    Always tweet!

  15. If lurking is mindlessly retweeting and favoriting posts then I’m constantly lurking. Sometimes it’s tweets I relate to or that I find interesting. Occasionally there’s an accidental like. It’s staying in contact with long distance friends and friends I literally made on the internet. Twitter connects people and it’s how you can connect and engage with many different audiences through hashtags and trends. It’s essentially how the whole WORLD found out the Amazon Rainforest was on fire before the media reported it. I agree with both Jarvis and Manjoo, however, I think that it’s more beneficial to maintain a lurking profile on a professional Twitter account.

    I believe that you should maintain a more “lurking” type of account to avoid as Manjoon put it being tugged,” deeper into the rip currents of tribal melodrama.” It’d still be a good idea to post and stay active but to avoid unnecessary content that’s not relevant to your audience’s interests. Jarvis says, “They [Journalists] have no one to blame but themselves when they jump on a story too soon with unconfirmed information and rash conclusions, when they insist on joining in with their own needless and repetitive hot takes, when they match snark for snark.” The hastiness to post just any story is what I think the argument is for.

    It reminds me of the clip that you had shown in class about the staged twerking video of the girl following and many news outlets were so into the hype of the video they never investigated that it was real. Manjoon also supports the hastiness when he says, ” fear of missing out, which is Twitter’s primary sensibility, requires that everyone offer an opinion before much is known — because by the time more is known, Twitter will already have moved on to something else.” The news cycle has sped up entirely fast since the popularity of Twitter and it feels as if people read a story, get outraged and then forget about the cause almost as quickly as it happened. On Twitter, you need to be focused on the facts of the story rather than trying to be the first to get it out there.

  16. Like so many of my classmates said after the reading the articles, I have to agree—you should ALWAYS tweet when you can, but always make sure what you’re putting out to the world is accurate. I think that is where you can get in trouble sometimes. If you do not think before you put information out to all of your followers. Anything that’s inaccurate can lead to significant consequences. For example, what if you tweeted that there was a shooting at WVU when you really just heard some construction going on above you on the roof. It would cause mass panic. While it would be great that you were getting potentially important information out to people, it wouldn’t be worth anything because it would be accurate. I think that this point is echoed in the New York Times piece by Farhad Manjoo with the students from Covington “making fun” of the Native American man in the video that went viral all over social media—particularly Twitter.

    Journalism definitely revolves around social media now, especially on Twitter, because posts can be shared widely and very quickly which makes getting important information out to your audience much, much faster. Personally, I don’t really like using Twitter in this way, though. I have always had a hard time wrapping my brain around the concept of using Twitter professionally because it has always been more of a fun app in my mind. I really like using Twitter for finding funny memes and retweeting things that make me laugh than sharing what news articles I’m reading for the week. However, I know that, at least from reading Jeff Jarvis’ piece, that in order for journalism to work, people need a way to facilitate a conversation, and Twitter is one of the many ways to do so. I guess I’m still somewhat old school and feel as though using social media in this way isn’t what it was designed to do. I would rather go onto Twitter to laugh at a funny video than see a hundred reports about what the President is doing. I feel that for many, social media is an escape from reality and a chance to ignore everything that is happening around you, but since these platforms are becoming bigger and bigger, it’s impossible to only be able to use these websites and apps for fun.

    So, in the argument of never tweet versus always tweet, I guess I would say always tweet but with some limitations. No one wants their feed constantly filled with things that they do not care to see. You have to remember your audience even when tweeting.

  17. I think that when it comes to journalists using Twitter, it’s ok to tweet but to make it something in between. Farhad Manjoo’s column “Never Tweet” suggests that Twitter is ruining the media’s image and is skewing with Journalism. I do not think this is true, and I agree more with Jeff Jarvis’ response. In my opinion, it’d not the Twitter app that is ruining journalism, but the way journalists themselves are using it. For example, Journalists have a bigger platform and a larger audience then a lot of average people do. When it comes to publicizing things that might not otherwise get attention from the mainstream media, journalists can tweet and get the word out and bring attention to the issue. I think that Twitter is a good platform for journalists to use, but it depends on how you use it. Another example is that HuffPost writer Ashley Feinberg said in an interview on JCR’s Gallery discussion forum that: “whether we like it or not Twitter is a huge part of how we do our jobs now. I think the best thing any of us can do is realize that someone is always going to be mad, some people are always going to be acting in bad faith, and there’s really nothing we can do to game that, other than just being as honest as possible”. Just like Jeff Jarvis said, just like Twitter has your bad people, so does your world. So if a journalist is going to tweet, it should be in an honest way that is only beneficial.

  18. I have always been one to say ALWAYS tweet. Everyone loves to be updated at all times from all types of crowds. There are some cases where tweeting at a wrong time could be an issue. But what I learned through one of these articles is that even though it may be the wrong time, wrong place, etc. people will always want to be informed of what is going on no matter the situation.
    Tweeting is also a great way to stay connected and interact. Without Twitter things wouldn’t operate smoothly. By taking a step back and realizing how big of a media source twitter is for me in specific. When I need updates for sports, politics, you name it, I go straight to twitter. So I have come to appreciate those people who ALWAYS tweet.

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