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Twitter Usage Rules

In what concerns reading tweets and retweeting, it is absolutely crucial that all of us do the following:

– follow the link and slowly read it in its entirety;

– look at the provenance in an unhurried way, research it and think about it;

– if you are going to retweet or repost, check against two other sources. 

Of course, this kills the whole purpose of Twitter, which is to churn out volume and emotion, fast and without thinking. But I got burned several times, believing and even retweeting dishonest tweets. Then I looked closely and realized that they are all dishonest because that’s the nature of the medium. Even weather forecasts can’t productively and conscientiously be reduced to a few characters.

Don’t be like Trump. Don’t retweet.

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  1. Shakti on said:

    Of course, this kills the whole purpose of Twitter, which is to churn out volume and emotion, fast and without thinking. But I got burned several times, believing and even retweeting dishonest tweets. Then I looked closely and realized that they are all dishonest because that’s the nature of the medium. Even weather forecasts can’t productively and conscientiously be reduced to a few characters.

    I never rely on twitter for accurate news in the event of disasters because it’s like a more panicked version of CNN. But weirdly it’s less anxiety provoking and rage inducing than trying to watch television. Why?

      During the leadup to Hurricane Irma, all of these tweets started freaking me out.  Our local governmental agency suggested we follow their twitter to get statewide updates on accidents and the like.  I was able to get twitter, but the actual useful information such as the county sites telling us what places were in higher evacuation zones were totally crashed for about three days prior and only came back online in the middle of the hurricane.   NOAA I could access. Windy.com just scared the hell out of me.
    

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