Two-Minute Pause Before TweetingJune 11th, 2009 by Steven Gardner
Over the past several weeks I’ve become kind of a fan of Twitter, after entering into the technology somewhat reluctantly. I know, Nikky. My participation has made Twitter officially uncool. Tell Ashton Kutcher.
We use the technology to post links to our stories and blog entries, to blast out one sentence of news when that’s all we have and to repeat things overheard in the newsroom.
Twitter does remind me of an online chat room, except that you can pick who you chat with a lot easier, so the conversation seldom, if ever, devolves into “Who here wants to party!!!!”
There are risks. The ability to write something and post it can happen almost as quickly as it would at a cocktail party. So remember that time you said something really stupid, and realized it sometime between the words coming out of your mouth and the laughter dying down? So it might behoove us all to wait at least a couple of minutes before Tweeting, at least on issues that aren’t critical. Case in point from Monday, from a Tweeter whose name I’ll keep to myself:
RT @TheRealMariners Tarp is currently on the field with rain expected. US: Uh, doesn’t Safeco Field have a retractable roof?
2:07 PM Jun 9th from TweetDeck
Never mind—the game’s (duh) in Baltimore. @TheRealMariners
2:09 PM Jun 9th from TweetDeck
“Twitter” is now in the AP Stylebook, along with “collateralized debt obligations” and “baba ghanoush.”
The new entry for Twitter notes that the social networking Web site limits messages to short Tweets. The verb forms are to Twitter or to Tweet.
I think AP is wrong about using “Twitter” as a verb, but I don’t know anything. I just Tweet here.