140 Characters

That’s how many you get to post on Twitter, which means you’d better make the most of each and every one, and you’d better make sure your message is crystal clear.

A local newspaper in Connecticut offers a good example of how a tweet about a news story could be misinterpreted, or even inflammatory.

In a nutshell, the mother of a local soldier (who was Jewish) killed in Iraq was disappointed she hadn’t heard from Sen. Joe Lieberman (an Orthodox Jew).

This was their tweet yesterday.

Mother of fallen CT solder says she would have “expected more” from a “Jew” like Joe Lieberman http://bit.ly/bCGvgC

Doesn’t read well, does it?  To their credit, they followed up today with a much better-worded tweet.

Deceased #Watertown soldier’s mom ‘expected more from fellow Jew,’ Joe #Lieberman http://bit.ly/d1H66e

With so many new and different platforms of media to be fed, and fewer editors and producers available to provide a second set of eyes, this is a good reminder to all journalists to take a moment to proofread everything we write. 

There are so many new ways to embarrass ourselves, when one used to be more than enough.

And yes, you can find me on Twitter too, at @GerryBrooks. 

It’s a brave new world.  Let’s be careful out there.


About Gerry

I've been covering Connecticut news and sports since 1974. I know, I don't look that old.
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13 Responses to 140 Characters

  1. Debra Alfarone says:

    I just love reading anything Gerry Brooks writes. I know this has nothing to do with this post. I’m just expressing.

  2. hendu says:

    Its always fun to find new and exciting ways to embarrass ourselves.

  3. Linda says:

    I agree with Debra. Gerry is also a great emcee. My daughter and husband recently attended an American Red Cross event where Gerry was the host and they said he did an excellent job and made the evening interesting. By the way, Debra, you are missed. I hope your new job is going well.

  4. Li'l Em-Kel says:

    I would give a lot to have been in the meeting (if there was one) of the committee (if there was one) that made the decision to allow 140 characters – not 139, not 141 – per twitter job. Anybody know how they decided?

  5. pete says:

    Well, Sen. Christopher Odd makes an appearance in the article you linked to… I guess that kind of illustrates the point, doesn’t it?

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