Sunday, September 04, 2011

Fact Checking Crucial

A golden little factoid from WoMMA noticed today about Twitter. The either bane or heart of existence for many, Pat McCarthy reminds us that for journalists -- or as I like to point out to all of my followers, branded journalists as well -- accuracy is the key.

In his Twitter is Still Useful - Just Get Out of Your Rut, McCarthy talks about the down (and dark) side of Twitter for journalists:

Faster news comes at a cost however; although Twitter makes paraphrasing and repetition of news faster, fact errors, grammar mistakes, and unreliable sources spread more frequently.

Why, that's almost a nice 140 in and of itself.

It is, after all, not Twitter -- like Kleenex isn't tissue -- it is real-time reporting.

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