I assumed that they were just JK-ing because it’s Twitter.
Then I realized they actually started their article with “JK!”, which completely negates their headline.
Spin… are you ok…?
You’ll probably find this useful at some point.
Man, where was this chart when I was in library school?
This may be more for writing papers than articles, but you never know when it might come in handy.
Jay Rosen (@jayrosen_NYU)
I was going to make a post basically saying this same thing a few minutes ago, but got disillusioned with it. JR was able to put it simpler and better than I could have. -A
By Jack Stuef
During the storm last night, user @comfortablysmug was the source of a load of frightening but false information about conditions in New York City that spread wildly on Twitter and onto news broadcasts before ConEd, the MTA, and Wall…
How One Well-Connected Pseudonymous Twitter Spread Fake News About Hurricane Sandy
by Andrew Kaczynski
The twitter user @comfortablysmug is one of a handful of pseudonymous Manhattan professionals who keep their widely-followed Twitter voices separate from their careers. His bio describes him as “My Interests: Finance, Gin, Politics, Books, Food, Fine Clothing, Meeting Strangers #Mitt2012” and links to a Romney campaign donation page of the sort that credits bundlers for the cash they’ve brought in.
His 6,000 followers include political and business reporters, and he’ll occasionally tweet of getting a drink with Business Insider’s Joe Wiesenthal; once with BuzzFeed editor Ben Smith.
And in the chaos around Hurricane Sandy, he veered into new territory: Trying to trick his media followers, and their followers and readers in turn, with fake news. He reported, falsely, on a total blackout in Manhattan, on a flood on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, and other things that didn’t happen.
Two of his tweets garnered more than 500 retweets. One drew a rebuke from ConEd’s official Twitter account.
Twitter’s self-correction mechanism — rebukes and rebuttals from knowledgeable sources — shut down each rumor, but not until at least one, the flood claim, had bled widely into the television media.
@comfortablysmug didn’t respond immediately to an inquiry, via Twitter direct message, as to his motives.
My Storify of the immediate aftermath following Rep. Akin’s remarks.
On the riveting topic of Twitter, I recently stumbled upon a rather interesting piece from Complex magazine’s website. It appears, rolling on from Facebook’s recent release of its phony accounts stats, that the website Status People Fake Follower Check has created a quick-n-easy…
Kind of a fun, Social Media Monday here. What was your count, Journos?