Twitter's Place in Publications

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

"Off the record," journalists have heard this over and over again, and it is a bit of a disappointment every time. Clearly journalists want the entirety of an interview to be "on the record"; we are not nearly as interested if it can't be published. With this in mind, what is the right way to use tweets?

As of late, members of the senate have been claiming that their public tweets are to be considered off the record. The fact that these tweets are public, for everyone to see, should point out how outlandish of a suggestion this is.

According to Jeff Sonderman on Poynter, several prominent bloggers and writers noticed this disclaimer and were then forced to remove several tweet quotes from their blog, noting the absurdity of the situation.

If prominent members of the senate are willing to tweet their thoughts for the entire Twitter community to see, then they should be equally willing to have these tweets quoted in text. It is no different then journalists using a quote from a previous speech. Senate members should back off, and keep their tweets "on record


SarinaRhinehart September 20, 2011 at 6:48 PM  

I follow quite a few members of Congress on Twitter, and I agree that what they tweet should be okay for journalist to quote in their stories. Tweets may express a more personal side of politicians that they want kept from the mainstream media, but these people represent us in the government. I think this gives us the right to hear what they had to say on a public website.

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