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Feature: How NOT to Tweet with Sarah Palin

Sarah Palin’s Twitter is the internet train wreck of Social Media.  You know it’s really awful, but at the same time, you can’t look away.  And if you’re a masochist like me (and face it,  if you’re here, you probably are), you keep coming back for more.

Today’s lesson is coherence and concision.  On Twitter, you’ve got 140 characters to work with, and by hell you better make sure each one works.

This tweet fails.  Let’s see why.

Sarah starts out with a question, which is good.  Twitter is AMAZING for questions.  Your followers can instantly send back replies or forward it onto their followers to an answer.

However,this question is awful.  It’s almost rhetorical, it leaves her open to attacks, and she wastes 2 characters by spelling “out” instead of typing “w/o.”  A better question for her to ask is “Do you like my new $15,000 down jacket paid for by FOX News?”  or “Want to see me make Sean Hannity my bitch every day on FOX News?”  These questions have simple yes or no answers, but can also facilitate discussion.

The next part of her tweet is crappy grammatically.  “w/team” Sarah?  Your missing indefinite article is important.  Also, the missing spaces between “fair&balanced” make it more difficult to read.  This sentence is so long it would be a great stand-alone tweet, but in this form it is some awful carry-on attached by the periods to the rest of her tweet.

The last part of her tweet is a disaster.  “Please join us!”  Who is us?  Are you plural Sarah?  Do you mean Fox News?  Do you you mean the GOP?  WHO ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT?  Worse still is how do I join?  You give no link, no terms, no nothing.  If I google “us” I get “US Magazine”  Should I subscribe?  I might, because they at least know how to write three coherent sentences.

What have we learned?

  • Questions are good, but keep the possible answers simple.
  • Use proper spelling, grammar, and punctuation.
  • Be specific.
  • Provide appropriate follow up information in a link.

Any questions?

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Why Anti-Social Media?

You can’t avoid social media.

It’s everywhere.  It started with those awful jokes your cousins would forward to you and now you know everything about people you long forgot who crawled back into your life.

This blog is intended for the people who don’t give a damn about social media, those who’d cut off their right thumb before giving up tweeting, those who’d cut off the right thumb of the person tweeting, and the countless masses caught somewhere in the middle of this Bermuda triangle of the internet.

I’m here to remind you that sometimes you need to get off the internet to make real things happen.  Just because something is posted on Facebook doesn’t make it Facebook official, and your LinkedIn connections will treat you better if you give them a call or two.  Don’t get me started on trying to follow the so called Social Media Guide .

Welcome to the jaded view of the internet.  Remember, some things just aren’t worth sharing.

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