The Kansas City Star ran a ridiculous puff piece today about following celebrities on twitter – (hey, it was in the lifestyle section with all the other puff pieces so I have no problem with that.)
What I did take issue with was the fact that the professional journalist writing the story stated erroneously, not once, but twice, that the twitter allowed users 140 words or less to tweet.
Now, I don’t want to come off as one of the social media maniacs, but I did want to leave a thoughtful comment to point out the 140 characters limitation to twitter. After about 20 minutes of unsuccessful login and register routines I gave up. There were no comments posted at the time of this writing and knowing the twitterholics I’m guessing no one could get through to post a comment.
Okay, so now I’m starting to think rant material, but I decide to go network directly with the @KCSTAR on twitter directly. To my dismay, @KCSTAR has only 2 updates, last one coming about 7 months ago. So, I’m guessing nobody’s really home there either.
So, now my irritation has melted into something more like pity. This is my hometown paper, but they are beyond not getting it and I fear the fail cow is getting ready to sing.
I would love to hear from the STAR here and get their take on my view, but I suspect no one from the STAR will read, comment, filter or aggregate this post and that’s sad. I wouldn’t be so hard on them were it not for the countless complaints by mainstream journalists that blogging has somehow tainted real journalism and ruined the world as we know it.
I mean really, who can tell the entire story in 140 words or less?