Tuesday, November 13, 2018
Pet peeve: why do you have to tweet the same thing again ... and again ... and again?
As you can see by these two tweets to the right, CNN does the same thing. This one is an analysis on the Florida race between Rick Scott and Bill Nelson.
It's not just one news outlet that does this. It's not for or against any party. It's not just on politics.
They (meaning any prominent company with a Twitter account) do this all the time with all kinds of content.
It's so annoying if you're someone who is on Twitter or social media on a regular basis.
It'd be nice to see fresh content instead of repeating the same thing, especially when it's about controversial topics in politics.
It may seem trivial to complain about multiple tweets, but I think it furthers the divide between us when it comes to multiple political tweets.
It triggers the emotions people have (either reinforcing something they agree with or angering them on something they don't agree with) when they see something several times a day.
I could mute these social media channels, but then how do I get the latest news? You almost need to follow all of these social media platforms to get a clear and well-rounded picture of what's happening.
Hopefully this practice will change, but I doubt it.
Nov. 13, 2018
I recently blogged about one pet peeve of mine in regards to headlines on Twitter and Facebook: the fact that they overuse the phrase 'you need to know.'
Today, I have another pet peeve: media organizations (or organizations, in general) that tweet the same thing several times a day at different hours of the day.
Fine. Great. Tweet away. But then several hours later, I noticed another tweet that read the same. 3 hours later? Another tweet. No changes or corrections in the headline. Just the same tweet. Again.
Take a look at the photos on the right hand side of this blog. They tweeted the same thing just a few hours apart. For someone who missed one of the tweets, it doesn't matter.
But for someone who follows NBC News and has already seen the first and the second, the third is definitely overkill.
It seems like news organizations tweet things over the weekend and then, come Monday morning, tweet the same things again. I assume the thought is that people may have missed it over the weekend, so they'd better catch us up on Monday morning.
That I could almost accept. I understand that goal. That being said, it gets annoying if you did see their original tweet(s) over the weekend. Then it's just regurgitating the same information again.
Now I get tired of seeing a variety of topics in my feed or timeline, but I especially dislike this practice when it comes to politics.
It's a barrage of of politics. I don't care if it's pro-Republican or anti-Republican or pro-Democrat or anti-Democrat (or anti-Green Party). If I see you tweeting or posting the same content 3 times in the same day, hours apart, it gets old.
It makes me want to unfollow your account. It makes me want to escape into a Mighty Ducks marathon or a Candy Crush coma.
I don't just follow NBC News. I follow CNN and MSNBC and Fox News and the Washington Post and a dozen other news outlets. If you're tweeting a fact check, chances are they are too.
So I'm seeing their 12 individual tweets. Then your tweet 3 times in the same day -- in less than a full work day?
It's excessive. It's exhausting to see, whether the topic is about Fall leaves changing colors, how Hillary Clinton lost the 2016 election or Donald Trump's random (and possibly offensive) tweet of the day.
If you don't have anything to tweet, then maybe don't tweet. If there's no news, don't regurgitate it.
I'd prefer that pandas playing on jungle gyms take over my Twitter feed if there's no hard news
happening. Don't deprive me of that, please.