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Richert: Rumors In Age Of Twitter

Gov. Butch Otter did not resign Friday. That is a matter of public record, and a rather routine matter, too. But on Thursday afternoon, the Boise Twitter community was abuzz with rumors that Otter would abruptly step down the following day. And while rumors and political reporting have been forever conjoined at the hip, Thursday's non-story showed how rumors can catch a wave in the age of social media. Back in the not-too-distant-past, Brooke Seidl of Boise might have called a reporter with her tip. But on Thursday, she was able to share it, instantly, with more than 700 Twitter followers. She attributed the tip, cryptically, to "somebody who doesn't spread rumors." The same, of course, can scarcely be said about anyone on Twitter. So, off the Otter rumor went/Kevin Richert, Idaho Statesman. More here.

Question: Do you consider yourself more informed/misinformed in the "age of Twitter"?

D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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