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Barnes Blogs about... the problems with Twitter

by Mike Barnes

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Posted on December 1, 2011 at 8:12 PM

Updated Thursday, Dec 1 at 8:18 PM

I have a Twitter account, but only because it's free.  

I post things about UT football and high school football mainly, and assorted stuff the rest of the year.  But I don't post things that are not true.

Today, there have been several "tweets" about Mike Sherman and Mack Brown.  Different "Tweeters" have said that Sherman would stay or go... that Mack Brown would stay or retire.

It's great to have opinions, but what is put on Twitter is treated these days like gospel.

Guess what?  Twitter ain't the New York Times.   It's not even the Duncanville Suburban.  (That's my old hometown weekly newspaper, by the way!)

Remember the great line from Ferris Bueller's Day Off:  " My best friend's sister's boyfriend's brother's girlfriend heard from this guy who knows this kid who's going with the girl who saw Ferris pass out at 31 Flavors last night. I guess it's pretty serious."

Kristy Swanson delivered that memorable line like it was fact.  And that's how everyone reads things on Twitter.

Stop.

Stop now.

Get intervention if you have to.

Keep reading Twitter, especially mine!  But know that it's opinion.  There's no proof.  There's no proof-reading.  There are barely enough characters to make sure something is accurate.  Remember that it's more of an update of where somebody is and/or what they're doing.

When I tweet during the Texas-Baylor game this Saturday that it's wet and cold... don't act like Mike Barnes just said it was a blizzard in Waco or that the Horns are having trouble because of frostbite.  Just know that I'm wet and cold.

So... keep reading.  But don't take everything you read and run with it like people have today.

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