Should journalists quote from your Twitter, Facebook posts without permission?

Popular local food blogger Christina Orso recently asked a question on Twitter that fired up a lot of discussion.

And yes, as a courtesy, I asked her for her permission before I reprinted her Tweet here but the question remains: Should I have?

It’s kind of hard to expect privacy when you publicly post something on a social medium where sharing is a rule, not an exception.

On the other hand, even I would find it a bit jarring to see one of my tweets quoted on a newscast or a blog or in another newspaper without any warning. At the least, I’d expect a tweet back letting me know or asking me to expand on my point beyond 140 characters. That seems easy and fair. That’s why our policy is to essentially stick to the Golden Rule: “Do unto others …”

But it’s not always that simple.

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Welcome Robin Williams to Charleston – and Twitter

Robin Williams not only made his Twitter debut on Wednesday but he gave a little shout to Charleston in his first-ever Tweet.

Williams is doing stand-up alongside comedian David Steinberg Friday at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center.

Williams’ Twitter followers shot up from about 500 to 6,000 in about an hour. It was approaching 10,000 as of 10:30 p.m. Wednesday. His count will grow exponentially in the next few hours. It will be interesting to see what kind of view they will get of Charleston by following Williams’ account over the next few days.

Stay tuned.



That’s a Clowny account, bro: Will the real Clowney Twitter account please stand up

Which of the above Twitter accounts belongs to South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney? None of them. Not even this next one, which has more than 51,000 followers. (Update as of 1/23/13: The account below has been suspended by Twitter.)

It’s actually the one below, as verified by teammate DJ Swearinger.

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