How NOT To Use Twitter

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This is a matter of personal preference but twittering a 3-year-old’s funeral is not something I want to read.

Rocky Mountain News reporter Berny Morson covered the Wednesday funeral of Marten Kudlis, who died last week when a pickup truck careered into a Baskin Robbins ice cream shop in Aurora, Colo.

But instead of waiting until after the memorial service to publish a story, Morson sent real-time updates from his cell phone to the Rocky Mountain News’ Web site using a micro-blogging service called Twitter.

The newspaper’s use of the technology in this way has drawn the ire of journalists and bloggers from Colorado to the United Kingdom, who argue that the reporter essentially trivialized the tragedy by providing a play-by-play of the event.

I realize that there is a fine line here but I still feel that this is not something I would A.) want to do as a reporter and B.) something I would want to read as a news consumer.

Just saying.

What say you?

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