What's your best tweet?
Any tweet that inspires the twitterverse to join us in holding the media accountable.
What are six things you could never do without?
High-speed internet access. Cable television. Radio. Lexis Nexis. Google. Oh, and Twitter of course.
How do you use Twitter in your professional life?
As a non-profit, this is our professional life and Twitter is yet another opportunity to engage with those who may not be familiar with our work.
What's your favorite Twitter app?
We use TweetDeck to post remotely and TwitterAnalyzer.com to measure our impact.
Twitter or Facebook?
All of the above and more.
What was the funniest trend you've seen?
What feature should Twitter add?
There are so many independent websites that analyze Twitter analytics, perhaps Twitter could come out with its own comprehensive system. An official iPhone/Blackberry application would be nice too.
Who do you wish had a Twitter feed but doesn't?
It would be nice to see more media executives open themselves up to the transparency that Twitter offers. News Corp’s Rupert Murdoch would be a good place to start.
What are some words or phrases you refuse to shorten for brevity?
We have yet to encounter such a situation.
Is there someone you want to follow you who doesn't already? If so, who?
With more than 11,000 followers we’d welcome anyone who wishes to join us in our efforts to hold the media accountable. It would also be nice to see even more reporters and media figures interested in accuracy following us on Twitter.
Have you ever unfollowed someone? Who and why?
Sure, we’ve unfollowed users who turn out to be spam-bots. By and large though, we follow members of the press and those concerned about the state of American media in an effort to promote the free exchange of ideas.
Why should we vote for you?
As a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) progressive research and information center dedicated to comprehensively monitoring, analyzing, and correcting conservative misinformation in the media, we’ve seen remarkable growth in our Twitter following over the past year. We’ve cornered the Twitter market on media criticism and continue to use this important social network to disseminate interesting and important news and inspire the action and engagement of others.
Terms you wish would start trending on Twitter right now?
Who wouldn’t want their own name (@mmfa) to trend? Talk about good free publicity for the work of a non-profit. It would also be nice to see terms like “media accountability” and “noise machine” trending from time to time.
What's the most interesting connection you've made through Twitter?
It’s quite interesting to read tweets from reporters and other media figures that have removed the filter and have chosen to open themselves to constructive criticism on Twitter.
Hashtag you created that you wish everyone used?
#noisemachine which should be used for tweets about an example of conservative misinformation in the media.
How do you make your tweets unique?
Few in the twitterverse focus exclusively on media accountability like we do – all of our tweets are unique in that way.
What inspires you to tweet?
The need to hold the media accountable for false, misleading and otherwise problematic reporting.
Ever get called out for tweeting too much?
Not yet but we certainly have our detractors. That’s the price we pay for expecting so much from the media.
140 characters of advice for a new user?
Engage the world around you. Talk about the issues that matter most to you. Watch the media - and the tweets you read - with a critical eye.
How long can you go without a tweet?
The media doesn’t rest and neither do we. Therefore our tweeting happens seven days a week in real-time.
What question are we not asking here that we should?
For the #nonprofit
category it would be nice for people to indicate that they are actually a nonprofit.
Who do you admire most for his or her use of Twitter?
Our Senior Fellows do one hell of a job holding the media accountable in the twitterverse. If you don’t follow them, you should: @EricBoehlert
– don’t forget our sister organization @mmaction
Why'd you start tweeting?
We started tweeting to help spread the word about our important work to hold the media accountable. Engaging social networks is vital to that mission.
Has Twitter changed your life? If yes, how?
Our interaction with the twitterverse has certainly changed the way we think about engaging the American people on certain issues and calls to action. It really is more than just another tool. It requires its own strategy. The course we’ve chartered thus far has led to remarkable growth and success.
What do you wish people would do more of on Twitter?
Communicate directly with members of the media using replies and retweets to challenge false, misleading and otherwise problematic reporting.
How will the world change in the next year?
Without media accountability 2010 will be even worse than 2009 – regardless of the issues you care about, how the media covers those issues will directly influence your ability to create change for your cause.
What are some big Twitter faux pas?
It’s a major problem when people parrot unfounded claims they’ve read, seen or heard in the media. It’s also something we work hard to combat through our own use of Twitter.
What will the world be like 10 years from now?
The media landscape will be vastly different in the years ahead. Expect bigger and far more digital ventures. There will also be fewer and fewer traditional print outlets. Hopefully, problems we now face with media accuracy will be less severe.