TC Biz Mag editor Adam Platt takes heat for hypocritically ripping bloggers' Twitter habits
Platt: Do as I say, not as I tweet.
In a column entitled "City Centered: Tweetle Dumb," Adam Platt, executive editor of the Twin Cities Business Magazine, unloads on local journalists "whose Twitter presence deviates wildly from their work."
"To me, Twitter is not a place to see what people are doing, eating, or thinking, but a source of information and links to longer-form content," Platt writes. "But the more time I log on Twitter, the more I grow weary of many of the folks I follow, which unnerves me, because I consider most to be friends or respected colleagues."
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Friends or not, Platt doesn't hesitate to name names, and at the top of his list is MPR's Bob Collins. (Also singled out are baseball blogger/Uptown lifestyle tweeter Aaron Gleeman and sports writer/likable curmudgeon Patrick Reusse.)
After offering a couple words of praise for Collins's NewsCut blog, Platt blasts his Twitter behavior.
He "berates people who complain about the weather, whines daily about the Cleveland Indians, and publishes photos of himself and family members in social settings," Platt writes.
"Collins also routinely insults those who 'unfollow' him. I like the Bob at mpr.org. The Bob on Twitter does his 'brand' no benefit."
After Platt's column was published, but apparently before Collins noticed it, Platt unfollowed him, cryptically alluding to his annoyance with Collins's Cleveland Indians tweets. The unfollow didn't go unnoticed.
@MyLittleBloggie I'm a rolling stone. Never say goodbye... But wary of another Indians season.-- Adam Platt (@plattMSP) April 1, 2014
But after he read Platt's piece, Collins noted how hypocritical his criticism is by retweeting Platt tweets that seem to violate his own no-fun-on-Twitter rule:
Is Wham still together?-- Adam Platt (@plattMSP) December 13, 2013
Maybe I'm late on this, but I love that Ron Burgundy chose Bismarck/Minot for his next career stop. http://t.co/zvO4vnujBI-- Adam Platt (@plattMSP) December 2, 2013
I want to leave this #twins game.-- Adam Platt (@plattMSP) August 29, 2013
7-9: My Valentine; 1985; The Long and Winding Road pic.twitter.com/suyiDLGbpc-- Adam Platt (@plattMSP) August 13, 2013
Awaiting Sir Paul in the Peg. pic.twitter.com/i2rqCg0N3n-- Adam Platt (@plattMSP) August 13, 2013
This is a faux pas. pic.twitter.com/hG9HdA2gbD-- Adam Platt (@plattMSP) July 18, 2013
Collins also took some direct shots at Platt. Click to page two to read them:
Feeling bad for Adam Platt, forced to follow people on Twitter he doesn't like, damned to wonder what's wrong with 6,970 other people.-- Bob Collins (@MyLittleBloggie) April 2, 2014
So the problem is I "publish photos of (myself) and family members in social settings"?Despicable. http://t.co/Ywjtd0aZB7-- Bob Collins (@MyLittleBloggie) April 2, 2014
But, yeah, gee, what do I know. We can all learn lot from a Twitter expert who's been doing it for 3 years and has 740 followers.-- Bob Collins (@MyLittleBloggie) April 2, 2014
Everybody should follow @plattMSP. He only has 740 followers. Follow him now b/c he totally gets this Twitter thing & we can learn from him.-- Bob Collins (@MyLittleBloggie) April 2, 2014
750! We're up to 750! Let's keep it going. @plattMSP. Also, please post a picture of your kids.-- Bob Collins (@MyLittleBloggie) April 2, 2014
Up to 770! Help @plattMSP help you with Twitter dumbness. Follow him now. He gets it.-- Bob Collins (@MyLittleBloggie) April 2, 2014
Platt, for what it's worth, hasn't offered additional Twitter proselytizing since his column was published. Last night, however, he published another tweet curiously similar to the ones he took Collins to task for:
The best part of MLB's new replay challenge system is the suitcase with the 1970s headphones.-- Adam Platt (@plattMSP) April 3, 2014
Makes us wonder: Since when did it become okay for a business magazine editor to tweet about baseball?
-- Follow Aaron Rupar on Twitter at @atrupar. Got a tip? Drop him a line at email@example.com.
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