Hey MSM any old Twit(erer) understands what Rep Weiner’s numbers mean

by Datechguy | May 29th, 2011

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Hey MSM any old Twit(erer) understands what Rep Weiner's numbers mean

I came to twit­ter very late in the game, so unlike many blog­gers both big­ger and smaller than me, my total num­ber of fol­low­ers is very small (787 as of this morn­ing). To give you an idea of how that stands with some­one of some celebrity; Joe Scar­bor­ough of MSNBC who I write about a bit has over 100,000 fol­low­ers (100,935 to be exact as of this morning).

As a per­son rel­a­tively new to media I remem­ber the first time a major paper started fol­low­ing me (NY Post) it was a big deal.

On May 27th I picked up Kath­eryn Jean Lopez of National Review as a fol­lower and yes­ter­day I picked up blog­ger and radio host Dana Loesch. I met Dana and her hus­band at CPAC I’ve never met Kathryn but I was extremely pleased to have them both fol­low me since it will allow me to con­tact them pri­vately about appear­ing on my radio show DaT­e­chGuy on DaRa­dio (AM 830 WCRN Worcester).

I also only fol­low 323 peo­ple as a rule I try to fol­low about half the num­ber of peo­ple who fol­low me. That gen­er­ates a plenty big twit­ter stream. I sim­ply can’t see how peo­ple keep up with fol­low­ing thou­sands of peo­ple. To con­tinue the above exam­ple; Joe Scar­bor­ough only fol­lows 394 peo­ple. Keep that num­ber in mind as it is important.

Now com­pared to Joe Scar­bor­ough I’m a per­son of very lit­tle celebrity. I’ve been blog­ging for maybe 2 1/​2 years with a total of a bit over 550k hits over­all between the old and the cur­rent blog. I’ve have had a radio show on a 50,000 Watt Sta­tion heard in 6 states for about 6 months. In Fitch­burg Mass. that a big deal, in Worces­ter county it mat­ters. In DC or NY that means very little.

By com­par­i­son Joe Scar­bor­ough served in con­gress, has a Morn­ing Show on MSNBC that is watched by an awful lot of peo­ple. Writes a weekly com­men­tary and is known by movers and shak­ers all over the country.

Why is this impor­tant? Well I just “fol­lowed” Beu­lah Gar­rett @beulahgg who men­tioned me in a tweet a few hours ago. She will likely notice that I did so, she may or may not look at my pro­file and may or may not be impressed; as a great-​grandmother she has likely seen enough that it takes more than me to impress her.

Now Let’s say Joe Scar­bor­ough choose to fol­low Ms. Gar­rett. Joe has over 100k fol­low­ers, if he choose to fol­low Ms.Garrett I sus­pect she would take a lot more notice and might even be impressed.

What does Joe Scar­bor­ough and who fol­lows or doesn’t fol­low me or Ms. Gar­rett have to do with Con­gress­man Anthony Weiner of NY 9th dis­trict and his claim that some­one hacked his twit­ter and photo accounts to send a photo of an erect penis in under­wear to a young lady? Everything!

Con­gress­man Weiner’s dis­trict is in NY. He is a man of some national promi­nence, a lib­eral who is not afraid of tak­ing on con­ser­v­a­tives directly. The phone mes­sage at his national office is per­son­able and friendly. He is a reg­u­lar guest on Morn­ing Joe and is not shy about appear­ing any­where. His national promi­nence dwarfs mine of course.

As of this moment 10:03 a.m. EST he has over 45K fol­low­ers (45737 to be exact) I’m not one of them. He also fol­lows only 194 people.

Until 48 hours ago one of those peo­ple was Genette Nicole Cor­dova tweet­name @Gennette Noble the young lady who is at the cen­ter of this inter­est­ing event.

Just to remind you. Gen­nette Noble Gen­nette Nicole Cor­dova is a 21-​year-​old col­lege stu­dent in Seat­tle Wash­ing­ton. She writes for the col­lege news­pa­per. She seems a fairly attrac­tive young girl and until 24 hours ago I knew absolutely noth­ing about her. I doubt many peo­ple on the net did. It would be fair to say that her promi­nence com­pared to me is of the same pro­por­tion of my promi­nence com­pared to Joe Scarborough.

Yet until 48 hours ago she was one of the under 200 peo­ple Con­gress­man Wiener fol­lowed on Twit­ter.

Run that through your head for a second.

In the last 24 hours her face­book account has dis­ap­peared. Her twit­ter account have dis­ap­peared. Her byline has dis­ap­peared from col­lege papers. This shows some­one is tak­ing great pains to remove her from the net.

If one wants to believe the congressman’s story one can say she is just try­ing to avoid fur­ther unwanted pub­lic­ity. One might be able to ratio­nal­ize that.

One can’t ratio­nal­ize the fact that until all of this came out, a New York Con­gress­man of some national promi­nence was fol­low­ing her on twit­ter. I’m 48 years old and was impressed by being fol­lowed by Dana Loesch and Kathryn Lopez tell me how impressed a 20 some­thing year old col­lege girl would be by being fol­lowed by a con­gress­man 3000 miles away?

Any per­son who uses twit­ter under­stands with this means. They also know two other things:

1. If two peo­ple fol­low each other on twit­ter they can send pri­vate mes­sages unseen by others

2..The dif­fer­ence between a pri­vate mes­sage and a pub­lic one is two characters

@rsmccain This mes­sage is public

d rsm­c­cain this mes­sage is private

The dif­fer­ence is a “@” sign and the let­ter “d”

This is why the MSM is des­per­ate to kill this quickly, that is why the left side of the sphere will be cry­ing Andrew Bre­it­bart till their voices grow horse hoarse, it’s also why this scan­dal will not be able to be con­tained by the left.

Joe Scar­bor­ough knows twit­ter, he also knows Andrew Weiner, if he chooses to look at the fol­lower num­bers he will know what it means. That bad for Anthony Weiner, the left and the MSM.

What’s worse for them? There are mil­lions of peo­ple who use twit­ter who have absolutely no inter­est in pol­i­tics, who when they see the num­bers con­cern­ing fol­low­ers also will under­stand exactly what it means.

The left and Rep Weiner have one long week­end to decide how they are going to han­dle this. I don’t envy them. They might be able to per­suade the media to leave it alone but the mean­ing and details of this scan­dal can be under­stood by mil­lions of peo­ple in 140 char­ac­ters or less.

Update: Two quick things, Ace of Spades notes that at the time this broke Rep Weiner only fol­lowed 91 peo­ple, not the just under 200 peo­ple he fol­lows now and asks.

What could pos­si­bly cause a big macher Con­gress­man decide to fol­low a kid in college?

The photo at the link con­tains both reasons.

Sec­ondly I am reminded of Robert Stacy McCain’s a reporter of National promi­nence who has cov­ered the pow­er­ful for years reac­tion when Alyssa Milano re-​tweeted him:

That’s how unusual it is for a nation­ally known reporter to re-​tweeted by Alyssa Milano (and he worked hard for that re-​tweet ‚) how much less likely is it for a col­lege stu­dent on a school paper to be fol­lowed by a con­gress­man in NY?

Update 2: Insta­lanche! The per­fect thing way to end a blog’s month, thanks Glenn. Hey Pun­dit read­ers you will want to check out yesterday’s radio show with news about a pos­si­ble gop pri­mary oppo­nent to Scott Brown & my thoughts on Palin. With come­dian Steven Crow­der sched­uled for next week I won­der if there is some­thing funny in the news we can talk about?

Update 3: Some­how missed a piece of her name, thanks to Jane­too for catch­ing it.

I came to twitter very late in the game, so unlike many bloggers both bigger and smaller than me, my total number of followers is very small (787 as of this morning). To give you an idea of how that stands with someone of some celebrity; Joe Scarborough of MSNBC who I write about a bit has over 100,000 followers (100,935 to be exact as of this morning).

As a person relatively new to media I remember the first time a major paper started following me (NY Post) it was a big deal.

On May 27th I picked up Katheryn Jean Lopez of National Review as a follower and yesterday I picked up blogger and radio host Dana Loesch. I met Dana and her husband at CPAC I’ve never met Kathryn but I was extremely pleased to have them both follow me since it will allow me to contact them privately about appearing on my radio show DaTechGuy on DaRadio (AM 830 WCRN Worcester).

I also only follow 323 people as a rule I try to follow about half the number of people who follow me. That generates a plenty big twitter stream. I simply can’t see how people keep up with following thousands of people. To continue the above example; Joe Scarborough only follows 394 people. Keep that number in mind as it is important.

Now compared to Joe Scarborough I’m a person of very little celebrity. I’ve been blogging for maybe 2 1/2 years with a total of a bit over 550k hits overall between the old and the current blog. I’ve have had a radio show on a 50,000 Watt Station heard in 6 states for about 6 months. In Fitchburg Mass. that a big deal, in Worcester county it matters. In DC or NY that means very little.

By comparison Joe Scarborough served in congress, has a Morning Show on MSNBC that is watched by an awful lot of people. Writes a weekly commentary and is known by movers and shakers all over the country.

Why is this important? Well I just “followed” Beulah Garrett @beulahgg who mentioned me in a tweet a few hours ago. She will likely notice that I did so, she may or may not look at my profile and may or may not be impressed; as a great-grandmother she has likely seen enough that it takes more than me to impress her.

Now Let’s say Joe Scarborough choose to follow Ms. Garrett. Joe has over 100k followers, if he choose to follow Ms.Garrett I suspect she would take a lot more notice and might even be impressed.

What does Joe Scarborough and who follows or doesn’t follow me or Ms. Garrett have to do with Congressman Anthony Weiner of NY 9th district and his claim that someone hacked his twitter and photo accounts to send a photo of an erect penis in underwear to a young lady? Everything!

Congressman Weiner’s district is in NY. He is a man of some national prominence, a liberal who is not afraid of taking on conservatives directly. The phone message at his national office is personable and friendly. He is a regular guest on Morning Joe and is not shy about appearing anywhere. His national prominence dwarfs mine of course.

As of this moment 10:03 a.m. EST he has over 45K followers (45737 to be exact) I’m not one of them. He also follows only 194 people.

Until 48 hours ago one of those people was Genette Nicole Cordova tweetname @Gennette Noble the young lady who is at the center of this interesting event.

Just to remind you. Gennette Noble Gennette Nicole Cordova is a 21-year-old college student in Seattle Washington. She writes for the college newspaper. She seems a fairly attractive young girl and until 24 hours ago I knew absolutely nothing about her. I doubt many people on the net did. It would be fair to say that her prominence compared to me is of the same proportion of my prominence compared to Joe Scarborough.

Yet until 48 hours ago she was one of the under 200 people Congressman Wiener followed on Twitter.

Run that through your head for a second.

In the last 24 hours her facebook account has disappeared. Her twitter account have disappeared. Her byline has disappeared from college papers. This shows someone is taking great pains to remove her from the net.

If one wants to believe the congressman’s story one can say she is just trying to avoid further unwanted publicity. One might be able to rationalize that.

One can’t rationalize the fact that until all of this came out, a New York Congressman of some national prominence was following her on twitter. I’m 48 years old and was impressed by being followed by Dana Loesch and Kathryn Lopez tell me how impressed a 20 something year old college girl would be by being followed by a congressman 3000 miles away?

Any person who uses twitter understands with this means. They also know two other things:

1. If two people follow each other on twitter they can send private messages unseen by others

2..The difference between a private message and a public one is two characters

@rsmccain This message is public

d rsmccain this message is private

The difference is a “@” sign and the letter “d”

This is why the MSM is desperate to kill this quickly, that is why the left side of the sphere will be crying Andrew Breitbart till their voices grow horse hoarse, it’s also why this scandal will not be able to be contained by the left.

Joe Scarborough knows twitter, he also knows Andrew Weiner, if he chooses to look at the follower numbers he will know what it means. That bad for Anthony Weiner, the left and the MSM.

What’s worse for them? There are millions of people who use twitter who have absolutely no interest in politics, who when they see the numbers concerning followers also will understand exactly what it means.

The left and Rep Weiner have one long weekend to decide how they are going to handle this. I don’t envy them. They might be able to persuade the media to leave it alone but the meaning and details of this scandal can be understood by millions of people in 140 characters or less.

Update: Two quick things, Ace of Spades notes that at the time this broke Rep Weiner only followed 91 people, not the just under 200 people he follows now and asks.

What could possibly cause a big macher Congressman decide to follow a kid in college?

The photo at the link contains both reasons.

Secondly I am reminded of Robert Stacy McCain’s a reporter of National prominence who has covered the powerful for years reaction when Alyssa Milano re-tweeted him:

That’s how unusual it is for a nationally known reporter to re-tweeted by Alyssa Milano (and he worked hard for that re-tweet ,) how much less likely is it for a college student on a school paper to be followed by a congressman in NY?

Update 2: Instalanche! The perfect thing way to end a blog’s month, thanks Glenn. Hey Pundit readers you will want to check out yesterday’s radio show with news about a possible gop primary opponent to Scott Brown & my thoughts on Palin. With comedian Steven Crowder scheduled for next week I wonder if there is something funny in the news we can talk about?

Update 3: Somehow missed a piece of her name, thanks to Janetoo for catching it.

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