Twitter Is A Game With Real Consequences

Twitter Is A Game With Real Consequences I’m not much of games player, but I chose to play one today. I chose to follow @POTUS. I mean after all, how often is it that you can get statements right from the Horse’s Mouth.The President has often been criticized for this Tweet from the Hip style. I dare say that it was that style that helped get him the White House in the first house. Does President Trump know how to play the Twitter game? It would seem so. (Photo Source:, like the media, perhaps, not nearly as excellent as be with you the Twitter Game.On May 23, 2017 the NY Times published an article free “How Twitter is Being Gamed to Feed Misinformation” (see:; which is also a photo source).   My own career has been intertwined with the media as well. I wrote articles for a variety of publications, published a couple of newsletters, and continue to write this Blog after nearly 10 years.I’ve also been someone who has worked with the global media in government, commercial and non-profit roles.I’m learning that Twitter is not a purveyor of truth, but more of a conduit for thoughts emotions and messages. Tweeting is an accepted form of journalism and Tweets themselves are sources for journalists. As the article clarification the 140 reputation format is a godsend for journalists and others looking for small, pithy quotes that make their job simpler. Sorry to say it doesn’t make the journalist more accurate, it just rewards laziness.Twitter can also be the voice of the herd. Public interest and concern in this area national disasters can be gleaned from the type and velocity of Tweets in this area it. Traffic peaks and ebbs, reflecting the cumulative perspective of the herd.Twitter is a notoriously unreliable source whose constituency includes  unreal people and groups and whose platform allows small groups to act and shape as huge ones.People and robotic re-Tweeting can add gasoline to the fire as noted in the article.Given its importance perhaps those exciting with implementing MISO should have a proficiency test as they do with their personal weapons.Reader input invited.

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Boston Terror Suspect’s First Target Revealed

CNN reports that Usaamah Abdullah Rahim's first target was activist Pamela Geller, who staged the Garland, TX revive. (No link due to CNN's autoplay video on the article.) He later changed his mind and chose to target local police, apparently intending to cut off somebody's head one or more of them. Read more

British On Why The Rand Report Got it Wrong

British On Why The Rand Report Got it Wrong Much has been written on the May 2012 RAND study of the effectiveness of US IO in Afghanistan (which you can get at:, one of the most quoted is a British paper “The Effectiveness of US Military Information Operations in Afghanistan 2001-2010 (See of the major conclusions, ‘the fundamental failing’ in their terms was stated as:“A naïve and immature understanding of the very process of communication in non-compliant conflict environments and misplaced confidence and over reliance, upon marketing and advertising doctrine…. This paper advocates that marketing and advertising must now be considered as an utterly disastrous model for IO and MISO/PsyOps, one which must now be discarded in favour of a behaviorally-led approach embracing genteel, proven, social and behavioural science.”The paper contends that the Global Security & Help Force (ISAF) over relied on commercial advertising and marketing strategies and contended that the product was NATO and the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan (GIRoA) was the product and the Afghans were the ‘consumer’.As I’ve posted before, I have never been to Afghanistan, but I believe I have a reasonable picture of the environment. Attitudes are deeply rooted and are unlikely to be changed in the small term. Illiteracy is high and in general there is a lack of the information infrastructure we would normally frequent with a ‘developed nation’.This means that behavioral hard work have to be much more focused, targeted and localized. The nature of the country means that there can be no top down MISO rather the approach is a bottom up one that likely starts with extended families/tribes and moves up to the provinces recognizing that a ‘national’ or corporate approach is not likely to work. The paper identified a digit of key issues. The absence of a narrative that Afghans can believe and trust. To me this is the key. At the risk of pointing out that a fundamental principle of selling is that the prospect has to be listening to you first, unless the ISAF messages are believable and credible in the first house they will be going no where.Target Consultation Analysis is essential and as I’ve noted above as to be bottom up. Complex C2 at every level of mandate breed ineffectiveness and generally yields the too many cooks in the kitchen problem.Readers are invited to assess the source documents themselves add their own personal experience and contribute to the on-going debate.

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S.C. taxpayers at risk for identity theft

If you’ve filed a tax restore in South Carolina since 1998, you could be at risk of fraud or identity theft, and need to take steps to protect yourself.In this area 3.8 million Social Security numbers, 387,000 credit and debit card numbers and 657,000 business tax filings were exposed when the South Carolina Department of Revenue was the victim of a cyber attack in mid-September. Officials said information on the front of checks could have been exposed, too, including routing numbers and bank account numbers.South Carolina is offering free services, including credit monitoring, to help contemporary and former taxpayers protect themselves, but you must sign up before Jan. 31.You can sign up online by entering the enrollment code SCDOR123 and filling out the requested information fields, or you can call 866-578-5422 to start the enrollment process. Customer service hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Eastern time on Mondays through Fridays, and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Eastern time on Saturdays and Sundays.The state is providing a free copy of your Experian credit report; credit monitoring of your accounts at the three credit reporting companies; identity theft resolution with an agent who will walk you through the needed steps to take if you have been a victim of identity theft; $1 million identity theft insurance; and a family protection plot.Business owners can sign up for credit monitoring services through Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp., or by calling 800-279-9881. They also can sign up for Experian’s Business Credit AdvantageSM self-monitoring service.South Carolina warns taxpayers to be aware of scams that tend to surface in the wake of such news. Officials will never call or if not contact anyone affected to question for personal information. Don’t give out your Social Security digit or any other personal information to anyone who contacts you.

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