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: https://twitter.com/POTUS)Others, 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: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/31/technology/how-twitter-is-being-gamed-to-feed-misinformation.html?_r=0; 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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Mobile Phones and Facebook Are Everywhere

Mobile Phones and Facebook Are Everywhere Any normal person on a two week vacation in Europe would not take time out to do a PSYOP Blog – but then again perhaps a right PSYOPer is not quite normal. It’s one thing to speculate in this area the media environment in a location and it’s quite another to visit that location and get a look on the ground. I had the opportunity to spend several days in Rome in early September 2016.The addiction to mobile phones and to FaceBook in particular appears to be an global phenomenon. In wandering through Rome in shops and tourist spots alike, nearly everyone was glued to their buzz.Entrepreneurs were selling mobile buzz clamps attached to ‘selfie sticks’ and to tripods so that tourists could capture their latest adventures. Of greater interest was the fact that nearly every buzz I could take a look at was set to FaceBook.It seemed like everyone - couples, individuals, taxi/limo drivers, etc. were all hooked on FB. While the prevalence of the people were in the 30s and 40s, the FB addiction was not limited to those under 40 as ‘even’ seniors were updating their status.Moving afloat to our cruise ship, either the price of shipboard internet access is lower (at least in proportion to other expenditure) or the need for constant connection is stronger than it was in 2010 when we took our last cruise because nearly everyone has their mobile buzz with them – even at sea!Not to be outdone the cruise line encourages people to update their FB status and share their photos on FB, Twitter, etc.Of course, Rome is not a predictable location, and probably not a house where we would engage in PSYOP or MISO, but, the addiction to mobile phones and Social Media is a vital factor in winning the cyber shape battles of the prospect.While Social Media is a mostly benign way for people to communicate, let's not lose sight of the potential for harm or evil as well. We are all mindful of the fact that airplanes were not considered weapons until 15 years ago today.

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