Since Monday, I've been tweeting away, linking to new articles when I post them, promoting other cool things that come my way. My friend told me it's good to re-tweet other people's posts when they resonate, so I've been doing that too.
Someone wrote an interesting article about Twitter for journalists, so I re-tweeted that. Another fellow writer has a play opening, so I tweeted about that. Then, a radio host that I know, sent a tweet that Prop 8 in California had been overturned. It had a link to an article and everything. LA Times, a legitimate source. I checked it out and got REALLY excited. Well, you can imagine how excited I would get if the California Supreme Court actually does overturn Prop 8.
So, I immediately re-tweeted the post and added it to my Facebook page and texted a few friends in my excitement.
The one thing I forgot to check was the date of the article. It was from last year. When the court ruled in favor of gay marriage the first time. BEFORE the voters voted on Prop 8.
As a seasoned journalist, you would have thought I would have caught something like that. Someone had to write and tell me it was wrong. When I went to erase the posts from Twitter and Facebook, I noticed a friend had posted the same thing. Oh No! She saw my post and added it to her page. It's like one of those email stories you hear, where you send something to your boss that you only meant to go to the gal in the next cubicle.
Well, it turns out that friend had been forwarded the same message from someone different. A married lesbian in California, who she assumed to be a reliable source. She was about to call all her friend and have a party. The tweet about Prop 8 being overturned had gone viral in a matter of minutes! Crazy. I'm embarrassed that I was a part of it.
I'll try to be more accurate in the future. And if you want to find out when Prop 8 is overturned for real, sign up for NCLR's mobile alert.
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