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Learning things on the Twitter neighborhood

by Alan Herzberger Modified: April 18, 2013 at 1:30 pm •  Published: January 4, 2010

I use Twitter.

And when I say use, I mean use.

I probably don’t interact enough to be a real part of the Twitter community. So the way I interact with my Twitter community is kind of like the way I interact with my real-life neighborhood — I’m there and seem nice enough, but what do they really know about me?

That said, I love using Twitter. I’ve said out loud that you can learn things (sometimes true; sometimes not so true) faster on the Twitter stream than you can anywhere else, and I don’t think that’s going to change.

That said, who you follow says a lot about you. And knowing it fast and knowing it right are sometimes – sometimes - the same things.

But when you follow reporters like our own NBA beat reporter Darnell Mayberry, “Fast” and “Right” are always the same things.

Take today, for example. I learned from Darnell that Kevin Durant was honored as the conference player of the week. dm

Kevin Durant has been named Western Conference Player of the Week for Dec. 28 through Jan. 3. #OKCTHUNDER

That’s nifty and all. But what was really cool was that Kevin Durant himself appeared to learn the same thing at the same time I did.

@DarnellMayberry forreal?

And with that public exchange, we learn that Kevin Durant is not the first person the NBA calls when it names a player of the week.

Darnell is doing his job, which he does as well as anyone in the country. He’s letting the world know what he knows about the Oklahoma City Thunder. He does it in The Oklahoman, on NewsOK, on his twitter account, on NewsOK videos, on NewsOK podcasts and on his Thunder Rumblings blog. He’s everywhere.

Kevin Durant is doing what he does. He’s scoring lots of points and connecting with his fans in Oklahoma City and around the world.

I did what I do. I use Twitter and learn from the community, which includes the experts on NewsOK.

And then I wave and politely smile to those passing by in my neighborhood.

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by Alan Herzberger
Digital Managing Editor
Alan Herzberger is the Digital Managing Editor for and The Oklahoman. He focuses on content within OPUBCO Communications Group’s variety of digital products. He’s been with The Oklahoman since 1997, when he joined the sports...
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