A week after the debacle that prematurely killed Joe Paterno on Twiiter, we log in to find Twitter followers are trending #RIP JackieChan #RIP Cher #RIP Adele and #RIP Demi.  The hashtag #RIP Justin Bieber is a constant.)   I collected some samples.

 

This is a great time to remind ourselves about the unreliability of Twitter as a primary source and to balance the competing values of speed and accuracy.  As Poynter.org wrote this week, speed is almost never the most important thing. In fact, long-term, it has little value.

I offer these Social Media ethics guidelines that I helped write for RTDNA.