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Slate‘s Twitter guru offers rules for tweeting during catastropheJeremy Stahl, the guy who runs Slate‘s official Twitter account, has a piece with the DOs and DON’Ts in using the medium after a crisis like the Boston Marathon bombings. “First, media outlets need to turn off their automated Twitter feeds to ensure that frivolous and/or off-topic items don’t get sent out by mistake,” Stahl wrote, noting that Slate wouldn’t want one of its edgy “Dear Prudence” advice columns to go out during a crisis. “Second, use first-person eyewitness accounts and official sources like the Boston Police department’s Twitter account or official press conferences.” (The New York Post reported that 12 had died in the Boston bombings; the actual count was three). Lastly, he said, “Keep your tone as serious as the occasion merits, even if you are in the business of opinion journalism or cracking snarky jokes.” Stahl links to tweets from The Daily Caller‘s “Jim Treacher” and BuzzFeed‘s Andrew Kaczynski as examples of ill-conceived tweets. Treacher had said “You’re going to hear the word ‘tragic’ a lot over the next few days. Not once will it be used correctly.” Kaczynski received three links to his tweets, two of which have since been deleted. One of the tweets questioned an AdWeek headline (“Boston Marathon Tragedy Shows Why Brands Need Human Touch On Twitter”).

Are you a ‘virgin’ or an ‘ultra’?– British bank First Direct conducted a month-long study on people’s social media usage and found a way to separate them into 12 different categories, according to PR Daily. The categories: Ultras, which are Facebook and Twitter addicts (TIME‘s Zeke Miller, EssenceSophia Nelson); Dippers, infrequent users (Matt Drudge; Bill Clinton); Deniers, those who pretend social media doesn’t mean as much to them as it actually does; Virgins, first-time users; Lurkers, the watchers who rarely interact (we’ve heard RNC Chairman Reince Priebus is one); Peacocks, those who amass followers and fans like its their job (Fox News’ Dana Perino, CNN’s Jake Tapper); Ranters, users who have little to say until you put a keyboard at their fingers (Commentary‘s Jon Podhoretz; sharp-tongued Big Mouth Jay Rosen); Salon‘s Joan Walsh; Changelings, users who pretend to be someone else on social media (take your pick of any partisan blogger); Ghosts, anonymous users (“Southpaw” and “Fake Jim VandeHei”); Informers, those who love being first to share news (Yahoo! NewsChris Moody); BuzzFeed‘s Ben Smith; Quizzers, users who ask open questions to strike up conversations (hello, Marty Rudolf?); Approval Seekers, those who cannot sleep until someone “likes” or “retweets” their posts (Politico‘s Ben White admits he’s among them); NJ‘s Ron Fournier; Slate‘s Dave Weigel.

Schock defends company which once made food he would likely never eat– Rep. Aaron Schock (R-Ill.), known for taking his shirt off for Men’s Health magazine, writes in a column for Politico that anti-obesity campaigns by the government are hurting American job creators, like sugary snack-maker Hostess. “When a company like Hostess — which employed hundreds of employees in my congressional district — dedicates millions of dollars to market its products, it shouldn’t have to worry about the company’s tax dollars being used against it to dissuade the public from buying its products,” Schock says. Hostess closed down in late 2012.

WaPo reader wonders if she should settle for unmotivated dud boyfriend– In Carolyn Hax‘s WaPo advice column, one woman writes in for feedback on her post-divorce predicament: “I thought I wanted someone to push me to do more and be the best me I could be, but he’s very different from that — more tortoise than hare. I’ve come to realize that to some extent it’s good that he’s gotten me to slow down a bit. However, part of me just worries that I’ll slow down too much. Also, it’s my first relationship after a 20-year marriage, and I worry that I’m just rebounding.” Let’s hope the tortoise boyfriend doesn’t read WaPo, lest he find out what a tool his girlfriend suspects he may be. As for Hax’s advice, it could have come from anyone. “Think of relationships as having only these two states — enjoy his company, don’t enjoy his company — until you sort out the other stuff,” she says. Shorter version: Take some time to figure it out. That’s some sage relationship advice. Is Hax also tasked with fostering bipartisanship on Capitol Hill?

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CNN contributor concludes that Bob Schieffer “must be straight”– The sexuality of CBS News anchor Bob Schieffer probably isn’t something most people spend time thinking about. But after he remarked that President Obama‘s Inaugural address had “no real memorable lines,” CNN.com’s LZ Granderson figured it was a good time to broach the issue. He wrote today that “CBS’ Bob Schieffer must be straight,” noting that there was one “pretty memorable” passage from Obama’s speech in support of gay marriage. For the record, Schieffer is married. To a woman.

Advice columnist tells reader to break up with boyfriend because he doesn’t like her criminal best friend– “Trouble in Tennessee” wrote in this week to WaPo advice columnist Carolyn Hax for some relationship guidance. The reader says she’s been in a “tumultuous” relationship but that her boyfriend has said he’s willing to continue it if she will stop seeing her best friend. Problem: The best friend participates in unnamed “illegal activities.” The best friend, however, has supposedly “cleaned up her act for the most part” (ie. she’s still doing illegal things sometimes). Hax advises the reader to break up with the boyfriend because he’s just too controlling. Because it’s not at all reasonable to ask your significant other to stop hanging around criminals.

National Zoo apes join douchebags who have iPads to do mindless sh-t – iPads can be used for productive things. By and large, however, most people (ages 2 and up) use them to play stupid games and take poorly-framed photos in their bathroom mirror. Apes at the National Zoo join the crowd. They now know how to play a harp-simulating music application on the device, according to a feature by Eric P. Newcomer in the Washington Examiner. Why couldn’t they be taught something useful with an iPad? Like how to read, paint their toenails or tie scarves?

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Want to Give WaPo a Piece of Your Mind?

Want to get a few things off your chest in regards to the Washington Post? Like how annoying their so-called website navigation is or the lack of actual gossip in their newspaper? Or, how about complimenting them for their political features, Carolyn Hax, Date Lab or how filthy minded Gene Weingarten can be? Well now is your chance. They’re offering readers an opportunity to be on an “Advisory Panel” who occasionally give them feedback on the newspaper, website and other features they try to sell you.

Somehow we don’t think they’re letting us on the panel.

See the introductory letter…and their big promises of never selling your email address or spamming you.

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Groan. Attack of Another Advice Column

Oh, no.

There’s another advice column on the loose. For at least the next four weeks we have to endure WaPo Magazine’s new “Work Advice” column. This, after getting our heads around Washingtonian‘s brand new bickering Harry & Louise. This one is Karla L. Miller, who sailed through the newspaper’s month-long workplace advice columnist contest, and won. She comes to this gig after writing and editing tax publications for 16 years and looks like she comes straight off the set of “Designing Women.” Delta, Dixie and the gang would welcome her right in.

In short, her advice isn’t a complete crap show — but the whole idea is. For one thing, she’s no Carolyn Hax. For another, why does this town need another advice column? And on what planet are worn out cold shower sex jokes funny? The column begins with an obvious question about workplace love. Karla says “discretion” and “distance” are important. “By discretion, I mean that the dating couples give no sign that they are more than co-workers,” she writes. “No three-hour lunches, no whisper-fights by the water cooler, no Seven Minutes in the Supply Closet.” It’s bad enough that her examples include childrens’ coming of age sex games, but her worst sentence involves a boss who might forbid a workplace romance: “His forbidding you to date is about as effective (and probably as legal) as ordering you to body-paint each each other with chocolate.” (The only thing more cringeworthy than this is the aforementioned cold shower joke.)

We throw rotten tomatoes at WaPo, Karla and the advice column and will rate all remaining columns on a rotten tomato scale of 1-10. This one earns her 8.5 rotten tomatoes. The .5 is an unpleasant gush of tomato.

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Inside Media with WaPo‘s Carolyn Hax

carolynhax.jpg On Saturday afternoon Washington Post advice columnist Carolyn Hax will discuss her daily column and her career in journalism as part of the Newseum’s Inside Media series.

Hax joined WaPo in 1992 and began writing an advice column five years later. The column was syndicated in 1998 and can now be read in nearly 200 newspapers. Hax also hosts a weekly chat with readers on washingtonpost.com and is the author of “Tell Me About It: Lying, Sulking, Getting Fat…and 56 Other Things Not to Do While Looking for Love,” published in 2001.

Date: Saturday, July 31, 2010 at 2:30 PM
Location: Knight TV Studio

*Photo of Carolyn Hax (Courtesy James Kegley)

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What we almost missed today…

• The press has been panting after President Obama’s new puppy and hence a “Moment of Zen” for Daily Show‘s Jon Stewart. WaPo’s Howard Kurtz makes an appearance.

• WaPo has launched “Personality Pages” to “create an ecosystem around a writer/columnist with contextual information, links to content created by that person, and other features like RSS feeds,” according to a memo from managing editor Raju Narisetti. Politico reports “so far, 20 staffers were contacted about the program, with half responding: Joel Achenbach, Chris Cillizza, Marc Fisher, Dan Froomkin, Carolyn Hax, John Kelly, Howie Kurtz, Dana Milbank, Lisa de Moraes, and Rob Pegoraro.” Milbank’s up first and you can check out his prototype here.

• And finally today, TMZ has arrived in DC. First scoop, the pooch.