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Separated at Birth: The Marty Rudolf Edition

Did Marty make it to Washington, D.C. and not tell anyone? Marty Rudolf, the Twitter-famous News Junkie Online, continues to captivate the internet with his curious questioning of journalists and celebs from his home in Chicago. From the sound of things, Marty never makes it to Washington, but our spy spotted a Marty lookalike at the Foggy Bottom Trader Joe’s over the weekend. Could this be Marty? Could it be a relative? Could it be a fellow News Junkie Online?

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Marty’d: The Memorial Day Edition

We are All Just News Junkies Online. If you follow Marty Rudolf on Twitter, you’re used to frequent attempts at conversation. Randomly, he’ll ask questions like, “Does any Sports Fans or Journalists/Bloggers feel like chatting?,” or “Any “Y&R”, “Days” or “B&B” Soap Fans on here?” He’s a lovable oddball who will often tweet directly to actors, journalists and anyone else who will listen. Sometimes, they actually respond.

You never know who may give Marty a response. Read more

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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?

Marty’d: The Sam Youngman Edition

“Are people getting Tweets I’m trying to send on here?” That question and many more are posed daily by one of the most curious men on Twitter, Marty Rudolf. Rudolf approaches journalists on Twitter looking for new friends to chat with him. Thankfully for us, some people write back.

Today, it’s ReutersSam Youngman. Youngman makes no bones about his allegiance to the Wildcats of the University of Kentucky. While their basketball team typically dominates, they had a bit of a rough year. Their best player from last season, Anthony Davis, now plays for the New Orleans Hornets in the NBA. So, when Marty asks Youngman what he thought of Louisville winning the National Championship, Sam bristled. He tweeted, “Marty, you trolling me, buddy? I thought it proved there is some weird deal where God and Satan alternate who will win each year.” Once that door is open with Marty, there is no closing it. He will continue to pepper you with questions, as Youngman found out.

Let’s talk hoops. Read more

Marty’d: The Martina Navratilova Edition

Oh, Marty Rudolf. We’ve profiled one of Twitter’s most unusual news hounds. He spends his day tweeting at journalists and celebrities to ask them about news stories of the day. He’s a News Junkie! Despite his online interaction, there are still plenty of skeptics who maintain that Marty is nothing more than a “bot” and isn’t a real person. So, today, we begin a new feature that will focus on recent tweeters who get “Marty’d.”

In today’s edition, tennis star Martina Navratilova gets Marty’d. It all began when Marty tweeted Martina, asking her, “What made your Tennis “Rivalry” with Chris Evert so Special & Legendary in Women’s Tennis History?” Navratilova responded, “It is the greatest rivalry ever, period:). Happy to be one half of it:)” Two smiley emoticons in one answer. Navratilova was certainly happy to answer the question. But not nearly as happy as Marty, who replied, “What a Wonderful Answer!”

But that was only the beginning. Read more

Sen. Gillibrand Boozes at BuzzFeed Q&A

The audio was kind of a wreck but the second installment of BuzzFeed Brews, this time a Q&A with Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), otherwise went just fine.

Gillibrand is apparently unafraid to drink with the big boys. Literally, big boys. She gave the towering D.C. Bureau Chief John Stanton a bottle of Jameson whiskey at the end of the interview, during which she downed the beer that sat at her side. Her glass of water went hardly touched.

Afterward, the open bar continued for another hour. What was Gillibrand doing? Read more

Have You Been ‘Marty’d'?

“Who is that guy?” tweeted Business Insider‘s Brett LoGiurato late Monday night. “He’s not an actual human being, is he?” added New York magazine’s Stefan Becket.

His name is Marty Rudolf, he is presumably an actual human being and he just wants to talk about “News.” He’s a news junkie if you will and he hopes you’ll talk about it with him.

Many reporters, editors and producers have had at least one experience with Rudolf, whose bio indicates that he lives in Chicago. He regularly tweets at news figures, typically in the evening and with arbitrary capital letters punctuating his tweets.

Just last night, Rudolf tweeted at:

  • The Daily Caller Editor-in-Chief Tucker Carlson (“Do you like Appearing on ‘Red Eye’ with Greg Gutfeld on ‘Fox News Channel’? Is the Story involving NJ Sen Menendez not true?”)
  • BuzzFeed‘s Dorsey Shaw (“Your Replying to my tweets, now. Want to Chat about Political TV Cable News & Issues in the Media?”)
  • CNN Contributor Ana Navarro (“Do you enjoy being a CNN Political Contributor? Will Rodman be a Special Envoy to N. Korea with his connection to the Leader?”)
  • MSNBC’s S.E. Cupp (“What’s it like being the Conservative on MSNBC’s ‘The Cycle’ with Liberals/Progressives Weekday Afternoons discussing Politics/Media”)
  • Mediaite‘s Tommy Christopher (“Any Interesting Posts or Stories I should Read at ‘Mediaite.com’ Web Site this Monday?”)
  • D.C. Bureau Chief for BuzzFeed John Stanton (“Describe what it’s like being the DC Bureau Chief of Buzzfeed.com?”)
  • Piers Morgan Tonight E.P. Jonathan Wald (“You have got me Curious, Jonathan! Very Interesting Forum about HBO’s ‘The Newsroom’ last night with P. Morgan Moderating.”

Rudolf also sends out tweets soliciting potential chat buddies, though to no one in particular. A typical one goes: Read more