The experience of dealing with the Facebook and Twitter feeds for the Tucson Weekly is generally a positive one. We share our posts, stories and events with the public, and read the good, the bad and the ugly of the world's responses.
However, there are odd days as well.
A few times per day, I search through tweets mentioning Tucson, looking for newsworthy information. On Saturday, Sept. 10, a tweeter mentioned Tucson, and her profile mentioned that's she's a musician/DJ, so I added her to the list of people we follow. We cover music, after all, so it seemed like a natural connection.
However, it wasn't long after she must have noticed that the Weekly was following her that she dropped a tweet complaining that we dared follow her after we apparently badmouthed the restaurant where she works. I replied by apologizing for the follow, and she ended up deleting the tweet, so it worked out. However, it was definitely an odd moment—to feel bad for being interested in what someone says publically.
Less-amicably resolved was an interaction with Twitter user "CybergrindZ," who tagged the Weekly in 11 tweets in less than an hour. The tags weren't necessarily spam, just a stream of nonsense seemingly related to a plan to solve the state's woes.
I asked him via tweet why he was doing that, and he replied that he was going to block us, letting us know that we could "READ ABOUT (HIM) IN THE FUNNY PAPERS."
Yes, we'll be sure to do that—but only after we figure out the bizarre social cues of online networking.
The week on The Range
We wondered if Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords would really be talking with ABC's Diane Sawyer; remembered Sept. 11; captured reaction from President Barack Obama's jobs speech; followed the firing of City Manager Mike Letcher; briefed you on the ongoing court fight over abortion rights in Arizona; scratched our heads at the GOP presidential debate; and shared the news that Jim Nintzel is the new host of Arizona Illustrated's Political Roundtable.
We looked at campaign-finance reports in the mayor and council elections; told you that the Tucson Police Officers Association was backing Democrat Jonathan Rothschild in the mayor's race; wondered what's going on with KOLD Channel 13's Chuck George; hit up a Sierra Club forum on how GOP state lawmakers hammered the state parks and made life easier for polluters; gave you the spin in bicycling news; and brought you some video from the TAMMIES ceremony.
We anticipated the opening of Union Public House, Mad Mario's Italian Deli, Hibachi Super Buffet, and Alfonso Gourmet Olive Oil and Balsamics; had a free eegee's in celebration of the local eatery's birthday; and mourned the closing of the Bagelry and Café Italiano.
We got excited about the start of football season; told you about the great songs you should hear this week; skipped seeing Bucky Larson; admired some horny rattlesnakes; saw Calexico play at Sacred Machine; decided against listening to Frankie Muniz's band; celebrated the wonder that is Tina Fey; introduced you to Spider-Cat; learned about the first issue of the newest Justice League of America comic book; suggested you adopt from the Humane Society; and watched Gumby try to rob a 7-Eleven.
Comment of the week
"Typical LIBERAL mindset! Help free them and have them baby-sit, rent a room, take your wife shopping, to the bank! You can always visit them in prison and give them a 'big hug'!"
—TucsonWeekly.com commenter "PUPITO" doesn't allow for subtlety while discussing the death penalty ("Why I Don't Understand [Some] Republicans," The Range, Sept. 8).
Best of WWW
One advantage of having interns here at the Tucson Weekly is that we can resurrect features that we haven't had the time for lately, and thanks to Debbie Hadley, "Secrets of Tucson Bartenders" is back after a lengthy hiatus. As summer starts to drift away into the sunset, it's good to have a new recipe on hand for the fall cocktail season. There may not actually be a fall cocktail season, but there should be.
Also, if there's anything better than cocktails, it would be stories with surprising happy endings. In July, summer intern Celia Ampel wrote about Franklin, a toy poodle who had been abused and needed surgery. Tucson Weekly readers came through in a big way, donating $800. We received a photo of Franklin along with a thank-you note this week in the mail. If you could use a dash of good news, the photo is on The Range.