The website Twitter is the newest social networking craze. It gives people the chance to voice their opinion, promote their business, or tell others what they're up to… in 140 characters or less. However, people's "tweets" don't always stay on Twitter. When a person posts on Twitter, they probably expect it to be read by other Twitter subscribers. But a new trend is popping up in which other media outlets are re-posting their 'tweets'. When Kimberly Brumsey "tweeted" about her husband finally making his own lunches, she had no idea it was going to end up in the paper. "I guess all that crappy sandwich making I did paid off, and then I put a little 'just kidding', but of course I didn't think he would ever see it, until it ended up in the Star newspaper, 'Tweet of the Week' in the Sunday paper,” Brumsey said. Brumsey says she didn't mind, but often people do. It's something Star-News writer Shannan Bowen has to be sensitive to. She chooses which 'tweets' appear in the paper. "What we really want to do with 'Tweets of the Week' is highlight life and what people are talking about here in the Wilmington community. It really is just a way to bring the community together; just another way to cover them in our paper.” Anyone who signs up can read whatever anyone tweets, as long as they choose to "follow" that person on the site. That means a reporter can sign on someone's site and see everything they have to say. For the social butterfly, social-networking sites are a goldmine, but often times we post text and pictures we don't intend others to see. A short message to your followers on Twitter can easily be re-tweeted to thousands of others, highlighted in the Sunday paper, and theoretically broadcast across the World Wide Web. Bowen said, “When you put something online, you're putting it out there for the world to see. I guess people need to keep that in mind whenever they're tweeting, whenever they're blogging, whenever they're putting anything online." Bowen says the Star News has the right to re-publish these messages. Tweeting comes with the territory. As Brumsey said, "I think if you're going to put your life out there on the internet, it's going to be out there forever, and you should be a ware that anybody can pull from that, and mention it, tweet it again, put it in a newspaper, talk about it, I mean it's out there for the public, that's something that you should consider before you go on Twitter or Facebook." The Star News says whenever they pick tweets for "Tweets of the Week" they always give people credit for their messages. They also try to give people the heads-up so they know their message is going to be published ahead of time, but sometimes they can't be reached.
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