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What's A Ghost Tweeter?

Posted by: Jim Harris on 2/8/2010

I just found out that a celebrity I follow on Twitter actually contracts their Tweets. It's called "Ghost Tweeting". Have you ever heard of it?

Ghost Tweeting is when someone hires a third party (one or more people) to post updates to a Twitter account. As you know, Twitter is growing like crazy. Many professional athletes, movie stars, radio talk show hosts, US Senators, heck even Barack Obama has a Twitter following use Twitter to get the message out.

Is it unethical for a third party to post tweets to someone's Twitter account when they are, in fact, not the person that they "tweet" to be? If you look at the tweets that are posted by some, how do these people actually get any work done with all the tweeting they are supposedly doing? If you follow someone on Twitter, do you read the tweets because the information has value and you like the ideas or are you mesmerized because of the person's status (Rock star, movie star, etc.)?

Twitter is one of the coolest tools for communication. However, with all communication one must be confident of the source of the information that comes from within. If you are just wanting entertainment, cool happenings and weird advice than follow your favorite whomever on Twitter. If you are wanting information of a different caliber, I would suggest exploring other options.

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    • Feb 24 2010, 9:27 AM Randy
    • I've been reading up on this for a while, and apparently there is a new law in place the requires companies to indicate in some way if they are hiring a profession agency (Public Relations Company). I'm not sure exactly how it will or should be implemented, but I think the a blogger or twitter "users" needs put they they're a "hired hand" in the bottom of the message or something?

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