Robert Quigley, the social media editor for the Austin American-Statesman, wrote a short blurb about the popularity of social media and its effect on working journalists. Quigley cites the ability to immediately interact with readers and “build valuable relationship with the public” as one of the greatest strengths of the young medium.

The story reads like it’s meant for someone who heard the word “Twitter” and ran in fear. It’s short and digestible, and the writer quickly gives a few examples of reader interaction with reporters.

I think the point to take away from this is that when you are a journalist, especially one with a public reputation (possibly for sports writing), people are going to want to interact with you. Sometimes it will be pleasant, but it’s assured sometimes they’ll be angry.