GMIM: I got blocked on Twitter

Welcome to another installment of Good mourning, it’s Monday! This weekly blog looks to cover various topics in the news, along with personal stories or encounters from the past week at home and work to help you through your first day back at work (unless you don’t work). Hopefully my seven followers like this and share this to make it eight. Enjoy…

I triggered someone on Twitter

It’s a lovely Monday morning. Birds chirping, sun beaming, and I’m inside working from home. It’s ok, folks, I’m good. Got to earn that cheddar somehow.

I open all my work tabs and also hop on Twitter and see a report that Pete Frates, the inspiration of the ice bucket challenge, had died. Frates became a world-wide figure after starting the ice bucket challenge to raise money for ALS research.

Turns out, the report was false. Mike Barnicle, who was fired from The Boston Globe, had tweeted out this morning that Frates had passed. He later deleted the tweet and said a family friend told him the false news (way to admit you messed up). Just some great journalistic reporting by not reaching out to the family, hospital, or anyone else to confirm the story.

Though Frates was known across the country, he was beloved in the Boston area. So of course, everyone is reacting with “RIP Pete Frates” or “It was great to know him,” and so on. Thankfully, Steve Buckley of the Boston Herald came out and reported the Barnicle tweet was false. Continue reading