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So today was obviously an interesting day for Turtleboy Sports. The Telegram and Gazette just sent a boatload of new readers our way, and we’d like to thank Clive McFarlane for that. But on a different note, this morning I got a Twitter notification that one of the Telegram’s newest reporters, Sam Allen, was jumping on the Clive bandwagon by tweeting out his story like it actually meant something:
Now here’s the thing with this young lady. She’s new so I kind of feel bad for her. Right out of college, first job, trying to make a name for herself. Well she started following us on Twitter a couple months back. I had no idea who she was, but since she worked for the “newspaper” I followed her back.
I thought we were cool Sam.
Well you may recall that on January 6, 2015, we published one of our most viewed blogs we’ve ever written called, “Worcester’s Top 15 Cut Through Streets For 2015.” Generally whenever we drive around and take pictures of crap in Worcester people wanna read about it. Notice the date the blog was published:
Januray 6, 2015.
So she started posting on our Facebook page and asking people if they wanted to share their favorite shortcuts with her, directly underneath our posted article about that same exact topic. It wasn’t a good look for the Telegram. We felt bad for her so we took it down.
Then a couple days later Turtleboy had a million notifications on Facebook because of this:
January 11, 2015. That topic sounds familiar. Weird.
Well Sami Sweetheart was the author behind it. Because apparently no one at the Telegram told her this was a bad idea to publish five days after we published the exact same thing. The comments people were leaving on the article on the Telegram’s Facebook page were classic:
It wouldn’t have been as bad if she didn’t blatantly use the same exact shortcuts we outlined in our list. Here’s what we wrote first:
Then she wrote this five days later:
Now she claims it was her idea first because she “crowd-sourced” it on Facebook. Whatever that means. I “crowd-sourced” this when one of my friend’s wives told me she’d like to read a story about it. I told her it was gold. She was right.
Regardless. When someone publishes an original article on such a specific topic, it doesn’t matter if you “crowd-sourced” it first. You look like a dingleberry if you write the exact same story five days later. Complete rookie move on her part. Now I didn’t complain to her or anything like that, because like I said she seemed like a nice person. Honest rookie mistake.
I thought we were cool. Until today. After I saw she was jumping on the Jive-Clive train I went to go check out her Twitter and found this:
What is it with people blocking us on the Twitter machine? Look, we’ve had to block some people before. Almost all of them are from upstate New York though. Some are hippies. I believe in free speech and don’t mind getting into a debate here and there, but if you’re just wasting my time with the same shit over and over again you become a nuisance. That’s why you have the block feature on Twitter.
But what’s the point of blocking someone who literally never even attempts to contact you? Like, you couldn’t possibly be more irrelevant to Turtleboy. If anything we should be blocking you. It’s gotta be a status thing right? Like, “I’m above Turtleboy.” Newsflash – you work for the Telegram. You’re not above anything. And blocking Turtleboy Sports isn’t a wise move on your part, since the newspaper you work for mainly gets their news from us. See last week’s assault on a North High principal for more details.
So yea, I was nice to you girl!! I thought we were cool. What happened? You’re new here so I don’t think you get Worcester. I’ll give you a hint though. Turtleboy Sports is the future. Clive McFarlane is the ghost of journalism past. He works for a dying industry and he’s really, really bad at his job. If you’re gonna make it in this town I suggest you hop off the Jive-Clive train and come ride the turtle some more.
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