- (95% of ) retweets of reliable sources (WSJ,Reuters,Bloomberg,newspapers,TV channels ...)
- only a few (3%) own tweets with additional news, comments or translations
- very few (2%) conversations or service tweets to other tweeps
- most (re)tweets are in English (75%), some in Dutch (5%) and German (20%),
extremely few ones in French
- most news concerning eurozone, EU affairs (98%) financially or politically. Some few tweets of significant world events.
- sometimes emergency broadcasts by EU & allied governments*
- almost no retweets of politicians , except when they break unique, relevant financial news
- sometimes (not too often) tweets considered to be funny are 'liked' and/or retweeted
- announcements of known economists/politicians when they are to appear in radio/tv programs to give some insights.
- weekends: reduced activity
- coverage includes:
ECB, Central banks, sovereign bonds, political events (summits, laws) influencing EU member states' economy, EU policy, scientific debate, some data (only most significant changes), sometimes major events such as natural disasters.*
Headlines in German or Dutch will often be translated into English before the tweet containing the link gets retweeted. Example:
[next RT,German](Germany:) Attack on united Euro front (on new German party "Alternative für Deutschland")[wiwo.de via Schuldensuehner]
— EZR news channel(@andrs_mr) 14 april 2013
Parteien: Angriff auf die #Euro-Einheitsfront. wiwo.de/8055654.html #AfD
— Holger Zschaepitz (@Schuldensuehner) 14 april 2013
If you have suggestions of what to scrap/add to coverage, frequency of tweets, sources/tweets that you don't like to read etc , please let me know.
Q: Why so many retweets ?
A 1. got suspended once b4 because of too many own msgs.
A 2. retweeting easier, faster especially on a mobile device :-)
A 3. consider it a kind of permanent "#ff" and ppl get to know each other.
A 4. ppl know immediately who is the source and blame him/her for news ;-)
Q: Why is there sometimes a delay of relevant new market data ?
A: Because every tweet is checked b4 retweet, and so links usually also work,
but when CNN can call it 'Breakingnews' when it's half a day old ..it's ok.
note: all percentages are rough estimates ;-)
note2: Can't 'follow back' because account reached some kind of limit imposed by Twitter (2000) .
EZR news channel will NEVER CONSCIOUSLY/INTENTIONALLY send you DM (direct mail) with a welcome message or any text intended to invoke your curiosity and will make you click on a link (probably with harmful intentions to install malicious code on your PC or use it for phishing purposes). Whether DM or public tweet, all tweets will have some logical relation to something you have tweeted earlier or will 'just' be the usual news feed. Never will there be any tweets advertising products or provide just a link without any description (e.g. news headline). Although some efforts are being taken to prevent the EZR account being hacked/taken over by unauthorized people, it can however not being ruled out cmpletely. If you receive such a tweet described above (or below in the related reading section) please delete or at least ignore it, don't open any links and have the courtesy to send a tweet to EZR news channel with a notification that something might be wrong. The problem will be solved as soon as possible then. But please don't unfollow/block immediately.
Fake Twitter emails (Twitter support)
Twitter phishing hack hits BBC, PCC … and Guardian … and cabinet minister … and bank (Guardian)
Twitter, The Associated Press, and Phishing: Why Breaches Still Occur (Forbes, Apr 26th 2013)
Beware sophisticated Twitter phishing scams (ZDNet, Jan 30th 2013)
*=for example: Tweets by meteorologists, FEMA, other officials and reliable news outlets in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. Only selected few tweets of major importance for protection of citizens, helping them to cope with emergency situations, possibly only capable to get news from their Twitter client software on their mobile devices. Please note that when an acute crisis situations ends 'normal programming' of EZR channels returns.