In an open letter to Arianna Huffington, freelancer and social media enthusiast Alex Mizrahi voices the frustrations of @HuffingtonPost followers on Twitter. “To compare it to high school journalism would be an insult to high school journalists,” wrote Mizrahi.
Mizrahi created @HuffPoSpoilers as a means of counteracting @HuffingtonPost‘s “click-bait” tactic of social media. When @HuffingtonPost tweets a teaser headline with a link to the full story, @HuffPoSpoilers retweets it with the omitted information, to humorous and informative effect.
Teaser headlines is not the only flaw Mizrahi points out about @HuffingtonPost. They overuse the same words (see below), give strong focus to gossip and ultra-soft news, and repost the same “news” multiple times.
(The following compilation pictures are taken from the open letter, the one above was assembled myself.)
(Note: Yes, @HuffingtonPost did tweet about mops five times, and Britney Spears wearing a bikini thrice.)
Huffington Post itself is a decent news website, but you wouldn’t tell by their Twitter. Social media offers a useful space for journalists to spread news and the public to consume it. The Huffington Post’s choice to tease its tabloid-level stories is a model of how not to use social media as a respectable news company.