A fun post found its way to Gov. Steve Bullock’s page on Facebook today. In the post, the governor said that Montana is prepared for “flood, fires, zombies and the current federal government shutdown.” Cue the flashbacks to a certain emergency broadcast message that went out in Great Falls a few months back. Aside from […]

Saturday evening’s thunderstorm brought sheets of lashing rain to most of Bozeman, downing small branches, partially flooding city streets and making fools of those of us who left car windows open even a tiny crack. It also brought out the chroniclers among us. Many, many people took to the social networks during and after the […]

The city of Bozeman has hired a social media manager on a roughly $30,000 contract to post updates about road closures, conditions and detours. An Amtrak press release about its new high-tech locomotives includes suggested tweets. The New Yorker’s upcoming cover marking the Supreme Court’s ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act, which features Bert […]

Montana tourism facebook posting

Sometime early this morning, a post appearing to be from a disgruntled social media marketer went public on [the state of Montana’s tourism page on Facebook](https://www.facebook.com/visitmontana). Around 2:30 or 3:30 this morning, the following message went out to the page’s roughly 150,000 followers: >F this job. I just want to live in Whitefish with my […]

I wrote Wednesday about a social networking issue: [Should journalists quote from sources’ social media profiles?](http://www.news.hypercrit.net/2012/08/15/is-it-ok-to-quote-sources-from-social-network-posts) I had a few more thoughts to share that didn’t quite fit into that post, so I thought I’d file a kind of disjointed follow-up. ###The Heinous Crime Provision First of all, media organizations already quote regularly from personal […]

Privacy by Dave Pearson on Flickr http://www.flickr.com/photos/davepearson/420884893/

Jamee Greer, who works with the Montana Human Rights Network, put up an journalistically interesting post on his personal Facebook wall yesterday. In it, Greer says that a Missoulian guest columnist quoted him from a posting on his personal Facebook profile without directly contacting him.

In what will undoubtedly be the biggest social media story of the day, Facebook announced that it is buying the popular photo-sharing service Instagram for $1 billion. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced the news on his Facebook timeline, of course. In the post, Zuckerberg writes that Facebook needs to be “mindful about keeping and building […]

Reporter Gail Schontzler filed this story a few days ago, after MSU’s assistant director of Web communications, Jake Dolan, made a presentation to the University Council on all the ways the university is using social networks to keep up with students and to keep in touch with potential students.

Two years after an explosion destroyed a chunk of downtown Bozeman and prompted a social media outbreak in Bozeman, how much of that first-draft-of-history material remains online?