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Thanks to Jeff Edelstein of the Trentonian for showing a good way for journalists to use Klout.

I have wavered in my views on the value of Klout.

I think you can overdo metrics, especially when you are measuring the wrong things. But I do think we should try to measure the results of our efforts. And Klout tries to measure influence in social media. (more…)

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  1. ShareFor some reason, the updated version isn’t publishing to the blog. I suggest reading this on Storify.My midnight train ride home Thursday night (actually, sometime after midnight Friday) came to a halt when Train 177 hit a person on the tracks. So I live-tweeted.

  2. Amtrak Train 177 stopped outside Aberdeen MD because of a fatality on board. Emergency crews en route.
    Fri, Feb 24 2012 00:36:47
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    @stevebuttry most likely a sudden death like a heart attack
    Fri, Feb 24 2012 00:39:08
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    Wow bummer! RT @stevebuttry Amtrak Train 177 stopped outside Aberdeen MD because of a fatality on board. Emergency crews en route.
    Fri, Feb 24 2012 00:40:24
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    All I know about “fatality” on Amtrak is what they announced (that was the word they used). All quiet on my car.
    Fri, Feb 24 2012 00:38:02
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    I can’t recall exact wording of announcement on Amtrak, but we’re not at a station. I wonder if they hit someone (didn’t feel it if so).
    Fri, Feb 24 2012 00:38:59
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    But why not get to station to allow easier access for emergency crews? RT @paulkuehnel most likely a sudden death like a heart attack
    Fri, Feb 24 2012 00:41:05
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    @stevebuttry perhaps they had intended to intercept with a medic unit along the way?
    Fri, Feb 24 2012 00:42:18
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    Lots of flashing red lights outside now w/ emergency crews here. At least 4-5 vehicles. I can’t see what’s going on.
    Fri, Feb 24 2012 00:43:00
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    Emergency vehicles are large & plentiful, maybe 4-5. I doubt this is a natural-causes death aboard the train.
    Fri, Feb 24 2012 00:44:47
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    Searchers w/ flashlights walking along the train outside. #amtrakfatal
    Fri, Feb 24 2012 00:48:52
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    If we were in an area a #DigitalFirst newsroom covers, I’d try to get out to play reporter, but I’ll just tweet from my seat. #amtrakfatal
    Fri, Feb 24 2012 00:51:30
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    “@TheChalkOutline: @stevebuttry on Amtrak 177 listening to EMS radio, fatality was person hit by train. No trains thru here until 3 am.
    Fri, Feb 24 2012 00:52:13
  14. With the dark and the reflection, this is an awful photo, but red lights are red lights.
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    Emergency vehicles responding to #Amtrakfatal near Aberdeen MD. http://twitpic.com/8nwro1
    Fri, Feb 24 2012 00:53:54
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    .@stevebuttry is providing great minute-by-minute tweets about a fatal amtrak incident in Md. I hope a news org. picks up the story soon.
    Fri, Feb 24 2012 00:52:14
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    @stevebuttry There was an Amtrak death yesterday and questions about their response. Hope they learned quick. washingtonpost.com/lifesty…
    Fri, Feb 24 2012 00:53:03
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    Emergency vehicles responding to #Amtrakfatal near Aberdeen MD. rightnow.io/breaking-news/… #Aberdeen via @stevebuttry
    Fri, Feb 24 2012 00:53:56
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    Emergency vehicles responding to #Amtrakfatal near Aberdeen MD. rightnow.io/breaking-news/… #Aberdeen via @stevebuttry
    Fri, Feb 24 2012 00:53:56
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    @stevebuttry Do a good job and we can do a blog on your work. #amtrakfatal
    Fri, Feb 24 2012 00:55:45
  21. Larry’s referring to my blog post about his live-tweeting of a breaking story. Larry’s a better cops reporter than I am. He’d have been off this train (he probably also has a media credential).
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    @stevebuttry police scanner free app?
    Fri, Feb 24 2012 00:58:05
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    @ivanlajara @stevebuttry Banjo!
    Fri, Feb 24 2012 00:58:48
  24. I blogged about Andy’s use of Banjo on a breaking story. Alas, it did me no good tonight.
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    @AndyStettler @ivanlajara Tried it. No luck.
    Fri, Feb 24 2012 01:09:53
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    Mt @kspaetz @stevebuttry providing minute-by-minute tweets about a fatal amtrak incident in Md. I hope a news org. picks up the story soon
    Fri, Feb 24 2012 00:58:57
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    Thanks for update RT @Percivall “@TheChalkOutline: @stevebuttry on Amtrak 177 listening to EMS radio, fatality was person hit by train.
    Fri, Feb 24 2012 00:59:01
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    Follow @SteveButtry’s live report from an Amtrak train at scene where person killed by train.
    Fri, Feb 24 2012 01:00:46
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    @stevebuttry Your in the middle of a breaking news story, right?
    Fri, Feb 24 2012 01:01:22
  30. Hell, yes.
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    @stevebuttry I can visualize the train, the lights. Sounds like a scene from a movie.
    Fri, Feb 24 2012 01:01:28
  32. Well, not exactly “The Fugitive,” but more breaking news than I’ve covered in a while.
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    @stevebuttry Here’s the police, fire, EMS scanner for County you’re in: radioreference.com/apps/au… Audio only but it’s live. Bed for me. Good luck
    Fri, Feb 24 2012 01:02:07
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    No emergency lights now, but train isn’t moving. #amtrakfatal
    Fri, Feb 24 2012 01:07:07
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    @SethLavin Thanks, but I’m not getting any audio. It appears to be playing, though.
    Fri, Feb 24 2012 01:09:13
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    Conductor says it was a trespasser, not a passenger. No vehicle crossing nearby. Waiting for cops to clear the train to leave. #amtrakfatal
    Fri, Feb 24 2012 01:11:13
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    Conductor says it may be an hour or so before we can move. They’re offering complimentary coffee in cafe car. #amtrakfatal
    Fri, Feb 24 2012 01:11:49
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    Yep. RT @TheChalkOutline Your in the middle of a breaking news story, right?
    Fri, Feb 24 2012 01:12:11
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    His luck was worse than mine (unless it was suicide). RT @LarryAltman Sun says man hit by train. You have such bad luck travelling.
    Fri, Feb 24 2012 01:12:55
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    @stevebuttry This is far from the first fatality at that location: archives.exploreharford.co…
    Fri, Feb 24 2012 01:03:44
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    Fri, Feb 24 2012 01:02:32
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    totally wrong link, sorry. Put bad one in. @stevebuttry
    Fri, Feb 24 2012 01:05:31
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    @ivanlajara Only off by 2 years.
    Fri, Feb 24 2012 01:06:47
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    RT @kspaetz .@stevebuttry providing great minute-by-minute tweets about fatal amtrak incident in #Md. Hope news org. picks up the story soon
    Fri, Feb 24 2012 01:05:33
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    @TheChalkOutline @stevebuttry ems feed relay.radioreference.com:8…
    Fri, Feb 24 2012 01:12:06
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    I may have wrong location of train. Twitter location search doesn’t even show my tweets. #amtrakfatal
    Fri, Feb 24 2012 01:14:10
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    @stevebuttry I actually mistakenly read an old story, but it seems to have happened again !
    Fri, Feb 24 2012 01:15:37
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    @LarryAltman @ivanlajara read the same story.
    Fri, Feb 24 2012 01:16:44
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    @SethLavin Thanks! (My computer audio was muted at first. Duh.)
    Fri, Feb 24 2012 01:17:23
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    @stevebuttry No– thank you! Gives me a chance to imagine life had I not rebelled and become something other than a journalist (@fromcarl)
    Fri, Feb 24 2012 02:01:29
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    @stevebuttry And God forbid Amtrak have any kind of publicly available real-time geolocation for its trains.
    Fri, Feb 24 2012 01:20:05
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    @stevebuttry something came on Hardford scanner police free app channel about Amtrak but went dark
    Fri, Feb 24 2012 01:20:09
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    This is the first place Foursquare shows near the #amtrakfatal. (@ Adams Chevrolet) 4sq.com/xN9pus
    Fri, Feb 24 2012 01:23:17
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    @stevebuttry Interesting. Havre de Grace is north of Aberdeen, not far from Delaware line. Head of the Chesapeake Bay.
    Fri, Feb 24 2012 01:30:09
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    Of course not. RT @eclisham And God forbid Amtrak have any kind of publicly available real-time geolocation for its trains.
    Fri, Feb 24 2012 01:23:26
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    @stevebuttry BTW Wed, @TheChalkOutline @douglasmorino & I collaborated via Twitter on a Socal murder that ended with suspect suicide in Utah
    Fri, Feb 24 2012 01:23:23
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    I was dozing when the train hit the trespasser. I didn’t notice the stop being sudden. #amtrakfatal
    Fri, Feb 24 2012 01:27:05
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    Police scanner says Amtrak police have a one-minute ETA. #amtrakfatal
    Fri, Feb 24 2012 01:31:25
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    @stevebuttry #DigitalFirst has a physical area of coverage? Perhaps the hashtag needs adjustment.
    Fri, Feb 24 2012 01:31:18
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    Lots of communities, none in MD. RT @josephjames #DigitalFirst has a physical area of coverage? Perhaps the hashtag needs adjustment.
    Fri, Feb 24 2012 01:32:09
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    @stevebuttry Good work sir. I’m more of a fan of #IfYoureNotDigitalFirstYoureLast but that’s lengthy. And © Ricky Bobby.
    Fri, Feb 24 2012 01:43:26
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    @josephjames However, @Trentonian has reported my tweets.
    Fri, Feb 24 2012 01:32:47
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    I see no emergency-vehicle lights now, but scanner says something about “we have Amtrak police.” #amtrakfatal
    Fri, Feb 24 2012 01:40:49
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    @stevebuttry Amtrak police? What are those? Federal? Private?
    Fri, Feb 24 2012 01:40:22
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    First I’ve heard of them, too. police.amtrak.com/ #amtrakfatal RT @Mia_Ria Amtrak police? What are those? Federal? Private?
    Fri, Feb 24 2012 01:41:53
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    @stevebuttry appears they’re trained at the federal academy and have national power but not necessarily a federal agency
    Fri, Feb 24 2012 01:47:32
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    @stevebuttry I think most rail lines have a police force. I’ve seen BNSF police cars in the Quad Cities.
    Fri, Feb 24 2012 01:57:26
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    @ER_DavidLittle Interesting on-the-scene tweeting of #amtrakfatal in Maryland by DFM’s @stevebuttry. He’s on the train. It’s a small world.
    Fri, Feb 24 2012 01:45:01
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    @stevebuttry As much as it sucks that you’re stuck there gotta give them props for keeping you informed.
    Fri, Feb 24 2012 01:49:10
  70. I agree on that. Took a while for the first announcement, but they have been pretty informative about this.
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    @stevebuttry just heard something about finding a scalp and a torso on scanner, unrelated most likely. But that’s my cue to leave
    Fri, Feb 24 2012 01:53:51
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    Am hearing lots of scanner talk now about cleaning stuff off tracks. Didn’t hear body-parts references @ivanlajara did, though. #amtrakfatal
    Fri, Feb 24 2012 01:56:22
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    Scanner traffic now is about access to move some cars, including an Amtrak car. There’s a creek in the way. I’m confused. #amtrakfatal
    Fri, Feb 24 2012 02:00:16
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    Announcement on train: “We had a fatality on the tracks. We struck a trespasser.” Estimated time of release about one hour. #amtrakfatal
    Fri, Feb 24 2012 02:02:14
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    I’m seeing some lights outside again, not red flashers, but some vehicles apparently belonging to investigators. #amtrakfatal
    Fri, Feb 24 2012 02:08:53
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    I’m glad I popped the extra $40 for biz class. I’m up front with a better view of activity outside the train. #amtrakfatal
    Fri, Feb 24 2012 02:09:36
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    Social news guy @stevebuttry is live-tweeting after his Amtrak train hit someone on the tracks in Maryland.
    Fri, Feb 24 2012 02:11:49
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    @corybe @stevebuttry This happens all the time in the SF Bay Area. I’m told it usually doesn’t make the news. Rare on the east coast?
    Fri, Feb 24 2012 02:12:47
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    @ProducerMatthew @stevebuttry Happens all the time in the Northwest, too. But love Steve’s late-night tweets.
    Fri, Feb 24 2012 02:14:50
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    @ProducerMatthew @corybe It’s 2;26 a.m. & the train isn’t moving. So I tweet. I do this over flight delays when no one dies. #amtrakfatal
    Fri, Feb 24 2012 02:16:40
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    @stevebuttry @corybe True for SF too. How sad is it that, given its frequency, it only warrants a brief? :(
    Fri, Feb 24 2012 02:17:09
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    Scanner traffic mentioned a news crew. Couldn’t tell if ABC or NBC (maybe neither). Will check to see if anyone’s covering. #amtrakfatal
    Fri, Feb 24 2012 02:20:22
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    It’s a big deal for me & the person they hit, but Amtrak had 97 fatalities last year thru November: safetydata.fra.dot.gov/Off…
    Fri, Feb 24 2012 02:21:02
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    Correction: Amtrak had 97 fatal accidents/incidents last year thru Nov., 107 total fatalities. #amtrakfatal
    Fri, Feb 24 2012 02:22:18
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    @stevebuttry It’s often a big deal for onboard staff, especially the engineer operating the train who had to witness the fatality.
    Fri, Feb 24 2012 02:22:44
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    @QuesoGuapo I can’t imagine how traumatic it would be to be the engineer, see the person on the tracks & be unable to stop. #amtrakfatal
    Fri, Feb 24 2012 02:27:44
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    @stevebuttry Neither can I. But it’s something an engineer may witness 3x over career (via Progressive Railroading). j.mp/zu8zXM
    Fri, Feb 24 2012 02:33:58
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    @QuesoGuapo I used to know an engineer who had experienced it a time or two. #amtrakfatal
    Fri, Feb 24 2012 02:36:06
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    @stevebuttry Ultimately, it’s a unfortunate situation for all. Thank you for your updates, especially at this late hour.
    Fri, Feb 24 2012 02:39:31
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    @QuesoGuapo Hey, what else am I gonna do? When I got on the train, I was feeling bad about Twitter silence the last couple days.
    Fri, Feb 24 2012 02:48:33
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    Scanning first-hand account/curation from @stevebuttry of an Amtrak fatality in last couple of hours. A good example for reporters to follow
    Fri, Feb 24 2012 02:35:35
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    They’re outside with flashlights now again. #amtrakfatal
    Fri, Feb 24 2012 02:37:37
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    World’s worst twitpic, flashlights outside train. #amtrakfatal http://twitpic.com/8nxlxm
    Fri, Feb 24 2012 02:39:39
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    Train is moving! We are heading home again at last. Light rain. #amtrakfatal
    Fri, Feb 24 2012 02:53:26
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    Now I’m thinking of the family that learned tonight that their loved one died on the tracks. My ride home wasn’t so bad. #amtrakfatal
    Fri, Feb 24 2012 02:55:12
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    @stevebuttry Glad you and others are ok, what a horrible train accident made even worse happening late into the night.
    Fri, Feb 24 2012 02:50:32
  97. As I was curating this (and continuing the live-tweeting, my colleague Ivan Lajara beat me to publishing by Storify. In my defense, I was live-tweeting as well as curating.
  98. Ivan noted that we could collaborate (he understands Storify and lots of tools better than I do). But I decided to publish dueling accounts.
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    Damn! Was about to publish mine! RT @ivanlajara @Stevebuttry live-tweets an #Amtrakfatal accident sfy.co/bpj (done in ipad)
    Fri, Feb 24 2012 02:31:16
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    @stevebuttry I just found this out yesterday: I just gave you editing access to my account (I can revoke after you are done)
    Fri, Feb 24 2012 02:35:34
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    @ivanlajara Probably easier to just publish mine (shortly, adding links now). I’ll link to yours, curating your curation.
    Fri, Feb 24 2012 02:37:12

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