Letter From the Editor: How I waged Twitter poll warfare over corn

Letter From the Editor: How I waged Twitter poll warfare over corn

. After a long night of edits in The Daily Nebraskan newsroom, I was browsing other Big Ten newspapers’ Facebook pages, hoping to learn the intricacies of other student publications. As I went onto The Daily Iowan’s page, a blank chat box popped up, inviting me to chat with them. Naturally I accepted, not realizing what that would entail. What happened was this. But I still have this question: why did over 6,000 people, including about 3,600 Husker fans, choose to vote on which corn was better? No, this poll was about pride. At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter that more people voted for Nebraska corn than Iowan corn. Both papers used social media to engage readers in a poll question about maize.

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Matt Server

Dear reader,

It started off innocently enough. After a long night of edits in The Daily Nebraskan newsroom, I was browsing other Big Ten newspapers’ Facebook pages, hoping to learn the intricacies of other student publications.

As I went onto The Daily Iowan’s page, a blank chat box popped up, inviting me to chat with them. I stared at the screen for a few seconds before making a decision in the classic college student fashion — what could possibly go wrong? I started a dialogue with a simple, “Greetings from the Daily Nebraskan!”

We started a short conversation, but I couldn’t help but insert my (completely true) assertion that Nebraska has better corn, hoping to incite some witty, but private, banter. Instead, what I got was a challenge to take the argument to Twitter. Naturally I accepted, not realizing what that would entail.

What happened was this.

My private Facebook message, along with my profile picture and name, was posted on The Daily Iowan’s Twitter account, in addition to a poll with the…

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