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Perry blocks Twitter account to area media

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    by Bruce Felps

    Gov. Rick Perry seems to love him some Twitter followers, @GovernorPerry, just not all Twitter followers.

    According to a Dallas Morning News reporter-blogger, the governor blocked the paper’s staff writer from following the state’s First Tweeter. Seems a bit odd when you consider more than 35,000 people follow Perry on Twitter, other DMN staffers included, and he follows about 32,000 Twitter accounts. How would Perry feel if someone blocked him?

    Bud Kennedy of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, according to the report, received the same Twitter cold shoulder from Perry, while my own boss-man here at NBCDFW follows merrily along. “Guess I'm not big-time enough or an annoyance to the governor,” boss-man wrote in an e-mail message.

    You just keep working at it, buddy, you’ll get there. It takes one to be the other.

    So it appears the governor doesn’t follow a unilateral policy of blocking all media-types from following his Tweets, but his reasoning has yet to be explained, according to the DMN guy. Guess you could always follow along and perhaps Perry will Tweet the reasons why some encounter a Tweety blockade and others may enter the inner sanctum.

    But only if he doesn’t block you.


    Bruce Felps owns and operates East Dallas Times, an online community news outlet serving the White Rock Lake area. This is why he doesn’t Twitter. He could not stand the rejection.