I agree with this from FirstRead. They note the Twitter reaction to Hagel’s testimony yesterday (uniformly terrible) they rightly add:
“On Twitter and Instant Analysis…. So those things are a reminder that while Twitter and instant analysis can get the style right, they’re not as good when evaluating the substance or the overall political reality.”
I’d add that Twitter, and social networks and blog reactions can give you early warning of trends, and maybe early on a VERY rough order of magnitude of them, but it’s a blunt tool at best. More like the best early warning of mercurial weather changes. The tool can warn of storms and danger (or opportunity) but it only gives you the broad contours of the real time reaction.
Nuance and exact context come from digging deeper afterwards…