The Dreaded Retweet
For those caught in the vortex that is Twitter, a "retweet" - or "RT" for those in the know - can be the best compliment in the world. That's when one of your followers forwards along what you've written or posted online.
A RT means people care about what you're reporting on or like a picture you took. A RT can mean more people will follow you.
But when do RTs make you question what you just wrote? When a political staffer or - gasp! - politician decides to forward along your tweet to their legions of fans (or haters, because Twitter is like that sometimes).
On the rare occasion, it's all in good fun - like my recent story on if MPPs would start up a boxing match like the folks on parliament hill did. Other times, when it's honest-to-goodness news, you start questioning whether your report or online article was balanced enough.
I guess, in a way, Twitter can actually help you be a better journalist because you ask yourself those questions.
Never though I'd say that, did you?
Katie Franzios is Newstalk 1010's Queen's Park Bureau Chief. Follow her on Twitter so you can retweet her: @katiefranzios .