$h*! My Dad Says is out, and what @JudgePerrySays is in. The Twitter feed turned CBS Sitcom, $h*! My Dad Says got the ax earlier this month, but one Orlando newsroom is using it as inspiration to turn a real-life drama into a real-creative Twitter feed.
No, the trial judge presiding over the Casey Anthony trial in Florida is not tweeting from the bench, but NBC affiliate, WESH-2 is taking care of that for him. They describe @JudgePerrySays like this: “These are courtroom quotes from Chief Judge Belvin Perry Jr. This account is maintained by WESH and is not affiliated with Judge Perry.” And so, Judge Perry’s unauthorized Twitter feed is a sassy mix of entertaining quotes as well as a glimpse into the proceedings. Here are a few things that make this Twitter feed follow-worthy:
1. Unique Perspective on the News
Casey Anthony Trial coverage is a 24/7 proposition, especially in Florida markets. But this Twitter feed gives followers a truly unique way to engage with the proceedings. All the basic information is there, it’s just packaged in a way that gives followers the feeling they’re sitting in the courtroom listening first hand:
2. Behind-the-Scenes Details
With all the nuts and bolts to cover, an average news report will more than likely omit some of the more tedious behind the scenes details of legal procedure. But this Twitter feed is situated perfectly to allow a glimpse at the lesser-seen sidebars. Giving followers the ability to keep score as Judge Perry plays referee.
During day 2 of the trial, the judge even took a jab at Governor Rick Scott; blaming the Florida Governor for microphone failure during the proceedings.
3. It’s Funny
As it turns out, Judge Perry is a pretty funny guy. And WESH does a nice job of capturing some of his more memorable quips.
As of this writing, @JudgePerrySays has fewer than 700 followers. WESH seems to be treating this as a side-project. Their primary coverage of the trial is happening at @caseyupdates. But they are occasionally using @JudgePerrySays to point traffic back to their website.
As social media becomes a more crowded space, it will be interesting to see what creative news outlets come up with next to differentiate their coverage.
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