Not everybody knows the new lingo.
(Before I continue, let me just say that I have great respect for members of the Colorado Springs Police Department, who have been professional and easy to work with, and law enforcement agencies everywhere.)
OK, back to social media and the jargon around it.
Earlier this afternoon, there was a bad crash on Highway 115 and Cheyenne Mountain Boulevard.
After the crash, @CSTMC — which provides traffic updates in the Pikes Peak Region from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday — tweeted about lane closures as police investigated the crash.
But there hadn’t been any updates in several hours, so I called the police department to find out more details on the crash as well as whether lanes had been reopened.
Here’s part of the exchange between myself and a Colorado Springs police officer who I will keep anonymous:
Me: “Last question, are the lanes reopened?”
Cop: “You know, I believe they are, but let me check.”
Me: “Because there hasn’t been any kind of update on Twitter.”
Cop: “Yeah, I don’t twit, so I have no idea.”
Me: (Laughs uncontrollably)
Cop: “I’m way too old to twit, Daniel. I’ve been called a twit a lot of times, but I never have Twittered.”
If you didn’t smile after reading the exchange, it’s possible you’re not in the know either.