City Desk

How Many DCists Can This Town Hold?

washingtondcist

The answer is two! I think. Karen Hart, About.com's guide to Washington, D.C., travel, Twitters under the name washingtondcist. This was a surprise to Sommer Mathis, editor of popular local blog DCist.

There is some overlap in mission: DCist aggregates mercilessly, excellently, and amusingly, mixes in original reporting about D.C., and has a commenting community that used to make people in this building weep with jealousy.

Hart takes a softer focus approach, since her audience is presumably not too interested in the niceties of curbside collection or a stellar collection of Chien Ming-Wang jokes. Her About.com page tends to work the bejeezus out of details of the upcoming Cherry Blossom Festival, 10 great reasons to visit here, that sort of thing.

But on Twitter, look out! If you write about a D.C. hotel offering curling, Hart is all over that! Georgetown Cupcake's secret flavor of the day? RETWEETED. I didn't notice any DCist RTs in Hart's feed, but I'm sure she wouldn't be stingy with them. (I have not been able to find this Karen Hart, though I have high hopes for the "Send E-mail" link on her forum. (I will, of course, update if I find her.) "We have over 11,000 Twitter followers to her 350, so if she's trying to confuse people, she's not been very successful," says Mathis. "Still, I'm sure our publishers would prefer she come up with an original name."

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  • http://www.google.com/profiles/dmfarley dmf

    well you sort of left out the most important part, which is DCist is part of a sort of cityist franchise. which includes gothamist (nyc), SFist, phillyist, etc...

  • Andrew Beaujon

    But I did link to a bunch of Wang jokes...

  • Reid

    What do you mean "used to make us weep with jealousy"?

  • Dave

    I was going to ask that too. "Used to"? That was quite a backhanded compliment AB.

  • Andrew Beaujon

    Because DCist has such a strong commenting community. And we have you. ZING! Kidding. Glad you're here.

  • Dave

    Awwww... flattery will get you everywhere.

  • noodlez

    THAT SITE MAJORITY OF COMMENTERS ARE A BUNCH OF HOMOSEXUALS AND MISCREANTS. ANY ANTI-GAY TALK THEY PLACE YOU IN THE HATE GAY CATEGORY. A FEW OF THE REGULARS THERE TAKE IT ALL IN STRIDE. THEY WILL NEVER FIT IN HERE AT WASH CITY PAPER CAUSE THEIR SKIN IS TO SOFT.

    IF YOU DONT FIT THEIR PROFILE THEY WILL SIDEDOOR YOU AND GET YOU BANNED FROM their SITE.

  • Anitra

    I think you can call yourself whatever you want on Twitter and this blog has a nasty tone.

  • cminus

    Nonsense, Noodlez. Plenty of DCist commenters are regular City Paper commenters, and the commenters there span a wide range of views without any of them being banned.

    I mean, sure, they banned you, but that's not because you didn't fit a "profile", it's because you're some kind of nutty obsessive and/or the city's biggest self-loathing closet case. Seriously, I don't know any gay people who spend anywhere near as much time thinking about gay sex as you do.

  • Mark

    What a pathetic blog.

  • Blogette

    Got to laugh over this obvious attempt at a hit piece - and the ineptness of this blogger and the dcist twitterer. Hart couldn't ask for better publicity for her site, which is probably reaping the benefits of thousands of extra hits and bringing her new twitter followers who might prefer her supposedly "softer" approach to the apparently somewhat stiff and sniffy Sommer, if the quotes are accurate. Hey, maybe it was Hart who pushed for this piece to be written! She does get her name put first....

  • noodlez

    @ cminus YOUR #9 COMMENT IS SOME SHIT!

    THE RANGE OF DCIST COMMENTS ARE NARROWMINDED AND SHALLOW. THAT SITE ONLY HAVE A FEW FOLK WHO CAN UNDERSTAND AND WITHSTAND COMMENTS THAT THE MAJORITY OF THOSE WHO LIVE THEIR LIFE THROUGH THAT SITE CAN NOT.

    THAT WEAK ASS ATTEMPT YOU LOBBED MY WAY IS TYPICAL FROM YOU THANGS OVER THERE. LACKING BASIC KNOWLEDGE BEFORE MAKING ASSUMPTIONS. VAIN ATTEMPT AT HUMOR. STRAINING TO MAKE A POINT. YOUR ACAI BERRY COLON CLEANSING ASS IS NOT EVEN ON MY LEVEL. POOF BE GONE. LIL FAIRY.

  • cminus

    Shorter Noodlez: "I DON'T SPEND ALL MY TIME THINKING ABOUT GAY SEX! AND TO PROVE IT, GAY SEX GAY SEX GAY SEX! GAY SEX!"

    Noodlez, if you ever paid attention to something that wasn't gay sex, you would have seen during your brief sojourn at DCist that the commenters spiritedly disagree on a lot, and their opinions run the gamut: gun control supporters versus Second Amendment absolutists, all-or-nothing statehood advocates versus gradualists versus statehood opponents, supporters versus opponents of the Catholic Church's request for an exemption for providing benefits to same-sex spouses, supporters versus opponents of Michelle Rhee, people who think the American Apparel ads are inappropriate against those who don't, drivers versus pedestrians, drivers versus mass transit users, drivers versus bicyclists, drivers versus pretty much anyone and anything that isn't in some way driving, and so on. A very wide range of opinion is not only tolerated, but a positive feature of the site.

    Yes, they didn't tolerate you, for the same reason they didn't tolerate the loudmouthed white supremacist a few years back. Congratulations, Noodlez, you're to straight people what the KKK is to white people.

  • Red

    Ah, how cute. Citydesk and DCist sitting in a tree, K I S S I N G. Do you guys actually do any real reporting, or just click around the net all day looking for someone to rag on?

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  • http://imgoph.blogspot.com/ IMGoph

    glad to see that some people can't get over themselves...

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