In the last three years, Twitter has become an essential part of MLB coverage. Nearly every baseball writer has a Twitter account, and the majority of news is broken through this medium.
Twitter isn't the perfect medium for disseminating baseball news and opinions. Tweets are limited to 140 characters, so context is often lacking. Plus, traffic that previously went to the website of a major news outlet now may go primarily to Twitter itself. One early concern was whether baseball writers would take Twitter seriously and make sure to post only reliable information. That concern is all but gone as we approach 2012. In my experience, baseball writers realize they must treat Twitter with the same permanence and seriousness as words printed in a newspaper.
Twitter is free to join; you can do so here. You can follow us @mlbtraderumors. Following MLBTR means you'll see a tweet for each new post, including a link to MLBTradeRumors.com. We also re-tweet information we've added to pre-existing posts, so you know there's been an update. Retweeting is simply passing along a tweet authored by a baseball writer.