On a recent Thursday I was catching up on our messages from The Post’s Twitter followers.
Many of the direct messages we receive are responses to our auto-follow note that asks new followers whether they are locals.
That morning, I noticed an email from a new @pbpost Twitter follower that was a little unusual.
The stereotypical image of a Twitter user is a young person tapping out text-like updates from a cellphone. But here was Palm Beach Post reader Richard Philpott of Boynton Beach – who tweets about politics and history – breaking the mold.
I decided to highlight Richard as our Reader of the Week for that week, and I posted his message to our Facebook page along with this note:
Anyone else out there been reading The Post for 40 years? Richard Philpott of Boynton Beach, a longtime Palm Beach Post reader, is now also keeping up with our news via Twitter on @pbpost. He’s this week’s Reader of the Week to thank him for his loyalty!
The responses, though they included the usual jokes and grousing, were pretty encouraging as several other longtime loyal readers came out of the woodwork: