As I tweeted earlier — God, I hate that phrase — Timmy (aka Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner), is now tweeting AND blogging.

The Blog is called “Treasury Notes” (Get it? Notes? Its a LOL-pun!) and it promises to be updated regularly.

As someone who has been blogging for a decade or so, I have a few (Heh heh) suggestions for the Treasury Secretary:

1. Bring in Guest Posters: You have access to a variety of econ insiders. Bring on the occasional guests, like Austan Goolsbee, and Ben Bernanke. They might provide a different take. (plus, they can cover the blog you while you are on vacation!).

2. Personalize It: Skip the dry econo-junk and give us some of your personality — likes, dislikes, etc. I don’t expect Friday Night Jazz, but toss some flavah into it.

3. Allow (moderated) comments: Wanna learn what the public thinks? Allow comments. But not just any comments — the unwashed masses are, well, unwashed. This means you must be a little selective. Make readers register, and screen out the obvious loons. Once you eliminate the demented crazies, gold bugs, and ZH readers, you will be left with some interesting feedback from the public.

4. Blog Roll: All bloggers have a list of favorite sites, you should too (i.e., St. Louis Fed and Recovery.gov). Keep it short, and make sure  LOLFed is part of your blog roll.

5.  Tweeting:  Less is more. Only tweet when you have something to say. Keep it relevant. Also, be sure to add the double-dollar sign (“$$”) so your tweets appear in the StockTwit stream.

6. Post regularly:  A blog that is not updated frequently isn’t really a blog. Give us at least a daily insight — No press releases! — into what you are  thinking about.

7.  Syndication: Don’t even think about spreading your content out. Cross posting on Seeking Alpha, Huff Po, etc. only works for those bloggers with zero visibility. You have a persona; what little traffic you’ll get is not worth diluting your brand.

Click below for the blog.

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Treasury Notes

Category: Markets

Please use the comments to demonstrate your own ignorance, unfamiliarity with empirical data and lack of respect for scientific knowledge. Be sure to create straw men and argue against things I have neither said nor implied. If you could repeat previously discredited memes or steer the conversation into irrelevant, off topic discussions, it would be appreciated. Lastly, kindly forgo all civility in your discourse . . . you are, after all, anonymous.

31 Responses to “OMG! Timmy is Tweeting/Blogging”

  1. Yes, tongue is planted firmly in cheek

  2. Guillermo says:

    :( no rss feed.

    FAIL, Timmy.

  3. DL says:

    “Once you eliminate the demented crazies, gold bugs, and ZH readers, you will be left with …”

    I hope that BR doesn’t find out that I’m a gold bug.

  4. Alex says:

    How do you know people are zero hedge readers in order to exclude them?

    Not that I am saying I am! I admit nothing!

    My paranoia and resentment are just coincidence!

  5. Not Tyler says:

    From the spit-flecked keyboard!

  6. Alex says:

    As an aside, why is it that people with bad blogs need to include a picture of themselves writing with pen and paper? It indicates notable inability to comprehend the nature of his media. It would be like an auto racer including a picture of himself on a donkey. What association are we to make here exactly?

  7. crunched says:

    It’s Timmay! – not Timmy.

  8. Pure-Water says:

    I guarantee that blog will not fail.

  9. Energizer says:

    Speaking of crazies, your pals over at ZH completely missed that you were being sarcastic

    http://www.zerohedge.com/article/barry-ritholtzs-advice-tim-geithner-how-make-comparable-killer-blog

  10. crunched says:

    Screening out the ZH readers… interesting. Is that what it takes to run a fair, and balanced blog these days? Explains a lot about why is ZH is so popular.

    More one-sided propaganda from Timmay!, the Fed, and CNBC is just what this country needs more of. After all, we need to return Wall Street to its reckless ways as soon as possible.

  11. I was being sarcastic.

    Do this long enough, and you can tell who is a regular, who is a first time poster, who is from ZH, etc.

    BTW, I have no problem with most of the ZH guys who cross comment here — its the hard core End of Worlders who are boring to me.

  12. ReformedPelican says:

    Does Timmy’s new blog own 40% of AIG’s blog ?

  13. obsvr-1 says:

    I would rather see WikiLeaks matterial

  14. HardCoreEndofWorlder says:

    I can’t wait to see how hyperinflation and 43,000,000 foodstampers plays out. Wonder what Timmay thinks of that. Ritz, you really think that’s boring?

    ~~~

    BR: The endless repetition of the Hyper-inflation meme when there is zero evidence of has become tiresome, yes.

  15. Alex says:

    lol…

    I cannot even believe that Barry had to actually say he was being sarcastic about the ZH comment.

    And you even got a paranoid rant, which I enjoyed.

    Irony is now what happens when we get our shirts pressed, ok?

    Man Barry…this moderatin’ has got’s to be a humbin’ affair!

  16. Bob A says:

    this is your mind……………… 0
    this is your mind on twitter… ( )
    just say no

  17. Stuart says:

    Well point #3 pretty much rules me out.. Seriously, you’ve got to be kidding me. Like we need more volatility in the capital markets for crying out loud. Timmy Tweet.. “there’s not a chance we’ll be able to pay back our national debt and to think those fools abroad actually keep loaning to us…”… “Oops, did I Tweet that? Holy! Didn’t think T-rates could move that quick.”

  18. HardCoreEndofWorlder says:

    Ritz, you know where this came from:

    “We don’t think any fiat currency provides safe harbor because all will be inflated. What we’re living through today is a textbook case of rotating debasement occurring just prior to the fall of a global monetary regime. No paper currency has survived in the history of man. They’ve all gone away.”

    So, no problem for the FRN? The transistion to a new currency will be smooth as a baby’s butt? You saw The Bernank quivering visibly in that scripted 60 Minutes, no? Wonder what that was about.

  19. Sechel says:

    OMG is right.
    While the idea sounds good on one level, on another it is down right embarassing, and does anyone expect honesty? Spin cycle will be working overtime on this one.

  20. dsawy says:

    Letting personal observations be made public becomes something of a risk for these people, unfortunately.

    The reason why you (and other bloggers) can put in personal stuff is twofold:

    1. You’re Barry. You’ve always been a no-BS guy. These people in DC are all about the BS to maintain “viability.” If they say something, even something unofficial and personal, that is at variance with the BS of the Day, people will notice it. This might possibly move markets.

    If you were SecTreas, you couldn’t say some of the things you currently say, no matter how much we would all wish that you could. If you were SecTreas, your readers would be saying “I remember when Barry would call something “bullshit” and mean it. Now he’s all official and crap…”

    2. Bloggers will correct themselves if they mis-speak. Officials hate having to correct themselves or in the case of a SecTreas say “Sooorrry, didn’t mean to move the markets… sheesh…”

  21. Jack Damn says:

    Looking forward to the first drunk blog post or Twitter update by Mr. Geithner.

    I mean come on…we’ve all done it…11-PM…a couple of cocktails under the belt…you find that Ultravox video on YouTube from your drunken college days or some cat jumping in a box and up on the blog it goes…

    Looking forward to seeing your musical tastes, Mr Geithner.

  22. Sechel says:

    When the Ben Bernank does 60 minutes, you realize there’s a full blown P.R. effort. This twitter thing is just one more piece of that.

  23. cfischer says:

    This is more exciting than when I looked at NYU Stern’s Spring course list and saw the class abbrievated as “INNOV THNKING IN TURB TIM” and though for a second that it was about Geithner. (No, I’m not making this up, http://w4.stern.nyu.edu/registrar/syllabi/grad/?sp11 )

  24. machinehead says:

    Timmy (aka Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner), is now tweeting AND blogging.

    More likely, he’s now ‘teating and bogging’ — i.e., reduced to the infantile functions of alimentation and elimination, as he assumes the fetal position.

    Not meant as criticism — that’s prolly what I’d do, if I were as screwed as Timmy is.

  25. machinehead says:

    Timmy (aka Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner), is now tweeting AND blogging.

    More likely, he’s now ‘teating and bogging’ — i.e., reduced to the infantile functions of alimentation and elimination, as he assumes the fetal position.

    Not meant as criticism — that’s prolly what I’d do, if I were as screwed as Timmy is.

  26. Sechel says:

    Does anyone believe Geithner is on the other end, or more likely has hired someone for that role.

  27. MayorQuimby says:

    What – no comment section?!

  28. Exreporter says:

    Nah. This isn’t Timmy. It’s some flak. Should be entitled “Timmy’s thoughts, as channeled by Joe Schmoe.”

    As for ZH, I find it quite enlightening. The comments are especially good. Personally, I’ve learned a great deal from Turd Ferguson!

  29. jswap says:

    I’m pretty sure we’re all gold bugs now.

  30. canoles says:

    blogging is supposed to be about conversation, timmy’s blog doesn’t allow comments, so it’s really not a blog.