Dobson tagged the university’s official Twitter handle, @famu_1887, in a Tweet with a link to a story he had written. The story had the title: “Mangum’s moves trouble trustees, BOG member.” It discussed reactions by members of the FAMU Board of Trustees and a Florida Board of Governors member to recent actions by President Elmira Mangum.
The @famu_1887 Twitter handle tweeted him back with the statement: “@ByronDobson Thanks but no thanks! There is no need to tag us with these dark clouds! Just a reminder that when the dark clouds arise…”
There weren’t any specifics included about which FAMU staffer sent that tweet to Dobson. But Rattler Nation ran a story in November that discussed negative reactions among FAMUans to Mangum’s regular half-hearted, misquoting of the Rattler Charge.
The @famu_1887 response to Dobson was retweeted by Florida Times-Union reporter Tia Mitchell, an alumna of the FAMU School of Journalism and Graphic Communication.
“FAMU’s official Twitter account @famu_1887 asked not to be tagged in local reporter’s tweeted coverage,” she wrote.
One retweet of Mitchell’s statement came from Jessica Bakeman, a Tallahassee reporter for POLITICO Florida.