The epic political thriller film "All the President's Men" included an epic scene in a dark parking garage in which the source "Deep Throat," played by Hal Holbrook, implored reporter Bob Woodward, played by Robert Redford, to "follow the money" if he wanted to pin the Watergate break-in on President Richard Nixon.
Following the money still is a good way to get to the bottom of a story. But so is following the Twitter.
Japanese journalist Akira Nishimura (@akyranishimura) laid out, 140 characters at a time, the fascinating tale of Ducati's failed attempt last month to lure former Yamaha MotoGP boss Masao Furusawa to help accelerate improvements on its Grand Prix bikes. Furusawa declined the reported offer, not wanting to betray the traditional Japanese loyalty to his former employers.
But this wasn't just a quick phone offer by Ducati, rejected immediately by Furusawa. Nishimura reported on Twitter that Furusawa traveled to Italy to talk details of the deal before deciding to stay retired from Grand Prix racing and live a "quiet life."
Perhaps the most interesting tweet from Nishimura described how Ducati Corse General and Technical Director Filippo Preziosi even told Furusawa that he was willing to lose his position if Furusawa could wave his magic wand and improve the GP12 enough to convince Rossi to stay with Ducati.
Nishimura tweeted that Preziosi's offer of professional seppuku showed "real Samurai spirit."