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[...] one big argument for the marriage of Twitter and journalism: used cleverly, it creates an accessible, impressionistic portrait of what we see and hear — one that complements traditional reporting rather than supplanting it.

And here’s a second: in the process, it advances a very traditional journalistic end. Dan Kennedy — author of the Media Nation blog and a former Phoenix media critic — explains this concept thusly: "Think about it on a continuum, especially with breaking news. You can use Twitter to get a first, rough take on what’s going on. Maybe a few Twitter posts become the raw material for a more complete blog post. And then, as you’re blogging the breaking news, that ends up forming the basis of a more substantial reported piece."

"The argument here," Kennedy adds, "is that if journalists can think about how to use these tools in the right way, it doesn’t really take them away from the task. It becomes a tool to help them do their job in a better way."

That’s an enticing portrait — but my own experience suggests it’s a bit too idealized. Covering the RNC, I had the strong impression that, when I shifted into Twitter mode, I was actually thinking differently — and sure enough, in the end, the vast majority of my Tweets weren’t incorporated into more substantive dispatches.

-Adam Reilly, Twitheads: Is it time to dial down journalism's latest fad?
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schizohedron From: schizohedron Date: September 30th, 2008 06:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
I blow hot and cold on Twitter. The only useful Twitter feed I've seen is that issued by Dr. Brett Steenbarger on his Traderfeed trader psychology/behavioral finance blog. He tweets market info, economic figures, blog updates, and other useful trading material. It's more like a content-packed ticker than a skim of what's on his mind at the moment.

Every other Twitter feed has reminded me of the retaliation upon that one alien species in one of the Douglas Adams Hitchhiker's books, where they were forced to become telepathic. I don't need to know what folks are thinking minute to minute. And the downside of the ticker theory, for Twitter feeds not as provocative as Steenbarger's, is that in reducing things to a short blast of info, like the Fourth Reich Network Fox News one that became the ticker to emulate or beat after 9/11, it may ease folks into a mindset of "this deep, and no deeper" into news and facts of the day. Perhaps that's akin to what Reilly was feeling in your quote when he failed to elaborate on his RNC tweets as he'd originally planned.

Rands of Rands in Repose and Hugh MacLeod of Gaping Void use Twitter very cleverly to muster atheir blogs' readers (many of whom pack tweet-ready gear) for impropmtu meetups while visiting a city new to them. I'll add this to Steenbarger's as a fine use of Twitter that rises above the "broadcast of mental ephemera" model. I find this most interesting in Rands's case, seeing as he wrote a great essay on mastery of one's Nerd Attention Deficit Disorder. So he's found a happy medium for this medium.

I guess it's like everything else: Find those who use the tools in ways that best suit your needs. Or pull a William Gibson and find your own uses for the tools.
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