Twittering a taste of a newsroom

Posted on May 12, 2008. Filed under: journalism, Web and Tech | Tags: , , |

First things first – I have been a shamefully terrible blogger recently. Or I just had nothing to say. So, well, sorry.

Now for the actual post. Our friends at WCMH in Columbus, Ohio, have broken out an interesting use of Twitter to give people a chance to get to know more of the people behind the scenes at the station. More than 20 newsroom staffers have Twitter boxes side by side on the station website, giving people who want to study the daily goings-on a chance to follow along.

NBC 4 Now – Twitter – nbc4i.com –

Of course, there are a lot of potential pitfalls. Already, you can see some people in the group aren’t updating very often. And it’s not clear whether a page of tweets will get much traffic, if the team doesn’t keep on going with it. But they very well might, and it could give people a little insight into what makes the newsroom tick.

It will be interesting to watch.

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My Top 10 signs you’re now a Twitter addict

Posted on March 26, 2008. Filed under: Web and Tech | Tags: , , |

Having tried to pull my wife’s attention from her Twitter account and failed, I am forced to amuse myself with a Top 10 signs you are a Twitter addict list.

10. You decide you can’t watch any film or play that has more than 140 characters.

9. You’re starting to think “TinyURL” is a cute baby name.

8. You want to paint a bedroom VeryGreen.

7. You know what Ze Frank is doing, but can’t remember how old your kids are.

6. …Or your spouse.

5. You think Clinton or Obama could score big points with a plan to move U.S. forces out of Iraq and into the Color Wars.

4. There are 27.7 million Google hits for “Twitter”. You know it. You counted.

3. You begin your in-person conversations by looking at someone and air drawing “@”

2. You do a Top 10 signs you’re a Twitter addict list.

1. And the number 1 sign you are addicted to Twitter: you know exactly how many more characters I have to complete this statement before it get…

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Is there a “Blush Red” Twitter team?

Posted on March 20, 2008. Filed under: Web and Tech | Tags: , , , , |

So, I am someone who admits that no matter how much I know, that I have a lot to learn about the web, especially in what grabs people’s attention. That’s true in the broadcast world, as well. I mean, if I knew exactly what would bring people to television, I could have stayed an Executive Producer, made a mint and retired.

So, here I am – and last night, I made a rash statement. I said Twitter had jumped the shark with the development of color wars. (Actually, I looked downward, and said, ‘Is that a shark I see?’ which is a slightly wittier way to put it.) My wife, seeing an opportunity, then tweeted that out to a decently sized list of Twitter users.

The silence was deafening.

Today, of course, I am enlightened by Steve Garfield, who points out that it is actually an intriguing little social experiment from Ze Frank, who is a master of social experiments on the web. Here’s his blog about it.

ze’s page :: zefrank.com: colorwar 2008

So, while I might not take part, I am now intrigued, and yes, still using Twitter.

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