This week is about all things Twitter, the platform where your thoughts are limited to 280 characters but the outrage is limitless. We’ve got some neophytes in our class, so first, have a poke around in some of these how-to links:
- A simple set of guidelines (from Twitter itself) for journalists and mass communicators
- How to write “perfect” microblog headlines (try the exercise he suggests)
Getting more into the realm of journalism and mass communication, skim through these suggestions and warnings:
And now for the important part. There’s a current debate over whether Twitter does more harm than good. Read (don’t skim these ones) these next two and see what you think:
- Shots fired: Farhad Manjoo’s Never Tweet
- Fire returned: Jeff Jarvis’ Journalism is the conversation. The conversation is journalism
In your response, I’d like you to respond specifically to these two viewpoints. Never tweet? ALWAYS tweet? Something in between? Give us some examples that illustrate your stance and why it’ll make the world (or at least journalism) better!
As always, post your response as a comment to this post (and finish your Twitter duties) by 11:59 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 15.
Personal Blog for Week 5
For week 5, you will publish your explainer post. Remember that a minimum of 10 meaningful links is required, and don’t forget to bring your annotated list of links to Monday’s class! (full details with the assignment)
But Before You Go…
Finally (if you haven’t already) you need to get ON Twitter. You’ve got four things to do:
- Create an account if you don’t have one (or want to use a different one for class), and make sure it is public (not hidden).
- Follow at least 20 people – if you’re new to Twitter, try tweeting with some hashtags (#) and tag (@) some people (start with your classmates and me if you’re anxious).
- Follow me (@thebobthe) so I can follow you back.
- Post two tweets promoting one of your personal blog stories on two separate days, one on Thursday and one on Friday (include our course hashtag #WVUblogJ in each). We’ll compare their performance in class.