Digital Journalism

COM466 – University of Washington

Your Twitter Reflections

Final Twitter essay was due Monday 7 June. Links and highlights follow:

  1. Aaron – @amr55
    I was wondering to myself the other day how something that I wanted no part of ten weeks ago could now be an enjoyable part of my daily routine. Twitter has done just that. I am on twitter three to four times a day now, easily, and am constantly looking for new and interesting people to follow.
  2. Brian – @bfarny
    Really, Twitter? Yes, I will admit that the thought of twittering before the start of this course made me nauseous. I am one that looks with disdain at those who updates their Facebook status every couple of hours. Who cares what you are currently eating, listening to, at or whom you are hanging out with. My thinking was that Twitter is just an enhanced version of Facebook updates, was. I have begun to realize that Twitter can be used for more than a self-satisfying desire to share mundane details of one’s day.
  3. Brianna – @brisue22
    Twitter has above all taught me the importance of transparency and social networking as a journalist entering a changing field. I think that Twitter’s structure allows news organizations and journalists to be transparent because of the constant updates, details about their lives, and ability to have open conversations. Trusting the media will become more prevalent with tools like Twitter. Finally, social networking is easier than ever before through Twitter. When someone is worth following it can be instantaneous. Unlike other social media tools, I appreciate that Twitter is similar to a newspaper. Anyone can read it, but the great difference is there can be an immediate conversation with the news source. I plan to utilize Twitter for my news exposure and keep an open conversation with my followers.
  4. Emma – @emmalinemc
    When I found out that we were going to have to make a Twitter account for this class, I admit I was rather skeptical. I’ve had friends tell me that it wasn’t so great, or that it was like Facebook but lame, or for annoying narcissistic people who want everyone to know what they are doing. After having to use it for an entire quarter I’m not going to say those statements were entirely wrong, but I will say that there were some unexpected things about it that I did like.
  5. Fereshta – @fereshta87
    I never had a twitter account before I took this class so I didn’t know anything about it. I learned a lot about twitter taking this class. From hash tags to following people to making a list, there are a lot of things you can do to utilize twitter… On top of that, Twitter is actually fun to use because it challenges you to write in little amounts. Its definitely a great tool for expressing yourself as well as for professional purposes. I believe Twitter is already becoming one of Journalisms biggest outlet of opportunity and it is definitely important for us, as journalism students, to continue using twitter as much as we can.
  6. Ganelle – @gswehla
    en-weeks ago Twitter was an unfamiliar nightmare of technological advancements. Now, ten weeks after the start of the quarter, Twitter is a familiar nightmare of technological advancements. In-general, Twitter for me has been and will remain and obligatory means of communication. I kind of loathe this bit of social networking, but why? For me everything about Twitter screams unnecessary.
  7. Gwen – @gwensnews
    While I am appreciative that I had the chance to learn and to experience twitter (I most likely would not have had the opportunity otherwise), it left me cold, for the following three or so reasons … One last thing, that is very positive: twitter forces you to say things short.
  8. Janelle – @imogenjk
    Citizen journalism through Twitter is even more impressive than regular Twitter journalism, because citizen journalism happens when professional journalism can’t. For instance in January’s earthquake in Haiti, Haitians like celebrity Ceral Pedre used Twitter to let the rest of the world know what was going on in Haiti before media or aid had arrived. Pedre used his Twitter feed to communicate with CNN, BBC, and the Associated Press… I plan on continuing my Twitter use, although I’m not sure yet whether or not tweeting is my thing. Still, after this quarter, I can’t imagine giving up Twitter as a breaking news source.
  9. Katie – @kemcvic
    I must admit that when we were told to start using Twitter I wasn’t very excited. I always felt that the concept was kind of silly. To me, Twitter seemed like a simpler, knock-off version of Facebook. Plus, none of my close friends use Twitter, so it seemed pretty useless for me to set up an account. However, after using Twitter for a few months, I can see why journalists think it is a vital reporting tool.
  10. Keala – @kealarichardson
    It wasn’t until this journalism class that I fully understood the benefits of using twitter. The problem the entire time was I was trying to take twitter and apply what I knew about social networking from Facebook. My failure was not using a new approach with Twitter. The approach that I found necessary is using Twitter as a networking tool among people in your industry or field of interest. Instead of using it as a closed social networking tool…
  11. Krista – @kstaud21
    I enjoy using Twitter to get information on more trivial things like finding out what my favorite celebrities and bands are up to, but then I also get a healthy dose of what’s going on in the word and stay updated on current events from prominent new sources.
  12. Liz – @lizlantz
    Twitter is all about how you use it. Like the song “The End” by The Beatles reminds us, the tweets you get are equal to the tweets you give. Or something like that. What I mean is: You can use Twitter for a news feed, an events planner, a network builder, and a professional branding opportunity, all based on who you follow and how you tweet.
  13. Nate – @nganas
    Using Twitter has been a interesting and mildly illuminating experience. It’s a tool that I had been using for a while now prior to the course, but not one that I had tried to use extensively… The clunkily named TwapperKeeper is a tool that I’ve delved into a little bit more and have found it to be quite useful… Another problem that Twitter faces for the average user is that there is a fairly steep learning curve to just communicate. I can remember when I first logged on being very frustrated with how the program worked. Using hashtags, RT’s, and @’s took some time to learn and I consider myself fairly software savvy… But I think the single best thing about Twitter for the individual journalist is the opportunity to create your own brand.
  14. Tom – @batchelert
    From pointless babble to political commentary, Twitter has defied many and proven its utility in an already crowded market of social networks. A 2008 New Scientist study found that through using a combination of Twitter, Facebook, Google and Flikr, individuals could more effectively discover and objectively review emergency situations than through traditional media outlets.
  15. Wilhelmina – @Wilhelmina_Hay
    I had been trying to avoid and resist creating a Twitter account every since I heard of it, but that was because my knowledge of the site was limited to Twitter being another portal for celebrity gossip… As a student, I did find it difficult to tweet about things that I’d be willing to post in a public arena.

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