On The Subject of Twitter and News

The outstanding content was so plentiful that I couldn’t write fast enough at Jeff Pulver’s 140 Characters Conference http://nyc2011.140conf.com/ and Seth Godin’s workshop in Seattle.

In coming days, I’ll continue to blog about Godin’s session but first more from the 140 Conference.

From Dan Gilmoor (@dangilmoor), a 25-year newspaper veteran and head of the Knight Center for Digital Media Entrepreneurship, a new project of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism & Mass Communication at Arizona State University:

On Twitter and “news” -- “Take a breath. Be skeptical.”

Dan said there’s a “credibility scale” to consider with an anonymous blog being on the low end.

“Time adds depth and context. I’ll tweet, ‘interesting if true’.”

And from Andy Carvin (@acarvin), senior strategist for NPR, who broke news during the civil uprisings in Tunisia, Cairo and elsewhere:

“People used the Twitter channel to send photos and videos captured by mobile. We saw live streams of people getting arrested.”

As for “reporting” on similar activities, Andy said, “You need to be on Twitter now so people trust you and you can trust them.”