Tweet your favorite self-portrait

I’m wondering if this little Twitter experiment I just posted will get any traction. We’ll see. The amazing thing about Twitter is all the creative (and practical) uses people are finding for it. Show us your best self-photo!

The Twitter wind storm

Last night in Boulder (and not ending till this morning) we had one of our area’s famous windstorms. I saw reports of 80 to 90 mph wind gusts in some areas of the region. (I didn’t get much sleep last night due to the noise, as I’m sure was common for folks around town.) So…

OK, now do you get why Twitter is important news?

If you’re in the news business and still think Twitter is silly and/or a waste of time, and of little consequence to journalism, this should wake you out of your stupor: Read his Twitter feed for a survivor’s experience of what he went through and saw — before any reporters could get to interview him…

The positive side of the economic collapse for media

This morning I posted a few words to my Twitter account about PC Magazine’s decision to cease print publication… My Twitter posts also get fed automatically to my Facebook account, where Tom Regan, a smart and talented journalist and media thinker I know, posted what I thought was a profound comment: “I have a feeling…

A 25-year-old’s perspective on micro-personal news

Sticking to the topic of “micro-personal news” (see previous blog item), John Paul Titlow wrote me the following note which responds to my September Editor & Publisher Online column, “Newspapers First Need to Redefine ‘News’ to Move Forward Online.” He makes some good points worth sharing, so with his permission here it is: “I couldn’t…

Another chance for ‘micro-personal’ news?

Interesting. I’ve been getting a new round of e-mail comments about the Editor & Publisher Online column I did back in late September: “Newspapers First Need to Redefine ‘News’ to Move Forward Online.” (My most current one is here.) Also, Paul Gillin over at NewspaperDeathWatch.com did a blog item about the column, “Your Friend Feed…

Staff responses belong in comment threads

Even though most news websites now allow user comments, it still bugs me to see so little editorial staff participation in comment threads. Having editors and reporters take part and respond to reader comments is a powerful way to keep the discussion more focused and civil. Of course, it’s no guarantee of preventing things from…

Newspapers: Redefine the ‘news’ you offer

My latest column is up over at Editor & Publisher Online: “Newspapers First Need to Redefine ‘News’ to Move Forward Online.” I’m very curious to see the reaction to this one, as I think I’m hitting some significant new ground. And if anyone can point me to examples of the global-to-micro-personal news service that I’m…

Do my new ‘followers’ realize what they’re getting?

I was tickled to find my name on Robert Scoble’s list of top tech blogger/FriendFeed/social media people. He’s got a huge following, so by appearing on his list, I’ll pick up some new followers on FriendFeed, Twitter and my blog, I’m sure. (I’ve noticed some already.) Scoble is publishing the FriendFeed URLs for the folks…

Can Twitter influence press behavior?

Lately, NYU journalism professor and Pressthink blogger Jay Rosen has been urging his Twitter followers (more than 1,600 of them) to point out examples of reporters “growing a spine” when it comes to pointing out and documenting untruths by the McCain presidential campaign. He’s asking Twitter users to include #spinewatch in their tweets along with…

Twitter posts are getting some Google cred

Whoa! Keyword and search marketing guru Dan Murray e-mailed me to note that one of my Twitter posts (aka, tweets) showed up in the top 5 in a Google search for “Palin neighbor“. I don’t profess to understand how this happened, but it’s intriguing to learn that Google now takes tweets so seriously.

When Twitter beats local news outlets

There are a few things that local newspapers and other news outlets (TV, radio) don’t do well, and I’m always on the lookout for solutions. Here’s one that’s come up for me many times over the years: Something happens locally, like, say, a fire; there’s a lot of smoke in the distance, and I want…

What is Twitter good for?

This is for my wife, who is trying to figure out how to use Twitter (despite that her friends aren’t on it yet). You might find it interesting too… How Do You Use Twitter? from biz stone on Vimeo.

Comment threads often contain hidden gems

There’s been plenty of fretting in journalism circles this week about comment threads on news stories. My position: Don’t publish without them, but figure out ways to keep the conversation civil and ban the trolls. The website of my local newspaper, the Boulder Daily Camera, has pretty active comment threads, and, predictably, the more bizarre…

One person’s news, delivered by Twitter

My local newspaper didn’t tell me that my friend Yann crashed on his mountain bike and ended up in the hospital this week. Twitter did, since he posted a note to his Twitter followers about the accident. I think this points out a problem and an opportunity for newspapers. Problem: they don’t offer people the…