I'm mentioned at the top of the article with this:
Steve Garfield offered a link to his video review of a new microphone.
DC, how about linking to my twitter post?
audio-technica AT2020 USB Microphone Test http://tinyurl.com/dnfgzx Wow!Your readers might want to see what I was talking about. You could have even embedded the video, like this:
1:49 PM Apr 15th from web
The beauty of twitter is that you're not actually limited to 140 characters since you can provide links to anything including text, audio and video.
DC goes on to say:
...in Boston, the most popular Twitter celebrities - including Fitton, Chapman, and Garfield - are for the most part marketing and advertising professionals using the service to stay on the front lines of communications.I know the article has a marketing slant, but my twitter bio is pretty clear, I'm not a marketing and advertising professional:
Bio Video Producer and Mobile Broadcaster / Teacher / Speaker / Listener / Writer / Founder of Boston Media MakersDC finds a ready critic for twitter in Babson's Tom Davenport:
"... Twitter reminds me of the CB radio fad. Twitter fans are the same people who last year were excited by Second Life. And where has that gone?"On his blog on the Harvard Business Publishing website, Davenport wrote, "Let's face it - Twitter is a fad.
Do serious marketers spend a lot of time and energy on Twitter campaigns? I doubt it. Sure, go ahead and play around with it — it doesn't cost much. But I defy you to do serious brand management in 140-character messages. I defy you to prove that Twitter users are your typical customer — unless you sell bubble tea or something similar — or that their tweets are a true reflection of their relationship with your company."Davenport is only talking about serious marketers, and he missed one of the main benefits of twitter for marketers, it can be used to listen to and to respond to customer's conversations about their products.
Jay Rosen recently wrote about this type of reporting calling it He Said, She Said Journalism: Lame Formula in the Land of the Active User.
Any good blogger, competing journalist or alert press critic can spot and publicize false balance and the lame acceptance of fact-free spin. Do users really want to be left helpless in sorting out who's faking it more? The he said, she said form says they do, but I say decline has set in.One more point about blogging, see how I linked to Davenport's blog and blog post? That's how Boston.com should do it. Link out so readers can read more about Davenport's thoughts on twitter. He uses 3,891 characters to talk about twitter on his blog, plus he's gotten 44 comments ( excellent conversation going on over there ), and he links to an opposing view.
How many times do I have to ask Boston.com to link out?
Check out the Globe's twitter accounts. At first glance they all seem to be broadcast only. I don't see any listening going on. No conversation either.
Gotta love this twitter account, @GlobeLunch: Daily menu in the Globe company cafeteria.
Just got the hard copy Boston Globe.
The photos and graphics in the newspaper display this twitter post of mine:
Quick Microphone Test: Broadcasting live now! See me at http://tinyurl.com/yplv6p 3:58 PM Apr 16th from twhirlMore information that was lost by inefficient ties between the paper and the web.