twitter for journalists


Twitter is many things to many people. For consumers it's a way to connect to friends, interesting people and large brands. For presidential candidates it's a way to make campaign promises or embarrass themselves. For journalists, it's a way to keep a pulse on and engage with communities, locate sources, and to report on the world new and unique ways. Twitter has emerged as a powerful news tool, alerting the world about natural disasters, hostage standoffs and even revolutionary uprisings.

At its most basic level, Twitter is a social network focused on interests rather than on friends, where users create brief posts of 140 characters or less. Twitter users can follow and view updates from other users (similar to subscribing to a site's RSS feed), send public or semi-private replies or have private conversations with other users. Users can also search the entire network in real-time for interesting topics or breaking news, organize their streams with "hash tags" and lists, and even add photos or video to their posts.

This tutorial provides both a basic introduction to Twitter and highlights the features that makes it a must-have tool for journalists. We'll discuss general concepts, then take a look at specific techniques for increasing engagement, building a quality network of followees, best practices, and share a ton of tips for effective community building.

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