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Chapter 4: Microblogging: Write Small, Think Big

Let’s talk about our newest phenomenon of micro-communication, Twitter, also known as microblogging.

Microblogging is similar to an online journal that can submitted as texts, video, web links, audio links or e-mail. All posts do not exceed no more than 140 characters, which is not a whole lot of writing.

Then, why is it so popular? Twitter, that is.

  1. Easy to follow.
  2. Anything that’s interesting can be posted.
  3. You get quick updates on anything THAT YOU WANT, of course.
  4. It’s constant communication with anyone – celebrity, news organization, magazine, and of course friends and family.

“One great thing about Twitter – and this is why it so useful for student journalists – is that after a while it trains you to look for interesting things around you (and think how you can communicate that in 140 characters)…Those who write off the minutiae of Twitter need to realize: it’s the writer that makes it interesting.”

Bradshaw, a journalism lecturer in Birmingham, England

Micrblogging calls for immediate responses and reactions that are more diverse even with just 140 character space.  It’s a substantial form of communication that is a great business model for the journalism field. It’s a social media that is effective and interactive. So, when you are tweeting away keep in mind to keep it interesting:

What are you reading? (RSS feeds can be useful for this)

What are you thinking? (Listen to the internal conversation you keep in your head.)

What are you doing later? (Going to a meeting… a big event…a party..)

What are you liking on Twitter?

What can you ask or answer?

So, instead of staring at your screen, trying to think of something to say on Twitter, just use answer theses questions and see what you get.

P.S. Follow me on Twitter @kayd_lady!


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