Both Briggs and Filak claimed that the use of Twitter as a microblogging platform is essential to modern journalism.
This statement is truthful, but the recreational use of Twitter often takes precedence over the professional side of it. The network itself is an extremely useful place to generate more interest in your company’s content as well as allowing to see it via hyperlink.
I would say that news/media outlets such as the Washington Post and the New York Times use Twitter very well to make a message powerful using Twitter’s character cap of 280. With limited space, it becomes increasingly difficult to provide every detail, so a simple hyperlink and headline in a Tweet becomes as powerful as an entire article. Donald Trump is one of those users who I personally believe used his Twitter well to generate a big following during the 2016 campaign. Since then, though, his Twitter has been a place of poorly created nicknames and degradations towards others and since has become more ineffective than it was before.
In chapter 6 of Filak, the interesting section that caught my attention was Twitter. Twitter today is used by so many people and it is a great way to share news from any area such as sports, politics, fashion, and many more. When I think of Twitter I think of politics because today Twitter is used for politics a lot. Filak talks about five different points about Twitter that I thought was interesting. The first point is tweet to be read. I agree with Filak when he says to avoid abbreviations because the reader should be able to understand what you are saying easily. And people might take an abbreviation differently than you, so you want to make sure you are on the same page and that it looks clean. The second point is spelling and grammar count. Some times when I get on Twitter I see grammar errors from companies that are professional. Whenever I see this it makes me think that they are not responsible and I am less likely to trust them. So it is important to make sure you can spell correctly for your readers. The third point is tweet for readers. Filak is right when he talks about how a company should tweet what your niche is so like travel or politics. People go to your twitter page to see specific tweets and if they see random things it will most likely turn them away. The fourth point is twitter is dangerous. Filak describes the how twitter can be a negative platform and when you send a tweet you have to make sure that you are not accusing someone of something or coming off as negative. Twitter watches tweets heavily especially if it is from a large company. The final point is drive traffic to your outlet. It is important for your viewers to know more about you other than from Twitter such as adding a website to your profile. This will help engage a larger audience and people will know who you are more.
In chapter 2 of Briggs, the section that caught my attention is when he was talking about Twitter and the different meanings on the platform (DM, @, Tweet, RT, Hashtag). Everyone who has a Twitter account uses these but it is important to understand what they mean. DM is a direct message used to share something with an individual privately. I use this sometimes with my friends to share something that I found on the platform. When you use the @ icon you are most likely mentioning someone in the tweet. Usually when I do this is when I tweet about someone or if the person relates to the tweet. RT is retweeting which means you are sharing someone else’s tweet that you think is interesting or something you relate to. I usually do this when I see a tweet that i can relate to or that I think is funny so other people can see the tweet. Finally, the hashtag is used when something is a topic. So if you post a picture of the beach you might use #beach. Hashtags can also be used if something is trending so people can search the hashtag and see all the post with the hashtag.
Twitter accounts ae powerful writing tools. There are only 140 characters available for each tweet, but a lot of damage can be done with such a small amount of words. Tweeting a hashtag when your use for it isn’t relative to the issue it is currently promoting, or tweeting a harmless statement about a topic that was recently touchy (even when harm is unintended) can be in poor judgement. Always know what issues are relevant and how to avoid being legally or socially in the wrong. With this being said, Twitter is a great way to get a short and sweet statement to a large audience at one time.
Twitter (and other forms of social media) are all about the stream of content, which is what makes it so effective. People’s attention spans are short, and Twitter helps to capture their attention while also keeping them hooked on what’s going to happen next. Twitter is more “live” than a regular newspaper, meaning it can be updated every second. This allows viewers to access instant information and continue to follow the event(s) constantly. Because we are a culture of instant gratification, Twitter and other forms of social media keep viewers happy and hooked on the news.
Filak and Briggs talk about using twitter as a way of microblogging.
Twitter is a great tool, but has just as much downside as it does upside. Twitter isn’t always filled with the most accurate information to say the least. Often times, people read a tweet and take it as fact, instead of researching the thing they are reading about.
I’m a huge fan of the way Twitter limits its users to 280 characters, formerly 140. It keeps users concise and makes them get to the point quicker. Other medias like Instagram and Facebook always seem to have long, never ending rants, that Twitter has been able to avoid for the most part (threads).
It’s very nice to have all different types of news, sports and entertainment in one place, but you can’t believe everything you read, especially on Twitter.
Filak and Briggs both talk about the use of twitter as a form of microblogging in their chapters.
Briggs states that most journalistic jobs will demand social media skills now, so it is best to start a twitter as early as you can. Filak confirms this by saying social media is now a major outlet that draws readers in and can inspire action.
I have mixed feelings about this.
I appreciate twitter as a social media platform and am glad that it limits users to 140 characters, but I wouldn’t consider it a valid media source. Even if your account puts out accurate information and makes sure to fact check everything, most other accounts won’t.
You’re more likely to find false information than factually accurate information.
I do appreciate how much the platform has grown since it’s beginning and has now become a major world-recognized media source. It’s become a major hub for news and entertainment, and our current president makes sure to use and often abuse it.
I think it’s important to have and to use, but I do encourage people not to believe everything they read, most of it is probably wrong.
In this chapter, Briggs talks about data and how it can be used journalistically in a variety of ways. The main way I have thought of data would be statistics in sports. But Briggs brings up the point that data can be used to give the reader a story and allow them to imagine what the data is describing and put it into perspective.
Briggs also talks about technology and it’s almost terrifying advances. I’m the sense of collecting data, companies have developed ways to track behaviors and movements of people. With a majority of the time, those people are not even aware it is happening. This typically isn’t a problem and causes no harm but if the data begins to be used against us then technology could take a turn for the worse.
Social media is a large factor in distributing information within this generation. Many sources of content are distributed between outlets, allowing users to filter out the content they want to read or don’t want to read. Social media is quite a power tool, if I do say so myself.
Social networking, such as Twitter and Facebook for example, particularly helps readers to meet others with the same interests, gathering a following for that particular source. The purpose of this is to gather a large audience for a particular portion of the web. Some look at social networking as a positive influence and others… not so much. It’s more of a personal opinion. That is one of the ways that writers and journalists use social networking to their advantage.
Regardless if you love or hate social media or social networking altogether, you can’t deny the face that it’s the most productive way of relaying information quickly to a large audience. Although you can’t be sure what to trust or believe, go with your gut and fact check, fact check, fact check.
The bottom line is this: today’s journalism requires some type of presence on social media, regardless of your opinion about it. Just use it to your advantage and use it wisely.