Web 2.0 Teaching Tools: Twitter Tweets for Higher Education

A round-up of some educational uses of Twitter, by Alan Lew:
"I actually had not considered it as a tool for education until I saw a link posted by Twittown to a blog post on that subject. Doing a little online searching (emphasis on the little), I found the following items related to Twitter and education."

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Diane Tucker: Could Twitter Have Saved The New York Times?

A pertinent point about the need for online advertising to avoid annoying readers:

"if the Huffington Post had a Little Black Dress Big Sales Page, I'd click on it every day because the perfect LBD has become my white whale. Unfortunately, the next time I read the Times online, I'll get hit in the face with an ad for a lawn mower. What am I going to do with a lawn mower in downtown D.C.?"
?This is a minor point in a piece that closes with a now-familiar theme:?
"Newspapers have great capital: talented reporters with superb rolodexes. But if the bigshots at the top don't join the rest of us in the 21st century soon, those writers will be out of work and you'll be getting most of your news from bloggers like me. I'm not convinced that's a good thing."

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Twitter vigilantes hijack the Daily Mail | Media Money

Peter Kirwan notes a twist on the media's recent obsession with Twitter (forming part of it himself, of course…). He says a majority of the early followers of the spoof Mail account were Guardian journalists: ?"Last weekend, the Mail On Sunday attacked the phenomenon of celebs using Twitter. In response, someone has created a fake dailymail_UK username on the site. The result has been a small avalanche of tweets directed at Britain’s finest mid-market tabloid.
Some of them appear to be mildly satirical…"

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Twitter Basics for Journalists and Recovering Journos — contentious.com

Amy Gahran offers a useful intro to Twitter:

“In my experience, Twitter’s biggest payoff is that it allows you to gather a personal posse who can support you in powerful, flexible, speedy ways.

Also, if you’re choosy about the people you follow, Twitter can be quite an effective radar screen for news or relevant issues.

But there are many other potential benefits, especially for journos…”

For which, click and read on:

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Times and Tribune have biggest reach on Twitter

New York Times and Chicago Tribune head the list of most-followed newspaper accounts.

"Erica Smith’s impressive list of newspapers that use Twitter includes an snapshot of the most followed newspaper accounts. Running that list through the newish twInfluence site shows that organizations can reach a large number of Twitterers even with a small number of followers."

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The Twitter-isation of the news — andrewlewin: let me think about that

Twitter comes of age?

“Ironically then, it seems that microblogging is a return to actual reporting of fast moving events, while the other pieces are analysis or comment that have become confused/synonymous with journalism only in the last couple of decades. Journalism has come home to the future, and it matches perfectly the emerging online set-up: live text is to Twitter as analysis/comment is to blogs.”

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Twitter for reporting – Living in a Media World

Ralph Hanson offers some examples of reporters using Twitter (for their work, that is):

"twittering is also being used by reporters and news bloggers to post news links. There are political debates taking place by Twitter. Barack Obama's campaign has an official Twitter feed. St. Paul Pioneer Press technology reporter Julio Ojeda Zapata uses Twitter as a reporting tool. And bloggers covering live events (such as the Republican National Convention) use Twitter to make blog posts from their smartphones. In fact, the busiest outside link to my blog in August came from a Tweet posted to Fishbowl DC during the RNC."

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Taking Twitter reporting to the edge

The latest reporting use of Twitter that’s caught my eye is to cover a funeral, as undertaken (wordplay intended) by the Rocky Mountain News.

I make it 28 Tweets in just over 90 minutes — “pallbearers carry out coffin followed by mourners”, “people are viewing the body, which is lying in casket with teddy bear. some people falling on knees to pray”, for example. The texts are reproduced in one of the comments on the article linked above (no direct link; scroll down to the tenth comment).

Most of the comments are negative, perhaps not surprisingly — as was Michelle Ferrier on the Poynter blog.

More journalists seem to have been experimenting with Twitter over the last year or so. Paul Bradshaw provided a useful overview on his Online Journalism Blog and Jeff Jarvis weighed in here. It was only a question of time before theses on Twitter started to appear…