I signed up to Twitter about a year ago when everybody was hyping about it before I came to university. At that point, I hated it. I felt that it was pretty much dead compared to Facebook, where me and my friends could socialise and talk. Twitter at that point, to me, felt too ‘grown up’ I think.
During last summer though, when I was getting ready to come to university, I tried to start using it more, and started to follow people that were more involved in the media industry, but I still focussed on things that interested me. I started to follow magazine editors like Cosmopolitan’s Louise Court and Glamour’s Jo Elvin and publications like Kerrang and MTV, not realising still the importance of the news media on the site.
Looking back now, I don’t really know where I got my up to date news information from. Whenever I check Twitter during the day now, I have the big news companies right there, informing me of any breaking news or linking me to a bigger, more informative story. The New York Times, BBC Breaking, and The Guardian, are just a handful of the news media I follow.
I started to follow Paul Bradshaw after he replied to one of my tweets featuring one of his quotes, and have since read his blog post on ‘How Journalists Can Master Twitter‘, which has given me quite good ideas when looking at who to follow. He makes the point ‘The more people you follow on Twitter, the more likely you are to come across a lead or a useful contact,’ and highlights the fact that now, most news stories break first on the site.
I found the whole of this blog post very interesting and quite useful when looking at who to follow. I don’t now view Twitter as a poor attempt to be a social networking site (although I do sometimes use it for that purpose), but as an open door to making contacts and a constant updater of news.