A Little Birdie Told Me…

July 15, 2010

I am, perhaps in part by virtue of being a journalist, not exactly on the bleeding edge of communications technology.  I’m not quite as lame as to have an @aol.com email address but I’m fairly resistant to marcom technology as a whole. Of all the tools and widgets available, I must confess to have resisted Twitter (known in my household as “The Tweeters”) for quite some time.

Twitter as a company was born in 2007. I secured my account on April 2, 2009 but couldn’t quite make the commitment, waiting to post my first tweet until March 1, 2010. Since then I’ve been hooked, and every day I find someone new who has interesting PR, communications or journalistic information to share–I even found an article that sparked a thesis idea!

Give it a try, and while you’re at it, check out these excellent tweeps!

J Lab (@JLab) is the Institute for Interactive Journalism, a center located in the American University’s School of Communication.  They help journalists and everyday folks navigate the world of digital technologies to develop new ways for people to participate in public life.

Mark Glaser (mediatwit) Mark is the Executive editor of PBS MediaShift and Idea Lab. Mark’s tweets and the MediaShift site are invaluable for the new media journalist.

PRNewser (PRNewser) is the public relations based feed from mediabistro.  The Newser covers PR news, trends, and gossip. Wondering how Apple is going to handle the iphone 4 debacle? PRNewser is the tweep to follow and a great site to check out.

AP Stylebook (APStylebook) it should go without saying, but just in case you didn’t know, the “journalist’s bible” (and an editors, too!) is on Twitter.

Fake AP Stylebook (FakeAPStylebook) a hilarious (in a totally nerdy editor way) twitter feed composed by the Bureau Chiefs offering faux style/writing guidelines.  Sample tweet: “As appropriate as it may seem, references to the game “Frogger” have no place in pedestrian death stories.”

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