Emma L. Carew

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Live tweeting: the new live blogging

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Being fairly new to Twitter, I’m slowly trying to figure out who to follow, and why I should be following them. Last night, I wished I was following more political journalists and health care policy folks. I follow a couple of people who were live tweeting the House debate on health care, and I myself was twittering through it (though not for journalistic reasons).

I was surprised, and kind of disappointed, to see the number of news orgs and reporters that I do follow that weren’t live tweeting or at least giving regular updates. A simple search of #hcr just showed a bunch of crap — mostly from people like me: those who were watching the debates, and had the occasional thought or reaction to the happenings. What I really hoped for was more information from the beat reporters and policy wonks who know this stuff inside and out.

A TechCrunch article yesterday blasts citizen journalism and its ability to pollute the stream of information with low-quality, unvetted, mis-information. Paul Carr specifically cites the Twitter feed of a soldier on the base during the Fort Hood shootings last week. His ultimate conclusion: “There was just one problem: Moore’s information was bullshit too.”

Last night would have been a great night for reporters to put live tweeting to use — as one pointed out, it’s slicker and easier to do than live blogging. It also seems like a great way for journalists to promote lots of solid information to an audience they might not otherwise reach. Hopefully the next time around I’ll find more folks to follow.


Written by emmacarew

November 8, 2009 at 2:16 pm

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