Twitter Is Great For Reporters
Alright, I’ll jump on, even acquiesce. I have viewed Twitter as more of a social phenomenon kept neatly secret within the tech community – a bubble in which the brainiacs converse. I have watched and chuckled and dismissed. I may change my mind.
Being myopic is different from being wrong, you know. I write about ebusiness and the things online that could be beneficial, even branch out every now and then to quirky new developments, such as platforms that are blog/IM hybrids like Twitter.
Remember the births that have been Twittered? Good for when it’s difficult to get to your blog.
Marshall Kirkpatrick has schooled me, though, in how I should have been using it. Rather than being the casual observer (which is my favorite role in life, honestly), I should have been using the thing in my job.
"I counted and at that time 5 of my last 11 stories were based on news I learned first from my friends on Twitter," he writes.
And zoinks! He’s absolutely right.
God, I hate getting schooled.
Will I use Twitter now? I’ll think about it once my pride heals – and that could take a while. Until then, good on ya, Marshall. Twitter does sound like a great place to get leads.