Monthly Archives: December 2012

Twitter Debut for The Pope!

Pope publishes first post on Twitter

Within a few hours of Benedict XVI joining Twitter, he has already received 755,153 followers!

Since midday today, he has written three tweet posts, in eight languages on the pope’s eight Twitter accounts. Benedict made his Twitter debut at the Vatican during his weekly audience. He was surrounded by a group of young people who ensured he did not make any mistakes.

“Pontiff joins Twitterverse but Vatican says Benedict XVI is ‘not the kind of person who will be checking his tweets at lunch'” (The Guardian, 2012)

Here are some news stories on the announcement:

The Guardian

NY Times

BBC

 

Andy Carvin on Twitter During the Tunisian and Egyptian Revolution

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During the Tunisian and Egyptian revolution, social media played a big part in distributing information from the ground of those particular riots and demonstrations, so the public and journalists (away from the scenes) could know everything that was going on. It worked particularly well and showed how powerful social media tools are today. 

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Alfred Hermida and Twitter

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I was lucky enough to interview Alfred Hermida last week for my Special Study Research Project. As recently discussed on one of my last posts, I am basing my project on Twitter.

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Is the Leveson Inquiry Pointless in Today’s Online Media…

The Leveson report devotes very little space to the impact of the internet on journalism. Photograph: Sinister pictures/Demotix/Corbis

The Leveson report devotes very little space to the impact of the internet on journalism. Photograph: Sinister pictures/Demotix/Corbis

…most probably, yes. His mistake of not tackling the internet is a great one. Many journalists have expressed their opinions on the issue, and when reading three articles in particular and also discussing the topic in a lecture I have to agree with them. Leveson just does not get journalism today.

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From TV to Twitter: How Ambient News Became Ambient Journalism. Alfred Hermida.

Anti-Government Protesters Clash With Pro-Mubarak Demonstrators

In a relatively recent paper written by Alfred Hermida, he discussed how many things have changed in journalism and with the distribution of information. As mentioned in a few of my previous blog posts, there have been many cases when Twitter showed pure power and relevance. 

“Twitter has emerged as a key medium for news and information about major events.” (Hermida, 2010)

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