Twitter – a social networking and microblogging service launched in 2006.
username – Twitter alias
tweet – a message on Twitter, maximum of 140 characters
follow – selecting users to follow
reply or respond using @username
retweet – repost a message sent by another user, often marked with RT
hashtag – identify a subject trending on Twitter using #. Hashtags make it easier to group or search for tweets on that topic.
To save space shorten URLs – http://bit.ly/
Storify – A tool for making stories out of social media
Twitter’s “Big Journalism Debut“
The 2008 Mumbai attacks were more than ten coordinated shooting and bombing attacks across Mumbai, India’s largest city, by Muslim terrorists from Pakistan. It lasted nearly three days, killing at least 173 people and wounding at least 308. People used Twitter to report news from the scene. Reporters used Twitter to track developments, find sources, and report the story. See Hash Mumbai YouTube Video
Twitter As A Reporting Tool
Read 10 ways journalists can use Twitter before, during, and after a story (Poynter)
Read What I Learned in Joplin (Brian Stelter)
Read Considering the ethics of using Twitter for journalism (Poynter)
Twitter has even created a guide for newsrooms
How to Begin
-Set up a Twitter account for your beat/blog separate from your personal account.
-Add it to your blog widgets.
-Track your news niche – Follow 50 people/organizations related to your topic.
-Use it for breaking news.
-Generate story ideas.
-Share your work.
-Ask for feedback.
-Connect with “people formerly known as the audience”
-Develop your own style/tone/strategy.