- Week 6 reading/Q posts
- More on Twitter ecosystem
- Discussion : Twitter/Facebook/Blogging
- Lab exercise: exploring Twitter
- Reading, question posts update
- Next week: Monday assignment will be posted Sunday; Wednesday assignment will be posted Tuesday
More on Twitter ecosystem
- Historical tweets (for grins)
- Paper.li (My Paper.li)
- Storify (Twitter and OBL’s Death)
- Twitter and WordPress.com
- EPIC 2015 : Monica’s tweet on Saturday
- What specific challenges do writers face when allowed only 140 characters to communicate? How does writing good tweets (define what this means to your group) translate to good blog writing?
- What role do blogs, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube (et al) play in how you are learning about the 2012 elections? How important are official sources (media, candidates, watchdog organizations)? What is your response to negative messages in this “personal” space?
- In the beginning, there was Blogger. Then Friendster begat MySpace which begat Facebook. How have these digital social networks been influenced by blogging (and vice versa)?
- Misinformation — accidental or deliberate (gossip, propaganda) — is as old as human communication. How do we gauge “truth” in an era when we all can own publishing presses (blogs) and TV studios (our phones) and news wires (Twitter)?
Your Reading Questions
- What does Twitter have to change to effectively compete with Facebook, to the extent that Twitter could overtake Facebook in Social Networking popularity? [Added: why might Twitter chose not to compete head-to-head with Facebook?]
- What separates FacebooK from Twitter, i.e. why use one over the other or why use both?
- Twitter Lingo: What is the most used Twitter “language” a newbie should know?
- What do you think life would be like if Twitter came before Facebook?
- How might voter turnout be affected by the more widespread use of biased campaign blogs during this year’s presidential elections?
- When the distinction between professional journalism and civilian reporting is becoming hazy, what information can be taken at face value? How can we differentiate between trained professionals and the everyday opinion?
- when someone new starts following you, how do you decide if you will follow them or not?
- Looking back at human history, it seems the speed technological evolution has been slowly increasing. If, in fact, all of human history operates in an exponential curve when it comes to technology–with each succeeding technological leap happening with fewer and fewer generations in between–what will happen when the curve reaches a near vertical? That is, what will happen when technology begins to increases significantly within a generation?
- Using Twitter search and Topsy (filter for Tweets) discover something about the current Republican campaign for president that you didn’t already know. In a comment on this post — describe what you searched for and what you found — be sure to put the names of the two team members in the comment.
- Try your hand at writing a “historical tweet” — pick a real or make-believe figure. Post as a comment (put team member names in the comment). What would make a good background image for the tweet?
- On your course blog, reflect on how your perception of Twitter has changed (or not) since taking this class. How might Twitter enter into your course project? Post before leaving class.