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Links 1 through 10 of 97 by Howard Rheingold tagged twitter+comm217

When the Arab Spring demonstrations were under way in Egypt’s Tahrir Square and reports were streaming out through Twitter and Facebook and text messages and cellphone videos, it was easy to feel superior to the Egyptian government. How could they not realize that information can no longer be contained by blockades or even internet blackouts when everyone has the power to publish? Now the authorities in New York City and elsewhere have been getting a dose of that medicine, with the “Occupy Wall Street” protests being tweeted and live-streamed in real time. As the Associated Press learned this week to its chagrin, we all have newswires at our disposal now.

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On any given day, though, news organizations that are paying attention to Twitter or other social media are likely to see firsthand reports of newsworthy incidents — a fire, a car crash, a crime scene.

How do you decide what to do with that information? Every situation is different, but the considerations are the same. There are three distinct questions to evaluate:

How credible is the information?
How important is it to your audience?
And how urgent is the situation?
With carefully thought-out answers to these questions, you’ll be in good position to decide how to proceed.

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Welcome to #TfN. Inside, you’ll find resources to help you and your organization at every step of the reporting and publishing process.

We want to make our tools easier to use so you can focus on your job: finding sources, verifying facts, publishing stories, promoting your work and yourself—and doing all of it faster and faster all the time.

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When Anderson Cooper was attacked by a mob of protesters in Egypt, Wednesday, he tweeted.

“Got roughed up by thugs in pro-mubarak crowd…punched and kicked repeatedly. Had to escape. Safe now.”

That first, explosive, tweet was followed by continuing updates on his condition and the promise of video of the attack (the CNN cameraman apparently didn’t stop rolling despite the punching and kicking).

Then on Thursday, The Globe and Mail's Patrick Martin and Sonia Verma were taken into custody. Verma sent a series of progressively more disturbing tweets as she made her way through checkpoints in Cairo. The final one read, "Military have comandeered us and our car".

From the twittersphere to the headlines, these incidents are just more examples of social media and its increasingly integral role in news reporting.

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Best Newsrooms on Twitter
By Molly Stark Dean on November 19, 2010 2:24 PM
Twitter has become a new home for tvnewsers, as they follow news websites, TV news programs, and TV news shows in 140-character bursts. To celebrate this new kind of criticism, @TVNewser is building a directory of the best newsrooms (or collection of newsers) on Twitter. Because there are so many to choose from, TVNewser has compiled a list of newsrooms to follow, and for the bigger newsrooms, we have provided official lists.

We’ve collected these newsers in a handy Twitter list, but after the jump, you can explore our growing collection of TV newsrooms–they are listed alphabetically with links to each feed or list.

This is not a comprehensive list, yet. Add your favorite Twitter TV newsrooms in the comments section. We will constantly update the directory

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Taken together, those point to a broader implication: Twitter.com as an increasingly centralized space for information. And even, for our more specific purposes, news. Twitter itself, as Ev Williams put it during the company’s announcement of @Anywhere, is “an information network that helps people understand what’s going on in the world that they care about.” And #newtwitter, likely, will help further that understanding. From the point of view of consumption, contextual tweets — with images! and videos! — will certainly create a richer experience for users, from both a future-of-context perspective and a more pragmatic usability-oriented one. But what about from the point of view of production — the people and organizations who feed Twitter?

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Creating an online newswire:

It started with a task I set myself to find information on pirates in Somalia and filter it in a meaningful, but automated way, and send the result out to Twitter and other public facing websites as a kind of niche newswire. @somaliapirates was the result. And it continues to publish news on piracy off the Horn of Africa for those who are obsessed with that story.

I then decided to try and create a number of "country wires" - I made about 30 of them - such as @iranwire, @pakistanwire, @afghanistanwire, @congowire and @rwandawire. Each wire was built upon a single cloned/adapted Yahoo Pipe which I then fed into a country specific pipe i.e. Iran. This way I could add sources to the core pipe if neccesary - which would then filter down to all the country specific pipes. In addition, I could further tweak each country specific pipe to fine tune the results."

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Then, on Saturday, when the water pipe in Weston went boom, I found some useful journalism on Twitter: A combination of reports from Boston-area Twitter users and tweets from a few blogs and mainstream media outlets kept the story up to date minute by minute.

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Friday, April 30, 2010
Why Twitter Is the Future of News
An unprecedented analysis reveals that the micro-blogging service is remarkably effective at spreading "important" information.
By Christopher Mims

It's basically impossible for a journalist who relies on Twitter to find stories, stalk editors, rack up "whuffie" and beef with rap stars to be objective about the service.

Fortunately, I don't have to be, because four researchers from the Department of Computer Science at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology have performed a multi-part analysis of Twitter. They conclude that it's a surprisingly interconnected network and an effective way to filter quality information.

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