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Friday, July 29, 2011

Saturday, July 2, 2011

The scale of Twitter, and why it is important for journalists

Where does journalism fit within the new media paradigm? Here is Twitter's perspective:

Twitter for Newsrooms

"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.

We know you come from different generations. Some are native to the pilcrow, others native to the hashtag. You began your careers in different media: radio, print, broadcast, online and mobile. But you share a common bond: the desire to make a difference in the world, bringing reliable information to the communities you serve.

While this group is diverse, we think Twitter and #TfN can be a kind of common ground—and we know Twitter is a tool all journalists can use to find sources faster, tell stories better, and build a bigger audience for their work."

From Mashable:

"According to (Twitter's) calculations, a day’s worth of tweets would be enough to write a 10-million-page book or 8,163 copies of War and Peace. Every second, 2,400 tweets are sent through Twitter’s servers, enough for 1.4 billion tweets per week.

Twitter surpassed 50 million tweets per day less than a year-and-a-half ago, and two years ago, Twitter users sent just 10 million tweets per day.

Twitter is growing at a rapid pace — and that’s why it is worth around $10 billion. It still has a ways to go before it reaches Facebook and its 750 million users though."