I posted a while ago about social media tool, Twitter, and its role in disrupting the media process. Charles Arthur rightly pointed out:
Except… this is only accurate about “disrupting the flow of the news process” where “news” means “news about technology stuff”.
We in technology PR and media are living in a bubble to a certain extent and mainstream media in other industries are yet to use the tool widely. Rory Cellan-Jones, tech correspondent at the BBC posted this morning about his recent experience using Twitter:
When I said in a “Tweet” last week that I was looking into addiction to online games I immediately got useful replies, including one which sent me to a psychiatrist at the Tavistock who became the key figure in my story. Then, minutes after I did the story on Today, I got more Twitter messages attacking me for being unfair to gamers. I was then able to point them at a blog post I’d written with more detail and that became a forum for a vigorous debate about the pros and cons of online games.
Yes it is a technology topic but it is slightly more mainstream in reach and provides a great case study of how journalists are using Twitter these days.
Yesterday at the Future of Mobile event in London, Guardian writer and lover of Twitter, Jemima Kiss said Twitter is one of the most important tools of her job.
I hope PR folks are listening and taking note…
Courtesy of Paul Walsh via Twinkle
Cross-posted on Ruder Finn Uk’s blog