Did anyone hear about Kanye West stealing the spotlight from little Taylor Swift last night during her acceptance speech for a VMA? Well that circulated across the internet within seconds after the incident, and guess where the news first broke online? Twitter! In 140 or less characters you can get a quick message across to your followers.
Famous celebrity and lifestyle blogger, Perez Hilton, was at a magic show in April this year, which was being presented by Chris Angel. While he's sitting in the audience, he happened to be tweeting on his mobile phone about how unentertaining he thought the show was. Well the news happened to get to Angel within his hour and a half show block and he ended his presentation with this statement: "I have to recognize someone special here in the house," said Angel, according to a witness. "Perez Hilton, please stand up.... We have the world's biggest douchebag ###hole in the house!"
Yikess!!! Vibrant example, but this is how many reporters and journalists are using Twitter.
CNN is on my Twitter contact list and the very moment a new story drops, guess where you can find it?! 4 hours ago, a tweet is published: [HAPPENING NOW: President Obama speaking on financial regulatory reform. Watch on CNN TV and CNN.com/live.]
Even though your Tweets are restricted to 140 characters, that doesn't mean the message you want to release is bounded in anyway. (Just add a link to your full story) Quick and effective.
Feedback is always appreciated! How do you use Twitter at work and do you use it for live-reporting/journalism?