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Is Twitter journalism?

Thursday, November 27, 2008 by Dave Winer.

What you see on Twitter, when: Permalink to this paragraph

1. People witness events that others are interested in; and Permalink to this paragraph

2. They're posting about it on Twitter; and Permalink to this paragraph

3. The interested people are reading their posts... Permalink to this paragraph

It certainly is news. Whether it's journalism or not isn't a very interesting discussion, to me. Permalink to this paragraph

To the user, both extremes, Twitter and the most vetted pro news, require skepticism. The reader triangulates.  Permalink to this paragraph

See also: Mike Arrington, Mathew IngramPermalink to this paragraph


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A picture named dave.jpgDave Winer, 53, pioneered the development of weblogs, syndication (RSS), podcasting, outlining, and web content management software; former contributing editor at Wired Magazine, research fellow at Harvard Law School, entrepreneur, and investor in web media companies. A native New Yorker, he received a Master's in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin, a Bachelor's in Mathematics from Tulane University and currently lives in Berkeley, California.

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