Tuesday, May 1, 2012
Occupy coverage from Twitter
Twitter can be considered a lame social media. My mom thinks Twitter is for Twits but Twitter can be used as a powerful tool for citizen journalism. Right now Occupy strikes are being broadcasted around the world, mostly from Twitter. I have been following Occupy Oakland on Twitter and feel a sense of urgency to to be part of the movement. Although the only thing I can do to spread the word is to connect the links on my FB and blog about it in class, my re-tweeting will hopefully inform people who are unaware of what is going on. The media will only share the filtered version during a brief segment on prime time TV but reading the tweet updates every minute really gives readers a connection to the event taking place. Strike footage can be followed at the Bay Area May Day site. This example will hopefully show how Twitter can be used as a journalistic tool.