Posts Tagged ‘Twitter


Twitter, Qik Create Problems on Capitol Hill

Bloggers Robert Scoble via the aid of Andrew Feinberg contribute to the breaking of a NYT piece today on the usage and issues around the usage os microblogging and life streaming tools Twitter and Qik. The controversy is around whether or not members of congress should be allowed to use these new social lifestreaming tools. The focus of the piece is on Representative John Culberson, Republican of Texas, who is an avid Twitizen and wrote on his profile, “I just learned the Dems are trying to censor Congressmen’s ability to use Twitter Qik YouTube Utterz etc — outrageous and I will fight them,” The way the article is written one would have to believe that the democrats are in favor of regulating the usage while the Republicans are all over Twitter! However Nancy Pelosi came back with a ‘friend me’ type response, and replies, “I have a blog, use YouTube, Flickr, Facebook, Digg, and other new media to communicate with constituents” and that the Dems proposal would “relax rules that prohibit members from posting on sites other than the domain.”

One of the best and promising parts of the article is the involvement of Culberson’s followers. NYT says,

But Mr. Culberson, after taking suggestions from hundreds of online “followers” on his Twitter site, drew up a counterproposal on Friday, calling on House leaders to lift nearly all restrictions on external content.

Qik Video by Feinberg with Culberson


Twitter, Microjournalism & MicroBlogging Hits The NY Times

I love it when I have some “good ol’ substance and fodder” for my pitches. Sitting here in South Beach Miami preparing for a big presentation today and stumbled across this piece in the New York Times that discusses Twitter and “Micro-blogging” and its effect on the election coverage and journalism. This is very timely as I’m about to transform a slightly disengaged client this afternoon into a converted soul who will begin to look at interactive media and pr in an entirely new light. I have been a champion (and user) of Twitter for some time now and like my Fast Company colleague and fellow “micro-journalist” Peter Fasano says, “20 posts in Twitter in a day translates into a typical blog posting.” Fasano, like all my other “Twit-izen” Friends have made me feel like my contributions to Twitter count in the eyes of the “social media gods” who tally up whether or not I’m contributing. What is true is that the rules are changing and are your clients up to speed or are they waiting on you to catch up?



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