In all honesty, I made a Twitter because I needed it for this class and that’s all I use it for—right now at least. So, if you are wondering where I am on this whole thing… I’m still working on it. I thought I would be more into it by now but I still have no desire to actually tweet because I felt like tweeting.
But I have to admit, the articles from both Steve Buttry and Mallory Tenore both pose good arguments on why as a journalist, I should continue to get involved in the Twitter world. For starters it’s given me a new perspective about why having a social media/web presence is important and will only become more important, not just as a journalist (although especially as one) but for my family business and other things people might get involved in like foundations, support groups and so on.
I found it most relatable when Tenore talked about Twitter giving her confidence as a writer. I had a pat-on-the-back experience with Twitter recently when a couple of my tweets got “favorited.” I thought that was so cool that people I didn’t know and who have a large following could find my tweets and favorite them. So things like that give a new Tweeter motivation to keep tweeting.
It’s also more personable to be able to follow people you look up to and watch on TV like Stephen A. Smith or other great personalities. Who knows, maybe you’ll create a friendship you never expected. Twitter gives Journalists a chance to virtually network— which Journalism is all about networking.
As I continue to pursue the Twitter world, I hope to gain story ideas and to continue the conversation like Buttry mentioned in his article. I find these perspectives quite fascinating.