Should NYT execs be on Twitter?

Fellow classmate Tory Starr took to Twitter this morning saying Charlie Warzel’s BuzzFeed piece was getting a lot of attention. If you missed it, Warzel assessed the Twitter accounts of several executives at The New York Times. It wasn’t pretty. He called his results a Twitter Graveyard.

Starr asked whether it matters that these top-level editors do not tweet. I responded. Storify isn’t currently supported by WordPress, so here’s a link.

10 Tweeps to follow

Editor’s note: As part of my master’s class, I have been asked to write about ten Twitter accounts I find helpful to my beat. My beat, in this case, is media.

In no particular order:

Brian Stelter @brianstelter – Brian Stelter is CNN’s senior media correspondent and hosts CNN’s show, “Reliabale Sources.” He used to work at The New York Times. Brian also wrote the book, “Top of the Morning.”

David Carr @carr2n – David Carr writes the Media Equation for The New York Times.

David Folkenflik @davidfolkenflik – David Folkenflik is the media correspondent for NPR. Until recently he was following me. I hope it wasn’t something I said.

David Cohn @Digidave – David Cohn is Chief Content Officer and Founding Editor at Circa, and is previously of Spot.Us.

Jay Rosen @jayrosen_nyu – Jay Rosen is a journalism professor at New York University. He is often critical of the media, both print and broadcast.

Jeff Jarvis @jeffjarvis – Jeff Jarvis is a professor at City University of New York’s Graduate School of Journalism, directing its new media program. He seems to always be on Twitter and is not one to hold his tongue.

(Jim) Romenesko @romenesko – Jim Romenesko has a media blog in which he provides both news and commentary.

Lost Remote @lostremote – Lost Remote is a blog all about social TV. (Another good one to follow is @corybe, now of @breakingnews, but who co-founded Lost Remote.

Nieman Journalism Lab @niemanlab – The Nieman Lab evaluates media and where the industry and its culture are headed.

Poynter. @Poynter – In St. Petersburg, Florida, Poynter is a journalism school and clearing house for debates on journalistic ethics.

I have a Twitter list of these accounts plus some others. You can find that here.

Yo! Do you hear me? Are you clicking?

When the app Yo was released on April 1, 2014, its sole function was to send messages that simply said, “Yo!”

Since then, it’s expanded, and now media outlets are experimenting with Yo. A user can set up notifications so he receives a Yo when NBC Nightly News begins, or when Nieman Lab posts a new article, or when the Washington Post publishes an article about the NSA.

Economically, Yo is not doing well. According to Business Insider, in June, the app secured $1.5 million in financing, which valued the app at $5 to $10 million. But the app’s ranking in the App Store is falling. Which makes one wonder whether there’s a future for this, or are individuals going to continue to rely on individual apps for notifications.

Personally, I do not have many notifications working on my phone – the distraction from all of them can be too much. But I do use Yo for Nieman Lab and RainHour (it notifies you when it’s going to rain within the hour of your location). I don’t always open to know what the article is, and part of the downfall of just having it say, “Yo” is that you don’t know anything about the article. But I do know there’s a new post and I can get to it later.

During the Online News Association Conference, I did ask Trushar Barot of BBC World Service via Twitter if he has experimented with Yo. He was speaking about chatapps – think Snapchat and What’s App.

Do you use Yo? How? How do you think other media outlets could use it?

The fun of live tweeting

I have been live tweeting for several years.

In fact, when I live tweeted one of President Obama’s first press conferences, I got flak from early adopters. I was told to “lay off” the tweets, that Twitter wasn’t to be used that way.

How times change. Now, when there’s a major event – whether it’s a speech by the president, an awards show on TV, or a trial in court – it seems you can find at least a half dozen people tweeting about it.

I still live tweet events often, though not always as a working journalist. Instead, I live tweet conferences or scientific conversations. Often my nom de plume is @NortheasternCOS. (You can find an example of my work here.) Anyone can do it, and they often do without even realizing it. So many people on social media, and specifically Twitter, take their inner dialogue and put it out there for the world to see. So, instead of keeping those thoughts to themselves, they share them with the rest of us. Then we know how many yoga-wearing, dog-carrying people have walked into Starbucks on a particular morning. And we know what each of them have ordered, complained about and read.

This week, I took my live tweeting skills to an event at Northeastern University and to Cohasset, Massachusetts. The events could not have been more different. The event at Northeastern was about data visualization. It was hosted by a section of the library and quite intellectual. The event in Cohasset was the seasonal closing of an ice cream shop.

Both events offered opportunities to use additional Twitter handles, to quote people and to add photos. The closing of the ice cream shop would have been a kicker on our local broadcast when I was in television. It was cute, and the shop manager was helpful. Unfortunately, it was not until I had packed my twins back into their car seats that anyone else showed up at the ice cream shop, otherwise I would have had additional quotes and pictures from customers.

The data visualization conversation was informative. It was more cerebral than I expected, as the description of the event said it would discuss the visualization tools faculty around the college are using. While it was informative in terms of what faculty are working on, there wasn’t a deep dive into any of the precise tools used.

I enjoy live tweeting events, especially conferences and lectures, as it broadens the conversation beyond those who are in the room. I had the opportunity to follow several tweets from the annual Online News Association Conference in Chicago this week. Because so many people were posting information, including charts, quotes and pictures, I was able to join in the conversation despite being in Boston.

I am certain these two events won’t be the last I live tweet, but I hope the next time I do it, it will be more organic rather than me feeling as though I needed to find something to fulfill an assignment.

I scream, you scream, the ice cream shop is closing

Editor’s note: This post is for a class assignment. I do not generally live tweet the last day of the season for an ice cream shop. Also, it wasn’t until I had buckled my twins back into their car seats that any other customers arrived. Considering it was 85 degrees outside, I did not want to leave my children in the car to interview the costumers. Had the circumstances been different, I would have gone to ask them about why they come to J.J.’s.

Data visualization can be as simple as maps

The following is from Discussions @ DSC on Wednesday, September 24. Northeastern University associate professor Isabel Meirelles, of the College of Art, Media, and Design, talked about the use of visualization tools.

Editor’s note: This post is for a class assignment.

Attracting listeners to Instagram

I don’t often listen to popular music on terrestrial radio, but this afternoon my kids were asking for songs as we drove home, so I turned on a local station. Just as I did, I heard a DJ come on (do they still call them that) and started talking about drinks and a glass.

“Do you ever want a drink at night? And you’re searching for the right glass?”

I thought for sure it was an ad. But he kept going.

Romeo from Kiss 108 on Instagram

tvradioromeo on Instagram – screenshot

“I just found the coolest glass. I posted it on Instagram. Search for tvradioromeo. Check it out and let me know what you think.”

I have to admit, I had to Google his name again once I was home in order to recall it, but I looked. And it’s pretty cool.

Have you heard radio broadcasters do anything similar? What works best to get you to follow someone on social media?