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Chirp, chirp

Chirp, chirp. The sound of a bird’s chirp could mean a new tweet was sent out. Chapter 4 of “Journalism Next” by Mark Briggs focused on microblogging and social media. What is microblogging? According to the book, microblogging allows people to post short messages. A good example is Twitter. Twitter allows journalists and news organizations to connect with their views or readers in 140 characters or less. Other examples mentioned in the chapter were¬†Facebook’s newsfeed and¬†Tumblr.

What makes microblogging so important for journalists? It can be used as a platform for breaking news. News organizations and everyday people break news over Twitter and Facebook. It is a fast and affective way to update viewers or readers without having to wait for enough information for a journalist to be on air.

Briggs provided Twitter “etiquette.” I like his advice to follow before tweeting, do not tweet off-topic, tweet news links, and get to know people. Other good advice– the 80-20 Rule. Eighty percent of tweets should add value to Twitter.

The chapter provided an informative look into microblogging.