Sunday, May 15, 2011

To blog or to tweet? That is the question

Very interesting debate on All Twitter about whether one should post breaking news first on Twitter or on a blog. The thinking seems to be that: "If you have breaking news and you share it on Twitter first, your competitors are more likely to scoop it and write their own articles about the story. It also undermines the real value of social media, which is to drive traffic to blogs and websites."

The blog's author, Lauren Dugen, suggests writing a story -- which doesn't have to be complete -- first, then tweet about it. She uses sportswriters who have been live Tweeting as an example of journalists losing their stories to competitors.

She does end with some suggestions about what should and shouldn't be done with new media. Frankly, its biggest advantage is that there are no shoulds or shouldn'ts.

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