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The future of Twitter–two different takes

January 13, 2010

David Carr of the New York Times wrote on January 1 an article titled “Why Twitter Will Endure.” Then, today, came this report showing a steady and probably accelerating decline of Twitter usage. So, is Twitter here to stay or has it reached its peak and already is on the decline? For the record, I […]

More examples of news via Twitter, plus: Is Social Media a fad?

October 28, 2009

I’ve been talking in my presentations quite a bit about how Twitter is how the mainstream is getting more of its news and how increasingly Twitter itself is spreading the news. Here’s another great example–the debris on the Bay bridge that snarled traffic for hours or more. Thanks to Gabe, I was alerted to this […]

Where does Twitter go from here?

September 28, 2009

Down, I think. Yeah sure, they got a $100 million in investment capital (jeez, 1999 deja vu all over again?) and a capitalization of $1 billion. Their timing was superb, if not incredibly lucky because now the word is building that their phenomenal growth rate has slowed or completely stalled. The innovation they brought to […]

Redskins player shows why employers fear Twitter

September 23, 2009

Dear Mr/Ms Employer: can you guarantee that all your employees will show good sense when they use Twitter or other social media? No? Then you have a substantial PR and reputation risk. Like the Washington Redskins today. They won the game against the St. Louis Rams on Sunday, 9-7, but apparently some fans at the […]

Now mainstream breaks the big stories on Twitter–first

August 25, 2009

I’m getting ready for the webinar I’m doing Sept 1 for Government Educator on Twitter in Government Communications. I just keep pace with the rapid changes in how Twitter is being used for public information and news. Here’s the latest from–now this is where at least some mainstream news organizations are breaking their big […]

Bike riding mom turns drive-in policy around with Twitter

August 21, 2009

First, thanks to Doug Walton for pointing me at this story. I’m sure that Burgerville employee who told the mom on a bike  that should couldn’t use up the drive-in window had no idea her story would end up in USA Today. She rolled up on her bike in bike-friendly Portland, OR and was told […]

No surprise here–most of Twitter is “pointless babble”

August 17, 2009

Even while Twitter among professional communicators such as those in government is all the talk and concern, I believe that it is already on its way down after a meteoric rise in attention and focus. I predicted, to the surprise of some, that it would die, but that the function of instant updating would become […]

Why communicators need to be worried about fake Twitter accounts–ExxonMobil fake

August 11, 2009

I’ll be sharing with Crisisblogger readers (as well as readers of my new Emergency Management blog) results of the survey I am doing on Twitter in Government Communicators. But one thing I have found already is many are very worried about fake Twitter accounts. There is no way currently to stop someone from signing up […]

Twitter in Government Communications–tell me what you know

August 5, 2009

I’ve been asked by Government Educator to do a webinar on Twitter in Government Communications. It is scheduled for Sept 1 and if you’d like more info or to register, here you go. I work with and talk with a lot of government communicators including those who use Twitter and those who say, Twitter, what’s […]