Teaching Online Journalism

Twitter milestone: 8,000 followers

Yesterday my Twitter odometer rolled over, as follower No. 8,000 appeared.

Screen capture June 9, 2013

My Twitter handle is @macloo.

I use Twitter mainly as a news feed. I don’t follow friends from my personal life (unless they are in journalism), and for the most part, I don’t tweet personal things.

I use Hootsuite as my Twitter client both in my Web browser and on my phone.

Twitter has become my first and most-used news source. I use an RSS reader (Feedly), but I open it only when I’m stuck without any reading material (waiting at a doctor’s office, for example). I never go directly to any news organization’s home page. Seriously, never. (Unless I’m preparing something for a presentation and I need some screen shots.)

Many people — including most of my students — do not use Twitter this way. I find it invaluable, and I’m somewhat amazed at how my news habits have changed since  I started using Twitter on my phone several years ago.

This is my news consumption now. It’s almost all Twitter.

Categories: participation, teaching

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  1. Using Twitter as main source of news – @macloo http://t.co/5bSTdMDxUG

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