AP Issues Strict Facebook, Twitter Guidelines to Staff

Woah! Trying to charge bloggers who quote more than 5 words was bad enough (I no longer quote from or link to AP stories). But the most contentious element in the new policy, which the union also decried as “vague,” gives this instruction to employees using Facebook: “Monitor your profile page to make sure material posted by others doesn’t violate AP standards: any such material should be deleted.” “That’s the…

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Twittering The Machine

I’ve never been a phone guy.  My voicemail recording advises people to e-mail me rather than wait for me to remember to check my messages.  Around 2004, I told a class of students that I didn’t use instant messager because I would have nobody to talk to.  I got a generous “awww!” of pity from the class.  I didn’t mean to imply that I had no friends; rather, for years…

Twitter on the Barricades – Six Lessons Learned

But does the label Twitter Revolution, which has been slapped on the two most recent events, oversell the technology? Skeptics note that only a small number of people used Twitter to organize protests in Iran and that other means — individual text messaging, old-fashioned word of mouth and Farsi-language Web sites — were more influential. But Twitter did prove to be a crucial tool in the cat-and-mouse game between the…