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Five reasons why you should follow me on Twitter (and so should your friends)

8 Nov

1. You’re interested in the media, old and new, and that’s what I tweet about (most of the time)

2. I won’t automatically follow you back but you can bet your behind I’ll peruse your profile and if I like what I see, I’ll follow you back or at least observe you for a while before deciding whether I’m interested

3. I follow fewer than 300 people but they are some of the most thoughtful, engaging and entertaining thinkers in and around the media, whether they’re traditional journalists, politicians, bloggers or waspish commentators. I spend a lot of my time consuming and sharing their content, spreading their wisdom, passing on their jokes, retweeting their scurrilous gossip – and that will interest, educate and aid you. And when you share it, people will be interested in you.

4. I have only 343 followers but they are an active, infuential and engaged group. I have conversations with many of them and ignore none. Most are interested in what I say or spread – they read my tweets and I read theirs. It’s a community that contains some very talented well-followed individuals, like US marketing bloggers Mitch Joel, Mark Schaefer, Trey Pennington and Guy Kawasaki, like McDonald’s head of social media Rick Wion and like Amber Naslund, VP of social strategy at world-leading social media monitoring firm Radian6. So if I retweet your tweets and spread your content, you will reach my audience, my influential community. You could be part of that community today.

5. I’ll pay you. Okay, that’s not true. Nonetheless, click here to find me on Twitter and hit ‘follow’. It could be the start of something special. And if you like what you’ve read here, or think someone in your community might find it useful, hit the retweet button below.

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The Long Tail of Politics: social media and the Tea Party movement

5 Nov

 

Will the Tea Party mean the end of the party in Washington?

 

America has swerved rightwards.

Energised by the Tea Party movement, the Republicans this week enacted a spectacular revenge on the governing Democrats in the mid-term elections, overturning at least 60 seats in Congress.

Many will explain this away by citing disaffection with the ‘slow progress’ of President Barack Obama’s reforms.

But something less obvious was also at play.

Before we go any further, let me be clear: I am not seeking to express any political view or affiliation here. This is a media blog – and I want to explore the story of how American conservatives have seemingly stolen a digital march on the supposedly tech-savvy Democrats to organise, spread ideas and win hearts and minds. Continue reading

The Social Network: a defamatory revisionist fantasy

20 Oct



Jessie Eisenberg in The Social Network

Old media sets the entry bar high.

To partake in, say, the Hollywood film industry, you’ll need equipment – cameras, mobile cabins, mirrors with lights around the edges and hotdogs.

You’ll need an international film production and distribution company – like, say, Columbia Pictures – as well as publicists, runners, voice coaches and drivers.

You’ll need very famous, very highly-paid, very pampered stars. People like, say, Justin Timberlake.

How it must irk those accomplished and immaculately-connected producers, directors, script writers and actors that anyone can now do this sort of thing for the price of a laptop, a camcorder and a tank of petrol. Continue reading

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