From Twitter to Twitterverse

Just comming back from Sarik Webers Presentation at the Global Media Forum in Bonn. He delivered a lively speech about Twitter and why should journalists use it. I found it great and try now to give a résumé on the important things I just heard.
(My English is not that good and this is my first post in English, so please be tolerant with me about this)

The first thing he told us is something I’ve already found today: Twitter is growing more faster than any other social network Twitter is by far not the biggest one but the percent growth of total minutes spent on it is 3712%. Quite impressive, isn’t it?

twitterverse

Twitter vs. all the other
Well, comparing Twitter with other social networks like Facebook, Flickr, OpenBC etc. there are few pros, Sarik mentioned:
– it’s a lot more simple, easy to use
– it’s mobile to use
– you get the content in the moment when it happens
– you don’t have to confirm when somebody wants to follow you and otherwise (e.g. many prominent people have a twitter profile and you can follow them without needing any confirmation from them – this makes it really attractive)
– you don’t need an account to use it, by search engines like serach.twitter.com you can catch up without being a member
– it is the best tool in the sharing economy (well, I heard this term for the first time, I must confess), so sharing information helps you gain authority
– it’s the perfect tool for conferences too, as many of the Twitter users have already learned (incl. me 🙂 )

Forget about the word Twitter,
he said. Think Twitter as Talking to people. It is not about the question What are you doing? but Do you get it? Do you get what Twitter does and can you use it for what you’re doing? Of course there are many user out there, twittering about going to work and drinking coffee And this is good that way, but Twitter is less about it. The important stuff is, what should I share with others so everybody gets something from it, Sarik said. So back to the term sharing economy 🙂

A new form of communication
It might sound a bit swanky, but in some way it’s true. Twitter has invented a new form of communication – it’s somewhere in the middle between synchronous and asyncronous communication. There is so much information flowing all the time (there are more than 5000 tweets in the minute), nobody really expects an answer on Twitter. And that’s a big difference to e-mail-communication e.g. Somehow with Twitter your mobile phone becomes a broadcasting station.

Twitter and journalists
On the Global Media Forum, organized by Deutsche Welle, it is of course not only about old media, new media, multimedia and so long, it’s about improving journalistic work and preventing conflicts and not only covering them. So why should journalists use Twitter? Sarik kept it short and simple at this point:
– journalists can find ideas for their stories
– journalists can find sources
– journalists can find experts
– journalists can do real time research
Sariks position on the last one (I found it in some kind amusing, but also true) was, that if you need information from 5 years ago, you have to go to Google, if you need information from right now, you get it from Twitter.

It was defenitly a great presentation and this is just a part of it. I can’t wait to get the slides 😉

If you want to follow Sarik on Twitter: Sarik

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2 Responses to “From Twitter to Twitterverse”
  1. Sarik sagt:

    Thanks a lot for putting this great summary together, I really enjoyed giving this presentation to such an interested and well responding audience. You don´t get so many chances to give a presentation in a former Plenary Chamber, so I tried to give you lots of food for thought. I am very glad you liked it!

  2. roblitz sagt:

    Thank you for your comment, I’m glad you read it! I wish we had more time for discussions after your presentation!

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