I have long meant to add to my #twutorial series an updated list of resources by others that offer advice for using Twitter, along the lines of the advice I offer in the series.
That will come someday, but I’ll start with today’s excellent post from Slate’s Jeremy Stahl: Thou Shalt Not Stoop to Political Point-Scoring: A Journalist’s guide to tweeting during a crisis. I think the main head and subhead should have been reversed because the post isn’t about point-scoring. That’s just one (very valid) point in the guide on crisis tweeting.
A couple other key points:
- “Media outlets need to turn off their automated Twitter feeds to ensure that frivolous and/or off-topic items don’t get sent out by mistake.”
- “Use first-person eyewitness accounts and official sources like the Boston Police department’s Twitter account or official press conferences.”
Read the whole post. The advice on what not to do is as important as the advice on what to do, including this one: ”Do not pass on speculation.”
I may compile more such advice someday (updating this 2011 list of social media resources), or I may just curate others as people post them.
Earlier #twutorial posts
In addition, these two posts that predate the #twutorial series cover some of the points I’ll make in the workshop: