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As often happens among journalists on Twitter, we spent a lot of time Monday talking about Twitter.

The discussion was sparked by a blog post by Jim Romenesko, which noted the light Twitter use by editors of the 10 largest U.S. newspapers. This post reviews the Twitter discussion, including a calling-bullshit exchange between New York Times Editor Bill Keller and me. In separate posts, I say why editors should be active on Twitter and update my 2009 study of Twitter use by leaders of the American Society of News Editors. All three posts were initially combined in one too-long post that remains on Storify. (more…)

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Most leaders of the American Society of News Editors are not active Twitter users.

This post was originally part of a longer post discussing editors’ use of Twitter. I have broken that post into three parts, but the long version is still available on Storify. The discussion was prompted by Poynter blogger Jim Romenesko’s blog post that noted the weak Twitter use by editors at the 10 largest newspapers in the United States. In separate posts, I say why editors should be active on Twitter and review yesterday’s Twitter discussion., joined by New York Times Editor Bill Keller.

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Most top newsroom editors have ignored (or never heard or read) my repeated encouragement that they should be active users of Twitter.

The sorry fact is that, as many times as journalists and newsmakers have proven what an important tool Twitter is, most top editors still don’t engage on Twitter.
Prompted by Boston Globe Editor Marty Baron’s first tweet (upon which I commented on Twitter), Poynter blogger Jim Romenesko Monday checked the Twitter profiles of the editors of the 10 largest newspapers in the United States. The second or third most-active Twitter user of the group was Bill Keller of the New York Times, who has tweeted only 42 times and who famously tweeted and blogged about how stupid Twitter is (more on Keller later). (more…)

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