Wednesday, November 25, 2009

All That Twitters May Not Be Gold

When commenting on the use of Twitter as a vehicle for public comment on proceedings of the Federal Trade commission, Steven Clift points out the limitations of this single-platform approach.

This may be one of the first government-hosted conferences using Twitter for people to submit questions. (I wonder why not also allow e-mail since most Internet users still don't use Twitter?) On a related noted, why only 31 public comment submission so far? -

Ironically, this short format communications channel is being used for a serious topic that deserves more column space, a "New Media Workshop" on "How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age?" to be held December 1-2, 2009 in Washington, DC and via webcast.

The Federal Trade Commission will hold two days of workshops on December 1 and 2, 2009, to explore how the Internet has affected journalism. The event is free and open to the public. The workshop will assemble representatives from print, online, broadcast and cable news organizations, academics, consumer advocates, bloggers, and other new media representatives.

For more see the FTC Twitter stream. Of course, as the screen capture above demonstrates (click to enlarge), it is important to follow the right FTC.

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