Comments on: Counting quality — not characters — in social media Dean Wright on Ethics, Innovation and Values Sun, 08 Apr 2012 05:10:49 +0000 hourly 1 By: Folklight Thu, 02 Jul 2009 16:46:18 +0000 The state of “Being Connected” has changed and continues to morph. The constant access to information can overload our abilty to mine it in search of knowledge. Amorphous data is like slurry
that must be sifted to secure honest and valuable data. The adage that knowledge is power is being rediscovered in ways previously impossible. That is a very good thing, despite the anxiety it may bring to oppressive governments! Thanks for the Forum.

By: oscar canosa Thu, 18 Jun 2009 15:52:47 +0000 Too much communication does not exist. Too little, might.

By: Eric Tue, 16 Jun 2009 20:24:54 +0000 “Are we too connected?”
This is a very relative question. It’s like saying are we communicating too much? You are asking this question because you have something to compare against. A 15-year old born into today’s connected world won’t know the difference and couldn’t care less. I don’t know what a world without telephones is like and will not say that phones make me too connected.

Counting quality not quantity –
Didn’t someone say brevity is the soul of wit? Anyway, communication today is not so much about just speed, or limited to text, audio and video. With each medium now possible in many many ways it’s now about appropriateness – where e-mail is not suitable instant messaging may be, where FB is not suitable twitter may be. Its all about finding what meets your needs/interests and has nothing to do with limitations of 140 characters. Just as financial news goes out as snaps or updates, and both have their own merits. Take for instance Google’s attempt to now fuse email and chat into a new hybrid realtime communication medium.

“At Reuters, we’re using Reuters Messenger to build chat rooms in which our journalists …”
You’ve got to be joking. If this is true then Reuters journalists are about 15 years behind the rest of the world. When I had my first job 5 years ago, small businesses were already years into saving money by connecting their global teams via IM such as ICQ and Yahoo messenger, for free!

Journalism and Social Media
What the printing press did for literature, and what you tube and myspace have done for film making and music, blogging has done for journalism. It’s no longer the purvue of a few selected individuals and this is just the beginning. Despite deficiencies, mediums like blogging, twitter and others, have overcome traditional journalistic barriers of censorship, govt control, funding, infrastructure, geography and even language.

“Me me me?” With so much networking isn’t it more like us us us? I love Japanese horror films and support the rights of indigineous people around the world. 50 years ago I would have been pretty clueless. Now I can go on FB or Twitter or any networking portal and find people who think like me. I can form groups, associations. I can start a movement, arrange protests, pretty much do anything a team can, at a global level. You call that selfish? And its happening …. There is no such thing as too much information, just as there is no such thing as too many books. You only assimilate what you want to, when you want to.

What about journalists and social media?
Isn’t it a little pretentious to be blocking journos from freely using any kind of social media? Wouldn’t you want a president elect to come clean on his past? Isn’t journalism about transparency and truth? If a journo is anti-corporation, he shouldn’t be covering Wall Street in the first place, and it is the responsibility of both the journo and the company to come clean on this. What’s the point of either covering up the truth by censoring public profiles, or doing crisis management once the damage is done.

The bigger question is – can you do it? In trying to limit what journos can write on their blogs and profiles, news companies like Reuters may be like a China trying to ban the internet.

By: Emily Fri, 05 Jun 2009 19:28:36 +0000 I think that, as much as Twitter can be silly and self-absorbed, it has actual journalistic uses. For every update Ana Marie Cox posts about her pants, there is one which gives me some insight into what goes on during White House Press things–same with Mike Knoller, who live-tweets them and is able to incorporate his own insight as he does.

By: Anubis Fri, 05 Jun 2009 14:31:55 +0000 Roger, perhaps your state of conscience is more important than your conscious state. Only a dunk behind the wheel of a moving vehicle can cause any harm unconscious. You might do well to find your information by visiting the websites for CDC, NOAA, Scripps and other institutions of higher learning.

Greed and Narcicism go hand in hand. It has become the American hallmark of the past generation or so. It is not so surprising our children are coming up the same way. Twitter is not influencing us. It is a manifestation of the self centered nature of many individuals in our society.

By: Brad Thu, 04 Jun 2009 15:34:52 +0000 Twitter is for middle-age people with no friends; ergo no one to send text messages to so they just send them out into oblivion, and feel as if they have communicated with someone – sad, very very sad.

– Posted by Sebastian

So Twitter is a lot like your post here…

By: Dean Wright Thu, 04 Jun 2009 14:32:23 +0000 That’s a fair point on the Twitter return numbers, Richard, though that does raise some questions about the business plan. I’d be thrilled if more people continued to Twitter, or Tweet, especially if the content is useful.

By: Richard Baum Thu, 04 Jun 2009 14:16:11 +0000 Dean, there’s some debate about whether the Nielsen figures reflect the fact that many people don’t use for Twitter. Most Reuters users access it via applications such as Tweet Deck, Twhirl and TwitterBerry. Once they’ve signed up at they never need to go back there.

By: Sebastian Thu, 04 Jun 2009 14:01:36 +0000 Twitter is for middle-age people with no friends; ergo no one to send text messages to so they just send them out into oblivion, and feel as if they have communicated with someone – sad, very very sad.

By: Mike Mueller Wed, 03 Jun 2009 22:10:49 +0000 I’m of the opinion every corporation should have a well thought out Social Media Policy in place. Your article brings up many of the very reasons why. Thank you!