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The Pulitzer board, which administers the journalism awards named after newspaper publisher Joseph Pulitzer, has changed the terms of submission to require digital entries only, and has also changed the description of the "breaking news" category to stress that real-time reporting will be the main criteria for that award. That has led some -- including the Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard -- to speculate we could see a Pulitzer Prize for live-tweeting of the news. Whether that ever comes to pass or not, there's a case to be made that Twitter is the best tool for breaking news that the world of journalism has seen in a long time.

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Anton Jolkovski

Date

2011-12-02 11:00

Updated: It's a distributed digital-information network that gives subscribers short news updates in something approaching real time, whether on the web or a mobile device. If you said Twitter, you would be right. But that same description also fits traditional newswires like Associated Press and Reuters. So how are they trying to evolve and compete with this new social news service?

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Anton Jolkovski

Date

2011-11-22 11:15

As much as we tout Twitter for its conversational abilities -- for its revolutionary capacity to create discursive, rather than simply distributive, relationships with news consumers -- many major news organizations are still using the service as, pretty much, a vehicle for self-promotion. A new study, released today by Pew's Project for Excellence in Journalism, studied 13 news organizations, large and (relatively) small, from print, TV, and radio...and found that "mainstream news organizations primarily use Twitter to move information and push content to readers. For these organizations, Twitter functions as an RSS feed or headline service for news consumers, with links ideally driving traffic to the organization's website."

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Anton Jolkovski

Date

2011-11-15 10:24

In the wake of the Great East Japan Earthquake of March 11, local newspapers in the quake-hit Tohoku region suffered massive power outages, forcing them to suspend operations of the servers for their websites and bringing down local Internet connections. As access to their news sites was blocked, newspaper publishers turned to Twitter to continue to send out disaster-related information - especially detailed reports of damage and information closely related to people's daily lives.

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Anton Jolkovski

Date

2011-04-27 09:08

For the first time in the 95-year history of the Pulitzers, no one won for breaking news coverage in writing. Isn't that what newspapers are meant to do? Break news? And yet no clear majority could be raised among the judges to crown one of the three finalists the winner.

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Anton Jolkovski

Date

2011-04-21 09:10

"Twitter has analyzed the 25 billion tweets sent in 2010 and published the list of top overall trends in the year behind us," Mashable reported, "as well as the top 10 trending topics in eight categories: news events, people, movies, television, technology, World Cup, sports and hashtags."

The 10 overall top trends are: Gulf Oil Spill, FIFA World Cup, Inception, Haiti Earthquake, Vuvuzela, Apple iPad, Google Android, Justin Bieber, Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows, Pulpo Paul. Vuvuzela, the plastic horn used during the football match in South Africa, and Paul the Octopus, used to predict the winner of matches, refer both to the FIFA World Cup.

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Leah McBride Mensching

Date

2010-12-15 17:30

Twitter is now allowing users to add embedded versions of images and videos from third party multimedia services including Instagram, blip.tv, SlideShare, Rdio, Dipdive and others, PCWorld reported today.

These embedding features are part of the microblogging site's "#newTwitter" design, which is much like its Twitter for iPad. When users click on the tweet containing a link to the sites, a preview of the photo, video or song pop up on the right side of the screen, called the "details pane."

Image: The Instagram photo Twitter showed as an example on its blog

Twitter has been partnering with several multimedia companies in order to offer more within its website, Social Barrel explained.

The five new companies added Monday are blip.tv, Instagram, Rdio, SlideShare and Dipdive. It already has partnerships with YouTube, Flickr and USTREAM, giving it a list of more than 20 partners, according to the Twitter blog.

Author

Leah McBride Mensching

Date

2010-12-08 19:39

Twitter plans to launch an Arabic version of its website as well as promoted tweets for the Middle East by 2011, said Twitter co-founder Biz Stone, The National reported last Wednesday.

"People use [Twitter] differently around the world but people also use it similarly," said Stone in an interview. "The key takeaway there is that we've only translated the service into [six languages] ... but we're very keen on opening that up and getting it translated into more regions in the world sooner rather than later."

The microblogging website is already available in English, French, German, Italian, Japanese and Spanish. However, "the use of Arabic-language characters will cause Twitter some technological headaches, much as their Japanese interface did," Fast Company explained.

Currently, Twitter has 175 million registered accounts and, according to Stone, 370,000 people register daily. Nonetheless, the site has low penetration in the Middle East and "faces competition from Watwet, a Twitter-like service in Arabic that by last year had registered about 25,000 users," The National pointed out.

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Clara Mart

Date

2010-11-22 17:52

Twitter's local trends, which is the list of the most popular topics, is now available for 18 countries and 24 cities around the world, Mashable.com reported on Monday.

"Trending Topics is in high demand from folks in cities that aren't yet on the list, so today, we're expanding local trends to include 13 new countries and 6 new cities," the micro-blogging site stated in a blog post.

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The country list now includes Argentina, Australia, Chile, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Netherlands, Singapore, Spain, Turkey and Venezuela, the Financial Post pointed out. Meanwhile, Detroit, Miami, Minneapolis, Rio De Janeiro, Sydney, and Toronto were also added to local trending topics.

According to Twitter's blog, these "new locations include some of our fastest growing markets." The local trend topics was introduced earlier this year, Mashable.com reminded.

Author

Clara Mart

Date

2010-11-16 18:09

Twitter is currently testing an add-on to its places feature that would allow businesses to "claim" a location, TechCrunch reported Sunday.

Although Twitter allows users to tweet their location since June, the new feature "provides a permanent URL for specific locations, along with a list of people who have recently tweeted from that location and their tweets," Mashable explained.

Image: Mashable.com
So far, only Twitter headquarters has been claimed. But the feature "is not available at this time," said the micro blogging company in statement reported by Mashable. "We're experimenting with a variety features. Allowing businesses to claim a Place is a natural thing to consider for the future."

Author

Clara Mart

Date

2010-11-09 18:37

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