Tag Archives: Twitter

Something old, something new

Or to put it into the context of today’s headlines, the weather and market prices of modern media. The weather will always be the fallback subject for small talk, and if it isn’t global warming, then it’s freezing for some reason.

Of course things have gotten strange when cold winters are a big story in Norway. Continue reading

It is the heat

Just a quick update, to counterbalance the effects of summer laziness and sweltering heat – Oslo has been hotter than Mumbai in recent days.

News has been thin on the ground lately, the death of Michael Jackson pushing everything off the map. Leading tabloid/Norway’s bestselling newspaper Verdens Gang (VG) had an amazing concentration of stories on their web site; at one point it was difficult to find anything else to read about, Continue reading

Iran from Norway

Will the aftermath of the Iran elections be the defining event for social media tools like Twitter? How do old and new media manage to provide coverage of chaotic breaking news? And how does a place like Norway, with a tech-savvy populace and presumably media, juggle coverage from afar, when there are virtually no journalists allowed on the ground?

I’m writing this in real time, with Norway’s leading news sites open in front of me, various Twitter tools trying to tackle the stream of tweets related to the Iran election, while flicking between various TV news stations and watching major international news sites. How are they doing? Continue reading

Social media

The rapidly shifting media landscape should be a subject of detailed study for anyone linked to traditional communications and trying to make a living thereby. A few interesting things in this context.

First, TED has the always fascinating Clay Shirky in the spotlight these days, posting a recent lecture on the potential impact of Twitter, due to the topicality of the micromessaging service as a tool for protestors in Iran. I can’t help feeling that Shirky is both overly emotional and enthusiastic on the impact of Twitter in Iran, carried away by the swirl of unfolding events.  There are just too many key questions begging answers; how to filter the noise, Continue reading

More Twittering

Just a brief update, now that this page has been ticking over very regularly indeed, at least in the right column, thanks to the medium of Twitter. My last post was about investigating this latest online trend, and I am already convinced that for providing headlines it is a wonderful thing indeed.

I have been trying to find out why Twitter friendly newspaper Dagbladet does not have an efficient Twitter feed, without luck so far. But it can hardly be on the top of its priorities list at the moment, the venerable daily is in the middle of a massive scandal, Continue reading

Twitter – what’s it good for?

One of the topics that fascinates me, and has at least an indirect link to the original reasons for this blog, is new social networking. With Aftenposten’s News in English service an early casualty of the collision between finance crisis and Web 2.0 economic chaos, playing with the latest Internet communication toys is absolutely vital.

Twitter is the latest big thing, and it is intriguing indeed to watch it develop, and weigh its potential. And while the limitations of a 140 character medium may seem laughable, newsmakers are playing with it in very serious fashion, and it is getting a test run here as well. Continue reading