Keep On Tweeting

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

As the year winds down, many BNR students at Simpson College are close to successfully completing their first semester of using Twitter.

Having become a huge fan of this website, I have found myself constantly tweeting and making connections outside of the requirements we are assigned to do for class.

As this school year ends, many of us may think about discontinuing our use of Twitter because we feel there is no longer a need for it. We won't be earning a grade for our participation on the website, so why bother?

Twitter can be very beneficial for writers that are receiving news and making connections with people of common interests. It has the ability to drive substantial amounts of business and help promote publicity, deals, and information about companies.

As many of us want to be involved in writing, marketing, advertisement, or public relations someday, being updated on the power Twitter has on our economy is something we should all be aware of.

Being an engaged and active member of Twitter will help you monitor breaking news and current events occurring across the nation. Being culturally literate is a helpful trait to have in the journalism world today.

Twitter can also be helpful when conducting a story because you can find sources, receive excellent feedback from dozens of people, and view opinions of a subject from others around the world.

Many journalists have taken advantage of the pros we can gain out of using Twitter. Whether it's getting advice, gaining fans for your writing, or using Twitter websites made for journalists such as MuckRack, continuing to use Twitter will help enhance a writing career in the future.

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3 comments:

KatieSchober March 29, 2011 at 11:12 AM  

Thanks for all the awesome links to check out. Also, these are great reasons to keep up with your twitter account after the school year ends. There is something alluring about it for people who like writing.

Maddie Boswell March 29, 2011 at 12:39 PM  

At the beginning of the semester I had every intention of discontinuing my Twitter account after BNR was over. Not anymore. After using Twitter for a semester I have realized what a great resource it is not only socially but professionally. I will definitely continue using it for personal, academic, and professional reasons.

Katie Buchholz March 29, 2011 at 7:35 PM  

I can't believe I'm saying this...but, I LOVE Twitter! It has really helped me realize that it is a great tool for journalism and it gets the message out there in 140 characters only. I am not going to discontinue Twitter!

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