How do I carve out time for Twitter? For people like me with families and full-time jobs, how on earth can we carve out space in our days to take part in the great big global online conversation? I marvel at people who can twitter during their day and at night, finding interesting tidbits to pass on or searching out the profound or newsworthy to comment on. People who read widely of international journals large and small, find the funny bits of You Tube and update their status while uploading photos and videos they have shot and made. I try to twitter and blog when I can. But when the really interesting things are happening, when news is breaking, I’m doing my job, listening to interviews or doing my own, making calls, reading documents, pulling out grabs, writing leads and stories and talking to producers. — Lyndal Curtis, ABC News Online

News Ltd won’t be the new Apple. A few weeks ago MySpace Music was launched in Australia. Rupert Murdoch, the man who has been slammed by so many for having the audacity to try to make money from online content he’s paid people to write (with some exceptions …), suddenly decided to give content away for free. We can all now listen to an extensive selection of music via News Corp’s MySpace social media website. Initially this seems to be a fantastic proposition but there’s a problem. Far from being user friendly, MySpace Music’s interface is horribly and frustrating clunky. It’s not anywhere near as good as the likes of Spotify (unfortunately not available in Australia yet). — MediaMook

Ferrell signs up for YouTube. YouTube is bending over backwards to accommodate content creators, and it just landed one it probably should have had a long time ago: Will Ferrell’s Funnyordie.com. Funnyordie was founded three years ago by Ferrell, his producing partner Adam McKay and backed by Sequoia Capital and HBO. The site’s biggest video was one of its first, “The Landlord,” wherein Ferrell is harassed by McKay’s then two-year-old daughter Pearl. Why did it take so long for Ferrell to come to YouTube? Initially, they fancied themselves building their own comedic YouTube. — AdvertisingAge

After Fort Hood, another example of how “citizen journalists” can’t handle the truth. How do you even begin to process the idea of an American soldier shouting the takbir, before mowing down his comrades in arms? On American soil? At the home base of the Combat Warrior Stress Reset program? Yes, that’s definitely one for the experts to parse. And yet, the first news and analysis out of the base didn’t come from the experts. Nor did it come from the 24-hour news media, or even from dedicated military blogs — but rather from the Twitter account of one Tearah Moore, a soldier from Linden, Michigan who is based at Fort Hood, having recently returned from Iraq. — TechCrunch

Why I went from LA Times to blogging. Richard Rushfield quit his job as an editor at LAT to be a blogger. Not just any blog but Gawker. He’s the West Coast editor. But it’s still a blog. Lateral move? Upgrade? Downshift?Fishbowl LA

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