June, 2010

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The Twitter debate: as confused and nonsensical as NSW politics

, Jun 16, 2010

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"Twitter flattens democratic debate," NSW Premier Kristina Keneally declared in kicking off the world's first political debate on Twitter. She probably meant 'flatters', though the typo slip turned out to be Freudian.

“Tweets” banned at the NY Times

, Jun 11, 2010

It's official: the word "tweet" has been banned by the standards editor at the NY Times. Instead, journalists are to say "writes on Twitter" or "a Twitter message".

Keane: Twitter, certainty and branding — the grim future of political journalism

, Jun 08, 2010

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The mainstream media are already preparing us for their demise. But what will politicians do when mass media is no longer available to convey their messages to voters?

Keane: Twitter and the prosaic reality of Digital Democracy

, Jun 07, 2010

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We expect too much of politicians on social media - particularly in Australia, where its benefits are less obvious compared to those of the mass media.

Fake it ’til you make it: when Twitter meets satire

, Jun 07, 2010

One of the greatest things about Twitter are fake accounts and Fake Fielding and Big Harto are two Crikey faves. Time offers up a list of 10 of the best fakers from the US offering doses of satire in 140 characters or less.
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Facebook swings the closet door wide open

, Jun 04, 2010

If you want to keep your sexuality a secret, then you can't be on Facebook or Twitter. Social media makes it harder to stay in the closet, but it also makes it easier for young gays to come out.

When it comes to new media, it’s all location, location, location

, May 31, 2010

Location-based apps and websites are theMyTown and Twitter's geolocation function. But who's looking at what, where?

A how-to tweet guide for political n00bs

, May 26, 2010

So you want to be a tweeting pollie? Malcolm Farnsworth provides a simple and clever how-to guide for the handful of politicians who are yet to join the Twitterverse. Tip one: use your real name.

The top 100 Aussie foodies on Twitter

, May 26, 2010

Chefs, critics, sommeliers and garden-variety gourmands: a list of the most influential food fanatics in the Aussie Twittersphere to follow for scoops on the latest flavour-of-the-month in dining down under.

ABC #budgies tweets — left-wing conspiracy or just going with the flow?

, May 25, 2010

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What's in a Twitter hashtag? An example of institutional ABC bias when the ABC used #budgies, according to one Liberal Party senator, sparking a new debate on news and social media.