Nina L. Diamond

Pinterest, the photo-sharing site, is a tool journalists can use, but it has its limitations. (AP Photo/Pinterest)

Journalists can use Pinterest, but with limitations

Update: I will be pinning this how-to Poynter article to my Pinterest page, afterall. After reading my article, writer Deborah Nam-Krane tweeted me with a workaround she uses to get past the Pinterest image pinning limitation I discuss here. Until Pinterest fixes the issue, this will help you pin your work on your Pinterest boards and I’ll use the workaround to pin this article and other articles I have written that were published in Poynter and other publications:
1. Choose an image and download it. Or choose one that you already have in your photo files. You may want to choose the logo of the media organization.
2. Go to your Pinterest page and in the upper right corner click on the + icon. Click on Upload a Pin to upload your chosen image.
3. You will be in a Pinterest pin box, and you can choose which of your boards your chosen image will be pinned to. Read more

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What journalists need to know about Twitter’s expanded lists

I’m in Twitter List Heaven. Well, actually, now that Twitter has expanded the capabilities of its list feature, just about the only category I haven’t made a new list for is heaven.

Before Twitter updated its lists feature last week, users could create only 20 lists with 500 accounts in each; now, they can create 1,000 lists with 5,000 accounts in each. The update impacts the role Twitter plays as an international news source by enabling journalists to be even more organized and save time as they gather, report and share news and information.

My first Poynter article about Twitter lists, published last December, focused on (and kvetched about) how using lists meant creating strategies for dealing with those then-current, now-old limitations. We are now free of those frustrating, time-wasting constraints and their accompanying strategies. My second lists article, published in April, explained how to remove yourself from other users’ lists, and under what circumstances you may want to do that. Read more


How journalists can remove themselves from Twitter lists — & why it matters

I love Twitter lists, and a while back I wrote about how they can help you as a journalist. So you may be surprised that I’m now going to tell you why you might not want to be on some Twitter Lists, and how to remove yourself from them.

Some people and organizations may put you on Twitter lists you don’t belong on and don’t want to be part of. But you can review the lists that include you, and remove yourself from any that are inappropriate or make you uncomfortable. For example, while as a journalist you might personally or even publicly support a particular cause, issue, or political view, that doesn’t mean you want to be on a specific user’s Twitter list of those deemed friendly to that cause.

I’ve also removed myself from Twitter lists created by users who spend most of their time engaged in Twitter wars. Read more


8 tips for using Twitter Lists

If I could change anything about Twitter, allowing us to have more than 20 lists would be high up on my list. Pun unavoidable.

Twitter grows with each redesign that expands its abilities, but it hasn’t expanded the limits of its lists. Twitter still has the arbitrary 20-list limit (with only 500 accounts allowed in each list) that it had before it became a powerful international newsroom. An expansion is long overdue, especially since the company understands its value as a news-gathering, news-sharing power.

Having the ability to create at least 100 lists would translate to more focused and, therefore, usable lists that would also save all users, not just journalists, a tremendous amount of time. Like the 20-list limit, the limit of 500 accounts in each list may sound like a lot, but it isn’t. Given the many Twitter accounts around the world that you may want to include, it would be helpful if each list could hold at least 1,500 of them. Read more