NPR senior strategist Andy Carvin has become famous for his prolific tweeting of popular uprisings around the world. On Wednesday he talked about why he does it and how he keeps some balance in his life.
“The day Mubarak resigned I tweeted over 1,400 times; I admit that I have a problem,” Carvin joked Wednesday as he received a 2011 Knight Batten Award at a symposium in Washington, D.C.
He explained to the audience of journalists that his use of Twitter for reporting has two purposes: to assemble “an oral history” of the revolutions, and to spread and verify information.
Over time, many sources in the Middle East have come to see Carvin as “a DJ of the revolutions” — a hub where people on the ground would direct their own bits of information and find others’ reports to comment on or add to.
As a result, Carvin said, his “tweeps” do a lot of the work. Read more