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Twitter spring cleaning: tips for freshening up your profile page

Twitter started rolling out a new design for profile pages on Tuesday. Plenty of stories compared the new look to Facebook. Among the new features:

Best Tweets: Tweets that have received more engagement will appear slightly larger, so your best content is easy to find.

Pinned Tweet: Pin one of your tweets to the top of your page, so it’s easy for your followers to see what you’re all about.

Filtered Tweets: Now you can choose which timeline to view when checking out other profiles. Select from these options: tweets, tweets with photos/videos, or tweets and replies.
The most notable visual difference is the addition of a large image a la Facebook's cover photo. While the mostly cosmetic changes don't affect the main Twitter experience, the timeline, they're a good excuse to freshen up your profile page. (more...)

Tweets: now with four times the photo sharing


Users of Twitter's iOS app can start sharing up to four images per tweet, Twitter announced today. And in a potentially useful character-saving move, users can tag up to 10 people in images.

The function will roll out to Android apps and soon.   (more...)

WSJ’s Baker: ‘We generally avoid reporters breaking news on Twitter’

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Wall Street Journal Managing Editor Gerard Baker spoke at City University, London, Monday, and Journal social media editor Sarah Marshall took notes. Baker went through a list of things the Journal is doing that he thinks other news orgs should do, including being "genuinely independent": "You cannot become dependent on the companies on which you are reporting," Marshall reports he said. "We need to be mindful of journalistic ethics and standards."

During a Q&A someone asked whether social media is "just marketing." No, but Marshall reports Baker said, "We generally avoid reporters breaking news on Twitter. We generally break to paying subscribers."

Last November CNBC found that only about 16 percent of Twitter users frequently use the service to get breaking news. But 44 percent use it for breaking news at least some of the time.

James daSilva points out that the Journal recently broke really big news on Twitter:
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Lessons learned from a Twitter storm

Poynter is a school. We teach journalists new and better ways of informing the public. And so it makes sense that I would share what I’ve learned from the recent Twitter uproar over a column I wrote last week.

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BuzzFeed reporter’s use of tweets stirs controversy

BuzzFeed’s Jessica Testa noticed a unique thread on her Twitter timeline Wednesday. Twitter user @steenfox asked her followers who were rape survivors to share what they were wearing when they were attacked. The results were rather spectacular. Some were in … Read more


Poynter at SXSW: The ins and outs of Twibel

Editor’s Note: Poynter will be at South by Southwest, the annual music, movie and interactive festival, March 7-16, in Austin, Texas. Look for our Poynter faculty members, Roy Peter Clark, Ellyn Angelotti and Kelly McBride, and digital media reporter Read more


Teenagers don’t use social media to share links, says Microsoft researcher

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In a conversation with Evie Nagy, Microsoft Research Principal Researcher danah boyd talks about how teens use social media. It's not the same way grown-ups do:
My adult Twitter experience is more of people using it for professional communication or news sharing or brand building or comedy. How do teens use Twitter differently, and what do adults need to understand most?

The first thing you would notice if you were following teenagers is that you would not see very many links. Which is radically different than our world. They're doing a lot of interacting and engaging around celebrities, pop culture, really funny trending topics that they think are interesting, I'm sure you've seen some of the crazy hashtags. And of course with Instagram, hashtags have become even stronger on Twitter. Hashtags are content in and of themselves. I'm not sure if you saw that SNL sketch that was like 'hashtag, how are you today?,' etc. There's a degree to which this is kind of true when you look at teen content. They're also more likely to have protected accounts, and use it to talk to a small group of their actual friends. To them Facebook is everyone they ever knew, and Twitter is something they've locked down to just a handful of people they care about--which is often the opposite of how adults use them.
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The men's ice hockey game at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Why Olympics spoilers provide a perfect excuse for news organizations to engage in clickbait

Note: This post is a spoiler-free zone.
UPDATE: The U.S.-Russia hockey game Saturday provided more examples of the good and the ugly. Here's one from WGAL in Pennsylvania: See @WSJbreakingnews and @washingtonpost tweets if spoilers don't bother you. >>>>> I jumped into a Twitter discussion this afternoon about how the Chicago Sun-Times (where I used to work) is live-tweeting Winter Olympics results from Sochi hours before events air on prime-time in the U.S. on NBC.

Some people aren't happy about what they consider spoilers:   (more...)

On Twitter, NYT reporter writes about his mother’s suicide

On Twitter last Thursday evening, New York Times reporter Nate Taylor, as he sometimes likes to do, told a personal story. This one was about a secret he's kept from a lot of people: "I’ve gotten emails. I’ve gotten looks today," Taylor said when we talked on the phone Friday afternoon. Surprisingly, he said, nobody online had said anything nasty after he shared his story. Someone asked if he'd prepared the story in tweet form. Nope: "This tweet -- boom! -- what's the next thing I want to say," Taylor said, remembering the process. "Don't stop till you've said everything you wanted to say." Taylor, a member of the Times' sports staff who was part of its Student Journalism Institute, said one of the reasons he tells stories on Twitter is that so many younger journalists and journalism students are there (he is 26), and it's a way to talk straight to them. I asked if he'd discussed the story with his father. "No, he's not on Twitter," he said, laughing. "My family's kind of all on Facebook, so maybe somebody back home had to have seen it." In his Twitter tale, Taylor linked to a Times Magazine story by Jessica Lamb-Shapiro about meeting another person whose mother committed suicide. One of his doctors gave him the piece, he said, adding his story wouldn't exist without it. "Thank God for Jessica Lamb-Shapiro, thank God for my Dad, Thank God for the people at the New York Times for giving me a shot, and thank God for all the people on Twitter who read that," he said.

MSNBC fires staffer after Cheerios tweet goes bad

Phil Griffin, MSNBC president, said the network fired a staffer who issued a tweet suggesting that conservatives hate interracial marriages, Politico's Dylan Byers reported Thursday. “The tweet last night was outrageous and unacceptable. We immediately acknowledged that it was offensive and wrong, apologized, and deleted it. We have dismissed the person responsible for the tweet,” Griffin stated and Politico reported.
Byers wrote the Republican National Committee's communications director told its staff in a memo that the commitee's chairman, Reince Priebus, had accepted the apology. Priebus had promised a boycott of MSNBC appearances by RNC officials if the apology was not forthcoming.
The offending tweet went out Wednesday night: