Twitter launches Twitter for Newsrooms

byNicole Martinelli
Jun 27, 2011 in Digital Journalism

Social media company Twitter has launched a new series of guidelines for using its messaging service in the newsroom.

Twitter for Newsrooms (hastag #TfN) covers the basics for journalists at any stage of their career, aiming to be a resource for digital newbies as well as wired reporters.

The online guide is broken down into four categories designed to help journalists report, engage with readers, publish and get support when problems arise.

Topics covered include searching for tweets (including archived ones using Topsy), a Twitter Glossary, to improve your @reply and hashtag knowledge and the toolkit Web Intents, which helps readers take action on your tweets.

The Twitter guide comes along soon after the launch of competing services Facebook for journalists and Linkedin for journalists.

The new entry created something of traffic tsunami, reactions ranged from "Adding to my favorites" to "About time too", causing the site to be slow to load. If you can't view it online, you can see screenshots of it here.

A few topics that would make valuable additions to the guide: how to verify tweets, how to verify Twitter accounts and ethical guidelines for journalists who tweet.

How will you use #TfN?

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