Alan Rusbridger, the Guardian Editor in Chief, has outlined 15 reasons why Twitter is important. I have listed them below and then added 5 other reasons. I’ll add more as I think of them.
- It helps with distribution of news.
- It is often the source of breaking news.
- It can often outdo Google when it comes to search.
- It is a formidable aggregation tool.
- It is a great reporting tool – for both finding information and asking the crowd.
- It is great for marketing and letting people involved in your content know that it is there.
- It is a series of common conversations with instant feedback
- It is diverse environment.
- It is opening up a new tone of writing – brief but humourous, succinct and more personal.
- It levels the playing field – hard work is rewarded.
- It has different values – a story may make in all the nationals but have little Twitter impact, and vice-versa.
- It has a long attention span – conversations around a topic can last for ages.
- It creates communities.
- It changes notions of authority.
- It is an agent of change.
And here are my additions:
- You can follow events as they unfold – any news event will be given a hashtag and you can easily find help from the eyes on the ground.
- It allows you to be in several places at once.
- It encourages serendipity – you stumble across ideas and people that will completely change your opinions and direction.
- You can contact people directly – and it is much more likely you will get a response.
- It is perfect for finding the exact person you are loooking for – not to mention the possibilities in Geo-Tagging.