I’m trying. I really am.
I refuse to be a representative voice of an old (can we substitute “traditional” instead?) media behemoth, infatuated with its girth and bellowing calls, blissfully ignorant of the tar pits ahead; dismissive of the fleet-footed rodents scurrying underfoot.
No suh!, not me.
So please help set me on the right evolutionary path. Got the YouTube down—albeit it is currently used more for video hosting than expanding social networks (though that may change in the near future). Flickr has proven effective at building relationships with a growing number of listeners/users (and obviously is a great source of stunning photography). WBUR’s Facebooks friends are at 672 (hat tip to Paul Levy) and My Space— well, that’s a bit of a sad story best reserved for another time.
Now our media giant lumbers head-first into the world of Twitter.
After dusting off the mostly dormant WBUR Twitter account, and fortified with copious amounts of coffee, I managed to accrue a modest following (hey its quality, not quantity, right?). But in all honesty, I remain uncertain—to the point of apprehension—about what I should “tweet” about. Do you want WBUR news updates? Irreverent musings? Programming information? Personal trivia? Shout-outs to my peeps? A running chronology of my day?
An excellent example of Twitter’s utility is public radio station KPBS using it to receive updates on wildfires then consuming swaths of southern California, information they then could relay over the airwaves. My own personal “aha!” moment came yesterday afternoon when someone tweeted me about a misspelling on the site. It just then dawned on me that WBUR now has a potential army of researchers and fact-checkers at its disposal. The cranial cavity expanded six inches yesterday … cue “Also Sprach Zarathustra.”
So maybe the right question is: In what ways can we help each other?
Your thoughts appreciated.
Note: The hours are fast-dwindling in the historic “This American Life” shirt-giveaway. Posit a name for this blog so you too can be in the running.
Thanks to those who have done so thus far.