Twittering the News, Alfred Hermida

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Twittering the News, Alfred Hermida

  1. 1. Twittering the news The Emergence of Ambient Journalism Alfred Hermida UBC Graduate School of Journalism
  2. 2. Twitter time The Daily Show March 2, 2009
  3. 3. <ul><li>131 Twitter accounts </li></ul><ul><li>1.47 million followers </li></ul><ul><li>UK National newspapers </li></ul><ul><li>Ruth Barnett, Sky News </li></ul><ul><li>Twitter correspondent </li></ul><ul><li>Aggregator of journalists’ tweets </li></ul><ul><li>MuckRack.com </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>Maureen Dowd, 2009 </li></ul><ul><li>“ A toy for bored celebrities and high-school girls.” </li></ul><ul><li>Ellen Goodman, 2009 </li></ul><ul><li>“ It’s like searching for medical advice in an online world of quacks and cures.” </li></ul><ul><li>Quoted in Brian Stelter, 2009 </li></ul><ul><li>“ Twitter? I won’t touch it. It’s all garbage.” </li></ul>
  5. 5. Multi-faceted, fragmented news experience
  6. 6. Georges Seurat La Parade (1889) (detail)
  7. 7. Awareness systems <ul><li>Computer-mediated communication systems “intended to help people construct and maintain awareness of each others’ activities, context or status, even when the participants are not co-located.” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Markopoulos et al. 2009 </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Awareness systems <ul><li>“ As this technology becomes more affordable, with greater quality and diversity, awareness systems offer tremendous potential for innovation, with a wide range of forms and contexts for transforming the space around us.” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Markopoulos et al. 2009 </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Awareness systems <ul><li>Awareness defined as “the ongoing interpretation of representations i.e. of human activity and of artifacts.” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Chalmers, 2009 </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Ambient journalism
  11. 11. Micro-bursts of data
  12. 12. Twitscoop.com
  13. 13. NowPublic.com Scan
  14. 14. Retweet: @DailyUs
  15. 15. Ambient conversation <ul><li>The “stream of messages provided by Twitter allows individuals to be peripherally aware of discussions without being contributors.” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>boyd et al, 2009 </li></ul></ul>
  16. 16. The future of Twitter
  17. 17. Thank you

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