Starting with an egg

Good stories, in general, seem to have a life of their own.

They’re born often from little more than a news tip or a single event. They start basically as an egg — not unlike the profile picture given to all Twitter users when they begin working with the platform.

Perhaps it’s journalistic tendency, but I like to think of this blog as good story, still in its formative stages. I have a broad topic and chosen direction, but it’s still just an egg.

The Little Bird Told Me is essentially a media blog with a very specific focus: how Twitter is used in the creation and coverage of news. As it matures during the next few months, I’ll regularly read several blogs and websites to stay current on the Twitter beat.

Chief among them will be Twitter’s blog and Mediabistro’s All Twitter page.

The Twitter blog includes company updates on initiatives and information about usage of Twitter during various events ranging from the Video Music Awards to political conventions. I’ll use stats provided on the site to analyze the platform’s significance in news coverage, and I’ll write posts about projects related to Twitter.

The Mediabistro webpage offers coverage of all things Twitter, from the company’s ad revenue to Internet security. I plan to use this site to learn about subjects for potential blogging.

TechCrunch is a website I will read that offers some stories about the corporate side of Twitter. The technological and business sectors of the company are important for its future, and I plan to write about these topics occasionally.

More broadly, I’ll follow several sources devoted to covering the media, including Romenesko, The New York Times Media Decoder blog, Poynter, the Columbia Journalism Review, and the Nieman Journalism Lab. In reporting about journalism, each is bound to address Twitter often as it is a defining player in new media.

My daily reading of these websites and blogs should help The Little Bird quickly break out of its shell and begin to provide a full picture of the role of Twitter in 21st-century journalism.

Photo (cc) by Justin Van Leeuwen and republished here under a Creative Commons license. Some rights reserved.

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