Several media news websites scattered across the Internet cover Twitter at least occasionally. The All Twitter blog on Mediabistro’s website generally collects all this news in one place.
Stories about Twitter in journalism often aren’t too hard to find, but it is nevertheless nice to be able to check just one website to learn about most news.
The All Twitter blog has been a key source of information for me in writing about Twitter this semester. If there is a significant development related to Twitter and journalism, usually All Twitter will have a post that is rich in links to other interesting sources.
I use the webpage as a starting point when I blog about news for The Little Bird Told Me. All Twitter is a good place to learn about the basic elements of a story and about a variety of perspectives from around the Web.
Aside from the benefits of the website, however, I do think there are a number of problems with it. All Twitter posts too often are lists about how to use Twitter for marketing purposes than they are actual news or analysis. Additionally, the blog does not engage readers very well. Visitors to the site can comment on stories, but rarely do, and there is no evidence of polls or compilations of reader tweets with a tool like Storify.
The writers behind All Twitter also use boring or irrelevant stock photos and there is essentially no video attached to posts. Twitter is not a very visual subject, but even some video blogs could increase the appeal of the website.
Twitter’s corporate blog is another source I check often for news. It’s a good place to learn about updates and company initiatives. But it is essentially a public relations engine, so I don’t find anything but positive news about Twitter on the blog.
These are the two websites I check most often for the purposes of The Little Bird Told Me, but I also read more general media news sources like Poynter and Jim Romenesko’s blog. Such websites cover all journalism-related news, however, and posts about Twitter are infrequent and not always featured.