Writers, journalists and academia professionals perhaps don’t even give social media sites like Twitter or Facebook a second glance. Sites like these have long been thought to be only for those who are seeking personal relationships or to trade opinions on who will win the ball game or the next reality television show, right? Professionals don’t have time for such things as this as they have to concentrate seriously on honing their professions and finding reliable resources with which to credit their work. And after all, just how is it that a MySpace page can help your professional career? I’m glad that you asked!
Let’s take a look at a few online bloggers and/or twitterers who tell us how these social sites help professionals:
…our use of Twitter so far has included:
- the discovery of breaking stories,
- performing interviews,
- quality assurance
- and promotion of our work.
And speaking of journalism, Brian Giesen over at 360° Digital Influence wrote a blog post, profiling 5 key journalists who use Twitter. This is very interesting because journalists can be very influential and prolific in their opinions about world news, politics, business, etc. One of the journalists featured, Rachel Maddow, was one that I followed and listened to regularly during the 2008 U.S. Presidential Election Campaign. Her views were interesting, her news stories were engaging and she actually conducted pretty good interviews too during the campaign.
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