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Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Every Time a Blogger Tweets, A Post Gets Its Wings

Posted By on Wed, Apr 14, 2010 at 3:25 PM

Jacob Harris, Senior Software Architect at The New York Times took the stage earlier today at Chirp Twitter conference in San Francisco. He reminisced about how something he started as a hobby, Twitter, is evolving into the primary way we now interact with journalists and blog posts -- elaborating on the @anywhere platform Twitter founder Evan Williams launched at SXSW.

His Twitter bio reads "A computer nerd

saving your journalism." And, likewise, Harris foresees a time where all media outlets

will integrate with Twitter, incorporating a Twitter "hovercard" or a

slide where you can follow the New York Times' Nick Bilton, David Carr (or even Techcrunch's Paul Carr).

It's interesting that Twitter COO Dick Costolo got the two Carrs mixed

up, as Techcrunch and The New York Times are leading the charge in

terms of tweeting journos, with users such as MG Siegler and Jenna Wortham being some

of the most aggressive on Twitter.


recalled a time (in 2007) where he was excited about the New York Times

account hitting 1,000 followers. It now has over 2,400,000 followers and someone tweets

a New York Times story link every four seconds. Basically there's no

better way to organically bring in new readers. With media mainstays like The Guardian U.K., Huffington Post, and the Wall Street Journal already

integrating @anywhere features on their Web sites, it's only a matter of

time before the rest of us have to play catch up.

Dick Costolo, a cardboard San Francisco in the background - PHOTO BY LAUGHING SQUID/ SCOTT BEALE
  • Photo by Laughing Squid/ Scott Beale
  • Dick Costolo, a cardboard San Francisco in the background

When asked if journalists tweeting posts was

the way that news was heading, Twitter COO Costolo told SF Weekly, "It's already

happening; David Carr gets tons of readers by tweeting."

And Paul Carr? Yeah, him too.

(For lack of @anywhere) Follow us on Twitter at @alexiat and @sfweekly.

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