An interesting discussion occurred in the CBSNews.com newsroom yesterday. It involved CNet correspondent Natalie del Conte, CBSNews.com correspondent Cali Carlin and a CBS News photographer about Twitter. This convergence of people came about because Natalie was being interviewed about a segment she did on the CBS Early Show yesterday on the new Google Latitude.
The photographer (who is just getting onto Twitter so I won’t share his name until he is more comfortable) is trying to figure out if Twitter is a good utility for him and is something he can sustain. Natalie and I were telling him about the media folks who run the gamut who are on Twitter including NBC’s Jim Long, CNN Steve Brusk etc.
The commentary turned to my Twitter/Plurk/Ping stream–and basically its about going to the gym at 430 in the morning, the weather I encounter on my way, my morning LIRR commute and my morning web-surfing where I check to see if the world is safe. The latter is accomplished by perusing my Google reader, Social Median and Digg primarily, and then I will buzz my Twitter followers for cool links.
But it got us talking about what we Twitter and when, why and where we Twitter from. Now Natalie and I are pretty regular users of Twitter. Cali and the photog are on the cusp of jumping in.
I think the goal is to offer some level of controlled voyeurism into our lives. Not that it is all that glamours, but it kind of is an opportunity to put stuff out that we want. On my Twitter roll is Ashton Kutcher, Demi Moore, Tina Fey, Katie Couric, Shaquile O’Neil–and they all do different things with their Tweet stream. But I think in the end its still a way to manage their public discourse.
And from that discourse we establish our social network, and the social networks of our friends, families and followers.
I think its fascinating when New Media Jim (an NBC News Washington based photographer) takes us behind the scenes at events he is covering. I wish my network had a photographer doing the same thing–it shows a different side of the news. The same way as when Katie Couric popped out a quick video of her green room interview with Joe Torre:
Its about connecting, making connections and delivering to our audience–not unlike TV, web or mobile.