Journalists' love-hate relationship with Twitter
Journalists flocked to Twitter, though the platform never lived up to its promise of offering reliable leads or information. Plus: Threads begins testing ActivityPub protocol.
Hey friends, The Verge released a series of stories earlier this week on the death of Twitter, writing that “2023 will go down as the year Twitter died.” Indeed it will.
There were a few good nuggets of information within the stories but my favorite discusses Twitter’s fraught relationship with news and how journalists took to the platform to engaged with their audience. In the article, Nilay Patel writes that “people went on Twitter to find out what was going on, and reporters, seeing a real-time audience of people paying attention to news, started talking directly to those people.”