Mediatwits #9: Twitter Buys Tweetdeck; Facebook’s Role in Breaking News

    by Mark Glaser
    May 27, 2011

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    Jen Lee Reeves

    Welcome to the ninth episode of “The Mediatwits,” the weekly audio podcast from MediaShift. The co-hosts are MediaShift’s Mark Glaser along with PaidContent founder Rafat Ali. This week’s show looks at the recent purchase of Tweetdeck by Twitter, and the questions it raises about companies starting businesses on the platform of other companies. If you run an app for Twitter but aren’t bought by Twitter, where does that leave you?

    The conversations are already happening where people are at, so I'm not going to require people to come to our site." -Jen Lee Reeves

    This week’s special guest is Jen Lee Reeves, who teaches at the Missouri School of Journalism and is the interactive director for KOMU-TV. She has been covering the recent tornadoes and bad weather in Missouri and using her TV station’s Facebook page to connect with its community. Finally, the talk turns to conflicts of interest for entrepreneurial journalists and tech bloggers such as Michael Arrington, Kara Swisher and Om Malik. Should they be able to invest in companies they cover, be venture capitalists themselves? How do they maintain credibility?


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    Intro and outro music by 3 Feet Up; mid-podcast music by Autumn Eyes via Mevio’s Music Alley.

    Here are some highlighted topics from the show:

    Rafat taking one more trip

    1:08: Getting to Uzbekistan

    2:20: No media fact-finding

    2:45: Rundown of the show’s topics

    Twitter buys Tweetdeck

    04:30: What will Twitter do with it?

    07:05: Dick Costolo remains Twitter CEO (for today)

    08:40: Inhibiting innovation?

    10:25: TechCrunch Disrupt startups not tied to Twitter, Facebook

    Interview with KOMU’s Jen Lee Reeves

    11:10: Background on Reeves

    13:35: Heavy Facebook use in mid-Missouri

    15:30: How Facebook use is different from Twitter

    18:45: People coming to KOMU page rather than just reading news feed on Facebook

    21:40: KOMU website changes to “river of news”

    Conflicts for tech journalists

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    Om Malik and Michael Arrington

    23:45: Background on conflicts for Michael Arrington, Kara Swisher, Om Malik

    25:55: Rafat on how PaidContent dealt with conflicts

    28:10: Mark notes the problem might be what people don’t cover too

    30:10: Om Malik was a respected journalist before becoming venture funder

    More Reading

    Twitter Buys TweetDeck at WSJ Digits

    What the Tweetdeck Acquisition Means for Marketers at AdAge

    Newsroom, Community Use Facebook as Key Hub After Joplin Tornado at MediaShift

    Images and Video from Joplin Tornado at KOMU

    KOMU on Facebook

    Kara Swisher, Michael Arrington, and me: New conflicts, and new opportunities, for the tech press at Nieman Lab

    Godspeed on That Investing Thing, Yertle-But I Still Have Some Questions for Your Boss, Arianna at AllThingsD

    Arrington Says The Real Conflict Of Interest In Tech Reporting Has Nothing To Do With Money at Business Insider

    It’s Hilarious That Mike Arrington Gets Beat Up For Investing In Startups When Om Malik Is A Partner At A VC Firm at Business Insider

    Weekly Poll

    Don’t forget to vote in our weekly poll, this time about how journalists can deal with conflicts:

    Mark Glaser is executive editor of MediaShift and Idea Lab. He also writes the bi-weekly OPA Intelligence Report email newsletter for the Online Publishers Association. He lives in San Francisco with his son Julian. You can follow him on Twitter @mediatwit.

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