Filter feeding from the Twitter torrent

Over at the Online Journalism Review there’s an interesting post by Robert Niles on attempts to codify the language of Twitter to extract value from the morass of information.

As anyone knows who’s tried to use Twitter when news is breaking the good stuff often gets masked by misinformation, speculation and mis-steps in the chronology.

Jeff Jarvis has suggested a change to the hashtag convention so that witnesses to events could be separated out from those merely talking about them. He gives the example of !jpquake for witnesses v #jpquake for discussion.

Niles argues that it’s in the interests of news organisations to improve Twitter protocols and it’s time to start promoting the idea more widely as well as thinking about ways to elevate the standing of top sources in the microblogging community.


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