Tuesday, February 3, 2009

New Web site covering world news

Posted by Craig on 2/03/2009
I have a new Web site: http://www.breakingtweets.com.

If you want to see the latest in world news from a very personal point of view, it's a great place to go. Basically, I scan the popular and ever-growing social networking site Twitter.com for comments on the latest news. I piece them together and form stories, posted only hours after news breaks.

The best part of these initial reactions...I try to select them in the geographic area the news actually broke. For example, a few moments ago I posted a story on Iran launching a home-made satellite. I scanned for messages within Iran itself first. When I noticed nobody was talking about it there (strange but true), I checked elsewhere in the world and pieced together a story.

One thing I'm stressing in this project is interactivity. I'm growing a network of followers from all over the world through the Breaking Tweets Twitter account (@breakingtweets), and send messages back and forth with many of them. I think far too often the media ignores those who actually consume their news.

I've had this idea for a while, and reading over the Australian Open "tweets" (messages on Twitter) the other day finally put me over the top. The fact it was Super Bowl weekend didn't hurt either.

It was going to start as a personal blog. But it seems to be growing into something more. People keep following. Of course that makes a lot more exciting, so we'll see where this goes...

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