After the initial crushing blow of learning that I couldnâ€™t simply post up (yet) another match report to win the blogging competition, I pulled myself together and penned this piece on Twitter.
To tweet or not to tweet?
That is the question facing many of todayâ€™s journalists. With increasing numbers of people keeping their followers up to date with what they are doing, hacks are starting to examine the opportunities this latest social networking craze offers.
It is a question that has also sparked a healthy debate on the CfJ website a few weeks ago.
After Lauraâ€˜s presentation in Convergent Journalism the other week we all know the premise behind Twitter: tell the world what youâ€™re doing, in less than 140 characters.
Some argue it is simply a chance for people to post trivial updates about the mundane occurrences in their daily life. For example, Joe Bloggs could tweet that he is currently (stop the press) eating a piece of toast.
Others argue that it has its uses for journalists. I fall into this camp.
Of course it can be used for trivial nonsense that no one outside of your circle of friends will be interested in, but there are many ways journalists can utilise it to their benefit.
You could use it to quickly check the latest headlines. Media organisations are already establishing a presence on the platform. Sky News, BBC News and the Guardian all have Twitter accounts which are updated with the latest articles from their websites, with a link provided to the original piece.
A whole myriad of organisations, companies and personalities (most notably Stephen Fry) have Twitter accounts. The afore mentioned media organisations are paying attention to the opportunities Twitter offers and clearly wouldnâ€™t be dabbling in it if they didnâ€™t think it was of some use to them.
Although it might not be feasible for us to have one, the Twitter wall idea featured in an article from Ianâ€™s delicious feed is another way the media can use Twitter to their benefit.
Since we started the course in September, there have been countless examples of Twitter being put to good use.
The first picture of the plane that crashed into the Hudson river was posted on Twitter.
The channel also utilised the service to cover the G20 Protests. The length of Tweets proved perfect for quick updates on the latest developments in the protests, such as the windows of an Royal Bank of Scotland being smashed.
I first found out about the shooting of PC Steven Caroll in Northern Ireland via Twitter. I just happened to check the Twitter app on my iPhone before I went to sleep.
I can also use Twitter to alert people when I post something on my blog, whenever me and Nick get round to finishing it that is.
So to sum up, I think Twitter can be used by us journalists to help us do our jobs.
Agree? Disagree? Leave a comment and let me know what you think.Â