January 31, 2011

Tweetdeck in the News

Business Insider noticed something I did too about the Egypt coverage this weekend:

I kept seeing TweetDeck pop on TV this weekend during discussions about Egypt. 

I'm never clear on why producers think it's useful to show visuals of Twitter, or in this case a Twitter app, on TV:  the scrolling text is impossible to read, not to mention the usefulness of Twitter et al. has everything to do not only with who you follow, but understanding why you follow them.  A fact that's rarely explained to viewers.

Presumably these hip TV folk just wanted to show that they're down with the kids (the kids being media people who have relied on TweetDeck and the like for more than a year now as the most useful platform with which to stay ahead of the news). 

The result, however, is a bit like going back 60 years and hearing a radio person laud this new thing called the television set, with no awareness it was thing making them obsolete.

We learned nothing from all the Tweetdeck usage over the weekend, aside from "the person producing this newscast has no idea what TweetDeck or Twitter is."

Posted by Stephen Silver at January 31, 2011 04:12 PM
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