Can you hear me now?
— Edward Snowden (@Snowden) September 29, 2015
Here’s Edward Snowden’s first tweet, just twenty-four hours ago. He’s already racked up 1.14m followers at the time of writing, leaving him another 63m to go before he catches up with @BarackObama. Or 66m more to reach the heights of popularity enjoyed by @justinbieber. Actually they’re all topped by Twitter’s favourite celebrity, @katyperry, who has 75m followers.
Meanwhile, just a couple of days after @lenadunham said she was stopping managing her own twitter account, she appears to be back in the game.
I still appreciate your time and love, even if I'm not checking my replies. Isn't this fascinating? How's your day? Cool!
— Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) September 30, 2015
This has sparked a New York Times reflection on how hard it is for celebs to go cold turkey on Twitter.
Prince, Sinead O’Connor, Jaden Smith, John Mayer — all of them Twitter quitters, all of them now busily tweeting once more.
Meanwhile, Twitter itself seems to be tussling with an existential crisis, as we discussed. This Recode piece on 140 plus lays out some of the arguments.
“People have been very precious at Twitter about what Twitter can be and how much it can be evolved,” said one current senior employee. “Having Jack come in and say it’s okay makes all the difference in the world.”
Reading:1) Why Audio Never Goes Viral (Digg)
2) What can make Audio Go Viral (Nieman)
1) Bring smartphones and laptops to Monday’s class. Please load the free Audacity software onto your computers.
2) Download the NPR one app, and play for a bit with tagging, sharing and skipping stories so that your stream becomes personalised. Listen for half an hour to the stream, and write a radio review. I want you to note down exactly which stories were offered to you and how you rate the customization. Did you feel it was tailored to you? Would did you like and dislike about the listening experience? Would you repeat it? And what other features would you like to have seen on the app? (for Oct 6th 9pm)