– I’ve definitely learnt how to use Twitter through Seesmic and Tweetdeck more effectively, ie. how to post links and use hashtags because I was previously really dweeby about it. Also, I was much more skeptical about the amount of information that Twitter conveyed. There are after all, many studies done that show that most of the traffic on Twitter is created by a tiny majority of Twitter users. But reading Thomas Crampton‘s article on social media in China was quite fascinating because it focused a lot more on the many ways which businesses could harness social media to manage crises, or change brand preference.
– The tips on how to organize Gmail were also really helpful. I do enjoy reading the news, but I don’t like having things fed into my mailbox constantly or having a thousand bookmarks that I don’t read (even if it is social bookmarking). Even if I can organize them or even if they organize themselves. I like Google Alerts because it’s quite specific but I already have several news sites that I check regularly and don’t think I have so much more time to check. I’d previously already had Evernote and wasn’t much impressed by it. I think reporters should read widely, but at some point, you do need to come up with your own stuff, compose your own thoughts after reading a copious amount of material.
– I liked the focus on personal branding, looking more professional through the integration of Gmail, and your Facebook, Linkedin, Twitter etc. But as I was telling one of my classmates, I don’t think reporters at ST get scoops through being that integrated. I can think of a few top reporters at ST and I don’t think none of them are that web-savvy — yet they still get scoops. It’s one thing to be really well-read and have loads of opinions about what’s going on in the world, but at the end of the day, it’s about you reaching out to people and not being so incredibly easy to reach. Most scoops occur when somebody really has a story to tell you — Consequently, said person will try damn hard to reach you, or if you find out about something before everyone else does and you get a damn good story by delving deep into it. Sure, you could notice something that nobody else notices on Twitter, and I’m not saying it’s impossible to get a fantastic scoop through social media. I just think that there’s a limit to how much you can put yourself ‘out there’ so I will be using some tools to be more organized, but I think it’s quite unlikely that I will be integrating everything. Actually strangely, as an afterthought, I think quite a lot of ST reporters are super secretive. Their FB profiles are like on the highest security and you can’t really find their personal face. Not sure how much of a good thing that is.