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Sam Roggeveen


23 August 2011 17:03

All the selling points of Twitter that my colleague Rory Medcalf mentions in his latest American Review column — it connects lone thinkers directly to a wide audience, it can expose you to fascinating new reading, it breaks stories ahead of the mainstream media — are true of blogging as well. That's not surprising, since Twitter is a micro-blog platform.

Yet from an Australian think-tanker's perspective, one key attribute of Twitter lies in this quote from Rory's piece:

...the medium's most immediate impact for the professional interpreter of current affairs is the way it can connect with old media. Many mainstream journalists and editors, always time-poor, are becoming serious Twitter freaks.

That is especially true in Australia, and in fact you could go even further and say that Twitter has captured the imagination of Australia's political class — not just journalists but politicians, commentators, policy wonks — in a way blogging has never achieved. Yes, this political class has consumed blogs for a long time, but with a few exceptions, they haven't gotten involved.

Annabel Crabb and Mark Colvin, two stars of Australia's political twitterverse, would both make outstanding bloggers, but for some reason it took Twitter to finally coax them into the blogosphere. Why journalists of this calibre didn't make the leap with WordPress or Blogger a decade ago is a mystery and a pity, since macro-blogging would give them much more scope to display their talents.

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