Sunday, October 27, 2013

The Need for Speed

The instant nature of the internet drives an apparent need for news to be put up as quickly as possible. Here's a minor example from my morning place. These are two Twitter entries placed right next to each other from different news services. Note the difference in the body count. I know that these types of counts are notoriously inaccurate and that a 10% difference in this case doesn't really detract from the main story. But it is illustrative of larger gaffs in news coverage which can result from this rush to be the first on the net with the story. If your report is more than 17 seconds ago, it's old news.

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Where's your FIRST place?

With many of us having multiple social media places where we exist, the first thing we do when we get up is to check a device to see what we've missed when we have been in slumber land. Where is the first place you go in the morning?

Mine is e-mail. I am usually on call for work and have to check my work e-mail. Then I usually do a bunch of morning things, and the next place is my personal e-mail. Maybe it's because I am an old guy that I do this. E-mail is so "2000".

The next place is a crap shoot for me. Somewhat, it depends on the device I'm using. On my tablet, I have an aggregator for Google+, Twitter, and Facebook. I'm likely to use that. If it's the Ubuntu netbook, then I select one-most likely Facebook because more of my community hangs there.

I'm also likely to check one of the news sources that I like next. That's either Feedly (RSS feeds), News360, of Flipbook depending on my mood and, again, the device I'm on. In fact, I might do this first some days. A lot depends on what's going on in the world. These news sources have become my newspaper for the day. If I don't check them in the morning, I'm definitely looking at them at lunch or in the evening. It's also the major reason I look at Twitter. I subscribe to several news organizations just to be able to know what's going on.

So what's your routine?