There are a range of news stories about (here and here and here) about how the Chinese authorities have blocked access to social media sites including Twitter, You Tube, Flickr and MSN Hotmail prior to the 20th anniversary of the Tiannemen Square crackdown on June 4, 2009. This story won’t be blocked, as my understanding is that Blogger is always blocked in China.
Jennifer Preston, the former editor of the New York Times regional sections, has been appointed as the paper’s first social media editor. Preston will not be handling a new section. The job, which entails coordinating the newsroom’s use of social media, sounds similar to the one Shirley Brady was hired to do when BusinessWeek Online tapped her as its first engagement editor last year. Among other things, Brady has helped the edit staff become more conversant with using Twitter and
Media economist Robert Picard provides some notes of caution about easy assumptions that blogging and Twitter are the future of media.
Seeing through the Haze Surrounding Websites, Blogs and Social Media
Communicating regularly is hard work. It takes skill; it takes a voice; it takes having something to say; it takes time. Making money from it is even harder.
The functions provided by websites, blogs, and social media clearly make it possible for people to express themselves in ways never before imagined, to