Tuesday, August 04, 2009

NYT editor says goodbye to Twitter

Looks like New York Times executive editor Bill Keller has joined the ranks of Those Who Once Tweeted (TWOT's). (Not to be confused with the similar-sounding TWAT's -- Those Who Ain't Tweeting.)

Keller hasn't tweeted since May 14 but says "I intend to get more serious about Twitter. One of these days."

Keller's not alone.

There are lots of TWOT's out there.

If I was editor of the New York Times I probably wouldn't be in the mood to tweet either after reading stuff like this in my own paper.
THE TIMES published an especially embarrassing correction on July 22, fixing seven errors in a single article — an appraisal of Walter Cronkite, the CBS anchorman famed for his meticulous reporting. The newspaper had wrong dates for historic events; gave incorrect information about Cronkite’s work, his colleagues and his program’s ratings; misstated the name of a news agency, and misspelled the name of a satellite.
[A] television critic with a history of errors wrote hastily and failed to double-check her work, and editors who should have been vigilant were not.
Here at Random Pixels we're still waiting for someone to explain to us just exactly what Twitter is good for.

There has to be more to it than this.

We tend to align ourselves with people like David Letterman who immediately grasped the concept of Twitter after Kevin Spacey recently explained it to him.

Letterman: "You know what it reminds me of? Oh yeah, a waste of time."

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