Both the quote and photo are courtesy of the same man in the White House, seven years apart.
Interpret it as you will. I see freedom of religion and freedom of speech on display. Let’s hope both First Amendment values are equally welcome in the America of the future.
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Back in 2009, I started curating Capitol Hill tweets at my now-defunct blog, AirCongress. I called the feature “Hill Tweet News.” A year later, I became the editor of Tweet Watch Report for a company that had the marketing and technological resources and know-how to take the concept of Twitter curation to the next level.
Over the next two years, our team improved Tweet Watch and brainstormed ideas for expanding the editorial concept into other areas. None of those panned out, and we stopped publishing in December 2012. But three months later, blogger Michelle Malkin launched Twitchy and proved that curation by real people is a necessity for a platform as unwieldy as Twitter. In less than two years, Twitchy had achieved such success that she sold it to Salem Communications.
Flash forward to today and this news about Twitter: “Twitter’s editorial team (made of real, live humans) will define the big stories of the day and will package tweets, images and video to explain what’s going on. Those packages will be the primary unit of Twitter, and will be embeddable all over the Internet.”
In other words, it only took the media “experts” at Twitter six years to see in their own product a need that I recognized six years ago.
It’s nice to see this vision finally realized by the people who built the platform. But why do media companies, even innovative ones, always take years to wake up to reality?
Filed under: Media and Social Media