Is Sharing More Valuable for Publishers on Facebook or Twitter? [STATS]

This is an excerpt of analysis I recently wrote on Mashable about how our Twitter users interact with our content vs. those on Facebook. The result: Facebook’s click-per-share ratio is better. In the age of micropublishing, how many people are actually reading what you tweet or share on Facebook? And more importantly, how does the […]


New to Twitter? Here Are 12 Tips From the Community

For someone just starting out on Twitter, the social information network can be intimidating. It has its own language, limitations, and features that are very unique to the platform. On Saturday, just before the start of my Social Media Skill for Journalists class began, I tweeted asking my followers what advice they would give to […]


Emily Bell on Protecting Sources in a Networked Journalism Environment

After writing a piece that looks at the broken legal system in regards to social media and subpoenas recently, I got a great response from Emily Bell, director of the Tow Digital Center at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. I’ve updated the piece to reflect her thoughts, but also wanted to share her full […]


Excerpt: Investigative Journalism in the Age of the Social Web

This is an excerpt of my most recent feature on Mashable.com. Read it in full here. In a society that is more connected than ever, investigative journalists that were once shrouded in mystery are now taking advantage of their online community relationships to help scour documents and uncover potential wrongs. The tools and information now […]


Social Media Skills for Journalists Course and Community Engagement

After its first year of inception, I am excited to be teaching “Social Media Skills for Journalists” course at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. It is a five-week course aimed at helping “journalists use social media (including such social sites as Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Google Buzz, Foursquare, YouTube, among others).” The course was […]


Top 20 Sites to Improve Your Twitter Experience

This is an excerpt that originally appeared on Mashable.com. Read the full post on Mashable. “140-character status updates to a network of followers.” That makes Twitter sound simple. But in fact, the social information platform has grown to be much more complex than its 140 character-limit suggests. The site not only connects people, but has […]