Twitter Safe From Ads, Blogging Takes One On The Nose

I noticed a feed yesterday that Twitter was planning on including ads. To be honest I took this as a possible fait accompli and didn’t dive into the article.

But a dialogue on Twitter between Obvious’s Ev Williams and Techcrunch‘s Mike Arrington alerted me that someting was awry – the gist of it: “what has Duncan Riley done to piss off one of the Valleys entrepreneur heavyweights, this time.”

Turns out Duncan blogged on Techcrunch about Twitter becoming ad-supported without checking with the Twitter team. This has sparked a flame of comments about Duncan’s blogging, which I won’t dive into here – suffice it to say I really like having (at least one) an Aussie blogging for one of the bigger tech blogs. [An aside: this is of course a reference to the demise of Nik Cubrilovic as a Techcrunch insider and contributor]

What is perhaps more interesting though, is the question this raises around blogging versus old media. I agree with Nate Westheimer that veracity is paramount, but speed is soooo sweet too. Think about it – stories I’ve filed with the old media can take weeks to surface in the newspapers, whereas blog posts are instant. In addition, blogs can react quickly — see my previous post re Peerinfluence as a perfect example…

Where is the trend taking us though? I believe that old media will continue to wane as long as it makes readers wait for stories, but I also believe that blogging will continue to lift its game and the major blogs will get better at fact checking especially if they want to be seen as credible.

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One thought on “Twitter Safe From Ads, Blogging Takes One On The Nose

  1. A downside of speed-over-veracity is that people will believe whatever they heard first and ignore everything they hear later, as they’ve already set up an erroneous mental framework (or think “they already know”)

    Look how many Americans (and others) still believe Saddam was behind 9/11, or that, to use an Australian example, how many people think that Heath Ledger committed suicide.

    Truth is so dull. Give us scandal, and drag in the advertising revenue hits!

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