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.