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Three reasons you should follow Climate Progress on Twitter

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To follow Climate Progress on Twitter, click here.  Here’s why you should:

  1. It’s a modern, portable version of a news teletype.
  2. I will be in Copenhagen and tweeting.
  3. Your (online) neighbors are doing it!

Let me elaborate:

1.  It’s like a modern news teletype.  Some may think Twitter is only for dishing out 140 characters of trivial information to the kind of people who are interested in what Ashton Kutcher had for lunch.  But in fact, for a blog, Twitter is more akin to an old fashioned “teleprinter (teletypewriter, Teletype or TTY),” which for much of the second half of the 20th century was a must-have in newsrooms and anywhere else that wanted to keep up with the latest breaking news.

As Climate Progress articles are posted, Twitter followers get the headline plus a TinyUrl to access the whole piece.  Since the next several months will likely to see lots of breaking news on the climate bill, Copenhagen, and clean energy, you’ll get the news delivered immediately to you ahead of everyone else.  And I promise to work on shorter headlines, too!  Not only won’t this cost you a penny, it’s surely a lot better than this ever was:

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2.  I’ll tweet from Copenhagen.  I will actually start doing “real” tweets at home and abroad.  Yes, I’m aware that Twitter purists don’t consider the headines from blog posts to be genuine tweets.  In particular, I’ll be in Copenhagen December 14 – 21 covering the big international climate conference.  Thousands of delegates, climate experts, activists and journalists will be there, and I’ll be interviewing, reporting, blogging, and tweeting.

3.  Your (online) neighbors are already following Climate Progress on Twitter! Since going on Twitter in April (see “How tweet it is“) I have amassed 2,066 followers (as of noon today), which I’m told is a lot.  I’m also told that latest behavioral psychology research says the best way to persuade people to adopt a certain behavior is to make sure they know that their neighbors and people are doing it.  Well, they are.  All the time.  Do they know something you don’t?  Do they also have more compact fluorescent light bulbs and a bigger solar PV system and a smaller carbon footprint than you?  Get with it, readers.

To follow Climate Progress on Twitter, click here.  Do it for your kids.

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5 Responses to Three reasons you should follow Climate Progress on Twitter

  1. Great to see you on Twitter. We’re pleased to add you to the sites followed by “archweek”. And, as always, really looking forward to all your great and useful contributions.

    However…

    Twitter is not just a short-form broadcast medium. It is also a social medium, and as such, the commons of Twitter is built up by some degree of reciprocal following.

    One wonders if a Twitter presence which is broadcast-only (i.e. many followers, following zero) fully grasps the essence of Twitter. How would the social network of Twitter develop if such a one-directional approach became a norm?

  2. Thx! Need climate news/views asap. Telling carbon friends. Yr hash tags? #rommcp #cop15 Historical twittergraphy ;-) http://bit.ly/anjOf

  3. Bill P says:

    This rationale depends some assumptions:

    1) That for some reason I “need” to know the latest breaking whatever on everything instantly instead of waiting a few hours or a day to read/hear about it. That would be true if I were a reporter, but I’m not.

    2) That I care what my neighbors are doing (whoever did the behavioral research you cited apparently forgot to talk to me).

    3) That even if the two assumptions above applied to me, that I want to spend huge amounts of my time everyday reading and following up on flurries of 140 character tweets.

    I understand that Twitter is another way of promoting this blog, which is a good reason for Joe Romm to be tweeting, but that’s no reason I should get involved in this latest fashion craze.

  4. hapa says:

    joe lots of sites split their twitter stuff into one article feed account and another for news and commentary; if users want both they can follow both, simple

  5. David Lewis says:

    You might join in with The New Yorker, whose cartoon desk announced yesterday they will be delivering future shipments of kudos via “Fritter”, “which has replaced Twitter because of its superior time-wasting capabilities”.