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A great blog post on Twitter for journalists!

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Someday Twitter tips will seem as unnecessary for most journalists as notebook tips. But in the past few weeks, I have encountered several journalists who were not using Twitter yet. A couple just within the last week asked my advice, so I decided to update my tips for journalists using Twitter, originally published in July 2009.

Most of the advice here is elementary to intermediate. If you’re an experienced Twitter user, this might not be helpful to you. The tips here are intended for journalists with no Twitter experience or those who have dabbled a little, but haven’t made Twitter part of their regular journalism tool set. I cobbled pieces of this from another previous post or two, and have tried to update throughout and added some new sections.

If you aren’t familiar with the jargon of Twitter, I have a brief glossary at the end of this post…

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iPad apps I use most often

When people asked me what iPad apps I’d recommend, it’s hard to come up with a short list. I have more than 100 apps on my iPad, many are free, but here are 20 apps I use most often (but not in a particular order). Some of them were included in Mashable’s 10 must-have iPad apps for new users.

Dropbox is a must for transporting files from my laptop to iPad. Cannot function without it!

Flipboard is a great way to read your tweet feeds and Facebook updates. You can also subscribe to a few websites and my favorites are Smitten Kitchen, Wired, and Bon Appetit. Gorgeous pictures. Read Engadget’s review here.

Talking about pictures, NY Post Pix shows what great photojournalism is all about. Captivating photos that tell stories (although its captions are quite non-traditional). You can “favorite” and/or save the photos you like on your iPad.

Friendly app came out at the right time when I started to get tired of reading Facebook updates via a tiny Facebook iPhone app.

Weather+ is similar to the Apple iPhone Weather app, but the free version allows only two cities. I still don’t know why Apple does not install its Weather app on the iPad, like they did with its iPhone.

PS Express, like its iPhone counterpart, is great for simple photo editing and a quick share on your Facebook wall. (But not on Twitter like the iPhone version.)

Boxcar alerts keeps me on top when Tweeps mentioned @fvrythingPR, my silly Twitter handle.

GoodReader, Documents to Go, and Evernote keep my document files in place, ready to share with others.

As a Twitter nut as I am, I’ve tried many Twitter apps.  When iPad was released almost a year ago, I had to give props to Twitterific that put out its free iPad version ahead of other vendors. It was good and functional at the time, but my favorites now are Osfoora HD and TwitRocker.  Each has a different interface, but overall I like Osfoora’s bigger font and TwitRocker’s handy tabs (Home, mentions, Mine, DM inbox, DM sent, and Favorites).

For e-readers, I have Apple’s iBook, Barnes and Nobles’ Nook, but I access ebooks via Amazon’s Kindle most often because that’s where I bought my ebooks. I wish though that these e-readers would allow “copy and paste” function. Note: iBook allows this with some of its free books.

Mashable app. My daily acumen. ‘Nuff said.

I use Apple’s factory installed Maps mainly to check on traffic. And why spending $200 for a Garmin when you can get GPS Drive HD for $2.99 with an optional package of 30-day voice guidance for $2.99 or $19.99 for a year.

OK, what about news apps, you ask? I am still in love with NPR and USA Today, both are free.  I’ve spent my hard earned money on Times, Sports Illustrated, Newsweek, and a few others, and I am not sure I would be willing to shell out $4.99 for a single issue. I also tried The Daily, recently launched by Rupert Murdoch’s camp. The jury is still out, as far as I am concerned. Some bugs need to be fixed but it is worth 99 cents a week if all the bells and whistles work.

For photos, since I am not a fan of computer-to-device sync, Transfer app really came to my rescue. Via wifi, you can transfer photos from your computer or iPhone to your iPad in seconds.

Last but not least, for an avid Delicious social bookmarking user like myself, DBD gives me a quick access to my Delicious account whenever I want.

Now I’d like to hear what your favorite iPad apps are.  🙂

My iPad experience

I’ve been using my iPad for almost two months now. I was one of those KoolAid drinkers who went to Apple Store on April 3, the first day iPads were on sale in the United States. Many said iPad is just like a gigantic iPod touch. I would argue that it’s not the same. The user experience is totally different and the web and app interfaces are much better. It’s been predicted by many that iPads will change how people consume media. I could not agree more. I would not pay $4.99 for a printed issue of Time magazine or Wired. But I have with both magazines’ iPad apps. And the experience was well worth the money.
As much as some might say that they won’t buy first generation of any gadget or device, I have no regrets. In fact, 2 million iPads were already sold in the first two months. I guess I have good company.


-screenshot of Time cover on iPad. Many interviews include a short video.

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With Queen of Measurement Katie D. Paine

I had a chance to see measurement guru Katie D Paine again while attending the 13th International Public Relations Research Conference in Miami, March 10-13. Katie has been coming to this conference for many years. This year, she was one of the few attendants who live tweeted the sessions (hashtag is #iprrc2010). The second day of the conference she tweeted that she wanted to give away three copies of her book, “Measuring Public Relationships,” that she didn’t want to lug home with her. I, of course, tweeted her back right away that I wanted one! So here’s the picture of Katie and me, holding her famous book. She even signed it for me. Much appreciation, Katie!

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