Twitter argument: Times Online under attack for asking for input
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A bit of a spat an exchange of views on Twitter between Times journalist Joanna Geary and Joe Turner about websites and communities…
Joanna had asked earlier today:
If you subscribe to thetimes.co.uk, you can be part of shaping our future by joining the Times+ Advisory Board http://bit.ly/cNxFee
This had obviously riled Joe, who later went on to sarcastically tweet the above (top image).
I think it’s fair enough that journalists seek guidance on their publication’s website. In a way it’s only a small step further than asking for letters – which you could hardly say is a means of sourcing free content. It’s a vital tool to help you gauge what’s really on your readers’ minds.
But I’m thinking this mini-row has erupted because the Times now has a paywall in place. Perhaps using Twitter (well and truly in the public domain) to help shape a closed-off website such as the Times Online goes against the grain of the web’s ethos?
I guess we’ll never know – unless you’re a Times Online subscriber.
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UPDATE: Apparently the advisory board members are paid for their time