There have been some big changes to Twitter overnight, here you can view a guide on exactly how to use it. The new design centres around the four tabs: Home, Connect, Discover and Me. Twitter say that the new Discover function will “help you find out more”, allowing users to easily read tweets and stories relevant to them. Interaction will now be grouped together, making it easier to read through conversations from start to finish. As well as this, pictures and videos will appear within tweets. These changes form part of Twitter’s attempt to make the site more useful and become a profitable business.
‘Majority of trending topic retweets come from 9 news sources’
HP Labs have released results that rank nine U.S news organisations in order of influence on Twitter.
‘What the Crystal Cox case means for digital media’
Dan Gillmor discusses how a federal judge in Oregon forced a blogger to reveal her sources as the law did not regard digital media as journalism.
‘Arrests raise spectre of media crackdown’
Following the arrest of Media Monitoring Project of Zimbabwe (MMPZ) officials this week, civil society organisations fear a “media crackdown” in the country.
‘Social media ‘not to blame’ for inciting rioters’
JISC, who funded The University of Manchester’s study of 2.4 million Twitter messages from the time of the riots cover the results of the study here. These show that rather than inciting the riots, Twitter was a positive tool that helped to mobilise the post-riot clean up.
‘Outspoken cleric guides Arabs on revolution’
The FT’s Roula Khalaf discusses the 86-year-old Egyptian cleric,Youssef al-Qaradawi who was seen as a “spiritual guide” during the Arab Spring.
‘Marketers, and Media Companies, Set Their Sights on Latin Women’
Media companies are making new attempts to reach the 25 million Latin women in the US. Cosmopolitan Latina will launch next May and will be aimed at “bicultural and bilingual” Latin American women.
‘Citizen journalism 2.0: The Guardian and NYU launch a “citizens agenda” for 2012’
Jay Rosen and Amanda Michael are set to launch “the Citizen’s Agenda”, a collaborative project between the US Guardian and NYU, which will focus on getting citizen voices heard in campaigns.
The 2011 Press Freedom Prize has been awarded to the Syrian cartoonist Ali Farzat. Ferzat was chosen “because of the quality of his cartoons and his commitment to defending press freedom.”