This post is totally dedicated to our closest friend in journalism – Twitter. Before coming to London, I didn’t even know what it was. As you can guess one month ago I opened my Twitter account but still, managed to get used to it.  I followed some nice people like David Cameron, Piers Morgan, Victoria Beckham and some organisations like WikiLeaks, Al Jazeera, BBC, ITV and many more. And it’s great fun !! The only thing that I don’t like about it is that you can ‘Follow’ some people without necessarily being followed by them.

As far as I could see Twitter today has a big role in generating and providing news. It mixes the pleasure to chat with your friends and get some news at the same time. You have only 140 characters to express your concerns or summarize a story. That’s why a big friend of Twitters’ is that shortens your 1000 characters long URL to just 20 characters.

We’ve acknowledged the power of Twitter in the Middle East revolutions and in every news website. There are various ways you can use Twitter and I would suggest you to have a look at How journalists can master Twitter an extract from Paul Bradshaw’s Online Journalism Blog.

Good luck and start tweet-ing now !!!

PS: you can follow me on Twitter @TanaiaD


Egypt in Crisis

In Brussels, leaders of the European countries are meeting for the first time since the Middle East protest, to decide about the future of th crisis country, as they have had a lacklustre response so far. The summit is supposed to call for ‘an expeditious and orderly transition‘ to democracy in Egypt.


Meanwhile, a radical change in the Tahrir Square: tens of thousands people who are praying.  Egyptians are taking part in ‘the day of departure’ as President Mubarak is wanted to resign today. The crowd is waving Egyptian flags and chanting the words of the Egyptian national anthem. An Egyptian blogger commented on Twitter: ‘The scene of Tahrir right now is incredible. Millions of people praying. Reverence. Very powerful. It looks like Mecca in haj’

You can watch online the latest news from Cairo on BBC News and The Guardian.

(Source: The Guardian)