You know something’s up when the men in suits come into the newsroom, especially when they are wearing expressions that you normally see on the faces of undertakers.
Now you can watch a newspaper (the Rocky Mountain News) die, online . It’s a long, lingering video, as befits the death of an institution and is quite haunting – the paper’s own website is still up there, its last act the reporting of its own demise.
The Rocky Mountain News came to me via a twitter trail from Glamorgan student Jamie Russell who had spent the morning watching a live video stream of the Digital News Affairs (DNA) event in Brussels. Apart from the obvious questions at the event (such as how does the mainstream media survive) there was a twitteresque one: can you tell the news in 140 characters?
Jamie, and many others, twittered their contributions and saw them appear as a ‘twitterfall’ on a giant screen behind the panel of experts. I hope no other newspapers died while they were all doing this. Anyway, Jamie asked the experts if they were “looking at ways to increase retweetness“. Someone answer him, please.
Another gem that emerged from following the DNA event was that a twitter link has a life of about five minutes
My five minutes must be up, and I have surely exceeded 140 characters.