Should a local media site create a local Twitter directory?

The Charlotte Observer is doing one. You can view the sign-up form here.

I know some people are thoroughly sick of Twitter, and can make a pretty good case that we addicts cover it too much. Then again, one in every five display ads is viewed on a social networking site, so anything that adds value to an up-and-comer might be worth trying. Especially if you’re a local site adding local value by drafting on a global phenomenon.

There’s already a grassroots attempt to do this in a single category: politics. MnPolTwitter was organized by then-PiPress reporter Rachel Stassen-Berger, now at the Strib.

It’s a “wiki” — where anyone can add and edit information — which suggests a newspaper’s curatorial function might be superfluous. There are other attempts at local directories, of course, but none seem to have it nailed. Some ambitious news site might discover if there more Twitter users locally than, say, high school sports fans.

Comments (4)

  1. Submitted by Mary Lower on 09/02/2009 - 11:42 am.

    @PRsaraevens introduced me to http://www.mediaontwitter.com/ that claims to be the “most comprehensive database of media on Twitter”. There is a share of MN media in the list but not all by a long shot. As a local publicist I’d love to have a wiki platform to interact with others in the community – the MNpoltwitter database is a start but more need to participate.

  2. Submitted by Mark Gisleson on 09/02/2009 - 04:56 pm.

    You mean like this?

    http://mnpoltwitter.pbworks.com/

  3. Submitted by David Brauer on 09/02/2009 - 05:11 pm.

    Yup, that’s referenced in the story, Mark. But a local directory would be broader, and require more logistics, I think.

  4. Submitted by Rick Singh on 05/12/2011 - 12:23 pm.

    I would highly recommend it! Any way to increase public awareness beyond the local directory is a good idea! You could also create a facebook page, that would help as well.

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