Truck driver, sheep farmer speak out as citizens take control of Sweden’s Twitter account

Yup, that’s the way we roll…  

Do you think Sweden is all about blondes, meatballs and snow? Think again.

Since December, the Nordic country has been promoting itself on Twitter by handing over the official @Sweden account to an average citizen every week.

And the question on all of your minds are of course – how many sheep farmers are there in Sweden? Well, in 2005 there were about 7000 sheep flocks with about 450 000 animals in Sweden, and declining. All according to Wikipedia…

You do the math…

On the other hand, we nerds of social media in Sweden seems to have a special relationship to sheeps…


Hur använder du din ”smarta” telefon?

Nu är detta en amerikansk ögonblicksbild från Pew Research Center, men bilden för mer nära förhållanden lär inte vara annorlunda. Eller? Finns motsvarande studie för Sverige? Ser jag till min egen bild så skulle Tweeting, Text Messaging och  Social Networking ligga i topp, förmodligen i den ordningen. Gaming i absoluta botten.
Smartphone Usage Infographic
Source: Tatango Mass Text Messaging

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Att vara först eller att vara exklusiv #journalist

Är scoop-mentaliteten dålig för nyhetsvärdet och hur förhåller sig det till medborgarjournalister som gärna ser sig vara “först” med att förmedla på 140 tecken?

Intressanta tankar från Amy Graham:

If the audience doesn’t care who’s first, nobody in the news business can truly win on that basis


“The scoop is another scion of the competitive news mindset. There are two kinds of scoops: 1. The exclusive. Uncovering a unique story through enterprise; something that probably would otherwise have gone unreported. These scoops are great for everyone. Exclusives broaden the universe of topics covered in the news, and so can enrich public discourse. 2. Being first. Disseminating news of an issue or event before any other news outlet. The classic case is the frenzy among major news orgs to be the “first to call” a presidential election. But it can also mean being the first to report on a polluted site, or a lawsuit, or any definable newsworthy issue. This distinction, I’d argue, has not only ceased to be meaningful—most of the time it’s an outright red herring that damages the quality of news and ill-serves audiences.”

Why the “Scoop” Mentality is Bad for News by Amy Gahran via Knight Digital Media Center