Samantha Rose Hunt offers a thoughtful analysis of US broadcaster ABC’s attempt to interview Senator John McCain using Twitter.
“Interviews are conducted so that individuals can learn and understand situations, products or an individual better. Understanding someone within the confines of 140 characters has now been shown to be nearly impossible,” writes Hunt.
Perhaps Twitter wasn’t the right tool for the subject matter of this interview – but can it work for more appropriate content?
We’ve been experimenting with conducting interviews on Twitter at Journalism.co.uk. There are still some bugs to be worked out, but the social element of the interview that you get by opening it up to Twitter is encouraging. All thoughts for improvement greatly appreciated.