This second video is almost a year old now, but still interesting and even more pertinent. Since Sony restricts its content from certain site – including WordPress – I can’t embed this video.  (The book is available here, and read here for one marketer/blogger’s review.) What I found most interesting was a point made towards the end of the video: “We no longer search for the news, the news finds us… We will no longer search for products and services, they will find up via social media. Social media isn’t a fad, it’s a fundamental shift in the way we communicate.”

Journalism has historically been one-way communication. Talking back meant written and mailed letters to the editor, messages on answering machines or graffiti on news buildings. With online news came emails and comments on articles – a more direct and instant feedback loop.

Then we add the rise of “citizen journalists.” In journalism circles, we simultaneously hate them and love to use them. Conversation for another post. The point is that news consumers have much more control over how/where/when they find information.

Though it seems that social media will increasingly do the finding for us. Just another step in the rise of technology that will destroy the world. I’ve seen the movies.

I worked on this article for most of last semester. It really opened my eyes to the perceived hopelessness of women who live every day in these situations. It’s scary stuff. And it needs continued attention from the media, non-profits, police departments, law professionals and local governments.

Illustration by Jill Hamilton, Inside Columbia. Special thanks to Kathy Casteel for her copy-editing.

I was abruptly – and pleasantly – surprised when the magazine told me in early February they were going to run it… four days before it went to print. It’s not as complete as I originally planned, but the short notice combined with a winter storm that shut down Columbia for three days hindered extra reporting efforts.

For better or worse, here is the article. I would say please enjoy, but that’s not really appropriate given the topic. Please be educated and aware is a bit better.

Last week I activated a Twitter account for job purposes. No really. I have avoided Twitter all along, but was finally forced to cave by a few editors.

I am a late bloomer when it comes to social media. I completely ignored Xanga, joined and neglected MySpace when it was already gasping for air (I actually received an email two days ago from MySpace. Subject line: “Where are you?”) and gave in to Facebook years after friends did. Admittedly, Facebook now occupies one of my very select bookmark toolbar spaces and I log in more times a day than I want to admit.

RP @ClueCult: bit.ly/fof3iY #Twitter

But I reverted to my anti-bandwagon ways when Twitter joined the social media lineup.

I obviously don’t understand the can’t-live-without-tweeting traits of Twitter, because it seems so silly to me. The nonsense Facebook statuses are given a second life on Twitter… which is too-often linked with Facebook and appears in the news feed anyway. The word clutter is annoying. I have already hidden enough Facebook friends due to their prolific updates.

And then there are the symbols. The hash tags, @ sign, bit.ly links and alphabet soup RTs and usernames are a bit much for me. I don’t have the patience to decipher the gibberish that comes from condensing a paragraph into 140 characters.

Deciding I needed to catch up on the Twilingo (not to be confused with Twilight lingo of course), a quick Google search brought me to an old Business Week article. My favorites are Twitterlooing, Twittectomy and Twadd. Seriously? Envision raised eyebrows and my “wow, you’re an idiot” expression. Twitterati? People please. Can we sound more ridiculous?

My first date with Twitter didn’t go so well and I promptly logged out. If I had a choice I’d throw away the phone number – er, I mean username – and move on. Or would that be my TwID. I can’t keep up.