I thought I would do a little mid afternoon test. Can I use Facebook as a journalistic tool at 1.30pm on a Thursday afternoon?
Besides the usual girl meets boy, girl loves boy, girl dumps boy publicly on facebook and removes her relationship status – is there actually anything I could use for a story?
The Journalist’s Guide to Facebook seems to think that we can, “Journalists and the institutions they write for are finding Facebook to be an important resource in conducting the reporting that they do.” – But are we? Our use of Facebook is limited as we choose who to be friends with.
No, definitely not. Everyone is interesting in playing a farming game on my facebook page. I can’t seem to find an interesting angle or point in my news feed.
So, I have a had a thought – granted, an unoriginal thought, but what if I set up a facebook account that could source stories for me. Perhaps, I could start with a group within my friendship network, but then if I created a username specifically targeted at sourcing stories I could reap some dishy rewards.
Right then, I am off to be a human journalist…