Had lunch yesterday with Joe Morris, publisher of Thoroughbred Times, in Manhattan at Tivo on 48th Street and 3rd Avenue, a place recommended by Peter Rotondo of Breeders’ Cup. The BC offices are around the corner from Tivo. Joe, originally from Maine, had chicken cacciatore, while I had claims in a garlic white wine sauce and lightly battered and fried calamari. Several times during lunch Joe was extraordinarily gracious while I kept checking Twitter for updates, and he didn’t blink when I snapped a photo of my dishes and broadcast them.
Joe’s wife is a blogger, and because he overseas a publication that’s savvy enough with new media and the directions that journalism is taking, Joe was actually intrigued by Twitter and pleased when I told him that one of his editors, Ed DeRosa, aka @EJXD2 on Twitter, was ubiquitous in the medium. At one point, I handed my iPhone to Joe so he could read one of Ed’s messages. Joe smirked when I asked him if Ed, in real life, was as “in your face” as he is on Twitter (I gathered from the look on Joe’s face that he is!).
Joe, however, has seen firsthand how useful Twitter is in journalism, and he related a story–mimicking someone texting with two thumbs—of how Ed’s tweeting from the scene during Derby week was used by another writer at TT to flesh out an article. Joe even told me how Peter Rotondo at the Breeders’ Cup is a tweeter—and a “follower” of mine. “When I told him we were having lunch, he told me he follows you,” Joe said, laughing.
There are more racing people on Twitter now than a month ago and trending up, Brit journo Paul Haigh notwithstanding. One of the best descriptions of how Twitter works was written by tweeter Ani Wandaryan, aka @GoldenTent, in a comment to the Paul Haigh post below. It’s worth reproducing here:
Well, Twitter is quite a different thing from Facebook or from a blog. It’s for interaction, not expounding, for making witty, succinct remarks, for traveling light, for those who can write intriguing leads for their links, and for those who have diverse interests and want to meet people they don’t already know. Who’d-a thunk that I’d meet someone else in the world who was interested in horse racing, Chechen rebels, and Sheikh Mohammed? But, through Twitter, I met @SidFernando.
If you think of Twitter as a 21st-century Algonquin Round Table rather than a pulpit, you’ve got a fairer idea of its charm and worth. Dorothy Parker and Voltaire would have loved it; Cotton Mather would have avoided it like a plague. So pick your social media poison. As for me:
“Loquacity is overrated; short and sweet is neat, so tweet!”—Ani Wandaryan #Twitter #TWISI