So it’s not just me…!

So there’s an art to gathering news from other places? This seems a little common sense to me though…

1. Organise the chaos

Otherwise you’re just grasping at straws for something you may or may not find.

2. Create Twitter lists

This seems repetitive…
3. Create Facebook lists

Come on, really?

4. Set up searches in TweetDeck

When you can find things, you can report on them.

5. Use Twitter’s advanced search

Again, it’s easier to report on things when you find them.

6. Set up RSS feeds around keywords or sources

Okay, I’m getting tired of repeating things.

7. Use Google advanced operators to search other social media

Again, search. Easy.

8. Use contacts to find contacts

Just like in the real world, right?

9. Nurture contacts

Prove to them that you want to help them out.

10. Consider private v public lists

You keep sources confidential, don’t you?

11. Keep your lists

Just like you wouldn’t throw out a business card.

12. Question the information shared by your sources

They might be lying to you. Always look for someone else to say the same thing.

13. Verify your sources

You need two confirms before you report. Otherwise you’re reporting false info, and that’s bad.

14. Pick up the phone

No duh. How else are you going to get a confirmation?
Yay, see, easy.


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