We’re On the Air at 103.7 The Buzz

We’re on the air at 103.7 The Buzz. Me, Blake Rutherford and David Kinkade are back today to talk business, politics and the Web and more.

Catch the show from 9 a.m. to noon on 103.7 The Buzz. Be sure to call with your questions, comments and criticism at 501-433-1037 or 1-800-477-1037. And you can also Twitter me @LT.

And watch us on the live Web cam here.


Back on The Buzz This Sunday

I think Kinkade says it best. Why 103.7 The Buzz has agreed to let me, Blake Rutherford and David Kinkade back on the air this Sunday is beyond any and all logic. But they have. So there we’ll be. Remember last time? Poor RJ Hawk — our man on the boards with the patience of a saint — does he deserve this type of working environment?

Decide for yourself. Check in on 103.7 FM at 9-noon Sunday for talk on all kinds of subjects, including Wal-Mart’s shareholders’ meeting, the week in politics and much more. And don’t forget to follow us on Twitter (@LT) and tweet your comments and questions.

Google: We’ve Fallen Behind Twitter on Real-time Search

Cue the next wave of “Google’s buying Twitter” rumors, despite CEO Eric Schmidt’s best efforts. This, after statements this week by Google co-founder Larry Page and Schmidt, reported today in the Guardian UK.

Speaking at Google’s Zeitgeist Conference, Page admitted that the company has been “losing out to Twitter” in a race to meet Web user’s demand for real-time info, according to the newspaper. That led to Schmidt hinting that Google might be able to partner with fast-growing microblogging site.

The rise of Twitter has sparked speculation that the cash-rich Google could buy the business.

“There is a presumption that somehow you cannot have multiple solutions that co-exist,”[Schmidt] said. “We can talk to them … there is all sorts of stuff we can do. We do not have to buy everybody to work with them, the whole principle of the web is people can talk to each other.”

That, of course, has been one of the more fascinating things to me about Twitter — that the stuff built around the service by third-party developers is often more compelling and useful than Twitter itself. Google clearly sees that it, too, can build upon and around Twitter’s platform, offering its users a search of tweets alongside its traditional search.

Such an arrangement would be good news for Twitter, which has said even this week that it wants to remain free and open to users — as well as advertising free. Perhaps Google can serve its ads next to its Twitter search service. But Twitter sees advertising as obtrusive and, according to its executives this week, not interesting.

So how will  Twitter make money? It’s said this week that it will focus on lightweight add-ons to its service aimed at businesses that want to message, interact or learn from its customers.

Google integrating or partnering with Twitter in some way will expose more users to the service in a new way — perhaps one that shows what Twitter’s true value might be: as a resource for finding real-time, relevant information created and curated by more than 6 million Twitter account holders.

And as more people sign on, Twitter would be better positioned to sell those “add-ons” to business and, maybe, even turn a buck.


Last month, I made a date to speak to a group of Little Rock media freelancers, Freeliance, on what Twitter is and how it can help them. We’ll talk about all that today, plus touch on Twitter’s possible future. More on today’s meeting here.

THVideo: Alyson Courtney and I Talk Twitter

Click here to watch the segment

Click here to watch the segment

Whew! Two and a half minutes does go by fast. Especially on TV. It’s almost like trying to keep your tweets at a 140 characters!

That’s right, I said “140.” Although sharp-eared Twitterati will hear me in the video to the left saying “240” for some reason. “240”?! How do I mess that up? That’s basic Twitter 101! All I can say is, it was 6:40 in the a.m. and I’d yet to break into the coffee. It happens.

But thanks to “Today’s THV” for having me on and being such enthusiastic New Media experimenters. And check out Charles Crowson — he’s discovered Twitpic — much to Alyson’s dismay.

Like I said in the video, it’s easy to get “social media fatigue” trying to keep up with all that’s out there. The key for anyone thinking about using Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, LinkedIn, whatever, is to think about your goals, the way you work, and your possible audience, then experiment to see what service best fits you based on that criteria.

You don’t have to do it all. But you should be aware of what’s out there.

Also noted in the segment: How the government is using Twitter to keep citizens abreast of the swine flu, how Tyson Foods is using Twitter as part of its charitable work, and Delta Trust & Bank‘s plans to Twitter this weekend from the Berkshire-Hathaway shareholders meeting.

Find THV Twitterers here. See more Arkansas Twitterers via the Arkansas Twitter Guide. And follow me on Twitter @LT.

More: Jessica Duff on “Today’s THV at 9” has more on Twitter. (Includes video.)

Talking Twitter Tuesday on ‘Today’s THV This Morning’

All a Twitter

All a-Twitter

Tired of Twitter yet? Possibly! But the little microblogging service that could is still generating plenty of buzz — some of it not from bored news editors but people legitimately curious about the service and how it might help their business.

At about 6:20 6:40 a.m.-ish on Tuesday, I’ll give a quick primer on Twitter on “Today’s THV This Morning” and, time permitting, how some Arkansas businesses and other organizations are using the service (which we’ve touched on before on this blog and on the radio). Are you suffering from social media fatique and wondering whether Twitter is for you? Hopefully, we can help you answer that question, as well.

Meanwhile, remember you can follow me @LT and Arkansas Business @ArkBusiness. And be sure to sign up with the THV Morning Crew:

@MatthewGCarroll, producer

@BeccaBuerkle, producer

@AlysonCourtney, anchor

@CCrowson016, reporter/anchor

@todaysthv, news


Corporate Blogs and Tweets Must Keep SEC in Mind – WSJ

Oprah and Ashton Will Destroy Twitter – PC Magazine

Numbers Can’t Begin to Describe Twitter’s Impact – Wired

Twitter me this: Wake up and get the Tweets, alderman says – Northwest Arkansas Times

Twitter marketing tips – DoshDosh

Social media: $3.1 billion industry in five years? – eBiz

A Nice Day at the University of Arkansas at Monticello

The music hall at UA Monticello

The music hall at UA Monticello

It was a great day to take a drive to southeast Arkansas and speak to journalism students attending the Arkansas College Media Advisors conference at the University of Arkansas at Monticello. Thanks to Dr. Ronald Sitton at the School of Arts and Humanities for inviting me to talk about print and broadcasting journalism and how it’s all coming together on the Web.

Also on the day’s roster: Kelly Kissel, new editor for the Associated Press in Arkansas, who talked about breaking news online; Arkansas Free Press editor and publisher Dotty Oliver, who talked desktop publishing and multimedia; activist and former gubernatorial candidate Rod Bryan, who spoke on covering and influencing state government via his various Web initiatives, including the Arkansas Conservation Alliance and Anthro.tv; and news photographer Liberty Parks (a former Arkansas Business intern), who talked about photography in a wired world.

And there was much more — too much, in fact, to list here. Hopefully, students got a sense of the possibilities that exist in journalism, despite all the gloom and doom of layoffs, newspaper cutbacks and closings and general uncertainty about the future of what we do.


Star City

Tweets from the road

Hello, Monticello Twitter Geeks!

Apparently, I wasn’t the only traveling

Speaking on Broadcast Convergence at the Arkansas College Media Advisors Conference



Blogging will be light today as I head to beautiful Monticello to speak about broadcast convergence and journalism at the Arkansas College Media Advisors conference at UAM.

Having never been to UAM, I’m looking forward to it. And, while I’m not the greatest presenter in the world, it’s always fun to speak to a room full of students who’ll soon be “boots on the ground” in remaking how journalism is done as the industry continues to work through its myriad changes and challenges.

It might be tough out there right now, but I remain positive about the new opportunities all this upheaval will leave in its wake.

Check back for my notes and handouts from today’s presentation.