A lecturer in journalism is posting his blogs on Facebook for one month in the hope of finding a middle ground between blogging and Tweeting
Paul Bradshaw, an online journalist and blogger, will use the social networking site’s notes tool as a platform for his journalism-related blogs.
He aims to see if journalists can successfully use Facebook for their work and hopes to generate more users and feedback through it.
Paul, a reader in online journalism at Birmingham City University, and a Visiting Professor at City University’s School of Journalism in London, said: “I attended the social media summit at the BBC – a couple of people had raised the question of why people don’t use Facebook more often – I decided to explore the issue.
“My aim is to be more professional than Twitter but less personal than a Facebook profile. The posts are too long for Twitter and too short for a blog post.”
He added: “It seems to be getting more traffic than a stand-alone blog but I’m not sure how much of that is novelty value. I am writing much shorter posts because I don’t feel that pressure to write something as in depth.”
The blog, which started last Friday, has generated a lot of traffic so far. If it continues to attract hits he will continue the page – Paul Bradshaw’s online Journalism Blog on FB for one month – after the first month.
Journalists using Facebook has been much speculated about recently with the introduction of a journalist program manager for the social networking site. American Vadim Lavrusik has been writing about how Facebook can be used for journalism and has called it a ‘social newspaper.’