The Rules of Twitter AND Cricket

There is a complex interplay between the various sorts of media available at the moment that seems to baffle more people than it excites, a bit like Cricket!  Here’s an example where Howard Lovy takes a look at the use of Twitter in the nanotech community.

Allow me to explain.  An online newspaper article gets tweeted by me, then blogged and the blog post is converted into a tweet. Howard reads the tweet then tweets that he has written a blog post about the tweeting of the article which I then retweet and blog about which then gets tweeted and retweeted?

Still with me? Then let’s consider something important like the rules of Cricket?

You have two sides, one out in the field and one in.

Each man that’s in the side that’s in goes out, and when he’s out he comes in and the next man goes in until he’s out.

When they are all out, the side that’s out comes in and the side that’s been in goes out and tries to get those coming in, out. Sometimes you get men still in and not out.

When a man goes out to go in, the men who are out try to get him out, and when he is out he goes in and the next man in goes out and goes in.

There are two men called umpires who stay all out all the time and they decide when the men who are in are out.

When both sides have been in and all the men have been out, and both sides have been out twice after all the men have been in, including those who are not out, that is the end of the game!

Both explanations make perfect sense if you already understand both Twitter & Cricket. If you don’t, well, in the same way that the best way to understand cricket is to play it, you just have to start tweeting.

Comments 1

  1. Ruth Seeley

    Finally I understand cricket! Thank you so much. One point Howard raised that hasn’t been taken up by anyone to date is the fact that the story is now floating around on digg with no one of substance commenting on the inappropriateness of the headline.

    While we still have mainstream media with us, it’s important to remember that the journalist doesn’t write the headline – that’s slapped on later by copy editors, sub editors, section editors, etc., usually long after the reporter has left the building. I think it’s important, when there’s a disconnect between the headline and the body of the article – to make it clear there’s misrepresentation going on. Even after three years of working in a newsroom I’m not clear why the writers don’t get to do the headlines themselves. I think it’s because it’s believed they don’t understand the marketing process involved in selling newspapers.

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