Introducing MicroPR, A PR Resource for Journalists, Analysts and Bloggers on Twitter

In the era of the Social Web, transparency, engagement, and a commitment to authentically connect people to your story are essential principles for practicing successful and meaningful Public Relations.

Concurrently, the socialization of media is creating new communities and communications channels that are empowering journalists, bloggers, analysts, as well as everyday people, to actively and passionately contribute, share, and discover the stories around us. It’s changing the information ecosystem.

Media and communications professionals must stay connected and work together now more than ever to compete against the amplifying volume and frequency of information.

Stowe Boyd and I, in development with Christopher Peri, are contributing to the improvement of communications and relationships between media and PR.

PR + Media + Twitter = @MicroPR

If you don’t have time to read the entire post, here’s a quickstart guide:

  • Journalists, bloggers, and analysts, send a tweet to @micropr (www.twitter.com/micropr) with what you need help with. The PR subscribers will read it and only those who can help will respond. Always start your message with @micropr.
  • PR, follow @micropr to monitor the inbound reqests from the media and to determine how you can help. This is a listening and response service for you, not a broadcast channel. Do not send a message to @micropr unless you need the assistance of the PR community.
  • If you want to refer to micropr on Twtter please use the hashtag, #micropr.

Remember, this is BETA, so if something goes wrong or if you have suggestions, please send me a message via @ or DM.

For those who wish to learn more about MicroPR, please continue…

PR

As PR professionals, we’re driven to proactively identify relevant editorial and publicity opportunities to link our respective companies to the stories currently in progress. Today, we most likely use a combination of direct editorial calendars and services such as MyEdCals.com, Profnet, HARO (HelpaReporterOut.com), Vocus, among maintaining day-to-day relations with our contacts to stay in sync.

Media

Journalists, analysts, and bloggers face constant deadlines and experience practically impossible tasks of managing expansive networks of PR representatives, experts, and spokespeople who represent particular industries.

Twitter

Twitter is nothing short of phenomenal and it only continues to experience incredible growth in both traffic and users – currently at six million registered people. It has created a dedicated, vibrant community that will fundamentally change and improve the communications channel between media and PR.

@MicroPR

Introducing MicroPR (@micropr on twitter) a new, free service on Twitter that advocates the shift from Public Relations’ traditional broadcast pitch methodology to one of listening and individual response.

Through Twitter, MicroPR connects journalists and bloggers to qualified, targeted PR professionals who can help you with the stories you’re currently writing.

How MicroPR Works

MicroPR is an automated, solution designed for simplicity.

For Bloggers, journalists, analysts, when you need help with a story:

1. Send a public message on twitter to @MicroPR.

2. Your tweet will automatically retweet from the MicroPR account to the PR and communications professionals monitoring the stream or the feed.

3. A knowledgeable PR person following the #MicroPR feed will see your individual request and respond directly via your preferred channel.

Basically, you’re inviting the community to help crowdsource elements of your story to streamline the process of story development, reducing research time and improving its quality and accuracy.

Tip: try to keep your request under 140 characters as the Twitter community may also retweet your request through their personal accounts.

Tip #2: Share @micropr with your entire editorial department and community. The process will only improve the more you use it.

For Public Relations Professionals, either follow MicroPR or subscribe to the RSS feed on Twitter. You can also run active searches for “@MicroPR” on Search.Twitter.com or TweetScan.

Examples for Journalist, Bloggers, Analysts:

- Writers looking for help with on story development can send a tweet, “@micropr Need startup recommendations for story on new micromedia tools. Reply via public tweet to @reportername” (112 characters).

- Journalists, analysts and bloggers can share that they do or do not want to be pitched via Twitter and other micromedia tools. They can also announce their specific preferences for contact.

- They could declare what sorts of microPR they want (or don’t want) to receive, and in what mode — @public messages or direct/private.

- A writer can share relevant beats @micropr beats = #social #web #networks #automotive #environment
#politics.

- Conference and awards organizers can call for speakers or submissions.

- Media can also block certain PR people who are doing it wrong.

- Other services could include scheduling calls and or meetings, etc.

Examples for PR and Marketing Professionals:

- This is mostly a tool for media to reach out to you, so please don’t abuse the @micropr channel.

- If you’re looking for strategic partners or information from the PR community, feel free to send a tweet to @micropr.

- Do not use MicroPR to proactively pitch media on Twitter. Stowe Boyd and I will be introducing TwitPitch shortly.

Tip: if you want to talk about MicroPR on Twitter and don’t wish for it to appear in the stream, use the Hash Tag, #MicroPR. For example, “I really love #MicroPR because it helps me build new relationships.”

M1cr0PR.com – A Wiki to Support the Refinement of @MicroPR

First, bookmark www.m1cr0pr.com.

M1cr0PR.com is a central resource for communications professionals to learn more about the principles, methodologies, and tools to enhance your relationships through brevity, fidelity, and clarity.

It is a community-powered wiki that features:
- A list of journalists, bloggers, and analysts on Twitter and their Twitter IDs
- A directory of Micromedia Tools for PR
- Links to helpful discussions on improving PR
- In the future, we’ll also feature an FAQ page (feel free to start one)

A Draft List of Media Currently on Twitter v2.0

Hopefully, this list triggered a Google Alert. This is your invitation to use @micropr to help you source information from the PR community without getting inundated with irrelevant pitches and responses.

Please note that this list is in the process of being updated and corrected over at www.m1cr0pr.com.

Adam Boulton, Sky News UK,
Allen Stern, CenterNetworks
Amanda Congdon, AmandaCongdon.com
Ana Marie Cox, Time.com
Anthony Ha, VentureBeat
Arthur Germain , Brand Telling
Bicyclemark, Citizen Reporter
Brent Terrazas, Brentter.com
Brian Morrissey, Adweek
C Kirkham, Times-Picayune
Carlo Longino, MobHappy
Caroline McCarthy, News.com
Chris Shipley
Chris Ziegler, Engadget
D Sarno, L.A. Times
Dan Farber, CNET
Dan Kaplan, VentureBeat
Dan Thomas, WSJ
Daniel Terdiman, Cnet
Darren Waters, BBC News
Dave Slusher, Evil Genius Chronicles
Dave Winer, Media Hacker
David Griner, Luckie.com
David Kirkpatric, Fortune
David Lidsky, Fast Company
David Wescott, Its Not A Lecture Blog
Dawn Foster, Fast Wonder
Dean Takahashi, Venture Beat
Doc Searls,
Dwight Silverman, Houston Chronicle
Dwight Silverman, Houston Chronicle
Dylan Tweeny, Wired.com
Elisabeth Lewin, PodcastingNews
Eric Schonfeld, TechCrunch
Eric Zeman, PhoneScoop
Etan Horowitz, Orlando Sentinel
Ginny Skal, NBC 17 Raleigh
Graeme Thickins, Tech~Surf~Blog
Harry McCracken, Technologizer
Heather Green, BusinessWeek
Henry Blodget, Silicon Alley Insider
Houston Chronicle, Houston Chronicle
Hugh MacLeod, Gaping Void
Jacqui Cheng, Ars Technica
Jason Calacanis, Mahalo
Jeff Pulver, Pulver Blog
Jemima Kiss, JemimaKiss.com + The Gaurdian
Jim Long, NBC
Jim Louderback, Revision3
Joel Johnson, BoingBoing
John Dickerson, Slate
John Dvorak, Dvorak Blog
John Markoff, NYT Bits Blog
John Paczkowski, AllThingsD
Jonathan Fingas, Electronista
Justin Beck, SF Chronicle
Justine Ezerik, Tasty Blog Snack
Kara Andrade, Maynard Institute
Kara Swisher, AllThingsD.com
Katie Fehrenbacher, Earth 2 Tech
Kevin Allison, Financial Times
Kristen Nicole, VentureBeat
Laura Lorek, My San Antonio Blog
Leo Laporte, Leoville.com
Lisa Picarille, Revenue Magazine
Liz Gannes, GigaOm
Loren Steffy, HoustonChronicle
Louis Gray, LouisGray.com
Marc Canter,
Mark Glaser, PBS
Mark Hopkins, Mashable
Mark Krynsky, Lifestream Blog
Marshall Kirkpatrick, Read Write Web
Mathew Ingram, MathewIngramBlog
Matt Buchanan, Gizmodo
MG Siegler, Paris Lemon + VentureBeat
Michael Banovsky, Banovsky Blog
Michael Singer, InformationWeek
Mike Arrington, TechCrunch
Mike Butcher, TechCrunch UK
Mike Cassidy, SJ MercNews
Molly Wood, CNET
Natali del Conte, CNET
Om Malik, GigaOM
Owen Thomas, Valleywag
Pete Cashmore, Mashable
Peter Ha, CrunchGear
Peter Rojas, Engadget
Rafe Needleman, Webware
Richard MacManus, ReadWriteWeb
Robert Hof, BusinessWeek
Robert Scoble, Fast Company
Robert W. Anderson, Expert Texture
Ryan Block
Saleem Kahn, tech journalist
Sam Whitmore, Media Survey
Sarah Lacy, BusinessWeek
Sarah Perez, Read Write Web
Saul Hansell, NY Times
Steve Baker, BusinessWeek
Steve Gillmor,
Steve Spaulding, How to Split an Atom
Stewart Alsop, StewartAlsop.com
Stowe Boyd, /Message
Tannette Elie, Milwaukee Journal
The Guy Report, ESPN &Playboy;
Tod Maffin, CBC
Tom Foremski, Silicon Valley Watcher
Tom Merritt, CNET
Tricia Dureyee, MoCoNews
Veronica Belmont, Revision3
Walt Mossberg, AllThingsD/WJS
Wayne Sutton, NBC 17 Raleigh

Warning to PR: Only contact reporters and bloggers using their preferred methods and channels. Do not send spam. Doing so will not only get you blacklisted, but will also get you blocked on Twitter.

Stowe says it best, “On Twitter, I will simply block people that abuse my willingness to have an open dialog about products with PR folks, or basically anyone else, for that matter.”


Special thanks to Brad Mays and Evan Solomon for their priceless participation and advice.

MicroPR on Twitter by Brian Solis http://documents.scribd.com/ScribdViewer.swf?document_id=8479271&access_key=key-9l2ymvujydd516lf0al&page=1&version=1&viewMode=list

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  • Janet Johnson

    Hi Brian,

    Your new service should be fantastic for journalists/bloggers/analysts. You and Stowe are just creating order out of Twitter’s innate functionality for many of us.

    I just hope it’s not abused with pitches. (As such, I’m sure TwitPitch will be eagerly anticipated.)

    As a blogger, then, when I’m not pitching my clients, I can both add myself to the Wiki and ask for help by sending requests for help to @MicroPR… right?

    Looking forward to seeing it in action.

  • Sofia

    I love the idea as well but I’d like to echo Janet here: “I just hope it’s not abused with pitches”… of the fluffy kind.

  • Michelle / chelpixie

    Nice set up Brian. Regarding journalist specifying how they would like being pitched, are you keeping a database of that information or leaving that to the users?

  • trampoline design

    Incredible. Saw your tweet, will add @micropr

  • Bryan Person

    Brian:

    Like the idea, but a quick look at the @MicoPR account has me confused. I’m seeing both messages to and from @MicroPR. Any way to automate and clean this up somehow?

    Just a thought. In the meantime, subscribed and following the evolution of the account!

    Bryan Person | @BryanPerson
    LiveWorld

  • Michael Sommermeyer

    This reminds me of the early days of ProfNet, when a few of us worked together with Dan Forbush to bootleg a system that connected journalists with university experts. Of course, that later became a business, but I really appreciate the grassroots approach Twitter brings to this process and the willingness of PR and journalists to give it a try. Twitter works perfectly for this and I’m sure many will benefit. If we participate with the idea of providing benefit it will work. If we succumb to the idea we’ll make money and use it as a firehose, then we’ll quickly see it lose it’s value. No bad pitches, please!

  • Dr. Wright

    I do not understand why you can not tweet this stuff yourself and follow the media people yourself. This seems like an extra step to me.

    Dr. WRight
    the Wright Place TV show
    http://www.wrightplacetv.com
    http://www.twitter.com/drwright1

  • John Flynn

    This is great. Thank you.

  • Gina Kay Landis

    Interesting and of value to those of us responsible for at least some PR for either our company or, as entrepreneurs, ourselves. Nice to have a great resource in all these folks, and thank you, Brian, for setting it up (and any others who helped).

  • John Furrier

    Good idea Brian.

  • jansegers

    Very important development…

    It means Twitter is now really main stream.

  • Jeremy Woolf

    Great initiative. Thinking that as twitter increasingly goes global, could we amend to @microprhk (for Hong Kong tweets), @microprau (for Australian tweets) etc.? I realize this adds two characters, but it does help localize the diiscussion.

  • jansegers

    Jeremy, I would rather recommand to post on local microblogs for local markets.

    Pieter Jansegers
    see my knol on globocasting
    or my tumblr post about microblogs
    http://jansegers.tumblr.com/post/61335162/microblogs

  • Jeremy Woolf

    I hear you Pieter, but as this week’s tragedy in Mumbai demonstrated, Twitter is a global phenomenon. Personally, I’d rather see a global tool with local filters (language, location etc.), simply because I feel people will struggle to manage global and local conversations through separate tools. Perhaps the generation that follows me is better ‘programmed’ for multiple micro-blogging tools! ;-)

  • jansegers

    I personally like the “Twitter God View” – like I kill the Twitter timeline.

    Every voice just coins as one voice no matter what language, culture or social background they have…

    as long as they are on Twitter, they are equal.

    Age, sex, location doesn’t matter.

    I have to accounts one with about 400 people I follow (I’m being followed there by about 600) and that’s open to the public.

    And a closed account creating a sort of innercercle.

    Time is in essence completely different on ‘God View’, Jansegers (the open account) and Pieter Jansegers (my personal space).

    I can’t read all the stuff posted on Twitter nor even on my open account, but on my closed account there is an extreme feeling of rest and peace and happiness.

    Experiencing Twitter is extremely depending upon the context(s) you create for yourself.

  • steven wilson

    I saw your tweet on this,and it looks very interesting.

  • Kat Smith

    Hello Brian,

    This is a great piece on how the media has embraced technology on more social levels. We know that blogs began with getting the news out as opposed to taking it in from the television sets, however as we improve upon ways to continue to do so, we to address how to do it more effectively. Thanks
    Kat Smith
    Author of The Naked Author – Exposing the Myths of Publishing
    http://www.kat-smith.blogspot.com

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  • max191

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Brian Solis is a digital analyst, anthropologist, and also a futurist. In his work at Altimeter Group, Solis studies the effects of disruptive technology on business and society. He is an avid keynote speaker and award-winning author who is globally recognized as one of the most prominent thought leaders in digital transformation.

His most recent book, What's the Future of Business: Changing the Way Businesses Create Experiences (WTF), explores the landscape of connected consumerism and how business and customer relationships unfold in four distinct moments of truth. His previous book, The End of Business as Usual, explores the emergence of Generation-C, a new generation of customers and employees and how businesses must adapt to reach them. In 2009, Solis released Engage, which is regarded as the industry reference guide for businesses to market, sell and service in the social web.

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