It’s been a hectic couple of months at Casa Malkin! As many of you have noticed, I’ve been absent from the TV airwaves since the summer. That’s because I’ve been immersed in research for my next book, which I announced today on Glenn Beck’s radio show. It’s something completely different from anything I’ve published previously. The working title is “Who Built That” and the topic is America’s unsung tinker-preneuers. I’ve been indulging my inner geek big time and loved chatting with Glenn this morning about his must-read/must-buy/must-share new book, Miracles and Massacres, which features a riveting chapter on George Westinghouse, Nikola Tesla, and Thomas Edison and dovetails perfectly with the themes of my project. You can read more about our discussion here. I’m grateful to Glenn, Kevin Balfe, and Mercury Ink for partnering with me on this super-cool endeavor and next great adventure.
On March 7, 2012, I launched Twitchy with great anticipation and excitement. It’s hard to believe that a little more than a year ago, we were greeted with a great deal of befuddlement and amusement. Many observers couldn’t figure out why Twitchy.com was needed, what exactly it did, and who our audience was. Fast-forward: “Twitchy’d” has become a verb and every last media outlet – new and old – is elbowing its way into the Twitter curation/aggregation space.
As we noted on our first birthday this spring:
Twitter users publish something like half a billion tweets per day. Even if 99.999 percent of those tweets are unimportant or nonsense, that leaves 5,000 tweets per day that are potentially newsworthy, or at least noteworthy.
Our mission is to find those hidden nuggets and report on them to you, our readers.
We’ve been at it for a year as of today. Has our Twitter-based news-gathering model proven a success?
We believe our record speaks for itself:
We documented tweets and retweets by dozens of left-wing Hollywood cranks, including Cher, Alec Baldwin, Jim Carrey, Russell Crowe, Chris Rock, Jason Biggs, Samuel Jackson, Ellen Barkin, Eva Longoria, and Eliza Dushku.
We were among the first to uncover Twitter riot threats and vandalism by Obama supporters in the run-up to Election Day…
We broke a story about Twitter death threats made against Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker — a story that led to an investigation by law-enforcement authorities.
We caught mainstream media outlets lying about the Newtown, Conn., so-called “hecklers” and the health insurance situation of the former Navy SEAL who shot Osama bin Laden.
We were the first to report details about Aurora, Colo., shooting victim Jessica Ghawi, who was tweeting just before she was shot and was present at a separate mall shooting six weeks earlier.
Utilizing tweets, photos, and videos posted to Twitter, we were able to cover breaking news — from school shootings in the US to protests in Egypt to an NFL’s player’s homicide-suicide — faster (and in some cases better) than MSM outlets.
MSM dinosaurs consider our methods irresponsible. They insist that “real reporters” must wait around for government officials to confirm facts that are already widely known to anyone using Twitter.