How do the best accounts on Twitter use Twitter? How do they balance their Tweeting with their day job, how often do they check their mentions, and, most importantly, who are their favorite follows? In Who I Follow, we explore the habits of our favorite follows each month. This month’s edition is drawn from an interview with Rajdeep Sardesai, journalist, author, and news anchor for India Today.
I've been on Twitter for 11 years and I think the challenge for a journalist, in particular, is to use Twitter to provide as much information as possible. The occasional opinion will be there, and I am an opinionated person so that will come through, but the key is to give information. I don't want to use Twitter as I once did, perhaps, to grab a bit of attention.
B.C. (before coronavirus), I would use Twitter three or four times a day, in the morning after having read the morning newspapers, [Tweeting] the odd good morning “Suprabhatam” inspirational message, maybe Tweet out a couple of articles, check once in the late afternoon, and then late evening, promoting my show. In A.C. times, I just seem to be hooked on it because I have more time to myself. Coronavirus is a huge story, and that means that I'm following people who I never did before.