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See a great media story? Tip it to Mediagazer on Twitter and get recognized.

October 25, 2010

You can now use Twitter to tip Mediagazer to breaking media industry news – and you may do so unintentionally.

If you read Mediagazer, you’re probably aware of Twitter, the microcontent platform for sharing 140-character messages with other Twitter users who follow your insights. Since it launched in 2006, Twitter has become a vibrant community for media professionals sharing ideas, views, and links amongst each other. Mediagazer has a presence on Twitter since we launched in March – you can find all of the stories that make it onto our site at our @mediagazer account.

Techmeme, our technology-focused sibling site, introduced a way for people to spotlight breaking tech news when it began accepting Twitter tips in January of 2009. Since then, individual people, companies, and publications have appended the phrase “Tip @Techmeme” to alert us to breaking stories like Hewlett-Packard’s acquisition of Palm and Gizmodo’s sneak-preview of the iPhone 4. It’s a fun and easy way to get your name on Techmeme and has even made a minor celebrity or two out of frequent tippers.

Today we’re bringing tips to Mediagazer. If you come across a story you think ought to be on the site, include the phrase “tip @mediagazer” (in that order) along with the URL of the story in your tweet. If you are the first tipper for that particular story, we will credit your Twitter ID on Mediagazer, with “thanks: @username” underneath the headline of the story.

But there’s more! We know that it’s always a compliment to get cited for sharing interesting news when you were the first person to discover it. So, as a courtesy, we might credit a tipster even if “tip @mediagazer” isn’t present in their tweet. At times, you might notice the phrase “via @username” under some headlines. If you see that, then you’ll know that we discovered that story from that particular tweet.

There are a few rules to keep things orderly. Tips from scripts, bots, and spam accounts will be ignored. Writers should feel open to tipping us whenever they have important news, but don’t tip every single story you publish or tip indiscriminately in any other way, otherwise you run a very high risk of being mocked mercilessly.

If you have any questions, please ask in the comments, send an email to questionsorcomments@mediagazer.com. You can also see more about this program in the Tip @Techmeme introduction announcement.

We’re looking forward to incorporating more members of the community on Mediagazer, and hope you’re looking forward to seeing your name in links.

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