Sunday Times in Sri Lanka – Another groundbreaking first in online journalism

Unhappy with “hosting” Twitter, the Sunday Times has now converted its own Twitter feed to, get this, a protected account. Not that the Twitter feed of the Sunday Times worked in the first place.

ST Tweet

This is to my knowledge the only Twitter feed in the world today belonging to a traditional media owner that has protected its feeds. And for comparison, against the 21 followers the ST has, Groundviews has 253 and individual bloggers like Indi Samarajiva have over 300 followers.

I guess merely having a Twitter account must count as progress for the ST’s Editor, who is by far one of Sri Lanka’s most technologically challenged journalists. It’s yet another example of how far behind MSM in Sri Lanka is in using new media to strengthen and complement their journalism.