As some of you already know, and as others are fast discovering, U.S. 1’s website — www.princetoninfo.com — not only repeats what’s printed in the weekly newspaper, but also adds to it by introducing additional information that we would never find room for in the original printed copy.
Last week’s column by Richard K. Rein, for example, alluded to Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s Atlantic Monthly rebuttal of Dominick Dunne’s assessment of a Kennedy cousin’s murder trial. Go to the web and you can find a convenient link to the entire 14,000-word piece. (We can’t imagine too many people with enough time to read the entire RFK Jr. article, but we do recommend the opening paragraphs — only a Kennedy could have written it.)
Another instance: U.S. 1’s Michele Alperin submitted a review of Marvin Cheiten’s new play, “Touching a Goddess.” On the web we also posted links to the Princeton Packet review and to an online news service, www.newjerseynewsroom.com, which published a review by longtime Princeton area drama critic Stuart Duncan. Both the reviewers in U.S. 1 and the Packet had some quibbles with Cheiten’s play. But Duncan saw it in a different light: “This one will remind you of the works of Tennessee Williams in the 1950s, especially ‘The Glass Menagerie.’ It is also quite possibly the best work Mr. Cheiten has produced.”
Meanwhile, visitors to the princetoninfo website will find another additional element: a link to U.S. 1’s Twitter account. Twitter? Yes, we have succumbed to peer pressure and established a presence on this fast-growing social media website. What exactly is Twitter? As the site proclaims, “Twitter is a free service that lets you keep in touch with people through the exchange of quick, frequent answers to one simple question: What are you doing?”
Like a lot of things on the web, the simple question can quickly devolve into the lowest common denominator subject. Within six hours of establishing our account, we got our first follower, from a young lady named “Cherry Lin” who had an alluring offer. (To Twitter’s credit, the link was disconnected a few days later with a folksy message: “Sorry, the account you were headed to has been suspended due to strange activity. Mosey along now, nothing to see here.”
For those of you already following us on the web via princetoninfo.com, there is no need to waste your time checking us out on Twitter. There’s nothing there from us that we haven’t already posted in greater detail at our home page.
As the New York Times pointed out in a recent article, Twitter is growing like topsy, but — perhaps tellingly — not so much with young people. And we have to confess that adults may soon be following the kids’ lead. In the meantime we welcome your suggestions for either our print edition, the website, or — now — the Twitter site.
And we will keep interacting with our followers and reading those tweets. If we can figure out what real value it has and to whom it is valuable we will let you know — in print and online.