February 15th, 2011
10:33 AM ET

Twittering with a Newsmaker: Anwar Ibrahim

If you watch the show, you already know the mantra: "News Stream, where news and technology meet."

Among other things, using technology as an approach means keeping our eye on social media. Why? To find out what stories matter to people around the world. And, because newsmakers are increasingly getting social.

Case in point - Google's outgoing CEO Eric Schmidt. Yes, his departure was announced on the company's official blog, but it was his tweet that hinted at his underlying reason for leaving.

And now, the newsmakers we interview on CNN are speaking with us before and after an interview through Twitter.

I interviewed Malaysian opposition leader and former Deputy Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim on the implications of Egypt's turmoil for the Muslim world, and whether the revolt would spread to his home country. It was an fascinating discussion

Before the live broadcast, I promoted the interview via Twitter:


Anwar Ibrahim retweeted my post, spreading word to his followers:


And finally, Twitter users in Malaysia weighed in... asking for a link to the discussion that they missed:

As a journalist, I think this is a fascinating dynamic - engaging newsmakers and audiences simultaneously through social media to drive debate on a history-changing event. I look forward to more such exchanges!

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