Young journalists need to see Twitter as an ally. It's a multimedia world out there, and this is yet another weapon in your arsenal to reach out to more and more people. I come from what I call the prehistoric, the dinosaur, era. When I started in journalism in 1988, I used a typewriter — there were no computers — and one of the first tasks I had was to organize letters to the editor for The Times of India. My task was, out of hundreds of letters, to choose four. Today you can have those hundred letters all on Twitter, right?
I've been an observer for the most part of it, and I've been fascinated by the speed with which things operate now and the instantaneous nature of it all. Twitter is part of that revolution. The great advantage of the newspaper era was that you had time to press the pause button, think about your article, analyze it and put it out the next day. That doesn't happen anymore. Twitter doesn't let you forget, while at the same time, it keeps you in real time, and I think being in real time has its strengths and weaknesses.
New media allows you access to millions of people instantaneously. Use it better, use it wisely, that is what I think is important. I think the challenge for Twitter going forward is to keep the conversation robust and informed: be tough with abuse and any form of hate speech in a conscious effort to ensure that the democratic discourse is preserved and not coarsened.