AUSTIN –  NPR’s social media lead Andy Carvin, who created an influential Twitter following of activists during the Arab Spring, which acted as a sort of alternative news network around the events, says that being “part” of the audience and sharing generosity, knowledge and skill is key, in this interview with Beet.TV

Carvin has authored a book on the is work around the Arab Spring titled Distant Witness.

Also in the interview he explains how social media, particularly Facebook, has been essential in the growth of NPR.

More on NPR’s efforts around social media are reported by Brian Stelter in The New York Times.

Carvin was part of a panel on digital media at SXSW moderated by Anna Robertson, head of Yahoo! Studios.