RE: Twitter

Subject: RE: Twitter
From: "Gordon McLean" <gordon -dot- mclean -at- sword-ciboodle -dot- com>
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 25 Nov 2009 08:59:58 -0000

I should know better but I can't resist....

What you get from Twitter depends on who you follow.

For those interested in technical communications (that'd be us, right?) then
following Char, RJacquez from Adobe, Rahel Baillie, Anne Gentle, lets you
see the things that cross their path, things which might just interest you
as well.

By following a number of people in related fields, I can also glean useful
articles and thoughts from areas such as cognitive psychology, eLearning and
more.

Yes you do need to filter out mentions of dinners eaten and whatnot, but for
me the value I gain outweighs what is a small inconvenience.

Hope that helps.

And no, Twitter is not for everyone. I agree.

Gordon



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] On Behalf Of David Neeley
Sent: 25 November 2009 06:23
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Subject: Re: Twitter

Frankly, there are no occasions I can think of when I actually *care*
what someone had for lunch today, or whether some random idiot were
bored, or any of the other items of pure trivia from the self-absorbed
that seem to dominate Twitter--at least they did last I checked it
out.

I am pondering over what to cover on a new blog I am planning--and I
may go on Twitter to help spread the word a bit once I launch it. (And
before you ask--yes, I will do so ethically and not just as "shameless
promotion"...)

Judging from the various sites I monitor via RSS feed each day, some
of the bloom is already coming off the rose regarding Twitter. Like so
many fads, it seems to be fading somewhat--although that may be simply
because it is becoming more mainstream.

On the other hand, as yet another tool for a company to serve its
customers, Twitter may serve a valuable purpose--primarily, perhaps,
to avoid time-wasting longwindedness.

I do hope those who are using it for this purpose remember to track
the questions answered there, and perhaps to incorporate them into
documentation, FAQs, and future product planning.

David
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