Re: Texting and Twitter

Subject: Re: Texting and Twitter
From: Ed <glassnet -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: Brad Whittington <brad -dot- techwriter -at- gmail -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 26 Nov 2009 09:11:44 -0500

On Wed, Nov 25, 2009 at 11:24 AM, Brad Whittington wrote:

> Twitter has lots of legitimate, even valuable, uses. Perhaps not so
> much for product documentation. But the fact that it's not suitable
> for some applications doesn't mean that it isn't suitable for any
> application of substance. I have found it to be a great tool for
> staying aware of breaking stories in multiple areas, professional as
> well as personal. It's also a great way to allow a non-technical user
> to update a web page in real time. And a lot of other things.

I have one Twitter account. I use it to follow people who have
attained a level of recognition in their field, and have something
substantial to offer. For instance, I follow a military intelligence
specialist who comments on stories that I often find enriching. I also
follow a Comcast support lead, who actually answers questions posed to
him. I follow WBUR for public radio material.

I do not spend a lot of time with this, but have found the medium to
be very useful. I have search for my company name in Twitter, and post
the results to Google RSS reader. That keeps me informed of breaking
stories, job postings, and what competitors may say.

You would be surprised at how much detail people are placing on
Twitter. Some of it can be used against them in a strategic way.


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