I previously mentioned on Ramblings.. that despite having a go I was Still Not Getting Twitter.
I have to admit to being surprised at the response. Friends, colleagues and blog readers who use Twitter (successfully) really went out of their way to convince me (both online and off) that it’s worth investing time in.
Most people told me why they used it and what they got out of it:
“I have a very concentrated almost live-news summary of what’s happening in the various sectors I’m involved in”
“..as a way of listening in on other people’s streams-of-consciousness”
“I really like the feeling of community chat: seeing people I know sending @messages to other people I know is somehow very satisfying and somehow reinforces my online social network..”
(From blog comments)
Fewer people answered my concerns about not having enough to say, the time to update or read messages.
That said I have had a few tools tipped in my direction that could possibly help, so for those not so in the know here they are.
A very simple way to send the RSS feed of your blog to Twitter. This means I send a tweet every few days without even having to think about it!
This allows you to update Facebook from Twitter. I can’t work out how to do it the other way round though without having programming skills and your own server (if anyone knows let me know). As my colleague Paul Walk put it “it’s almost as though Facebook is a bit of a walled garden….”. I take it this is why developers aren’t so keen on Facebook. Twitter on the other hand is king of the APIs!
TweetDeck is an Adobe Air desktop application that allows you to organise your tweets. You can sort them, group them and even search live tweet information.
A great way to filter out what is useful and relevant to you.
My colleague Brian Kelly has just written a blog post exploring the usefulness of Tweetdeck to our current project work.
A few other Twitter tools I’ve stumbled on include
- Twist: tracks trend in terms used
- Tweetscan: a Twitter search engine
- I’ve also recently started using Yammer, which is an enterprise version of Twitter, for keeping track of what I’m working on.
It seems there is no escaping the tweeting….