Good uses of Twitter http://twitter.com/
Last week I spoke to a group about Twitter. The big question was – why would I ever want to use it. Some folks used it with friends but couldn’t see a business use. So I wanted to outline some good uses.
First some Twitter basics: Twitter is like micro-blogging. You can publish messages up to 140 characters long. People sign up to get your messages; and you can sign up to get theirs. You can access Twitter from your computer or from your cell phone.
Twitter as Broadcast Tool
- Imagine the Department of Transportation sending out updates and accidents and construction
- Imagine a friend sending out updates of speed traps
- Imagine a restaurant (such as Punch Pizza) sending out 2-for-1 pizza offers on a wintery day
- Imagine someone sitting in legislative session and sending out updates of what’s happening
Twitter for Conversation
- Imagine going to a conference and being able to send messages back and forth to other conference attendees
- Imagine not attending the conference and still being able to follow the sessions through others’ messages
- Imagine doing a search on a topic to find out who else is discussing/thinking about it right now
- Imagine watching others discuss topics to see what’s going on in your field
Next week I’ll talk about more Twitter shortcuts – but one that has come up for me in the last week is the hashtag (#). You can use # to add a subject to your post. So if you’re Twittering at the NFOIC conference, you might add “#nfoic09” to each post and it would be easy for other Twits to find you and join your conversation. If I were holding a conference I might assign/suggest a tag for everyone to use. It’s a great way to get folks involved before, during and after the conference.