Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Tweeting on Twitter
Last week I attended a webinar on "Harnessing the Power of Twitter for Professional Networking" hosted by the Association for Heathcare Documentation Integrity. The speaker was Jay Vance, a technology products specialist from Superior Global Solutions, Inc.
I finally understand why people are so into Twitter.
I have had a Twitter account for some time now, but I never really have anything to tweet about; I could never find anything much to say that was interesting. I am not into celebrity news. I do not think my tweeting about current events would be all that pertinent because I'm just not that important or current. I had thought it would be useful for communication between Mr. Thorns and myself, but he is totally not into any newfangled techie things and flat out refused to participate. Then, all that was left was the fact that I was enjoying a peanut-butter-and-banana sandwich. Frankly, I do not much think the world cares (though I'm not beyond posting that on my FB status) so the Twitter account has sat. And sat. And sat.
Now, I've learned that there are all sorts of tools on Twitter. You can find networks to interact with and locate people with shared interests, ideas, or professional skills. You can search by hash tags, insert hash tags into conversations, have private or public conversations, easily follow people, and be followed. You can sort the people you follow into useful lists, and you can quickly and easily process information in little 'tweets' following leads that are of particular interest to you. Also of interest is the fact that tweets are in real time therefore if you need information instantly, with the right support network on Twitter, you can quickly and easily accomplish this.
I also learned that you can sign up for client applications which will manage your Twitter, and other social networking, through a program you download onto your computer. Two big client applications are TweetDeck and HootSuite. I cannot comment on either one authoritatively as I have not had time to investigate. When I do, I will report back. If anyone has any comments I would love to hear your thoughts on either of those client apps. Of note, the client apps have built in tool to shorten links, such as TinyURL does now, this saves you a step.
Now, another thing on my To-Do list for this summer is researching client apps to put Twitter to good use. How do you use Twitter? Do you have any good tips?