Do you use Twitter? If you do feel free to be my friend and follow my Twitter activities at http://www.twitter.com/ckmorita. I use Twitter in conjunction with Google Reader to track what people are saying about Guide Dogs. It’s a great way to find little snippets and articles about any topic you choose.
Of course you don’t have to use it just for gathering information Twitter is also about you. I’ve heard people call Twitter micro blogging and that’s basically what it is…you have a limited amount of space for each “tweet”…a mere 140 characters. So, in 140 characters just simply describe what your doing at the time. For instance…I’m heading over there right now to say: I’m writing a short article about Twitter and Guide Dogs to my blog. If you go over to my twitter account. You’ll see a tweet around 5pm Friday(8/8/08) with the above line of text.
To show you the value of some of the information that comes through Twitter here are a few”Tweets” that came to my feed recently:
“my guide dog is sleeping, I have to wake her up so she can take me to the classroom where I teach. I wanna sleep on the job! Pouting now.” — I wish my job was to sleep also…
“Warning on guide dog charity scam http://tinyurl.com/5mcpqc” — check out this article it’s very important information if you live in Kent England
This one was a two way conversation which can sometimes be difficult to follow.
“While crossing the street just now I was grabbed & yelled @ by a total stranger about how thin my dog is.”
“@ceotty Manypets are fat, so people aren’t used to seeing a lean dog. I’ve heard of other guide dog handlers who have been scolded too!”
— I’m actually considering doing some research into Guide Dog obesity after seeing this tweet.
I’m just starting to get the hang of Twitter and it’s importance as a marketing tool. There’s definitely a lot of noise when you follow others, but I can now see it’s importance as both a marketing tool and a way to get new information. Many of the short “tweets” inspire my writings in this blog.
We talked a little bit about it, but what exactly is Twitter?
What Is Twitter?
Twitter is a service for friends, family, and co–workers to communicate and stay connected through the exchange of quick, frequent answers to one simple question: What are you doing?
Why? Because even basic updates are meaningful to family members, friends, or colleagues—especially when they’re timely.
- Eating soup? Research shows that moms want to know.
- Running late to a meeting? Your co–workers might find that useful.
- Partying? Your friends may want to join you.
With Twitter, you can stay hyper–connected to your friends and always know what they’re doing. Or, you can stop following them any time. You can even set quiet times on Twitter so you’re not interrupted.
Twitter puts you in control and becomes a modern antidote to information overload.
All you have to do is:
- Sign up for an account
- Type what you’re doing into the text box like you see below. That’s it!
Is Twitter Silly?
It sometimes seems like a silly little app, but once you get the hang of Twitter as I said above it can be both a valuable marketing tool and a great source of information. In fact, I think I’ll expand upon at least one of the tweets I listed above and use it in an upcoming blog article..
What do you think? Do you use Twitter as a communication / marketing / information gathering tool?