Lately I’ve been taking a very unscientific poll – basically if I come in contact with you and I remember to ask, then you’ve been included in my data points. The question is: do you follow anyone on twitter? The answer for almost every single person I’ve asked over the age of 30 is No. And sometimes the answer comes with angry emotion as if Twitter were a person and they hated them. But mostly the answer is “I’m too busy”. Which leads me to the point of this blog entry. We are all too busy and it is this reason alone that people should use Twitter. In 140 characters or less I get (for the most part) related information on topics that I am specifically interested in – that involve people places or things that I want to know about. In 140 characters or less! Is there anything more time saving than that? For someone who reads the New York Times daily, and pages through a lot of unrelated (to me) information to find the kernel, the golden nugget to take away for the day, I say Twitter is brilliant. Just to give those naysayers out there an example, here are a few of the sources/people I follow and a few tidbits of information I picked up today:
New York Magazine @NYMag – The Sundance Film Festival starts today
New York Times Metro Desk @NYT Metro Desk – Joe Lhota is running for the mayor of NYC
CNBC @CNBC – S&P trades at the highest level since Dec 2007
Maria Popova @brainpicker – Researches estimate that if everyone washed their hands regularly, a million deaths could be prevented each year
Food & Wine Magazine @fandw Biscuit dough + thick-cut bacon = easy, DIY braised pork buns
U. of New Hampshire @UofNH Former UNH football player, assistant coach Chip Kelly named Philadelphia @Eagles Head Coach
Westchester Magazine @WestchesterMag Is that the sun? Enjoy it, because after this weekend things will turn cold, cold, cold
Obviously I follow people I am interested in and that’s the point. I go to twitter as a news source several times a day and often I have news way before other people do. You might not care about that and then I guess Twitter might not be for you. But everyone likes to know a little information before their friends and neighbors, no?
And if you are unsure of how to set up an account or find people to follow, just grab any 13 year old. They are pretty much experts on the topic and that’s how I am able to keep up.