Okay, so all of this blogging, micro-blogging, social networking it is all just a blur. I have pretty much stuck with the Windows Live platform but working in Information Technology you always hear the chatter. Interesting twist to that is IT is normally the group that prevents you from accessing these types of services. That in reality is a shame but a necessary evil I suppose. So, Twitter is a “micro-blogging” platform. I looked into it and at first I just didn’t get to it. I did like the fact that I could post with a simple SMS text message. The key is you have to start following people.
Twitter alone is just a plain (although you can use Twitbacks to customize it) web page listing all of the threads. Installing an app like thwirl makes it easier to use. There are plenty of apps for your iPhone and Blackberry as well.
Linking it all together, my home.live.com gets updated with my Twitter activity and I have Facebook setup so when I post a twitter entry it updates my Facebook status as well.
Determined to figure out why tweeting is all the rage… I looked further and trust me this is in now way an authoritative document but I found a way to make it really work for me. I explored http://search.twitter.com ; again a very generic looking web page but enter a topic. In this case I will use Twitter to monitor chatter about my favorite hockey team.
Okay so now with these results you can:
- Find twitter accounts you want to follow. Sure there will be lots of yapping but then you start to see a twitter account that you want to “follow”
- See the RSS icon… and I do love RSS; subscribe to the feed and use your RSS Read (Windows Live Mail for me) or use the URL and plug it into my.live.com
I am using Twitter to follow topics of Powershell and Zune right now and I have to admit it has been informative and when I posted that I was struggling with Powershell and SQL, I receive some very informative responses. That is one of the reasons I hate that we can’t access it from work because it does have some benefits, but I am sure it would be abused more than correctly leveraged.