One of my Comm. professors at my University pushed Twitter into our heads until finally I gave in one day. Yes, I know, some of you are thinking to yourselves that Twitter is just like a Facebook status, and you already have Facebook, so why get a Twitter, right? Also, some of you are thinking that it’s just another online profile to keep up with, right? Well, you’re right and you’re wrong. Hear me out. Twitter can be linked to Facebook and your mobile phone so that you can send in updates from your phone via a text message. Yep, you don’t have to have Internet access on your phone, just the ability to test message. You can change your status or update anyone about the event you’re at, breaking news you heard about, whether your sister had a girl or a boy or just how you’re feeling. But you don’t have to have any updates connected to your cell phone. It’s a great way to browse the top news stories from major media outlets all at once. Why have 17 tabs open when you can view them on one page, right?
How it works: You go to twitter.com and create a user name and password. Then you can search for people and media outlets and “follow” them meaning that their updates will show up on your homepage. In the same vein, people can choose to follow you, so your updates will show up on their page. It’s a great way for you to broadcast your blog or a Web site you’re developing, as well.
Security? Yes. You can choose to only let the people you choose to follow view your updates, so people cannot Twitter stalk you, as my Comm. professor put it.
This sounds like a huge advertisement for Twitter, doesn’t it? Haha. It’s not, but I do think it’s a great way for journalists of any age to keep up-to-date with all major news media and broadcast yourself at the same time. It’s a competitive world, so you better start getting your name out there now, don’t you think?
If you search Alex Boles on twitter, you can find me and follow my updates. 🙂 Hope to see you there. Stay tuned for a post on the economic crisis and it’s effects on Holiday travel. 🙂 Thanks.
– Alex –