I have been a Twitter user for close to two years, I believe.
When I first got my account, (@hilarypage) I was a bit of an inexperienced Tweeter, sharing only song lyrics and my plans for the day, very Facebook status-esque. As I grew more as a journalist and, after attending two different Canadian University Press conferences where Twitter practically governs the weekend, I decided to smarten up.
My Twitter feed isn’t as hard-hitting as most. I try my best to post funny links when they actually wow me. If I hear a good joke, or anti-joke, I’ll tweet it. I usually retweet someone at least once a day if I find the material in their tweet is sufficiently funny/informative/necessary to repeat. And I always appreciate when someone retweets me, especially if I’m trying to get news out about something.
I use my Twitter a lot for work now. If UNB news breaks, I’ll tweet it. I also use it as an advertising tool for my section of the Brunswickan (Hey #UNB, come to @Brunswickan story meeting, today at 12:30 in the SUB, Rm 35!).
My Twitter followers have grown steadily by about 150 in the past year. I’m now up to 205. My followers jumped enormously after I posted a link to a blog post I wrote about Saint John, my hometown. Saint John tweeters are fiercely proud of their city and my blog got 500 hits that day from Twitter users alone.
Twitter has been a really helpful resource for me. Just the other say I sent out a #help, looking for recommendations for a new internet browser and I got three responses, cementing my new browsing destination.
Here are the five things I learned…
I asked the STUSU reporter for the Aquinian what the STUSU exec. salaries are, and within the hour, both he and the STUSU president replied with the answer.
I decided to use Firefox as my internet browser after a number of people recommended it.
I entered a contest to win a painting from a gallery in Saint John, which hopefully, I will win.
I learned about the earthquake in NZ.
I found this great article, which everyone in this class should read, about media companies cashing in on unpaid contributors. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/14/business/media/14carr.html?_r=1