[kwlug-disc] the value of twitter

Insurance Squared Inc. gcooke at insurancesquared.com
Wed Dec 23 20:15:00 EST 2009

If we're on a wild tangent about twitter :), it's interesting to note 
that Google is actually paying Twitter for a data feed. This is huge 
news - Google doesn't pay me for my content.  And they're integrating it 
live into the search engine results.

You can see an example of this if you Google 'James Cameron'.  He's the 
director of the Avatar movie.  You'll see half way down the page a live 
scrolling feed of twitter posts on James Cameron. 

(I will point out that the way Robert is using twitter is the way it's 
meant to be used, and it's a useful service for that.  But such uses are 
in a frighteningly small number of cases.  The other 99% of twitter 
users are either ego strokers or web marketers. really - you folks going 
to start following my tweets on my business?  Really?  You know what I 
do for a living?  :) ).

Robert P. J. Day wrote:
>   i have to admit, i'm baffled by the people who are unfamiliar with
> twitter and/or don't see much value in it.  i've used it to build a
> healthy community of followers who now keep up with whatever i'm doing
> or tweeting and now represent potential business connections.
>   right now, my personal followers include ARMCommunity, MontaVista,
> TI, recruiting agency Red Canary and other recruiters, a VP at
> Gartner, some folks at Red Hat, Altera Corporation, Linux at IBM,
> Novell support and Novell training, several CMS people, a pile of
> embedded Linux folks, one of the principal authors of Subversion, and
> more.
>   whenever one of my kernel newbie columns was published at linux.com,
> i tweeted a link to it and literally within minutes, i had dozens of
> hits on that column due solely to twitter.  and i regularly get direct
> messages from some of those folks who want to chat further about what
> i'm up to.
>   if you have no interest in twitter, that's fine and good for you.
> but at least take the time to figure out what kind of priceless
> publicity and social networking you're walking away from.
> rday
> p.s.  i'm currently the technical editor of a new edition of one linux
> book and a technical reviewer for another one.  i got both of those
> gigs through twitter, by mentioning in a single tweet that i was
> available for that kind of work.
> --
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> Robert P. J. Day                               Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA
>             Linux Consulting, Training and Kernel Pedantry.
> Web page:                                          http://crashcourse.ca
> Twitter:                                       http://twitter.com/rpjday
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