Getting the most out of Twitter

The iLibrarian has linked to a great post from Claire Cain Miller of the New York Times called "Getting the most out of Twitter" Claire confirms something that I've been telling everyone I speak to about Twitter in the very first paragraph "The truth is, you don’t have to post a message to get the most out of Twitter"

Obviously if you want to post tweets to Twitter that's absolutely fine but a lot of value from Twitter comes from how it can be used to track topics and subject of interest. In her article Claire suggests five ways in which you can tap into the conversations that are happening on Twitter.

  • Creating a custom news feed
  • Check your lists
  • Attending a conference, virtually
  • What’s around you right now (reviewing trending topics)
  • Asking questions
This is a really interesting article, which is well worth a read for some tips on how to use Twitter beyond posting Tweets.

If you're wondering about the photo this is from FlickR and is available for use under a creative commons licence, the wording is so so true...apart from looking at lolcats.