Originally Posted by FHI Windows
I joined over there a week or so ago but have not put any effort into it yet. It cracks me up when people comment about stupid stuff like they are going to bed. My user is greenblog
I'm guilty of this. My problem is of the 250+ people that are following me, a lot of us are friends. Twitter is one channel I use to communicate with them but usually, I'm in touch with 20+ of them a day via IM, email and irc. (One of the real upsides of my job a Community liaison is I get to just "hang out" with people.) So usually when i say good morning or Good night, it's a clue to them that I'm available or not, or just saying good by en-mass.
Here's a thought I had this week as I've been following this thread and a couple of others about twitter.
I am a telecommuter now and have been for over 2 years. (this stretch) Before I took my job with Zend (best boss I've ever worked for) I worked in an office. There were about 10 of us and while they were all nice, I didn't really get to know any of them. I was actually better friends with a guy I met online, http://www.fredleo.com
. (Funniest man I've never met) He and I talked almost daily during those 5 months and while the only thing we had in common was he was having trouble with one of my WordPress plug ins, we got to be fast friends. The people in my office, not so much.
Now that I'm telecommuting I've gotten involved in several communities, this one being the most recent. I don't have the depth of friends I have in other communities yet but that takes time.
Twitter though is something totally new. I now know things like a friend of mine here in Nashville had a friend who had a heart-attack. Even with IM, I would have never known that. I'm able to shout into the void and get echos back. I find new Friends like @SannWood who turned me on to helium.com (still not sure what it is or how I can exploit it, but I learned something!) and @janetleejohnson, who I think is a member of this community. I learned that she is based in Portland. Since i know that I'm going to be out there in July, it's a chance to do lunch and make a new friend.
There's a low signal to noise ratio on twitter, that's for sure. But I am careful to only follow people I'm interested in. I'm always honored when people follow me but I don't feel the compulsion to follow them unless I think they can add to the conversation that has become my life. That helps keep the spam out. It's not an arrogance thing, it's my way of filtering.
Oh and one final silly note, my boss follows me on twitter. Also, since I'm a spokesman for my company (I am the community face for Zend) those two things mean I usually have to watch what I say...occasionally I vent, like I did this morning, but I try and keep them to a minimum.
Anyhow, enough rambling. Suffice to say, twitter is now an integral part of my life and I don't see that changing anytime soon.