As you can tell from the blog’s right rail, I’ve been at it for months now. Now I’m ready to say, “Follow me on Twitter.”
Twitter asks you to answer the question, “What are you doing now?” Some people take this literally, providing short updates on every aspect of their day (“Washing clothes,” “Watching ‘Mad Men,'” “Going through e-mails”).
But others have adapted the service to their own needs. Many news services have Twitter streams. The New York Times, CNN, Marketwatch and many others (including local news outlets like KTHV, KATV, KLRT and the Log Cabin Democrat) provide news headlines and links to fresh stories. Others use Twitter to live blog events, including the presidential debates, public meetings, whatever.
To me, this is where Twitter really sings. It allows me to post quick links to breaking news stories, new blog postings/news articles on ABPG Web sites, and off-site stories I find interesting. And that’s how I’ve been using it the last several months.
More on Twitter, breaking news, mobile Twittering, and a growing list of Twitter users in Arkansas, after the jump.
Live Twittering On Your Desktop
Count me as a Twitter devotee – after a long period of testing. I initially abandoned the curious microblogging service for months after signing in March 2007. I just didn’t get what the site offered.
It wasn’t until I downloaded and started using a free third-party desktop app for Twitter, called Twhirl, that I really got some use out of it. Twhirl opens up Twitter as a real-time chat — except it’s with a lot more people. Tweets pop up on your desktop in real time, so you don’t have to go to your Twitter page to see the latest updates.
(You can more Twitter desktop apps here.)
Breaking News Text Messages
Twitter also has the power to reach folks beyond the Web browser. When you set up an account and begin “following” others, you’ll get their tweets delivered straight to your Twitter homepage and live to your desktop app. If you give Twitter your cell phone number, you’ll also be able to get people’s tweets delivered to your cell phone as a text message.
That means that if you follow my Twitter stream, and I post a link to breaking news on ArkansasBusiness.com, you’ll get that message and link sent directly to your cell phone the instant I post it. Often, I post these links several minutes before a full story is posted. With Twitter, you can be on the cutting edge of breaking news.
I’ll continue doing a lot with Twitter, particularly during our election coverage over the next week. So sign up and follow me. You might be surprised at how addictive — and informative — this curious little Web service is.
Others on Twitter in Arkansas
The list of Twitter users in Arkansas is growing quickly. Here’s a very short list, including some people following me on Twitter. Some are companies, some are news organizations, some are people who just like to share their lives on Twitter. Still others augment their blogs with these brief updates.
Today’s THV, KTHV: http://twitter.com/todaysthv
KLRT Fox 16 News: http://twitter.com/FOX16News
The Log Cabin Democrat: http://twitter.com/lcdonline
The Den: http://twitter.com/ArkSt_com
Kelly Dudzik: http://twitter.com/kellykdudzik
Sandra Kirk: http://twitter.com/skirk16
John Payne: http://twitter.com/djazzycool1
Blake Rutherford: http://twitter.com/blakerutherford
Bryan Jones: http://twitter.com/bryanjones/
Doug Krile: http://www.twitter.com/dougkrile
Pleth Networks, LLC Partner / Co-Founder Cotton Rohrscheib: http://www.twitter.com/powersitedesign
Tyson Foods: http://twitter.com/TysonFoods
Pleth Networks, LLC business partner Stephen Smart: http://www.twitter.com/skspilot
Arkansas Discovery Network: http://twitter.com/arkdiscovery
Angel Galloway: https://twitter.com/angelmg
Karl Hills: http://twitter.com/karlhills
Kat Hills: http://twitter.com/kat22stl
Mary Wagoner: http://twitter.com/MaryroseWagoner
Emily Reeves: http://twitter.com/reeves501
Amanda Galiano: http://twitter.com/AboutLittleRock
Eric Britt: http://twitter.com/ericbritt
Megan Knight: http://twitter.com/megan_knight
Brent Birch: http://twitter.com/brentbirch
Zack Hill: http://twitter.com/zackhill
Michael Paladino: http://twitter.com/mpaladino
Mayor James F. Valley: http://twitter.com/jamesfvalley
Anthony K. Valley:http://twitter.com/akvalley
Jonny Dover: http://twitter.com/alphagator
John Boozman: http://twitter.com/JohnBoozman
Duncan Baird: http://twitter.com/duncanbaird
Mitch Breitweiser: http://twitter.com/mbreitweiser
Luke Williams: http://twitter.com/lukewilliams
Stacey Jones: http://twitter.com/Sharkushka
Cary Hague: http://twitter.com/caryhague
Brooke Vines: http://twitter.com/brookevines
Corey and Jay: http://twitter.com/CoreyAndJayShow
Leigh Ann Golden: http://twitter.com/leighanngolden
Elise Mitchell: http://twitter.com/elisemitch
Natalie Ghidotti: http://twitter.com/ghidotti
Vicki Malpass: http://twitter.com/vlmalpass
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