social media megaproject: twitter

good monday, everyone!twitter

many of you know how much i like twitter, the social media site. (if you’ve never been there, go visit here; if you’re looking for me there, you can find me here.)

that’s why i’m really happy to be one of the hosts in my friend vivien’s social media mega project over at inspirationbit. i’m going to be hosting the twitter part of it (and actually also the LinkedIn part, over on alphablogs.)

sidebar – what is social media?

social media incorporates the online technology and methods through which people can share content, personal opinions, swap different perspectives and insights into world issues and generally discuss the evolution of media in itself.

social media website content can come in many shapes and forms:

text – text is often used to put across opinions or write blog posts
images – images and photos can display anything from holiday photos to shots by professional photographers.
audio – social media lets you create podcasts for users to download.
video – video sites mean that you’ll be able to record a video of your child’s birthday for friends all over the world to see.

(thanks to big mouth media for this definition)

in this group writing project, each hosting blogger hosts a section of this project dedicated to one specific social media site. then all participants will join forces by putting together all the pieces to publish what vivien calls the “ultimate list of resources on social media sites.”

so … do you have experience with twitter? share with us how you work and play with twitter. here are a few ideas:

how do you integrate twitter into your blogging, work and/or life? what are your good or bad experiences? how would you compare twitter with other social media sites? what do you and don’t you like about twitter? how did you benefit from becoming a frequent user? what secrets have you learned?

tell us about it!

here are the guidelines:

  1. write a post on your blog about twitter.
  2. contact me with your name, email and a permalink to your post. if you don’t have your own blog, you can always write a guest post on my blog, or simply send me your thoughts by contacting me in person.
  3. once i collect the links from all participants and publish them on my blog, you can write another post and link to either all or only your favourite articles by other bloggers.
  4. you can contribute one article per project/site. you are more than welcome to visit other participating blogs that host projects dedicated to the different social media sites we are talking about and take part in those projects by submitting your articles about other social networking sites.
  5. here are two more guidelines, added after talking to a few more people:

  6. if you want to submit an article that talks about more than one social media site, that’s fine, but you can only submit it once, to one host.
  7. if you’d like to submit an article that was written in the past, please make sure that the information is still current, and please edit the article to show the link to the overall project as well the link to the host to which you are submitting the article.

the project runs until march 22, 2008. on march 24, 2008, vivien from InspirationBit will collect all the posts in one big super mega hyper article about social media. (NOTE: these dates have been extended from their orginal february dates.)

and if you’re curious what other social media we’re looking at, here is the complete list. if you have experience with any of these sites, please write about it and submit the post to the respective blogger.

41 thoughts on “social media megaproject: twitter

  1. inspirationbit

    Hi Isabella. For some reason your pingback from this blog ended up in my Akismet spam. Glad I noticed it there and de-spammed 😉

    I have to confess – I never used twitter, don’t even have an account there. I will however create one and try contributing my thoughts about Twitter to your project. Good luck with it! Can’t wait to learn more about Twitter from you and your readers.

    inspirationbit’s last blog post..Social Media Mega Project

  2. Jonathan

    Isabella

    You may want to consider adding a service such as ooVoo to your list (http://www.oovoo.com). It’s an online video and/or text based telecom service.

    The thing is that it’s free, easy to use, and lightweight. It allows for six people to talk at once. People are forming their own little talking groups right now. Here’s one example:

    http://agcommunications.wordpress.com/2007/10/11/the-afrosphere-is-making-headlines-and-oovoo-is-keeping-us-connected/

    There are so many different types of applications for this. Yes, I’m doing some work for them, but I do hope you see what I’m saying here.

    Jonathan’s last blog post..The Social Media Press Release Hits SMPR 2.0

  3. Matt

    Nice post. I’ll definetly have to check out twitter. I’ve been a big fan of LinkedIn and if you haven’t checked it out look at Stanford’s Itunes university on their main page. They have a class taught by the founder and its really interesting to hear his thoughts on internet networking. Definetly a good listen!

  4. isabella mori

    thanks for stopping by, matt!

    so … interested in participating in this project and writing something about LinkedIn?

    thanks for the info on stanford itunes. will go and check it out.

  5. isabella mori

    hello PWDCU (do you have a name?)

    re “help” – i just had a great experience. i was remembering a book i had read a long time ago and could recall only very, very few details. i asked the question on twitter and within a few hours, i had the name of the book.

    i’d say follow a few people and spend a few days really reading what they have to say. if it doesn’t speak to you, maybe it’s not the right social medium for you. just like linkedin, facebook, stumbleupon etc., i really believe it needs to be something that you WANT to do. otherwise it’s like going to aunt frida’s birthday party when you really want to be at a night club 🙂

  6. KooWii

    This is a wonderful project. Twitter can be a very good social bookmark and can gives us more traffics if we use it in the right way.

  7. Berna

    Is Twitter really that great – Always thinking about joining but not really cinvinzed now. But all guys are talking about so I think it must have something really great in it?!

  8. Tim

    I have an account on twitter but I do not visit it much often. After reading this, I may become a regular visitor there.

  9. Lisa

    Twitter everywhere is a winner. A perfect platform for people to present their thoughts, whatever they may support. But its disheartening to know many people posting here do not avail the benefits of it.

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  12. puppy potty

    Good good! Have read your article I broaden the horizons, so I learned a lot, produced a lot of inspiration to write another article. I also wrote many articles, I like it very much! I really like your job. Thank you.

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