Calling all Hull twitterati!

twitter has been THE success story in 2008 when it comes to online applications and explosive growth, and we’re sure that this is going to continue in 2009 (twitter may even get their business model sorted out!).

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Personally, I’ve used twitter since the 21st November 2006, so I guess that makes me an early adopter! How do I know this? Just head on over to myfirstweet and it will tell you (and no need for giving up your password either). By the way, you can follow me here, but my username is jonmoss now and not mossman :-)

From reporting of the terrible Mumbai attacks, to the Hudson river plan crash to the rise of the celebrity on twitter, it is getting a whole load of media coverage. There is wealth of information about twitter and how to use it for this, that and the other, how to gain a thousand followers, how to leverage it for marketing, and many, many more strategies and do’s and dont’s. I use twitter for a number of reasons:

  • It’s fun
  • It connects me to people who share the same interests
  • It allows me to ask questions
  • It is starting to function as a very personal search engine, or recommendation engine
  • It is a very good news source
  • It allows me to promote my own content
  • It allows me to share other great content
  • It allows communication within an organisation

And the list goes on! I’ve seen a number of friends jump aboard the twitter train recently and a few don’t get it and leave very quickly. I would always persevere, use twitter search to find like-minded people or friends and then just jump in. Simple. Don’t be shy, just do it!

The way people ‘tweet’ is also a hotly debated topic and techcrunch have just blogged about the most popular ways / applications. I went from the web, to twhirl to tweetdeck, which is IMHO, the best way to tweet full stop. You then also have the subject of mobile tweeting, and the iPhone has an array of apps that can help you here, from twitterific to tweetie (my fave).

So, a few questions for you all:

  1. Do you tweet?!
  2. What is your twittername? (It would be good to get a list of all the Hull Diggerati’s twitter names!)
  3. What do you use it for?
  4. And lastly, how do you tweet?

Fire away in the comments!

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  • http://chrisramsay.co.uk Chris Ramsay

    Here’s a starter for ten…
    1) I do tweet
    2) Under the twittername of chris_ramsay
    3) Use in a social/work micro blogging sort of sense
    4) Tweetdeck, twitter web site, er that’s it at the moment

  • admin

    Thanks Chris! Come on everyone… there are more of you on twitter! :)

  • http://hedonblog.wordpress.com/ RayDuff

    Hi Jon – I’ve Twittered since July 2008. Firstly as a news-gathering source, then – since coming back to Hull – to make contacts locally.

    I’m at http://twitter.com/RayDuff.

    My tweets come from the web, via Twitterdeck or via Ping.

    A good source of Twitter information is Twitter Tips at http://www.twitip.com/

  • http://www.xtrgameservers.com Chris Gooding

    Pretty new to Twittering, but getting to grips with it quickly. So here goes…..

    1)I do indeed
    2) either XTRGameServers or Chris Gooding
    3) Use it for social networking, and a nice add on for my facebook account
    4) Tweetdeck or the main website…. depends where I’m sat :)

  • http://www.theusualsuspect.com John Polling

    Hi Jon. I’m at http://twitter.com/pollingj

    I’ve been on twitter for about 6 months now. Slowly gathering followers and I’ve learnt a lot of useful tips since being on it. I try and tweet about all things Alt.Net.

  • http://Website(optional) Gary Maddock-Greene

    Sorry couldn’t attand last night. Hope you all had a successful meeting.

    1) I do indeed tweet
    2) Foilow me gmaddockgreene
    3) Use as a social networking app and also as a test bed for some support/marketing reserach
    4) Tweetdeck primarily and twitter.com

  • http://www.definitiondesign.co.uk Dave Foy

    Gah! Meant to comment here at weekend!

    1. Yes! Since early ’07. A fair bit actually, tho occasionally go off the grid when swamped.

    2. fuzzyness (kind of the opposite of ‘definition’ which is the name of my business).

    3. Initially, not much, really didn’t get it. Now, live and die by it. Get stuff off my chest -saying stuff out loud makes you feel better sometimes – help with stuff (anything from thorny web dev problems to finding a good plumber!), great chance to virtually chat with a whole host of really lovely people, keep ear to the ground on new ideas, events, etc, share ideas, plus many many laughs.

    4. Either Twitterific when at Mac (sometimes Twitter website) or Tweetie on iPhone.

  • http://Website(optional) Carl Plage

    You can all follow me on twitter as CarlPlage and identi.ca as carlplage I’m on both services.

  • http://kilo75.com Matt Seward

    My ID is @mattseward (http://twitter.com/mattseward). I’m embarrassed to say that it took me a while to really get it with twitter.

    For ages I mostly used it to stalk @jonmoss, these days, the terms of early release stipulate that I should try and use it more to keep connected to professional communities (clients, web designers, creatives, developers, bloggers, partners, technology innovators, investors, etc)

    I use tweetdeck (to organise tweeps into groups) and twitter.com and twitterberry (mobile client), @monicatailor has been pestering me to find time to develop an alternative blackberry client – anyone fancy helping me?

    I love the fact that through twitter I have connections with people in New York, Cape Town and Kathmandu (just to name a few). Some tweeps I know in person, most I have never met. Quite a few are 2nd, 3rd or 4th party connections through people I have previously worked with.

    I’m also following some folks who occasionally tweet in French or Italian. Its probably not the most effective language learning tool, but it gives me a bit of practice from time to time!

  • http://Website(optional) Adam Jennison

    I too twitter, and have done for the last month or so (Stephen Fry convert.)

    Its great to keep in touch with like minded people/friends.

    twitter name: adamjennison

  • http://www.intrahost.co.uk Mike Tree

    1) Yes
    2) miketree
    3) I use it for being nosey.
    4) I use Tweetdeck @ PockeTwit on my phone.

  • http://experienceinternet.co.uk/ Stephen Lewis

    1. Yes.
    2. monooso (personal) and expin (business).
    3. No good reason, other than it’s strangely addictive.
    4. Twitterific on the Mac, and the awesomely good Tweetie on the iPhone.

  • http://www.acidsmile.co.uk acidsmile

    1. Been twittering since it came out, sometimes i probably twit more than i should :) That’s unless i’m in the “zone” and i completely forget about it.
    2. acidsmile
    3. for what it says on the tin! letting ppl who follow me know what i’m doing
    4. Canary on the pc, mobile twitter on the phone

  • http://jackieplage.com Jackie Plage

    1) Yes, have been tweeting since April 2007, although I have a love/hate relationship with twitter sometimes. :)
    2) Twitter name is jackieplage
    3) I use it for all sorts of things – to communicate with friends, to make new contacts, for updates on software and services that I use, and sometimes for tech news.
    4) Usually twhirl or gwibber (a linux microblogging client).

    While we’re on the subject, I’d like to put in a small plug for the open source alternative to twitter, http://identi.ca There’s a great community there, especially if you’re interested in linux or open source generally. You can find me at http://identi.ca/jackieplage

  • http://Website(optional) RayDuff

    Just to back up Jackie Plage’s point about http://identi.ca – I actually found out about Hull Digital through Jackie on Identi.ca

    I’d done an all-points-bulletin on Twitter to find a Hull network, but it was my first day on identi.ca that actually delivered the goods on this occasion.

  • admin

    Interesting Ray – I have dabbled with identi.ca but just have not got any time, but I’m not complaining!

  • http://www.shrewdmammal.com Shaun Turner

    Late to the party but here’s my contribution…

    1) I have been tweeting for about a year now
    2) My personal twitter account is LOFer
    3) Chat, push traffic to my blog and share ideas/help
    4) Tweetdeck, twitter web site and Thwirl

  • http://Website(optional) Paul Brayford

    Very late to the party but here goes:
    1 – I have been tweeting since May 2008
    2 – My personal twitter account is paulbrayford
    3 – All sorts of stuff from banal to tweeting through conferences
    4 – Tweetdeck, Twitter web site, and Twibble. Also push from Brightkite. Gave up on Facebook (fb2twitter)

  • http://digi-business.co.uk Will Hawkins

    I signed up to Twitter in 2007 but did not really use it until the end of 2008. It has been very important in helping me to connect with people I would never normally have managed to connect to including new clients, journalists and broadcasters.

    I use a mix of clients to use it including Tweetdeck, DestroyTwitter and my current favourite, Hootsuite. I have just started using Ping.FM to join up all of my other social media accounts too.

    Here’s my personal alias @whawkins. Here’s my business’s alias @mmt_digital

  • Simon Robinson

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  • Simon Robinson

    B*** pressed then !

    Probably so late that everyone’s already gone home!

    1. yes

    2. @sr1 – personal, @ptsconsulting – company

    3. (a) keeping in touch with latest ideas / papers / events / goings on in the technology & Web2.0 sphere. (b) Passing on information I find interesting. (c) promotion & publicity…

    4. Web / Tweetdeck / Twhirl / Pocketwit depending on where I am & which device is in front of me!

  • http://www.doityourway.co.uk Geneva Fox

    1) I do tweet
    2) My current twittername is gooddrfox
    3) I use it for politics, football, social, networking, and work reasons
    4) I update via the twitter web site, the Brizly website and by text message. For some reason, twitter won’t work on my phone. I tried Tweetdeck and it just wound up irritating me. I also use greasemonkey scripts for it.

  • admin

    Geneva,

    Thanks for dropping by and leaving a comment.

    I’m also not a Tweetdeck fan, although, it does look good on the iPad. If you’re on a Mac, try Tweetie – simple and elegant!

    Best,

    Jon

  • Alison Smyth

    Hello. I tweet with my real name http://twitter.com/alison_smyth

    I usually use twitter for catching up with colleagues in HE web, conferences, and also a bit of fun, current trends in web and technology. I mainly use tweetdeck for iPhone or Snaptu on a Nokia N86.

    I also manage the twitter account where I work – http://twitter.com/hubsonline – Hull University Business School and we use hootsuite – we output several newsfeeds from our website and we also tweet occasionally about happenings and events at the school.

  • http://bartie-blog.blogspot.com Dave Bartlett

    1. Yes I tweet (probably more than I should)
    2. My (personal) twitter name is DaveBartlett1 (no imagination) though I have a couple of other accounts too.
    3. Primarily social networking, especially with people in the writing and blogging communities. Also use to ‘plug’ my own blog sites, and other peoples that I find interesting/entertaining. I make it a point NOT to use it for celebrity stalking as I don’t really worship at the celebrity shrine.
    4. I use TweetDeck almost exclusively when at home, and Snaptu when I’m out (Can’t afford a proper smartphone)

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  • http://www.thehullforum.co.uk The Hull Forum

    We use tweets to rely our forum posts to Twitter and Facebook

    http://www.thehullforum.co.uk can be followed at http://twitter.com/#!/thehullforum/

    Twitter is a good way of following breaking news. Tweetdeck is OK. I generally use the main site for specific tweets