I have recently started utilizing my twitter account (granted, my personal account) a lot more in the past month. I’ve started to follow more people especially related to news and other political content and I’ve posted a few pictures. With the election the past week, I started following important candidates in order to stay up-to-date with their campaigns. In addition, I have started following a few news outlets.
Very quickly, especially the day of the election, I realized I had made a few mistakes in my decisions on who to follow. First, my twitter account became inundated with (relatively) useless information. Second, I made the mistake of setting up some push notifications for different candidates. I quickly realized that every time that person was mentioned, I got a text message. In other words, when Shelia from Wisconsin voted for Obama and decided to tweet it, I got a text about it. Finally, some of the news outlets decided to double tweet the same stories. This just led to a lot of clutter and repetition on my feed.
Once I corrected these things, I really enjoyed that instantaneous nature of twitter. It made me feel “in the know” and “hip”. I will continue to search for more people to follow and attempt to post more tweets.
I have been trying to pin more articles and videos for work as well. I currently share a “work” board with Danielle Demarest on pinterest. I have yet to explore the new “secret” board feature, I think it will help in planning a few surprise parties in the future.