I have been told numerous times that Twitter is a very effective social media tool. I know people that have been offered a job by using Twitter, received great advice in a matter of minutes, and been informed of interesting news stories before finding it on an actual news website. When I first started using the tool I had no idea who to follow. I discovered Twitterholic, a website with the top 100 twitter users based on followers. I found a lot of great people to follow that give out really interesting information.
I am still learning a lot about Twitter. One of the things about the program that really bothers me is the advertisers. I really don’t want to follow someone that is just trying to sell me something, it’s not what I am using Twitter for. I also have a hard time trying to figure out what to say. I don’t like posting personal updates, because that is what I use my facebook for. I find the benefits of Twitter through the groups that I follow. I get updates from CNN, The University of Oregon, Nordstrom, and others. I am hoping that once I get more comfortable with it I will be able to share information, not just receive it. A website that I am beginning to get familiar with that really helps me is Twitturly, a service that tracks what URLs people are talking about as they talk about them on twitter.
So in the end, I think Twitter is a very beneficial social media tool to be a part of. Many employers use it, and expect you to use it as well. It’s a great way to contact people with similar interests, and hear what they feel is important. There are plenty of tools out there to help you get acquainted.