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Twitter for Engineers

I love technology and social media. Facebook, LinkedIn, Flickr etc all hold a great appeal to me as they add contextural content to the web in a social setting. However, many people see these social media opportunities as an extra-curicular activity, one that should occur outisde of the workplace. I’ve seen it work both ways.This post is about the Twitter phenomenon, short 140 character posts, similar to text messages on a cell phone that allow people to upadte and converse about the goings on in their day.

Take for example the blogger Darren Rowse from Australia who has been blogging about blogging for a couple of years. Now some might say that it’s not real work, but I’d argue differently, as he’s making real money. Darren has just recently launched a second blog, this time about Twitter, Darren has been using Twitter for a few months now and has compiled a video of reasons why people love Twitter, (on his new Twitter Blog)…

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For Engineers, communication between clients and peers is important, as is building a relationship and trust. As such a tool such as twitter can be used to bridge the gap between  email and face to face conversation with regular updates that are archived in time as well. There have been arguments against using twitter for work, (the most ridiculous in my mind being that the 140 character limit means you can’t put in a disclaimer!), but I like reading about times when Twitter has made someone more productive in their work environment…

Twitter is my watercooler as I work solo from home (or a local cafe) in Alaska. It is my finger on the pulse of social media and things happening in the Lower 48. It is my way of touching base with friends, acquaintances and people who I’d like to get to know better.

WebWorkerDaily » Archive 10 Everyday Ways to Use Twitter for Work «.

I welcome anyone who hasn’t used this to join in and build up a community. And if you are already on Twitter ,you can find me here – @urbanworkbench.

Mike Thomas

Mike Thomas P.Eng. ENV SP, is the author of UrbanWorkbench.com and Director of Engineering at the City of Revelstoke in the Interior of British Columbia, Canada. If I post something here that you find helpful as you navigate the world of engineering, planning and building communities, that’s wonderful. But when push comes to shove: This is my personal blog. The views expressed on these pages are mine alone and not those of my employer.

4 thoughts on “Twitter for Engineers

  1. Must admit I still don’t see the point of twittering, but I’m sure I’ll be convinced in time! Or maybe I won’t, in which case I’ll never know what’s happening in the twittering world *lol*

    Dot-Coms last blog post..The good feeling

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