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Friday Post: my twitter use – it is not about bathing your dog

Dave Winer over at scriptingnews.com wrote today an interesting article about posting on a Friday and transferring the twitter tradition “follow fridays” (link to the article). In combination with his blog post “Scoble, your blog still loves you”, the idea is very appealing to me and made me think about this goal of a weekly blog post. Originally posting once a week was my minimum goal, but when I look into my posting history I am far away from that. There are always reasons to not write a few lines and there is not always a link or a topic at hand to write about or maybe there is, but as it is the same with other tasks, the priority and the space to think and write is not part of my schedule. So lets change this and start now.

Three days ago, I talked with my mum about twitter and facebook and social networking in general, because she stumbled upon the terms and read in the news about and remembered that I am kind of using them. This discussion made me reconsider about my usage of twitter.

Twitter is for me definitely not the person posting about what I am having for lunch, or when I am bathing my dog. Sometimes I do these ego-stuff like hello twitterworld, but very seldom and I am not interested to read such information from others. So what is the sense of using twitter for me?

It is acquiring information and gaining access to knowledge and ideas of others. Twitter is a source of inspiration. Some people post a line for example regarding innovation and this makes me think and point to a certain aspect, that I did not look into so far. As I am currently engaged in innovation policy research, this is an important task for me.

Second I use twitter search extensively and thanks to my seesmic desktop application I can really make use of it. Each search topic gets its own column and I am always up to date on each of the topics. This is my main use of twitter.
It is a information aggregator on topics I am interested.

The third thing I am using twitter to be informed about topics and what others think about it. This is the case with electronic democracy and innovation. I am working in this area and therefore, it is important to me to find people talking and writing about it and again with multiple columns and search I am aware of new post, comments and opinions on various topic.

The fourth application of twitter is posting links and sharing, even my own blog or posterous posts. I am not this publish it on every platform at once type of person, because there is a separation between my facebook, my twitter, my blog and my posterous.

In conclusion, there are various reason why twitter should be there and I am enjoying the four explained applications very much, acquiring knowledge, searching for news and information, searching for people and sharing knowledge and information.

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