Rob Wood’s posting I’m Yammering away describes how he obtained feedback from fellow Carphone Warehouse employees about a web page he had written by using Yammer.
“Previously getting this sort of feedback would have been a nightmare – I’d have had to track down the right person and then exchange a series of emails or phone calls with someone hundreds of miles away.
Instead of all that, Yammer let me type out a short question and chuck it out to everyone who was logged on. Within half an hour three or four people (several of whom I didn’t know before) had come back to me with suggestions about what I needed to consider.
It wasn’t just the speed that impressed me. The inclusive nature of Yammer means that’s everyone who could help with my problem did – even if I didn’t know who they were.”
Liz Azyan has updated her list of UK local councils on Twitter. On April 11th 2009 there were 101 with Newcastle City Council having the most followers (1050). She has also started lists of US, Canadian and Australian local government on Twitter.
Thanks to Phil Bradley, @kurafire and @atebits for these two pages about Twitter:
Twitter is not a competition http://twitterisnotacompetition.com/
Twitter is not email http://www.twitterisntemail.com/
This list of 20 alternative Twitter search engines is a must for Twitter addicts.
Personally I still think that http://search.twitter.com/ and its Advanced Search is by far the best, but Phil gives some interesting alternatives that have unique features.
This item from the The FASTForward Blog concerns a juror on a civil trial against a building materials company who was caught tweeting some of his musings, resulting in calls for a mistrial. I assume that the US has similar regulations to the UK in respect of jury service, in that you are not allowed to discuss the trial with anyone other than your fellow jurors. I would have thought that tweeting would come under “discussion” but perhaps the instructions to jurors need to include social media such as Twitter and Facebook messaging in the ban.
As Joe McKendrick says:
“Along with legal proceedings, occasions such as driving, job interviews, performance review sessions, religious ceremonies, and first dates come to mind as times when hold off on the urge to tweet. The world will wait for you.”
If Twitter is your preferred news medium and you want to keep up with what is happening locally, for example school closures due to bad weather, use Twitter / uklocalcouncils to track down your local council. A meagre twenty-two are currently listed and you can follow individual councils or all of them (uklocalcouncils). Content varies but usually includes news about jobs, changes to refuse and recycling collection dates, school closures and impact of severe weather conditions on local services.
This list of UK local council twitterers was compiled by Liz Azyan Research and is on the Local Government Engagement Online Research Blog. As well as giving Twitter details of 21 local councils, there is a Hall of Fame including the first council to start using Twitter (St Helens), newest council (Pembrokeshire) and the council with most followers (St Helens and Barnet). Also noted are councils using Twitter for particular service updates: Birmingham City Council Transport, Lichfield District Council Planning Applications and Leeds City Council Press Office
TweetShrink is an interface to Twitter that shortens tweets to make the 140 character limit. This is a web based version of the TweetDeck shrink button. I was not impressed when I tried it out. I expected it to contract ‘I have’ to ‘I’ve’, ‘I had’ to ‘I’d’ but it just seems to convert ‘to’ to ‘2’. ‘for’ to ‘4’ etc. You may have more luck with it than me but I find using your own brain to concentrate on the main point of your tweet is far more effective.
Thanks to Infobunny’s Twitterapps for the alert.
At last, Twitter has brought back Twitter People Search so that you can search for people by name. Click on Find People in the upper right hand area of the screen and simply enter a person’s name. Twitter claim that this new version is faster than the original version (which it is) and that it now has a phonetic similarity algorithm that helps you find names for possibly misspelled words. It does look for alternatives if it cannot find an exact match for the name you have entered, but the suggestions it gave for my test misspellings did not look or sound very phonetic to me. Nevertheless, it is good to see the people search back.
The Directory of Learning Professionals on Twitter lists (in alphabetical order by Twitter username) learning professionals from both education and corporate training, as well as other related professionals and e-learning products and services on Twitter. It is compiled by Jane Hart and currently has 643 entries. If you are a learning professional who wants to connect with others via Twitter and would like to appear in the Directory, email Jane the entry details you would like to have.