One thing that I failed to mention in my last post, which is an extremely useful feature of Twitter that has enabled me to find many of the people that I currently follow is the “Track” feature.
You can simply type “track X”, or “track X Y Z” and twitter will automatically send you anything that anyone says that includes that word or combination of words.
Politweets is a great, and recent example of this awesome feature in use. It tracks what people are saying about all of the presidential candidates, and presents the comments side by side in a nicely designed interface.
Steve O’Hear gives a great overview of this over at ZDNet, as does Josh Catone at Read/WriteWeb who also gives some other great examples of the power of the Twitter “Track” feature.
Just one more reason to start using Twitter!
Have you come across any other extremely useful Twitter mashups? I’d love to check them out.
I’ve been telling a lot of people about twitter lately, so I thought I’d broach the topic as to what makes Twitter so great.
For me, Twitter has been WAY more effective in helping me find and connect with individuals with similar interests than anything else. More effective than if I had actually been looking for them.
That’s part of the beauty of Twitter. It happens organically. I am constantly finding more people to follow that “speak my language”, and/or are interested in the same things I am.
There is minimal effort involved in the beginning, but once you start following a few people, you tend to just naturally find additional people to follow that add value. One thing I would suggest is to browse who other people are following, and check them out as well. I’ve found lots of great new people to follow this way.
I was definitely a naysayer at first, but this article was what caused me to give Twitter a second look and actually try it out:
Ten Questions with Chris Brogan – http://blog.guykawasaki.com/2007/09/ten-questions-w.html
Also, if there is one person I would suggest you follow to start, follow Chris Brogan. Check out his blog as well. Fantastic stuff. Definitely one of my favorite reads online.
Here’s an additional link to a good post about how twitter improved Truemors:
And a post with a link to a research report by Forrester on “microblogging” (PAID):
Of course, you can follow me on Twitter as well at: http://twitter.com/kliza23