January 4th, 2008
Portland a-Twitter, an editorial opinion
Twitter, in fact, was one of the motivating factors for starting the Silicon Florist in the first place. Because, via Twitter, I was hearing about a bunch of cool things happening in the Silicon Forest. But I wasn’t seeing anyone covering them for a wider audience.
And, hence, the seed was planted.
So, why do you care? Well, turns out that there is a very vibrant Twitter community here in Portland. I’m following more than 500 folks in the Silicon Forest on Twitter, as we speak. And it’s a great resource for staying in tune with what’s happening around here.
Now, that type of following isn’t for everyone. That’s for sure. But, nonetheless, I would encourage you to give Twitter a shot, if only to pitch me story ideas.
Getting started is easy.
- Register for an account at Twitter
- Type something in the “What are you doing?” box
Congrats! You’re on Twitter!
Now, let’s move on to some “advanced use.” Start following some people and getting into the conversation. Right off the bat, I would recommend a few of my Portland favorites Marshall Kirkpatrick, Josh Bancroft, Scott Kveton, Jason Grigsby, Raven Zachary, Aaron Hockley, Betsy Richter, Peat Bakke, Jake Kuramoto, Jason Harris, Katherine Gray, Josh Pyles, Audrey Eschright, Ignite Portland, Portland on Fire, and… honestly I could go on and on. (“And I love each and every single one of the folks I follow equally, for they are all special in their own right,” he said, hoping to deflect complaints for those he might have inadvertently missed.)
How do you follow people?
- Log into your shiny new Twitter account
- Click on the folks’ links above
- Click the big “Follow” button underneath each person’s picture
I know, I hear you. “How do I find more Portland people?” You are on the fast track, my friend. Bravo! (Or Brava! as the case may be.) There are a number of ways to find more Portland folks:
- TwitterWhere by Portland’s own Matt King allows you to get an RSS feed of everyone twittering in the Portland area
- Twitter’s search function (in your Twitter sidebar) can help you find Portland folks
- TwitDir can augment your search
- Maybe some Portland folks will be kind enough to provide their Twitter names in the comments below (hint, hint)
Oh, and last, but certainly not least: It’s polite etiquette to follow those who are following you on Twitter. So, if you follow me, I’ll follow you. And I encourage you to follow suit. One-way conversations are no fun.
So why the big Twitter push from the Silicon Florist?
It’s purely mercenary, I assure you.
I’m convinced that, for all the cool stuff I hear about from my current Twitter brood, there are ten times more Silicon Forest startup stories happening. I want to hear about them. And Twitter is a good way for me to stay in touch. Nuff said.
I’m looking forward to seeing you on Twitter.