It’s no secret that Twitter tends to be my newswire. And I’m not the only one. Portland’s own Marshall Kirkpatrick of Read/Write Web goes so far as to say, “Twitter is paying my rent.”
To me and many others, Twitter is the AP wire. It’s where I hear about stuff first.
In fact, Twitter is part of the reason I started Silicon Florist. Because I just saw so much happening out there in our fair city.
For the uninitiated and perhaps intimidated, it is important to note that the beauty of Twitter is its clean and nearly foolproof opt-in setup. Getting spam? Quit following. Done. Want to know who’s following your news? Just look. There they are.
Doesn’t get much cleaner than that.
So, I thought it might be helpful to highlight a by-no-means-exhaustive smattering of the Portland organizations and events that I am following on Twitter as a way to stay up-to-date with Rose City happenings. (For the complete list of whom I follow, visit Twitter.)
If I were you, I’d consider following the following Portland-area startups on Twitter:
And then, there are a number of Portland-area startups who have employees on Twitter. (Which, honestly, is almost better than a company on Twitter. In the same way that, by and large, employee blogs are far more interesting than corporate blogs.)
Some of those startups are:
Finally, it isn’t lost on me that I may not be following all the people, companies, and groups that I should be following.
So, I’m asking you to enlighten me.
If you want me (and other Silicon Florist readers) to follow your Silicon Forest startup on Twitter, please feel free to add your Twitter identity to the comments, below. (I’ve refrained from posting a list of individual Portlanders here. But if you want more people following you, feel free to add your Twitter account to the comments, as well.)
If the list gets long enough, I might have to work on publishing a Portland-centric “who to follow on Twitter” list.