Why do you use social media? Dr Bill Griggs

This is the first in a series of blogs where I’ll ask some Twitter friends to share their social media experiences. I’ll be posting one a week – make sure you don’t miss them! This week – Dr Bill Griggs. Doctor: trauma, medical retrieval, disaster response, Royal Australian Air Force. amateur photographer, genealogist and proud…

The First Rule of Twitter Club

The first rule of Twitter Club:  Always, ALWAYS, talk about Twitter Club. The second rule of Twitter Club:  Don’t use Twitter.com for your Twitter Clubbing The third rule of Twitter Club:  Have a profile picture. You egghead. The fourth rule of Twitter Club:  Have a bio. Tell us who you are. And where you are….

The 5 questions I’m always asked about Twitter

1. Why do you do tweet? Answer: I tweet because it’s enjoyable and it gives back. Twitter helps you find friends, learn things, keep up with news and share what you find useful. I’ve also used it to boost my own profile and gain more clients; a nice side benefit, but not the main purpose….

The awesome wit of #lameclaimtofame

We’ve all got a lame claim to fame – a story of bumping into a celebrity or politician that we can drag out at dinner parties. The #lameclaimtofame meme took off on Twitter this week and I enjoyed some truly droll and laugh-out-loud claims. So I’ve collected a few to share here: threebuttons: Mother just…

The pros and cons of newspapers printing tweets

As you’d be aware, Dear Reader, I am a champion of social media. (Don’t misread me. That doesn’t mean I am a champion, per se. Don’t cue Queen music. It means I like to stand up for social media. Mmmkay?) So I think it’s a good thing when the ‘traditional media’  (newspapers, TV, radio) takes…

Twitter Christmas Presents

What do you give a Twitter friend for Christmas? This year, will you tweet out a mass Merry Christmas? (Just watch the term trend on December 25. How predictable is this going to be?) Will you tweet some individual best wishes to your Twitter BFFs? Will you offer a friendly, personalised direct message? Maybe you’ll…

Twitter is the headline

Twitter has many uses but often ‘newbies’ or non-tweeters get hung up on the 140 character limit. “I can’t keep information down to 140 characters” they say, or “Twitter isn’t very good at detail”. Think of it like this –  Twitter is the headline. [And yes, this is handy advice for journalists too, grappling with…

The most controversial tweets of 2010 (Australian edition)

Recently, I eagerly opened a Twitter link to read about the year’s “most controversial tweets”. I was quickly disappointed to realise it was an American article [should’ve known! Curses!] including reams of tweet from US sports stars who I either a) had never heard of or b) didn’t care about. So with some help from…

#HaveYouRegisteredYourHashtag?

One of the things that amazes me about social media is how it can evolve in unexpected ways. Online information sharing sparks ideas for new ways to ‘do it better’ and often platform designers themselves are surprised by what occurs (at least, I imagine they’re surprised. I hope they’re surprised). The Twitter hashtag movement undoubtedly…

Me so into TV viewing … Miso

It’s been called “Foursquare for people who stay at home” and the app for “couch potatoes” And if you follow me on Twitter, you might be annoyed by it from time to time. I’m talking about Miso, a relatively new social media platform which, according to the folk at Miso, is “a social platform that makes…