I opened a twitter account nine months ago and didn't touch it again until last week. I wasn't sure what I wanted to do with it and I couldn't find any feeds that I liked to use as an example. On Friday I started toying with the idea of creating a professional twitter feed and what that would mean.
Mostly what I'm after from a professional feed is meaningful information. There are probably lots of things that people on twitter have said that I'd be interested in knowing. Unfortunately the signal to noise ratio is just too low. Any important stuff out there is being drowned out under a mountain of noise.
So at the risk of looking foolish, and realizing I'm still a twitter noob, I'm going to take a run at creating a decent feed http://twitter.com/CodeRenaissance.
Here are what I think are important uses of a professional twitter feed:
- Sharing clear, concise, relevant, meaningful, original thoughts: Hopefully these are your thoughts, but I'm also a sucker for great quotes. If you quote then include the source and if possible a link.
- Links to outstanding content: If not outstanding then really good; video and audio content are especially nice because these are resources aren't as easy to ferreted out. Oh and if you have a unique perspective on a link then blog it, don't tweet it (or do both).
- Meatspace networking: Imagine a member or leader from a Developer User Group tweeting "Hey I'll be at coffee shop x at location y for the next hour if anyone wants to talk code". That might be cool.