Tweet dreams are made of this

When I think of the beach, the first thing that comes to mind is Twitter, too!

There is no denying the influence social media has on practically everything nowadays, and to truly “make it” in the business of media, it’s a good idea to have an understanding of social media outlets, especially the “micro-blogging platform” Twitter.

Twitter has an ever increasing presence on the web and has become a vital component of many major companies’ marketing strategies. It’s virtually impossible to count the ways that Twitter shapes the daily goings on of the World, but just for a point of reference, consider the fact that Aberdeen Airport in Aberdeen, Scotland used Twitter to keep passengers informed of possible disruptions caused by inclimate weather.

In a recent article on Opodo.co.uk, “the base revealed that its Twitter feed experienced a substantial increase in followers in November, with more than 2,500 people now signed up to read the blog updates.”

From airports to the tiny redhead blogger with a passion for journalism, everyone has begun to recognize the impact Twitter has consumers and does everything in their power to increase followers.

So, the million dollar question is: who do should you follow?

As an early insert the holiday of your choice here present, I give to you a list of 10 Tweeters that I think are worth following on the twittersphere, which, according to spell check, is not a word, but it should be.

Ed2010News As a senior in college, I recognize the importance of internships and there is no better site to follow than Ed2010 for breaking news on all openings and postings for magazine internships. Plus, ‘Ed’ sometimes speaks in the third person which can be amusing and creepy all at the same time.

Journalistics I want to be a journalist. This twitter account, self described as “a pretty nifty blog about public relations and journalism,” keeps me up to date on all things journalism. The site constantly posts links to articles, other sites and related areas of interest pertaining to journalism, where the craft is headed and other little tid-bits worth knowing.

Flack_Me Similar to Journalistics, Flack_Me is your one-stop-shop for all things PR. While I might not be gearing up for a career in Public Relations, I’m never one to discount anything. Plus, it’s always good to know what our fellow communications fields are dealing with and find important.

MarkBriggs Author of Journalism 2.0 and Journalism Next, this man knows a thing or two about what exactly is going on out there in the wacky world of new media. Journalism 2.0 has become my bible (not really, just kidding God) and is a great reference point for anyone interested in making a career for themselves in this field. His tweets are as insightful as his book, but much easier to process in one sitting since they’re only 140 characters (and hey, they’re free!).

MaristCircle Shameless plug for my school’s newspaper. Sorry- but seriously, totally start following that bad boy.

Mashable Mashable is a great website geared towards “breaking social media, tech and digital news and analysis.” Their Twitter feed constantly points back to their site, advertising their latest articles, which are a great source of information for someone who is focusing their capping project on the latest in all things technology… ahem.

SocialMedia411 I’ve just begun to follow this account, at the suggestion of the handy “similar to” sidebar Mashable’s page had. I’m just going to copy and paste their description because I like it so much: “Highly recommended by people who like things that don’t suck. We keep a high signal-to-noise ratio and stimulate gray matter in the minds of doers and thinkers.”

PublicityGuru Similar to Flack_Me, this is a great place to get useful advice on what to do (and not do) to make it in the Public Relations world.

Any news site you choose The beauty of (or the problem with, depending on how you look at it) Twitter is that you can pick and choose what you want to see. So, this is probably the easiest way to stay informed. Follow a handful of news sites you like, log in to Twitter and the feed will just start rolling: simple.

CaitlinNolan Come on. Who honestly did not see that coming?

Happy Tweeting!

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One Response to “Tweet dreams are made of this”
  1. Kait says:

    A girl I work with does the Ed internship and job updates on Twitter, I’ll share your thoughts, I think she’ll get a good laugh.

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