Media, Technology, and Education

Twitter Followers

My favorite part of FaceBook is the status update.  I love to see what my friends are saying about their activities.  As a result, I really like Twitter.  For me, the perfect use of both is to combine them.  So I use Twitter to update my FaceBook status on a regular basis. 

I’ve been noticing that I regularly get new Twitter followers and I’ve often wondered why and how those new followers have found me.  I got my answer yesterday.  A friend was hosting a poker party yesterday afternoon.  In anticipation, I changed my status (via Twitter) to “Cathie is ready for some poker.”  Within minutes, a new follower, called “CPL Poker Podcast”, appeared.  The only way this could have possibly happened is if CPL Poker Podcast was set up to automatically follow anyone who used the word “poker” in their Twitter updates.

So that explains it.  There must be a way to set up your Twitter account to automatically look for updates with certain key words in them and then automatically follow the users who are posting those updates.  The hope, of course, is that when followed, the user will become a follower of those that are following her.  Interesting strategy.

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I am currently Professor of Digital Media at Plymouth State University in Plymouth, NH. I am also the current Coordinator of General Education at the University. I am interested in astrophotography, game studies, digital literacies, open pedagogies, and generally how technology impacts our culture.


  1. aricciardi

    This blogging, Twitting business sounds like great fun. But where do you find time to keep all those balls in the air? This is cool, yes, but I doubt I’ll ever remember or have time to come back and see if you responded. It’s time-consuming enough for me to keep up with my Facebook.

    Okay, I’ll stop now. I just wanted to look in on this blog business. Anyway…

  2. James McKey

    Are you using the selective status update where Facebook only picks up Twitter updates that have a ‘#fb’ tag in them? That’s what I switched to after I found that I didn’t want every twitter update going to Facebook (often I have a higher degree of tech/geek stuff on twitter).

  3. CPLpodcast

    Hi Cathie,
    It was not an automated Twitter program that followed you. I happened to be on Twitter and was searching for tweets containing ‘poker’ when your tweet occurred…and when it popped up…I manually followed you.

    As the CPL Poker Podcast is focused on poker and MN music, following folks in Twitter that are talking about poker is our way of getting the word out about our podcast. Plus we get to stay on top of all of the conversations surrounding poker on Twitter.

    Hope you had fun at the poker party, and I hope you listen to our podcast and visit our blog at!


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