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.
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.