Quote of the Day courtesy of Twitter…

The SDLP conference is coming up next weekend (Sinn Fein’s in February) and we’ll be wanting Twittering volunteers to join our live blog for the day… If you still don’t get it and not sure of its worth, check this quote of the day out… It’s all about smart networks (no matter what Mr Tubridy says about it…)

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  • Jer

    If you still don’t get it and not sure of its worth, check this quote of the day out…

    I for one dont get them Mick and their worth is harder to value than a debt instrument but I suppose the SDLP still count for something.

    I’ll get my coat.

  • Jer

    Back to the story one thing just a random thought about Twitter is that it allows immediate reporting obviously and as such is very powerful with its ability to provide a tsunami effect.

    However for most daily events Twitter is so fast and its ability to provide the reader with such instantaneous reports so immediate that it almost leaves the receiver wanting more information on a continuous basis and indeed wanting events to happen.

    It feels like our ability to report and analyse via the various web 2.0 etc tools is almost faster than the pace of events.

  • carlosblancos

    Does someone monitor twitter posts?

    Could get dodgy if not.

  • Notify

    It is compelling that this is the first I have heard about the SDLP conference, whereas the DUP’s and especially the UUP’s conferences were being talked about for several weeks beforehand.

  • Mick Fealty


    Think of everyone on Twitter as running their own mini blog. Except, unlike a blog, you can set exactly who your audience is, as well as you chose to read. Because it’s virtually no effort the ‘cost’ to entry (unlikely blogging) is relatively low. You can simply ‘unfollow’ people whose behaviour you don’t like. Same as banning but infinately less contentious and stress making.

    The warning? As I say on the thread I link from Alexia’s blog above: it can be a vortex. I’ve had two really successful applied uses. Both related to the Live Blogging we’re done here recently.

    Cam Live and the UU conference. And the US election (more on that on Alexia’s blog).

    Okay, I think this is fairly typical journey towards epiphany with Twitter: http://url.ie/136a

    I’ll admit that, for the longest time, I was exasperated by the Twitter hype. Like the world needs ANOTHER ego-massaging, social-networking time drain? Between e-mail and blogs and Web sites and Facebook and chat and text messages, who on earth has the bandwidth to keep interrupting the day to visit a Web site and type in, “I’m now having lunch”? And to read the same stuff being broadcast by a hundred other people?

    Then my eyes were opened. A few months ago, I was one of 12 judges for a MacArthur grant program in Chicago. As we looked over one particular application, someone asked, “Hasn’t this project been tried before?”

    Everyone looked blankly at each other.

    Then the guy sitting next to me typed into the Twitter box. He posed the question to his followers. Within 30 seconds, two people replied, via Twitter, that it had been done before. And they provided links.

    The fellow judge had just harnessed the wisdom of his followers in real time. No e-mail, chat, Web page, phone call or FedEx package could have achieved the same thing.

    I was impressed.