Twitter is becoming a part of our every day lives. You can´t watch TV or listen to the radio without it being mentioned. Since more and more people are starting to use the power of Twitter. It´s time to really see what we can use it for.
1. Twitter Helps us watch TV
Darren Waters of The BBC dot.life wrote an interesting article about how Twitter has made TV viewing social again.
“Last night I was watching Eurovision with Twitter running on my laptop. In real time, my Twitter friends and I shared comments and made observations about the event as it was happening.
Here we can see how Twitter enhances his experience. Something that might have been a fairly normal or boring viewing has become something special. I´ve seen people watching shows together like Lost and Heroes etc. Try it sometime, you might just like it.
2. Twitter Help us Report
It was quickly realized how powerful Twitter was in this area. Now you can write about a local happening in real time, taking the power out of the big media companies and puts it back in the peoples hands. Many reporters have started to embrace Twitter as a new way of getting to their listeners. News agency are also all over twitter, from CNN to Fox News.
Here is an interesting article about how Reporters use twitter.
3. Twitter Helps us Raise Money
One of the best example of this has been the Charity: Water campaign. There was a huge “Twestival” held in 202 cities around the world. Here Twitter helped spread the message, that people need clean drinking water. So far the project has raised $250,000. Go to Twestival home page for more information.
4. Twitter Helps us Work
I use twitter all the time to help me in my day to day work. If I have a problem with a jQuery function, or sharepoint configuration. I can post my query to my Twitter buddies, most of the time they have helpful information to pass along. I highly recommend you try using it for your benefit in this respect, however be sure to help others in return.
Take a look at this article from the New York Times on how Twitter can help you at work
5. Twitter Helps us Become a Better Writer
This might not be clear at first. However, since Twitter is limiting us to only 140 characters at a time. We really need to work hard on condensing our message, making it clear and concise. This can be great for copywriters to really hone their skills. For an excellent in depth view on how Twitter helps you become a better writer, check out copyblogger.
6. Twitter Helps us Do Presentations
Excellent to use Twitter to make a presentation. Even though it isn´t on Twitter itself, it can help you really get some useful information and sources for your topic. It could actually be a fun thing to actually pose a question on Twitter durring your presentation, and then check back at your replies at the end and see what they give you. Risky sure, but fun.
There is a fun video on how this works. See the video here.
7. Twitter Helps us Fly
An excellent article in USA Today(article no longer on their servers), talks about how BWI is using Twitter to let travelers know about their flights, cancelations etc right form Twitter. Now you can get those updates right to your phone, anywhere you are. Very good example that other companies can pick up and run with.
8. Twitter Helps us Get To Know Stars
Twitter has been huge with the Hollywood elite. From Britney Spears to Shaq to Stephen Fry to Demi Moore, there are all kinds of starts and famouse people on there for you to interact with. Most of these starts actually write back to fans (however you need to be really lucky to catch their eye). So you can get to know a Star =)
9. Twitter Helps us Research
Very good tool for advertisers to get a candid glimps into the lives of their clients. You can also do some reference research on Twitter. Take a look at this blog to get more information about this.
10. Twitter Helps us Get A Job
Yes you can even find a job using Twitter. Actually turns out to be a great place to find a job. Here you can really get into personal contact with companies and people working at companies. You can show your worth by posting useful information and projects you´ve been working on. There are a few sites that actually pick up job listings on Twitter. Take a look at twitterjobsearch.com for some more help.
11. Twitter Helps us Eat
Often when you´re traveling, you aren´t sure where the best places to eat are. Of course here Twitter helps us out a lot. There are people from all over the place on Twitter, so all you have to do is ask “What is your favorid restaurant in BLANK area”. Now sit and wait for some suggestions. For more information take a look at this blog article.