Most people I know don't understand how Twitter works or see its value, but I find it to be the most interesting and useful of all the social media choices, at least in terms of finding bloggable gems. The secret is to follow the right people: interesting, intelligent folks with specific expertise in subjects that interest you. Once you find those people, they'll can surprise and delight you with ideas and links you probably wouldn't have discovered on your own. Here are a handful of examples I've collected recently.
Julie is a writer and blogger
and has a love/hate relationship with social media. When she links to a writing site
, it's worth checking out. So, I dropped in and was motivated to submit an entry. I'm pretty sure that by sharing it here, I'm disqualifying it from being published over there, but the chances of the latter are slim-to-none, so here's what I sent:
The software keyboard was awkward at best; Siri was useless. When, he wondered, would someone finally make a decent input device for a dog?
Update: Just for the record, Nanoism does send rejection letters. *sniff*
Rebecca Onion is a blogger in the Slate Empire, specifically at the Slate Vault, a sub-pub that focuses on history. She writes some epic stuff
. But not everything on Twitter has to be epic.
Even if you don't follow them on Twitter, the folks at PetaPixel
provide some of the widest-ranging and interesting photography-related resources on the web. This tweet links to video and text explaining how a professional used an iPhone and Photoshop to replicate the results of a multi-thousand-dollar camera.
More from Rebecca Onion, this time a link to a new, improved axe, an invention the world has long cried out for. Some tweets are, indeed, epic.
We don't always eat carryout pizza, but when we do, we order it online from Domino's. In this tweet from TechCrunch, an aggregator of all things, well, techie, we learn about a potentially life-changing new app from the pizza dudes. Never again should you dismiss Twitter as being trivial.
TED, for those who have been living under a rock without wifi, produces videos of short talks on a wide variety of subjects (the organization's name reflects its original focus on technology, education, and design), like the one above in which we find that sharks won't eat you if you look like a zebra. Or something. Please feel free to test this theory and let us know how it works for you. Anyone?
Now, this is fascinating. Alert Gazette readers may recall this recent post about LED lighting for the home
. As it turns out, it's not all sweetness and light (*ahem*) for LED switchers, because your tidy-whities might not be, after all. But at least you'll have a scientific explanation.
And speaking of scientific explanations, who hasn't reveled in and then wondered about the source of that amazing scent that comes after a downpour? (Other than those of us in drought-stricken Texas who have never experienced that mythical phenomenon known as "rain.") As it turns out, it's just bacteria poop, along with some other stuff. Way to ruin the romance, Jeff. (He's a science fiction writer
, and a pretty funny guy.)