Twitter ye not!

One of the big things that has come out of our recent election is a sea change in the way online news is being reported. Both the BBC and The Guardian (the two sources I follow most closely) have been experimenting with what they call live news feeds over the last week.

And as well as the various news stories, they pad out the feeds by including timely tweets from the relevant people. It’s the next best thing to actually having an interview, and presenting a casually tweeted comment by the subject of said news story alongside the news has livened up the news feed immensely. Or at least, it’ll continue to be entertaining until people wise up that the media has gotten hold of the back channel.

And meanwhile, my local police force is on twitter too. PC Plod and Plodette dutifully report how many daily steps they took around the area (do they have pokewalkers hooked up to twitter, I wonder?), and their exciting escapades in  rescuing swans, arresting shoplifters, and giving talks in schools. I knew I should have stayed in London.

Do you use twitter for your gaming chat and news?

But that’s just two examples of how organisations I know are struggling with this new technology thing.

I love twitter. It’s difficult to really explain the appeal until you have had time to settle in and accrue a network of your own, but even if you never choose to chat you can listen in to what everyone else is saying. And lots of other MMO developers, bloggers, and readers use it too. I find it a great way to catch up on news, share interesting links, and hang out in a relaxed community of fellow gamers.

If you’re interested in taking part, twitter offers a shortcut. It’s possible to set up lists (ie. groups of people) and instead of following each person individually, you can opt to just follow the list. The easiest way to do this is via the twitter website – just follow any of the links below. There are also plenty of twitter clients available which will make it easier to organise both sending and receiving if you decide you want to spend more time with the site.

I know of a few lists of MMO bloggers:

Do you use twitter to chat about gaming? Have any good lists to recommend? Want more followers?

I’d like to update this page to include more twitter lists so feel free to make recommendations. Appropriate attributions will be made.

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10 thoughts on “Twitter ye not!

  1. Call me oldfashioned and backwards but I really don’t get it. I wrote about that a year ago at my blog and it still hasn’t dawned upo me.

    I’ve been looking a bit at the tweets that some of my favorite bloggers publish, looking at it in a normal webbrowser, trying to catch up. But all I see is a rather mindless babbling where you just shout out whatever insignificant thing that comes to your mind… for what?

    Is it about e-peen, showing who’s got the longest friends list?

    Maybe it’s about me. I really AM that anti-social geek I claim to be. Others… not so very much.

    I see a decline in substantial interesting posting from a lot of bloggers and I wonder if it has to do with their excessive tweeting. When you tweet all day long maybe you run out of words? (Of course you’re an exception if you’re that deep into tweeting and still manage to post the way you do.)

    Exactly what kind of interesting conversations am I missing by not being on twitter? Maybe you could help out and just republish a summary of it with the tweets that were worth reading every week so I can keep up without having to wade through all the junk tweets?

    Just a humble request from a clue-less non-twitterati.

    • That’s a good idea about trying to summarise anything interesting on twitter, I may try that for a week or two and see how it goes.

      It’s not about e-peen, from what I can see. Think of it as being like guild chat except that if people annoy you, you can just stop following them.

  2. I must admit that I’m not entirely certain that I’m using Twitter “right” either, but I tend to use it for random musings that may or may not interest anyone in particular (so IM would be the wrong tool) and too short to warrant a blog post.

    In addition to people that I personally follow, I also follow the Eve-specific TweetFleet (list, hashtag). Quite often it’s the fastest way to learn of new developments like interalliance drama, big battles and other events.

  3. I find that sometimes I can ask a simple question on Twitter and get an answer within minutes like once when we had slimed on eotgace bugging. And got people confirming it happened to them too. If I have missed any tank Twitter bloggers, let me know.

  4. Ah, Twitter. I love it, but it is sometimes more of an annoyance than a pleasure. I follow a great many people and a few different “groups” but the WoW tweeters are really, REALLY chatty. So much so that if I only check in on Twitter a few times a day (typical for a workday), I miss dozens and dozens of WoW-related Tweets in the middle of the coy flirting and slight RP and constant retweets of WoW.com stuff and such. Eh.

    On the other hand, I love seeing the “other side” of WoW players. I enjoy status updates that let me know what else you guys do other than play WoW. Just not at a tweet-a-minute pace.

    Anyway, I’m @ladygypsy and my Twitter is about 70% RL/30% WoW.

  5. I don’t use Twitter and I never will. Just like I don’t use the “status” line on my facebook page either. I don’t see the point.

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