Social networking

I noticed today that this blog has now got 150 followers not including those who read it on AmateurRadio.com. I’m amazed and humbled that so many people find what I write worth reading, especially as I am not all that active at the moment. While I wasn’t looking, my other blog One Foot in the Grave passed 50 followers as well. Thanks to all of you for your interest.

These numbers are not as great as the number of followers some of my blogging colleagues have got on Twitter. I’ve resisted joining Twitter, in part because I couldn’t see the point, but also because I don’t need yet another way for people to try stealing my identity. I seem to remember a couple of years back writing something on the lines of “if I start Twittering, send the men in white coats round.”

A few months ago I signed up to Google+ which is nowhere near as popular, but only because I use so many Google services already that one more won’t make a difference plus it uses the same login. But perhaps I should take the plunge and join Twitter.

If you’re a Twitter user, in what ways do you find it useful?

Julian Moss, G4ILO, is a regular contributor to AmateurRadio.com and writes from Cumbria, England. Contact him at [email protected].

2 Responses to “Social networking”

  • Casey TI2/NA7U:

    Hi Julian,

    I don’t spend a lot of time with Twitter as I’ve yet to see much positive feedback from it as a way to bring in readers on my blogs or Hubpages. I do like to see others tweets if they are topical (many aren’t) and to share articles in real-time as I find them or share what I’m doing via hashtags. As I think you know, I also keep a separate Twitter account just to announce my on-air activity, though not having been on the air much lately that’s idle.

    I’m absolutely sure that I’m missing a lot of the value of Twitter due to ignorance, however.

    73!

  • Michael - N5TGL:

    I have two twitter accts. One I use to keep in touch with my tech friends, although I don’t tweet much. I also use it to watch woot.com and other stuff like that. I’m not too active on it.

    The other one is my ham radio acct. I did this because my logging SW auto-tweets new QSOs as I log them. Didn’t want to spam my friends with that. I also keep it more topical on amateur radio subjects. I have a few followers, but I rarely get any responses back to me. Oh well.

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