As most of you who have read even a few entries in this blog know, I am not a person who can limit myself to 140 characters. Therefore I have seldom, if ever, tweeted. But I have found Twitter to be extraordinarily useful. I use it to follow specific people and organizations of interest, mostly relating to genealogy and history. I started a Twitter account based on one of my two monikers. You obviously know the first one, which I created for this blog.
I basically ignore the main part of Twitter which just keeps sending you tweets from your interested parties. I just don’t have the time to keep my nose glued to Twitter. But when I want to check up on something or someone, I go to the section right under the name of my Twitter. Look under that big blue rectangle you see on the left of the illustration above. (Depending on the size of your screen or the device you are using, it won’t always be in the same place.) There you will see three headings, each with a number. The first is Tweets (1). The second is Following (20). The third is Followers (3). It’s the second that I click on.
That gives me a list of those 20 I am following. I can click on the one that I want to check on and see what they have been tweeting. Usually these are links to longer pieces they have done elsewhere. Sometimes it will be an update to a longer posting. The best use I’ve seen Twitter put to so far is actually what gave me the idea to do this, and it was not a genealogy site. David Epstein is a meteorologist who does a weather blog for Boston.com. He does not do a long blog piece everyday. He uses Twitter to update his forecasts. If you want to follow him, you must use both. Once I started with him, I got the idea to do the same thing with people like Dick Eastman and Josh Taylor as well as libraries like the New England Historic Genealogical Society and the Massachusetts Historical Society. I works for me. Maybe it could for you, too.
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Genealogy blog: https://thecuriousgenealogist.wordpress.com
Genealogy LibGuide: http://guides.newtonfreelibrary.net/genealogy