Even if you don’t know exactly what Twitter is I’m sure you’ve heard of it. It’s kind of all the rage these days with stories about it appearing everywhere from major newspapers and network news shows to coffee shop conversations and sitcoms.
The official definition of Twitter is: “a free social messaging utility for staying connected in real-time.” That’s kind of clear as mud isn’t it?
Another definition of Twitter is “extreme microblogging.” When I post something to Consuming Louisville I can (and often do) ramble on and on endlessly. When I post something to Twitter I have exactly 140 characters to work with. Not 140 words but 140 characters. Micro indeed.
What’s the point of Twitter? The same point of all social media: to communicate and connect. I “follow” (that’s the Twitter term for subscribing to someone’s updates or “tweets) friends, family, business associates, musicians and writers, anyone who is interesting to me and says interesting things on Twitter. You might not find what a particular person says on Twitter interesting and that’s ok, you don’t have to follow him if he doesn’t interest you. That’s the beauty of the whole thing, it’s all about you and what you’re interested in.
While the vast majority of people on Twitter are there only as individuals there are many Twitterers who are representing companies and organizations, including several here in Louisville. Some of them are doing really cool things with Twitter, others of them, well not so much. I’m not going to pick on anybody though. Instead I’m going to list some of the Louisville businesses and organizations on Twitter, highlight a few I think are doing cool things and list a few a businesses that I really wish would participate on Twitter and what the specific potential of Twitter is for them.
This is by no means an exhaustive list. Feel free to make suggestions for the list(s) in the comments.
A few Louisville businesses and organizations on Twitter
Kentucky Humane Society
Kentucky Center for the Arts
Derby City Espresso
State of Affairs
Kentucky State Fair
Bon Vivant Savant
Derby City IT
A few Louisville businesses I hope to see on Twitter
these are just my personal, greedy wants. I totally own up to being
selfish here. Feel free to make your own Twitter wishlist in the
I’d love to see
Carmichael’s twitter about new releases, special daily or weekly deals,
interesting book and author related news and employee picks.
Hospital Emergency Rooms
Tell us how long the current wait for non life threatening ER visits approximately are
Give us more information on outages and estimated power restoration times.
Give us another customer service route. Let ask pressing questions like “why isn’t HBO HD available On Demand?”
Offer special deals only on Twitter, teach us interesting facts about coffee and tea
Tell us about new releases, upcoming in-store appearances and have cool conversations about music and musicians
Turns out ear X-tacy is on Twitter but they have a little bit different username than expected and don’t follow many people so they’d not shown up on my radar before.
Thanks for the info Ceece
I said these lists are not exhaustive. Please add businesses and
organizations I’ve missed in the comments. There are also tons and tons
of cool individuals Twittering in Louisville. Perhaps sometime soon
I’ll do a list of “20 Louisville individual folks you should be
following on Twitter.”
Oh and me? I’m michellej on Twitter. Feel free to say hello.