Do You Use Twitter?

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Do You Use Twitter?

Post by Kevin Brown »

We are investigating the potential of Twitter, to promote the SPA and astronomy in general.

If you don't know what Twitter is, here's an account I have made.. http://twitter.com/iya2009

In summary, you choose who to follow, then you can interact with them (if they allow it) and "share their world".

It's a hot thing on the net (just look at http://twitter.com/stephenfry - 300,000 followers, or Barack Obama http://twitter.com/barackobama ), so we are very interested to know who uses it here.

Thanks

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Post by orson »

I have to say that I've never heard of it, but the stupid name would be enough to put me off it. :lol:
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Post by Kevin Brown »

Thank you all,

Purely as a trial, Twitter is now powering a 'Latest News' display on the homepage. http://www.popastro.com/

Perhaps get a Twitter account (free) and follow the SPA? It's not that stupid - just a good way of finding out what your society is doing day-to-day. (Be an early adopter - only 4 so far..)

All the best
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Post by davep »

Deimos wrote:Great for school kids (look at the name).
Yet, oddly, parts of the astronomy community have been using it since around 2007 and, the last time I checked, we'd all been out of school for some time.

The "need an account" argument doesn't hold much water either. The point here is that Kevin is making use of a resource that has proven itself and he's using it in a way that provides content for the front page of the popastro.com domain. If it's not useful to you you don't have to worry about it. If you never visit the main site for the society you don't need to worry about it. But people who do visit the main site for the society get more information, more content. And, those of us who take a feed from twitter, we get reminders as to what's going on with the SPA in a place that we're always looking. It's a win/win with no real cost.

As for names telling you something: hands up everyone who was an adult and a member of the Junior Astronomical Society.
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Post by Kevin Brown »

Dear Deimos,

Deep apologies. I was replying to your post and managed to delete it by accident! Sorry, completely unintentional.

This is my reply..

Thanks for the comments. I know what you mean about the difficulty of keeping up with many different accounts.

However, the main point of this trial is it provides an easy way for SPA officers to publish news headlines to the homepage. It does not depend on people following on Twitter. But for those who want to, it should be an useful bonus.

All the best
Kevin
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Post by Paul Sutherland »

Anything that helps further promote the SPA and news of our activities is a good idea in my book.
Hopefully we'll set up that Facebook group soon. It surprised me how many SPA members I know are there, including past and future Presidents (of the SPA, not Mr Obama).

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Post by mike a feist »

Twitter & Facebook as well as this! Well how in the long run will one be able to keep up with all these entries without spending half the day staring at the computer screen. maf
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Post by Paul Sutherland »

Well no one has to, as Davep points out. These are further ways to be alerted to SPA activities for those who find it useful. For example, a lot of younger people in particular use Facebook as their main window on the internet and communicate with friends, family etc using that rather than email. So being there too will help the SPA to reach them.
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Post by orson »

Well, good luck to anyone who thinks that Twitter will somehow help to promote astronomy! But it just seems like a load of rubbish to me. A veritable Tower of Babel!
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Post by mike a feist »

Obviously one does not have to follow them all........................unless of course each carries different important information. I certainly would not go as far as one poster and call it "rubbish" but would agree on the "Tower of Babel" analogue.
My goodness, I have enough to do working my way through S & T, Astronomy, Popular Astronomy, Sky at Night, Astronomy & Space, not to mention the SPA Forum here.....and Space Weather and...........information overload........aaaargh! maf
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Post by Cliff »

Dear al(L)
I will be amongst the first to say that computers have tremendous uses.
Unfortunately after 15 years or more I am still a computer duck egg, which does not help f course. But i think think one of the many problems with the world at the moment is information overload.
The financial crisis comes to mind. I also cannot help thinking that too much computer simulating might be taking many things on the wrong track. Put simply computers tend may lead to supposed advances being made too fast.
I always like to get a reasonable amount of new information.
Quite now I would like good weather forecasts on TV.
I tend to agree with Mike. I get several astronomy mags and I am currently a member of six astronomy related organisations - which arguably I do not do justice to.
What with all this BlueRay stuff and wot not enough is enough for me.
Twitter is for them Birders as far as I am concerned.
Best of luck from Cliff
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Post by davep »

mike a feist wrote:unless of course each carries different important information
Well that would be silly, wouldn't it? Imagine, for a moment, that the idea of this isn't that it is silly. Imagine, for a moment, that this "information overload" doesn't really exist and the notion of it simply stems from a lack of comprehension of what's being done here.

Does it make more sense now?
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Post by Deimos »

If the SPA need to post what is happening on a day by day (or frequent) basis, why not create a restricted thread here (on this forum, restricted in that hey restrict who can post if that is what they want) - only SPA officers (or whoever) being allowed to post. Even create a special forum area for it. At least that way no additional memberships/subscriptions/spam required. (And yes I did mean SPAM - I am a member of one specialist Yahoo group and I regularly get invites to become "friends" with others not related or members of that specialist group (and these invites refer to the specialist group I subscribe to).

The more groups, online accounts, etc. you subscribe to, the more information you are publishing about yourself and guess what, the bad guy's actually want that info to rip you off. There is a balance and if I the less info about me out there the better (and safer).

I say explore readily available alternatives first rather than yet another different set of accounts, web sites, etc. What is more, if you poll "Do you look at the SPA forums" in the same way (i.e. here) you will probably get a 100% positive response (as you need to look here to see it to respond !!! - which is the point).

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Post by goodtime »

davep wrote:
mike a feist wrote:unless of course each carries different important information
Well that would be silly, wouldn't it?
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Yes it would be silly, so if we assume the same information is carried by all, why is there the need to subscribe to all of them? Our society is getting to the point where we talk about doing rather than doing...
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Post by Paul Sutherland »

goodtime wrote:Yes it would be silly, so if we assume the same information is carried by all, why is there the need to subscribe to all of them?
There is no need, request, demand, or pressure so to do, as far as I can see.
goodtime wrote:Our society is getting to the point where we talk about doing rather than doing...
I don't understand what you mean here. I see a number of people working hard to run the SPA, behind the scenes as well as in full view at events like the highly successful Convention a couple of weeks ago. Care to expand?

Paul
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