Do You Use Twitter?

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Do you Twitter?

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Andrew INT
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Post by Andrew INT »

Firstly, I was not aware of twitter before reading this post.
Kevin has however, drawn my attention to it. If it’s of use to me, I shall use it. If it’s not particularly relevant to me, I won’t.

The point I am making is that Kevin has kindly supplied me with additional information which may (or may not) be of use to me. It’s my choice, and I am certainly not under any obligation to take action. So, thank-you Kevin for taking the time and effort to produce the work!

If Twitter draws in more hits onto the SPA site surely this is a good thing?

Also, if I decide Twitter is useful to me outside of Astronomy, all the better.

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Andrew
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Post by Deimos »

Be careful who you accept as friends as http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/20 ... -monitored. Find somebody has become a flower (ok, follower) of you who then becomes a government suspect (maybe without evidence) and your nightmares can really start !!

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Post by Andrew INT »

Yes that’s true. Open Source Intelligence is a good method of obtaining information prior to processing into intelligence. The use of the internet, Tv, radio and local newspapers have been utilised for many (many) years. It’s nothing new. However, OS is the least reliable source for individuals and forms only part of “the bigger picture”. I’m sure you can sleep safe in your bed – even after posting on the SPA site.

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Post by mike a feist »

Having never heard of Twitter before the current discussion, I now keep noticing it getting a mention in the newspapers...often relating, unfortunately, to celebrities. A scary connection indeed. Remember what happened to the London Planetarium.....they shut it down so that they could turn it into a Museum of Celebrity (or some such). maf
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Post by davep »

I'm told "celebrities" use roads too. And public transport. I think they also use telephones, electricity, gas and water. Oh, yes, and the internet.

Does life in general scare you because of the connection with "celebrities"? Or do scary connections only become a concern when it's a chance to be cynical about something someone here is doing?

My advice would be to get your information about the internet from sources that aren't obsessed with "celebrities".
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Post by mike a feist »

Hi Dave
T'was only a bit of whimsey - an odd or capricious idea, an idle fancy - linking celebrity and astronomy through mention of Twitter and the London Planetarium.
However I am indeed cynical about the general belief that the answer to everything today is to reach for the computer hence my lack of enthusiasm for GOTO and Imagining for example. maf
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Post by davep »

Who has that general belief? At least, who in connection with the point and subject of this thread?
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Post by mike a feist »

I give up on this...after all it was not that serious a comment to start with, Dave. That is the trouble with e-mails, the throwaway comment gets set in print and gains more importance than was originally intended - One of the drawbacks of using computers I guess. How many out there have touched the "submit" button only to regret it seconds later? No do not answer...this is rhetorical question only! The End. maf
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Post by Cliff »

Dear Andrew
I notice you mention having an HEQ5 mount "pending".
I suspect that might be my own thoughts about Twitter ie not knowing much about Twitter yet I'll keep my final decision about it on hold.
I appreciate that the matter of your HEQ is not really related to this Twitter topic but having noticed your pending comment associated with the HEQ5 and me having got one myself I cannot help being curious as to why your HEQ5 is pending ?
Best of luck from Cliff
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Post by Andrew INT »

Hi Cliff,

I've had my HEQ5 mount for about two years and find it very sturdy and "fit for the job"

The "pending" is the GOTO upgrade which has been on back order since November. It should be delivered within a week....I hope.

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Post by martinss »

I don't use twitter and don't intend to...my life is busy enough without some more forms to fill out on websites.

However, having said that, to have the 'latest twitter' feeds on websites does give the user a very brief overview of what's going on. So from that POV, I can fully appreciate why people use it - it's quick, short, and therefore, to the point. The reader/user can investigate further if they want to.

I can't see that it's any more than a set of news headlines for a business/club/group/society or whatever that reach a wider audience than sitting on their own website....therefore potentially driving more people to their website...

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Post by Cliff »

Dear Andrew
Thanks1
Best of luck with the upgrade.
Best wishes from Cliff
PS My apologies to everyone else for slightly diverging off topic.
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How do you use Twitter?

Post by Kaustav »

I just wrote an article on how I use Twitter. It's always interesting to see how people interpret Twitter and discover the myriad ways in which Twitter can be used as part of a wider arsenal of tools to communicate, market and promote.

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Kaustav
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Post by jomarshall »

This has certainly been an interesting thread to read! I use Twitter and the advantages of it are that essentially you are given 140 characters to make a comment, post a link or general news. Despite its popularity with celebrities, one of its appealing factors is that, unlike facebook, you are not bombarded with applications to send people virtual drinks, flowers, play virtual bowling etc which can make it into an all-consuming activity! I like to think of it as a stripped down facebook - the virtual version of a postcard to your friends if you will..

With regard to who follows you and views your page, you have the ability to block people from following and opt to have your page restricted - i.e. not anybody can read it! It can be a good way to advertise the society and many other companies/ groups use it (e.g. Jodrell Bank) and if it pulls in people with an interest in learning about astronomy, fantastic.

Best wishes,

Jo
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