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Postby Adam Powell » Tue Nov 03, 2009 4:39 pm

Some real utility here. Twitter was only meaningful if you carefully crafted your list of people to "follow" (I know, the jargon is insufferably twee) but last week Twitter introduced a feature allowing users to publish their lists. That means you can aggregate similar content sources, which turns out to be very useful.

I put these together:

http://twitter.com/madisonfood/madison-food
http://twitter.com/madisonfood/beer
http://twitter.com/madisonfood/wine

Anyone else making lists?
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Re: Twitter lists

Postby Adam Powell » Fri Nov 06, 2009 11:47 am

Here's my latest list, with 37 contributors and climbing:

Madison Nightlife
http://twitter.com/madisonfood/nightlife
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Re: Twitter lists

Postby TheBookPolice » Fri Nov 06, 2009 11:52 am

I'm slowly cobbling together some lists of producers of tasty eats, Madison restaurants worth following, librarians also worth following, and fellow food pontificators.

And "insufferably twee" would be if Twitter called it "fwending."
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Re: Twitter lists

Postby Adam Powell » Fri Nov 06, 2009 12:17 pm

Well? Make with the urls, Tweetybird.
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Re: Twitter lists

Postby TheBookPolice » Fri Nov 06, 2009 12:25 pm

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Re: Twitter lists

Postby Adam Powell » Fri Nov 06, 2009 12:31 pm

This one is well-conceived:

http://twitter.com/thebookpolice/librarians

I like it.
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Re: Twitter lists

Postby Adam Powell » Tue Nov 10, 2009 10:44 am

I made a new "local flavor" list, which includes a bunch of forons, various news outlets, area weirdos, police bulletins, haunted house reports, a gadfly or six, campus news, cabbies kvetching, Mayor Dave, some generally smart and funny locals, and no Ann Althouse:

http://twitter.com/madisonfood/local-flavor
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Re: Twitter lists

Postby Adam Powell » Wed Nov 11, 2009 10:05 am

Another Twitter list for Madison, WI food types to follow:

http://twitter.com/madisonfood/sustainability

46 accounts on sustainable, local, and slow food.
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Re: Twitter lists

Postby Bwis53 » Mon Jan 25, 2010 9:56 am

I did the Twitter tutorial. I still do my same morning routine and see no advantage in switching. Can someone elucidate? What is so much better (than my visiting email, thedailypage, madison.com) ?
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Re: Twitter lists

Postby Ducatista » Mon Jan 25, 2010 11:52 am

Bwis53 wrote:What is so much better (than my visiting email, thedailypage, madison.com)?

It's not necessarily better, depending on how you roll, but it is much different.

I was a Twitter denier for a long time, but now it's my favorite online platform. I love the talking-out-loud-to-yourself format, probably because I do that a fair bit in real life. That alone makes it appealing to me, having an extrasomatic storehouse for all those "what the..." and "damn it..." and "who knew" moments. The fact that people can listen and react if they want, and that I can listen and react to them if I choose, is icing on the cake.

And I dig the weird mix of casual and intimate. I never interact with most of the people I follow (including many friends)—but I've had a couple Twitter conversations w/my favorite big-deal NPR host, which I can't imagine happening in another medium.

For me, Twitter also functions as a short-burst journal. Every few months I copy my tweets and dump them into a Word doc. I look back at them every once in a while, and it's like flipping through a verbal photo album. Not sure how many people use Twitter that way, but I find it quite entertaining.
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Re: Twitter lists

Postby Ducatista » Mon Jan 25, 2010 11:55 am

Oh, and it's a pretty good exercise in economy of language, especially if you try to avoid abbreviation cheats.
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