1,000 followers on Twitter

Today is the day I reached the 1,000 milestone — I’m not sure how important this is, really, but it did give me a small thrill. (Very small.)

If you want to jump on the bandwagon, I am macloo on Twitter. A fine young journalist named Chris Deary was No. 1,000.

If you’re still skeptical about Twitter, here are some helpful articles:

Someone recently wrote an excellent list of tips for complete beginners — not the PC Magazine one, and not the one at 10,000 Words, but another one — that was really good, but it seems I failed to add it to Delicious. If someone knows the link, please send it! (It was aimed at absolutely clueless newbies, and it was very nice, clear, brief, and helpful. I recall that it explained the importance of writing a bio, using your real name, and adding a photo/avatar. I think it also explained @ and d, as well as retweeting.)

Find people on Twitter with a Twellow search. (Another site, Mr. Tweet, can recommend people you might like to follow, but I think it works better if you have already been using Twitter for a while and have a backlog of tweets built up.)

Find topics on Twitter from the local search page.

Search with a hash mark (e.g., #journalism) to limit your search to topics.

11 Comments on “1,000 followers on Twitter

  1. Well you just blew my buzz from celebrating 100 followers. Showoff. Lol. Congrats on being popular.

    @lukemorris

  2. Thanks, Mary — I had not seen that one, and it’s quite good! But that’s not the one I remember. Dang, if only I had bookmarked it …

  3. Hi Mindy,

    Congrats on the milestone. I find it interesting that you only follow a very small portion of the 1000. Doesn’t that make the conversation — essentially what Twitter is all about — rather one-sided?

    Interested to hear your thoughts on this one.

    Cheers,
    Koren

  4. @Koren – You’re right, my ratio of followers to followed is about 10-to-1. A lot of the people who follow me are tweeting things I don’t need to follow, and many of them actually tweet in other languages. I can manage Spanish, but I can’t really deal with tweets in most other languages. Sometimes I follow people for about a week or two and then un-follow them. I’m fussy about signal-to-noise.

  5. Mindy,

    Congrats on your Twitter popularity. I don’t know if this is the guide you remember, but Etan Horowitz, the Orlando Sentinel tech writer, has a good beginner’s guide to Twitter. You can follow him on Twitter too, @etanowitz. His tutorial is at http://tinyurl.com/amekcm.

    You can also find other Sentinel twitter accounts at orlandosentinel.com/twitter. (Some are better than others). And if my goal is to catch you, I need more followers too. Follow me @osphoto.

    And for the hesitant journalist, let me say one thing; I have found sources and story ideas from twitter feeds. Really.

    Tom Burton
    Photos Editor and Multimedia Producer
    Orlando Sentinel

  6. Hi, Tom. I already follow you (smile!). Etan’s guide is very good, but that’s also not the one I recall. It had nice illustrations for each item on the list and a lot of white space — it was quite easy to read.

    Not gonna follow Etan until SXSW is over!

  7. According to what I heard at SXSW, this must mean that you “give good URL.”

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