Start Tweeting with DB2!
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Last week at IDUG, there were several side discussions about social media and how it fits in with the database experts. I’ve noticed that there are many more people taking part in using twitter, facebook, and LinkedIN to learn about things that are happening in the DB2 and Big Data spaces of the world. Are you one?
This post will focus on Twitter.. with a few comments about the other major sites.
One of the comments that I get frequently from people who don’t use twitter is “I don’t want to read about what people are eating or when they go to the bathroom”. You’ll only get these comments from genuine “twits”! I can assure you that I see none of that in my tweetstream and if I did, I’d quickly drop them.
By the way, dropping someone you follow on twitter is very easy to do... and don’t worry, they are not notified that you have dropped them. If I follow someone for database information but find that the person tweets about religion, politics, or markets to me... I drop them. OK, some of that information doesn’t bother me so much, but if it happens too often, I drop them.
Who should you follow?
If you want this to be a tool for getting information about work related items... and your work revolves around DB2, I’d suggest you follow these official accounts:
The list of people joining twitter every day is growing so quickly, it is hard to keep up. I’m trying to create lists of people who you may wish to follow by putting them into categories such as IBM Champion, IDUG NA Attendees, IBMers... etc. You can see some of my lists here: http
Now start listening on twitter
There is no need to have followers or to tweet (create & send messages) when listening. You don’t even need an account! You can simply enter a hashtag in google and you’ll see what messages were created and tagged with this hashtag. Give it a try, type #bigdatamgmt in your search engine to see.
You don’t need to live on twitter to get benefit from it. Think of twitter as a way for you to scan the headlines. If you see something that interests you, you can click the link to read more about the topic. If you then like what is said in the link, you can retweet to share the posting with others, or mark it is favourite so that you can see it again or later.
Start sending messages!
When you feel comfortable with twitter, you can begin retweeting interesting tweets to your followers. Followers will come once you have a well defined profile set up. Eventually, start tweeting your own 140-character messages. You must include your message, link, mentions and hashtags in this 140-character limit. You’ll quickly learn how to be concise with your messages.
The most successful tweets have a coherent message with a link to related content. If you can include a photo or a graphic, your tweet may also get additional attention.
There are many related tools that have been developed to make tweeting and following tweets more effective. Most of them are aimed at advanced users, but I’ll suggest two that you’ll find quite useful.
First... tweetchat.com. This is an easy way for you to read all the tweet messages related to a specific hashtag category. I recommend that you use this if you are taking part in a tweetchat or tweet conversation such as a debate. Once you sign in, you’ll easily be able to contribute to the conversation.
Second, Flipboard.com... I was introduced to this tool to look at twitter messages on my iphone. If you have other smart phones or tablets, you’ll also find this useful. You can group twitter accounts or lists together and have them presented to you in a magazine-like format. I have just learned that you can also add other content into the stream as well: facebook, videos, and more!
As an example, see the
That’s a good summary of twitter. Let me know if you have questions so I can build on the content here.