When I first signed up to Twitter, I wasn’t quite sure what I was signing up for. I’d heard countless mentions of it but nothing that really explained what it does. The Twitter site wasn’t doing a particularly good job of explaining things either. But, I like to think of myself as an early adopter, so I signed up and only over time am I starting to learn what it’s all about.
Twitter and the freelancer seems like a perfect fit. As a freelancer you either move around quite a lot or you end up working at home on your own with little outside contact. This is where Twitter steps up – you can build a network of colleagues to communicate with and these colleagues can be anyone, from anywhere – heroes, idols, friends, peers, former colleagues, celebrities – whatever you want. Need some feedback on your latest design? struggling with some code? – consult your new found community!
As you build and refine your network, you’ll also notice that news breaks quickly on Twitter, which is very handy indeed when you work in a fast moving industry and staying on top of developments and trends is vital. Where did I first hear about Google Wave, Adobe BrowserLab and Cristiano Ronaldo’s £80m transfer to Real Madrid? You’ve guessed it!
So what initially seemed to me like little more than an extension to one of my most hated facebook features (status updates) is now growing on me rapidly, and is fast becoming a tool that I consider a necessity.