I joined Twitter quite a while after first hearing about it. The delay wasn’t so much that I didn’t want to use it, I just didn’t know where to start. At least on Facebook, you can start by making a profile, playing some games… you know… Facebook stuff. But Twitter… well, I didn’t know anyone that was on the site, I didn’t have a ‘plan’. I just wanted to play… at more than just talking to myself.
Well, then I found out that many of my Star Wars friends were on the site, so that’s where I started. I never dreamed that any one I actually knew in real life would be on there as well. Turned out that a few people at work actually were, I followed a few of their followers and a few of their followers and following. Soon I hand an interesting smattering of ‘local’ (within Nova Scotia, mostly in Halifax) Twitter users and I was getting all sorts of useful information about events, people, places and more in the area. I’ve decided that this is probably one of, if not the, most valuable aspects of Twitter, at least for me. Information on photography, writing, design, tech, news… I can simply subscribe to blogs and sites for that. Most of this local information is, for the most part, only found on Twitter. In an effort to learn about and connect with, more locals I’ve slowly building up a large list of Nova Scotians (with another list of people that I know about but haven’t gotten around to adding on Twitter yet). I’d estimate there are at least 750 – more, no doubt – Nova Scotians on Twitter. Of course there’s a core group of users, but I still find out the most interesting things from the most interesting people.
Meetups, events, podcamps, bookcamps, the best places to eat, the best microbrewery to visit…
Do you want to know more about your area? Even if you’re not on Twitter, use the search function for people and updates in your area, you’ll find a wealth of information!
Follow me on Twitter: @AuroraLee
This is one in a series of posts about great finds discovered on or because of Twitter.