I was not an early user of Twitter, but I've come to really enjoy it.
A couple notes on what I tweet about, if you are not already following me (@ScottKirsner...and shame on you!)
- Stories that can fit into 140 characters, as soon as I find out about them. (Yesterday: Atlas Venture moving its Massachusetts office from Waltham to Cambridge. A few months back: EqualLogic co-founder Paula Long peeling off from the company. Often: new start-ups I've just heard about.) Many of these tweets don't eventually turn into columns or blog posts — simply because everything worth saying can be said in a tweet.
- Events in the Boston area (and beyond) that you may want to know about.
- Links to great stories (in the Globe and elsewhere) with relevance to those working in New England's Innovation Economy.
- Photos from conferences, parties, and my daily meanderings.
- People in the New England Innovation Economy who are new to Twitter, and worth following.
- Quotes and notes from local conferences and events.
Soon, I'm going to try using Ustream to do occasional live video broadcasts from my phone. I'll send out tweets to give you a heads-up when I'm going live.
What don't I tweet about? I mostly try to avoid the "what I'm eating for lunch tweets." Mostly try not to make my FourSquare check-ins public on twitter. Mostly try not to do public "@replies" to individuals, since I feel like it's confusing/distracting for most followers and prospective followers. (Instead, I do direct message a lot of people back.)
Your feedback is welcome...as I am always trying to become a better tweeter.
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About Scott Kirsner Scott Kirsner was part of the team that launched Boston.com in 1995, and has been writing a column for the Globe since 2000. His work has also appeared in Wired, Fast Company, The New York Times, BusinessWeek, Newsweek, and Variety. Scott is also the author of the books "Fans, Friends & Followers" and "Inventing the Movies," was the editor of "The Convergence Guide: Life Sciences in New England," and was a contributor to "The Good City: Writers Explore 21st Century Boston." Scott also helps organize several local events on entrepreneurship, including the Nantucket Conference and Future Forward. Here's some background on how Scott decides what to cover, and how to pitch him a story idea.
May 22: MIT Sloan CIO Symposium
Chief information officers from Guess, Haemonetics, Intel and other companies talk discuss "architecting the enterprise of the future."
June 3: MITX Innovation Awards
Economist & blogger Jodi Beggs hosts at the Westin Copley.
June 25: TEDxBoston
The oldest and biggest of the locally-organized TED events is back, at the Seaport World Trade Center. Tickets are free, but tough to get. Also streams on the web and airs on WBUR.