Last week, an email landed in my inbox with the subject line â€śLedyard Police is now following you on Twitter.â€ťÂ I admit it was a bit disconcerting.Â Actually, I freaked out temporarily when I realized I was one of only 3 people being followed. Â I ran intoâ€śLedyard Policeâ€ť a few nights later. Â Iâ€™m a member of the Ledyard Town Council and weÂ were discussing the police budget.Â Â (Honestly, I donâ€™t make this stuff up.)Â Â As it turns outÂ Â â€śLedyard Policeâ€ťÂ was following me for all the right reasons.Â Â It seems that police departments in the area are considering Twitter as another resource to notify residents in case of emergencies.
I joined Twitter in 2007. Back then it was intimate, like the bar where everyone knew your name.Â Since then Twitter has exploded. When someone in the industry follows me, I usually oblige and follow back. As a result, it is often hard to find the good stuff among the noise of people I donâ€™t really know.Â Fortunately, applications like Tweetdeck allow me to create groups and weed out those that donâ€™t contribute to my Twitter objectives.
Like â€śLedyard Policeâ€ť, each user has his own reason for following and being followed on Twitter. Â I was attracted to Twitter because of the 140 character limit. I seldom read blog posts beyond a few paragraphs.Â I donâ€™t need the War and Peace version of an opinion on short sales.
Whether Iâ€™m speaking as a Town Councilor, writing a blog post or debating politics, Iâ€™ve always been a woman of few words, many of them an attempt to be witty. Â â€śBrevity is the soul of witâ€ť is my mantra. Â I doubt I could ever write a book.Â Iâ€™m sure I would bore myself before the final chapter. Â
I donâ€™t have any expectations from Twitter as far as putting commission dollars in my pocket.Â For me Twitter is more of a resource for making industry connections, following breaking news and events, and picking up tips on the latest and greatest technology.Â Â Iâ€™d give it â€ś5 Starsâ€ť for meeting those expectations.