Over the last few months, I have become acquainted with the wonders of the 140 character “tweet”. For those of you who are not “tweets”, I am referring to the combination of instant message and social networking that has converged at www.twitter.com. In essence, twitter asks “peeps” a simple question, What are you doing right now? In 140 spaces, you can communicate what you are thinking or what you have just read on the web. Long URL’s are easily truncated leaving enough space to communicate simple messages. If you find people that are doing or reading about interesting things, you can follow their “tweets”.
In efforts to keep up on XBRL, I use Yahoo and Google key word alerts as well as selected RSS feeds from the SEC and others. I have found, however, that this system falls short of the daily updates the people using www.twitter.com are providing for me. Its amazing how effective a 140 character message can be in sending you directly to fresh web content relevant to your interests. To improve my “hit” rate, I’ve added a few Tweet favorite tools such as tweetdeck (www.tweetdeck.com), TwitScoop, WeFollow, and MrTweet. Join up and send me a note. I’d love to follow you!