That first tweet is, in its own modest sub-140 characters way, rather mid-noughties 😀
I was an enthusiastic early adopter of microblogging, and whilst Twitter was not – certainly in the early days – the best of its kind,* it reached user critical mass fastest, making it the most useful, and helping achieve both stickiness and longevity.
To my mind its ‘real world’ usefulness first properly emerged in 2009 (though it had proved useful in quickly gathering and disseminating information in the aftermath of the murder by Greek police of fifteen year old Alexandros Grigoropoulos in December 2008). In February I went to the BrisTwestival, a meatspace meet-up building on local tweetups. In April and May various media organisations, including The Guardian, the BBC and The Times, equipped its journalists with Twitter accounts and sent them forth onto the streets of London to report on the various G20-related protests; among them was Paul Lewis, who would end up securing the eyewitness account and video that blew apart the Metropolitan Police’s fabricated narrative surrounding the death of Ian Tomlinson. In October Twitter users were instrumental weakening the impact of the Trafigura superinjunction.
Since then it has, of course, become the platform of choice for narcissists, stalkers, PR flacks, online bullies and spambots, as well as otherwise perfectly reasonable people driven by the insatiable desire to share pictures of their dinner. So in a way, exactly the same as the printing press.
Anyway, thanks for having me, it’s a handy tool (which is handy because – ironically – it’s full of tools) which I have been able to use to meet new people, learn new things and reach new places.
PS Big up all the brick-wielding old school text-to-Twitter users, 86444 FTW!
*Insert obligatory comment about how I always preferred Jaiku, and Pownce looked nicer, etc here*
I just thought I would see if my earlier post had earned (ex-‘transport supremo’) Mark Bradshaw any more Twitter friends, only to discover that the blighter has blocked me!
Good to see a politician with such a healthy interest in engaging with local people, as ever 😉
Posted in Bristol, Bristol Shitty Council, FunnyBone, Municipally Yours
Tagged 'transport supermo', blocked, Bristol City Council, ex-'transport supremo', incinerator shminerator, Labour, Mark Bradshaw, seppuku, spending more time with the family, time to reflect, Twitter, unemployed
Following the booting out of the Labour minority cabinet at Bristol City Council, ‘transport supremo’ Mark Bradshaw has been wondering what to do with himself.
Tweet your suggestions to @mark_bradshaw
I see Terry Cook has also discovered the jobseeking potential of Twitter.
I came across a project called CllrTweeps earlier today. It intends “to compile the definitive list of UK councillors on Twitter, no more, no less.”
I noticed that there were no Bristol City Council members listed, so I emailed one of my ward councillors, Jon Rogers (LibDem), with the link. I pointed out that currently I know more about Northern Irish municipal affairs via Twitter than I do about what is going on in my own city by ‘normal’ means.
Anyway, Jon has now joined Twitter, so we shall see. I have also emailed local Green councillor Charlie Bolton to see if he was interested.
Obviously neither blogging nor twittering is a substitute for actual local democracy and accountability, but having spent the best part of two months reporting the same blocked drain to the council (officers, not councillors, I hasten to add), I am game to try anything.
Local councillors, MPs and other politicos now on Twitter:
- cllr Alex Woodman: CllrAlexWoodman (Cabot ward, LibDem)
- James Barlow: JamesBarlow (Conservative constituency chairman, Bristol West)
- cllr Jon Rogers: CllrJonRogers (Ashley ward, LibDem)
- Kerry McCarthy MP: KerryMP (Bristol East constituency, Labour)
- cllr Mark Bradshaw: mark_bradshaw (Bedminster ward, Labour)
- Paul Smith: BristolWestPaul (prospective Parliamentary candidate, Bristol West, Labour)
- cllr Sean Beynon: seanbeynon (Southville ward, Labour)
- cllr Terry Cook: terryrobc (Avonmouth ward, Labour)
The BrisTwestival was a giggle.
£5 in, got a goodie bag and free drinks & scran, heard some nice bands & beatboxers, the LLF made fun of TwitGeeks (despite being herself a BBS addict 😛 ), and we got pleasantly toasted on £2 cocktails. A nice wedge was raised for Charity:Water, we didn’t win any of the raffle prizes, but we did make it home without incident or accidents. That is a result in my book.
Graham hath spake: the BadMovieClub is go, and it shall start with The Happening!
- The time: 9pm GMT, Friday 13th February
- The place: Twitternet (use #BadMovieClub to find like-minded souls, or go direct to the source via @Glinner)