Help, Twitter Style

Last night I had my first truly useful experience with Twitter. Until then, Twitter had really just been my little digital diary, I suppose. I’ve had some productive (read: enlightening) trade-offs with smart people that I follow like Peter Bell, Sammy Larbi and Bill Mill, but mostly it’s just me talking to myself.

Last night, though, I was doing my usual digital musing and got a surprise. I was grumbling about some trouble I was having getting the git version control system installed on my Mac via MacPorts. I was slowly working through it, but I couldn’t help bitching about it just a little. What shocked me was that several people, including a couple that don’t know me or follow me, stepped up to help or at least offer encouragement. I thought that was pretty cool.

I don’t know how they found my tweets, but I appreciate them jumping in to help.

Subscribe3 Comments on Help, Twitter Style

  1. Chad Kieffer said...

    Coincidentally, I had a similar experience this week. My rant about the editing in the “Guide to Programming with Zend Framework” attracted a message from the author himself. In this case, I believe Cal found my tweet through either tweetscan.com or Google’s search term alert service.

  2. Marc Mims said...

    > I don’t know how they found my tweets, but I appreciate them jumping in to help.

    They were probably using the keyword tracking feature of twitter:
    track git

  3. Fuck yeah, Chyrp! said...

    Beautiful shot. lovely bird. Happy weekend!