hrheingold " I now have nothing to say when my daughter calls, since she knows all my news via Twitter. Maybe we can sing on the phone."
"The latest innovation in online social networking is here, and it has a funny name," writes Brian Dukes in the Fayetteville Observer. "Meet Twitter, a free service that provides near-instantaneous contact with friends, family members and co-workers. The service begs its users to answer the question: “What are you doing?”
Gwen Sutton, a 53-year-old insurance agent, was introduced to Twitter by her son, Wayne Sutton, who lives in Raleigh.“Old folks twitter, too,” Sutton said, “and not just for fun.”
Sutton said she sees Twitter’s benefits carrying over into business networking. She has used Twitter to increase her personal and professional contacts, as well as to keep in touch with Wayne and her daughter, Janet.
“I’ve sent Wayne a tweet saying, ‘Wayne, call your mamma,’” Gwen Sutton said. “Twitter lets me instantly be able to get in touch with my kids.”
Having mom just a few keystrokes away is one of Twitter’s many benefits to Wayne Sutton, who has found social networking — and Twitter in particular — to be invaluable to his work. He is a community content manager for NBC 17 in Raleigh.
“Twitter has greatly impacted my network ability, my reputation and spread my brand all over the world,” Wayne Sutton said.
Wayne has approximately 6,000 followers — people who receive his tweets — on Twitter. By comparison, presidential candidate Barack Obama has 60,000.
“I’ve met more than 100 people through Twitter and established new relationships,” Wayne said. “But it takes hard work and time to build an audience. You need to listen first before you jump in and start posting.”