Posts Tagged ‘Twitter’

20 Ways Businesses Are Using Twitter

July 13, 2010

Business Week

Twitter is the most rapidly adopted communication tool in history, and companies can no longer afford to ignore the conversations taking place there. But how exactly can businesses use Twitter? The possibilities are endless. Here are just 20 examples. They’re diverse in size and focus, but it is hoped that a few will be useful for your business.

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–Bob Allen


Uncle Sam’s atwitter!

June 12, 2009

Uncle Sam recruiting posterAn Army order instructs network managers to unblock certain social media sites

An Army order directs network managers across the country to stop blocking soldiers’ access to certain Web 2.0 Web sites such as Facebook, Flickr and Twitter, according to several media reports today.

… Access should be available to Facebook: Delicious, Flickr, Twitter and Vimeo via the Unclassified but Sensitive Internet Protocol Router Network.

As reported on, the order states: “The intent of senior Army leaders to leverage social media as a medium to allow soldiers to ‘tell the Army story’ and to facilitate the dissemination of strategic, unclassified information, the social media sites available from the Army homepage will be made accessible from all campus area network.”

Something new, something old

February 4, 2009

GYI0000473742.JPGNot very long ago the notion that Facebook, Twitter, and other social media tools might have a useful function at work was, well … something you didn’t talk about maybe? Because (a) you didn’t know what it was, and (b) it sounded like something that could get you in trouble?

Here’s a thought along those lines from Devora Rogers of the Emerging Media Lab:

It wasn’t long ago that employers were trying to figure out how to forbid staff from accessing their social networking profiles while at work. Just three years ago, when I worked as a producer for a reality TV production company, the HR Director released a note to all staff: Use of IM during the workday is grounds for termination. Period. Wow, I thought then.

Now, observes Rogers, “It’s becoming a legitimate way to do business.”

We’ve come a long way baby – and it makes me realize how we should have been here long before this, and how far we still have to go.

Today we have both internal and external social media activities at LaRC: NASA Langley, Technology Gateway and Yuri’s Night Twitters, 40th anniversary of Apollo Facebook and Yuri’s Night accounts, openLangley and an affiliated FB group, an upcoming LaRC Facebook, and internal blogs like this one and TeXpo and The world is flat, and a bunch of people Yammering …

We’ve got Baby Boomers in the office signing up to personal social networking accounts … it’s gone mainstream. Earlier this week I convinced the 60-something vice president of the International Association of Sheet Metal Workers to join Facebook and become a NASA friend. And our own Duncan Mciver has an Langley Alumni Association FB account.

What is next?

– M. Finneran

Langley Twitters and FBs

January 20, 2009


by Mike Finneran

A new Twitter is available that provides updates about NASA Langley Research Center. It’s “NASA_Langley” and is so new that as of this post, nothing had been tweeted yet … so now’s your chance to get in on the ground floor! Check it out at Langley.

Talk about timing! Twittering Tips for Beginners

January 15, 2009

Posted to wackomedia by:  Bob Allen

Twittering Tips for Beginners
by David Pogue, in the New York Times

… I’ll admit that, for the longest time, I was exasperated by the Twitter hype. Like the world needs ANOTHER ego-massaging, social-networking time drain? Between e-mail and blogs and Web sites and Facebook and chat and text messages, who on earth has the bandwidth to keep interrupting the day to visit a Web site and type in, “I’m now having lunch”? And to read the same stuff being broadcast by a hundred other people?”

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Federal government is aTwitter

January 13, 2009

history76156.jpgHow many federal government Twitter sites are there? Oh, about 76. How many are NASA? Thirty-two, which says something in itself.

And that’s a conservative accounting, because I know from looking at the list compiled by the folks at Twitter Fan Wiki that there are more.

Here are NASA ones listed: Read the rest of this entry »

Nights before Christmas

December 22, 2008

'Twas the Night Before ChristmasAs I work at my desk listening to holiday music – courtesy Pandora internet radio – I am both overwhelmed and excited by the possibilities presented by “new media.” This is the season for enjoying family and friends, so I won’t go deep, but would like to post a few things to consider when we really get back to work after the new year.

One, I have lots of emails and thoughts from Rich regarding new media. I will collate those and share.

Two, I would like to start a Langley Twitter, possibly in Fab where they’re building Ares stuff, and have spoken with a couple of folks there to see if that’s possible. The work being done in ATOL is also very interesting and might lend itself to such as well. I think we’d need a site like Flickr for posting related photos, too. Read the rest of this entry »