May 23rd, 2008 by Andy Merchant
Over the last few months I have been noticing a growing trend in the use of Twitter. What is it?, you might ask.
It’s called the new blog post!
My Twitter client is Twitterfox, a FireFox plug in, and every time one of the people I follow Tweets a neat box pops up to alert me to the fact they have just Tweeted. One of the most common phrases to pop up at the mo is ‘new blog post’, then a few words to describe what the post is about. Go and check it out for yourself. I used the word ‘blog’ as a keyword search in Summize and Tweet Scan, and to support my case came across a high volume of the words ‘new blog post’!
So my point is that maybe some people only use Twitter as an extension for their blogs, almost like Digging your post, promoting it to a wider audience. I have to admit I have done this myself on occasion, but only with posts that I think add weight and value to current topics of conversation and are targeted to my followers. Everybody wants to read quality posts, but using Twitter as a press release service is not on. If your followers like your stuff they will have the RSS feeds already set up for it!