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My Five Favorite Uses for Twitter in PR

Number 5

Here are my five favorite uses for Twitter:

1. Spend too much time browsing the tweets, retweets and links shared by the hundreds of PR pros I follow

2. Get breaking news updates from tweets of news services/media I follow

3. Spend too much time browsing links to blogs on a wide variety of political, cultural and personal interests topics and opinions (this feels something like scanning magazines in the grocery check out line)

4. Spend too much time on a mental break browsing the tweets of celebrities, professional comedians and other off-beat characters whose tweets I follow

5. Participate in chats

These are probably all pretty self-explanatory (and obviously time-consuming) ways to use Twitter, except for possibly the last one: participating in Twitter chats.

Recently a few colleagues have given me "the look" when I mention how great I think Twitter chats are.  I think some people have the impression that Twitter chats are an even more intense version of Twitter, with lots of chatter.  But participating in an organized Twitter chat is different from regular tweeting that references a specific hashtag.  In fact, the chats are usually highly organized.  The ones I′ve participated in all have a moderator, and sometimes a special guest (e.g. an expert on the chat′s current topic).  Questions or topics are determined ahead of time (you can submit questions via the moderator) and then controlled by the moderator.  Shonali Burke explains Twitter chats and what makes one good in her excellent blog.

If you work in PR and are active on Twitter I highly recommend looking into these chats:

#journchat, created by @prsarahevans takes place every Monday at 8 pm ET and explores the impact of online communications and new media with 200+ journalists, bloggers and PR professionals participating each week.

#soloPR, which was created by @kellyecrane as a way for Solo PR pros to share tips, stories and insight on PR and working independently. It′s held Wednesdays at 1 pm ET.

#measurePR, recently started by @shonali and held bi-weekly on Tuesdays from 12-1 pm ET

#PRStudChat, a monthly Twitter chat moderated by @dbreakenridge and host @valeriesimon that is designed to bring together PR students (that′s where the "stud" comes in), professionals, and educators for conversation about PR, as well as learning, networking and developing mentoring relationships.

#pr20chat, a discussion of where PR is heading, led by @bethharte, @jgoldsborough and @prtini, on Wednesdays at 7 pm CT

You can find other chats on TweetChat or through this spreadsheet that Robert Swanwick created.

Alison Kenney an independent PR practitioner with more than 15 years of PR consulting experience.  She is based on Boston′s North Shore and has worked with organizations in the technology, professional services and consumer industries. She writes a bi-monthly PR column on Learn more her here.

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Golden Grant Stimulus Package and Giveaway!

Have you heard about the Golden Grant Stimulus package? Starting today, Golden Grahams is asking for your funniest job search stories - Twitter style. If yours is funny enough, it might just be animated like the videos below!

Also - Golden Grahams has given me 12 boxes of cereal to giveaway to stress the importance of eating before meeting. You'll also have another chance to win on the Golden Grant site, just in case you aren't lucky the first time.

How To Enter:

  • Go to the Golden Grant site
  • Submit your most remarkable job experience in 120 characters or less
  • Then leave a comment here on my blog and let me know you submitted your story

Please note: The deadline for the giveaway here is February 10, 2010. The winner will be announced on February 11, 2010.

These videos are pretty hilarious.

Gold Miner

Golden Grahams will be posting new animations weekly. Keep an eye out on their Golden Grant website or on Facebook or Twitter @Goldengrahams.


The Impotence of Proofreading

I found this on Rowan Manahan's blog, Fortify Your Oasis . It's so good that I had to share. Grammar nuts will especially appreciate this one.


Recruiting Recruiters

I found this over on Stephen Fowler's Recruitment Views

Kevin Hart: I'm a Grown Little Man hd


I'm not exactly sure what to think. Would you call him if he were a recruiter in your industry?

Legally Blonde on dvd

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