Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2009/12/06

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Subject: [Leica] Are you on Twitter? Should you be?
From: photo at (Nathan Wajsman)
Date: Sun, 6 Dec 2009 11:53:04 +0100
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Twitter is increasingly used by serious organizations for serious purposes. 
For example, our institution:

Several other international organizations are on both Twitter and Facebook.

Oh, and I am there to, as nwaj, but I do not tweet. I have an account just 
so I can follow others.


Nathan Wajsman
Alicante, Spain


On Dec 6, 2009, at 11:11 AM, Michiel Fokkema wrote:

> Cheers,
> Michiel Fokkema
> I'm on twitter too. Posted a bit. But still wonder why people want to know 
> what I'm doing or need to know what I'm doing. I'm also not always 
> interested in when people pick their nose or brush their teeth.
> But I do recognise thatit can be a powerful marketing together with 
> Facebook.
> Cheers,
> Michiel Fokkema
> Kyle Cassidy wrote:
>> Over the years I have been known to bark, at random times, "What do you 
>> think Bob Denver is doing RIGHT NOW?" -- and not because I had some 
>> personal curiosity about the star of Gilligans Island and Dobie Gillis 
>> but because it was a synecdoche for something I _was_ curious about -- 
>> what do famous people DO when they're not being famous? 
>> Fast forward 20 or 30 years and now we have Twitter.
>> For those of you who don't know, is a service that 
>> rebroadcasts text messages to subscribers. Nothing more than that really. 
>> You pull out your cell phone, type "I'm standing in line at the DMV" and 
>> send it to anybody who cares to listen. And who cares to listen? It could 
>> be your family, old college buddies, your Mahjong club.... Or, if you 
>> happen to have achieved some level of notoriety ... thousands, hundreds 
>> of thousands, or even millions of people.
>> And what does this mean for photographers?
>> I've wondered this myself for a long time and resisted twitter -- after 
>> all, you're limited to 140 characters, it seems to be the sort of thing 
>> that destroys our conversational skills, promotes ADHD, and removes 
>> meaning from our lives. And ... it can be. But it doesn't have to. While 
>> photographing a celebrity who shall remain nameless, I watched him 
>> twitter several times, remarked that I found it useless "I write in the 
>> long form," I said (albeit not exactly that pretentiously). "You still 
>> can," he replied, "I do as well, I just send out a note to twitter saying 
>> "I have a new blog post up. And people go and read it."
>> And I realized then that twitter has a use for photographers. A good one.
>> People who are following you on twitter are people who are _predisposed 
>> to like the things that you do_. Which means if you have a gallery show, 
>> a fine art print go on sale, an image in a magazine, or even a new image 
>> posted to your web page, the people who follow you are much more likely 
>> to buy it, see it, or talk about it than any selection of people walking 
>> past a Barns and Nobel window on any street. The life of an artist is one 
>> about building community and as such, I've found twitter to be useful.
>> In the grand scheme of things, Twitter is a Good Thing in two ways: one, 
>> if you have a lot of people following your "tweets" it's useful for 
>> nearly everything, from finding a developing tank and Dektol at 1 a.m. in 
>> Burnt Church Michigan, to getting people out to your gallery show, but 
>> also it's good for keeping like minded groups of people in contact -- 
>> like this mailing list but from moment to moment. The use of keywords 
>> (called "hash tags") allows people to search for posts they're interested 
>> in. You could, for example, post a photograph and add the hash tag 
>> #leica, allowing people who are interested in Leica to find you. 
>> (Checking twitter right now for people using the hash tag #leica, I find 
>> this interesting message: "ianjindal Celebspotting: stood in front of 
>> Rowan Atkinson in RG Lewis, #leica shop today. He didn't recognise me." 
>> -- we find out that Rowan Atkinson is shopping for Leica's. Oh the magic 
>> of the Internet.)
>> I know LUGger Chris Williams (who can be found on twiiter here: 
>> posts photos from his shoots. But who else? 
>> If you're talking about Leicas on twitter, you can find me here: 
>> & I'd love to hear why people like, dislike, or are ambivalent to this, 
>> or how people are using other parts of the Internet to move their 
>> photography forward.
>> Kyle
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