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Subject: [Leica] Are you on Twitter? Should you be?
From: lluisripollquerol at (Lluis Ripoll Querol)
Date: Sun, 6 Dec 2009 20:07:08 +0100
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Yes Nathan, but also my very modest company is on twitter too


El 06/12/2009, a las 11:53, Nathan Wajsman escribi?:

> 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
> Nathan Wajsman
> Alicante, Spain
> Books:
> Blog:
> 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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In reply to: Message from kcassidy at (Kyle Cassidy) ([Leica] Are you on Twitter? Should you be?)
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