One of the problems with Twitter is that it’s a very transient data stream. By that I mean that unless you’re logged in and monitoring the stream, things can pass you by very easily. Add in the fact that it’s real time and global…
I’ve established that most of my Twitter followers like the fact that I publish links to the content I produce. I think it’s fair to say also, that a lot of people are starting to become more reliant on Twitter instead of RSS feeds, I know I am.
The problem is that if I post a link now, here in the UK (like I just did re my Pixelmator clips on YouTube a short while ago) it gets seen by my UK peeps (logged on to Twitter anyway) but for other timezones it’s not really a time when parts of the world are likely to be monitoring twitter i.e.
Los Angeles – 5:00AM, Saturday
Milwaukee – 7:00AM, Saturday
New York – 8:00AM, Saturday
London – 1:00PM, Saturday
Perth – 9:00PM, Saturday
Hobart – 12:00AM, Sunday
The last two were for Jane and Rose 🙂
OK, so my content isn’t of any major importance or significance, but I’d still like to make sure that my twitter followers, who might be interested in this stuff, at least get a chance to receive the link at a reasonable time when they might actually be able to use it!
So I’ve decided to go against one of my original Twitter rules and use an automated Tweet!!!
Ok, so there are no Twitter rules but I don’t like the abuse of automated tweets. You know, like when someone fills up a tool with various random statement or links that you just know they are not actually sending out live. I absolutely hate that!
What I’m proposing is just to duplicate the very few tweets I send out with links to my own stuff, at times when people in other timezones might actually receive them in real time, and have a chance to catch the links.
In order to prevent too much irritation, I’ll send them out with the hashtag #sco_repost that way, you can filter them out if necessary.
How would this work then?
Well, if I send out a reposted tweet at 7pm UK time, most of the UK peeps who monitor Twitter during the day will miss it but the US peeps will see it in their Twitter stream at:
Los Angeles – 11:00AM
Milwaukee – 1:00PM
New York – 2:00PM
London – 7:00PM
Then if I resend it at 3:00am UK time, the UK and US peeps will miss it but Jane and Rose (OK, and anyone else in Aus) will receive them at:
London – 3:00AM, Sunday
Perth – 11:00AM, Sunday
Hobart – 2:00PM, Sunday
As I said, this will only be for Tweets with links in to my stuff and they will be tagged with #sco_repost.
If it hasn’t got #sco_repost, it’s a live tweet and it’s me sending it in real time – honest!
Works for you?