Random musings on just about anything

Using Twitter

OCT 10
In the last couple of weeks I've started to use Twitter more. I'm increasingly interested in what it does, how it works and what I can learn from it. I'm maybe not tweeting every hour of the day, far from it in fact, but I'm beginning to understand how it can benefit me as a designer.

I deleted/redesigned/relaunched my website just under a year ago. My intention was to take all the things I had learned about SEO, markup, website building and apply it to a site more heavily focussed on graphic design, typography, creativity and photography. The main component initially of which, was going to be my blog.

My intention was that the blog would allow me to share my thoughts, opinions and photographs on anything creative that inspired me. Like all good intentions I've achieved some of what I wanted, but maybe not all. On the up side it has well indexed content that's driving natural search traffic to my site, and it's a good place for me to get ideas out relatively quickly. On the down side, it takes quite a bit of effort to write, prepare and manage, which with limited time, makes updating a job that I've not been able to maintain.

What does this have to do with Twitter you may ask? Well at 140 characters even I can spare a few minutes to say something to my followers, but in the last few weeks I've come to realise that a blog however small is a valuable tool with which to communicate. This has obviously inspired me to write this and to take time to share even this one thought. Not a terrific revelation I know, but as a process led designer being able to evaluate what Twitter does for me is an important step to me involving myself more in it and sharing more in-depth thoughts through posts like this one.

If you want to follow my progress on Twitter I'm @grantdavey