As is now relatively well known, over the weekend, I decided to set up a twitter account, @chanthorp. I have been looking at twitter for a long time, but if you don’t have an account, you have to type in all of the people you want to read. I got tired of doing this.
I like twitter for news and — as @ronbilbao said in a tweet — it is a great way to keep in touch with the student pulse. I like to go on in the evenings and weekends to see what’s up.
I could have gotten someone who knows a lot about this in News Services to plan a roll-out of the Chancellor On Twitter, but they are overworked with the budget cuts and the huge amount of news that we have to manage. And it’s not my style. I usually do this kind of stuff myself.
I could have set up a fake name. But (as was picked up on by @laurelholden in her funny DTH cartoon), when your name is Holden, you can’t be a phony.
So, I went in and typed in my name and my email address and sent out a tweet.
Soon thereafter, I figured out how to turn off the emails you get when someone starts following you.
I read tweets about whether I was real.
I sent an email to the DTH that got tweeted.
The sportswriters tweeted about some of my other emails.
And now, I’m writing a blog about tweets.