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What I tweet about: Stories you can fit into 140 characters

Posted by Scott Kirsner  August 5, 2010 08:19 AM

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I was not an early user of Twitter, but I've come to really enjoy it.

A couple notes on what I tweet about, if you are not already following me (@ScottKirsner...and shame on you!)

- Stories that can fit into 140 characters, as soon as I find out about them. (Yesterday: Atlas Venture moving its Massachusetts office from Waltham to Cambridge. A few months back: EqualLogic co-founder Paula Long peeling off from the company. Often: new start-ups I've just heard about.) Many of these tweets don't eventually turn into columns or blog posts — simply because everything worth saying can be said in a tweet.

- Events in the Boston area (and beyond) that you may want to know about.

- Links to great stories (in the Globe and elsewhere) with relevance to those working in New England's Innovation Economy.

- Photos from conferences, parties, and my daily meanderings.

- People in the New England Innovation Economy who are new to Twitter, and worth following.

- Quotes and notes from local conferences and events.

Soon, I'm going to try using Ustream to do occasional live video broadcasts from my phone. I'll send out tweets to give you a heads-up when I'm going live.

What don't I tweet about? I mostly try to avoid the "what I'm eating for lunch tweets." Mostly try not to make my FourSquare check-ins public on twitter. Mostly try not to do public "@replies" to individuals, since I feel like it's confusing/distracting for most followers and prospective followers. (Instead, I do direct message a lot of people back.)

Your feedback is I am always trying to become a better tweeter.

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About Scott Kirsner

Scott Kirsner was part of the team that launched in 1995, and has been writing a column for the Globe since 2000. His work has also appeared in Wired, Fast Company, The New York Times, BusinessWeek, Newsweek, and Variety. Scott is also the author of the books "Fans, Friends & Followers" and "Inventing the Movies," was the editor of "The Convergence Guide: Life Sciences in New England," and was a contributor to "The Good City: Writers Explore 21st Century Boston." Scott also helps organize several local events on entrepreneurship, including the Nantucket Conference and Future Forward. Here's some background on how Scott decides what to cover, and how to pitch him a story idea.

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