Follow ColdFusion and Flex Bloggers on Twitter with One Click
Posted on Sep 10, 2009
I caught a post on TechCrunch about a service called TweepML which is a new XML-based, open format for sharing groups of Twitter. They actually have a published spec for developers to use and extend if they wish. However, you can also simply use the site to create groups of users and get a link that should allow people to follow all of the suggested users with a single-click (or maybe a click or two). I thought this was a very useful idea for businesses and sites that include multiple contributors. It is also interesting, in part, because I know a lot of people just getting started on Twitter who don't know who to follow. I decided to try it out and create two lists - one of ColdFusion bloggers who are using Twitter and one of Flex bloggers. I did my best to include everyone I know (both are a subset of people I follow) but focused on those that a) have an active blog focused on the specific technology and b) actively use Twitter (so don't be offended if I didn't include you). Also, some people write about both but I decided to include them in one list or the other depending on what I perceive as their emphasis. If people find this useful I will try to keep the lists up to date, and if you have suggestions on users to add (or remove) please email me or comment on this post.
I still don't get twitter. I just subscribed to all CF Bloggers and none of them are twitting anything useful about CF, at last on the first page.
I still prefer to RSS feeds of useful blogs. There are reasons why ppl separate personal blog from work/professional blog. Why don't ppl have different twitter account for the same reasons is beyond me.
Posted By Henry Ho / Posted on 09/10/2009 at 12:17 PM
Sorry you don't like it but I find it extremely useful. Sure not everything is on topic - but neither are the blogs and I wouldn't want them to be. I don't follow people who only talk about CF - that's seriously boring imo! I have more interests than a programming language and so do the people I follow...makes them interesting.
Posted By Brian Rinaldi / Posted on 09/10/2009 at 12:21 PM
Posted By Henry Ho / Posted on 09/10/2009 at 12:21 PM
henry, i don't think there are rules for how to use it. for me, i use it to stay connected to the people in the community... to engage. But I don't use it as a source of ColdFusion usefulness. Sometimes I learn CF stuff, and sometimes I'll come across an awesome article I never would've seen otherwise (this just happened yesterday). For me though, mostly it's about relationships.
Give it a shot. if it's not your thing, nothing lost, right?
Posted By marc / Posted on 09/10/2009 at 12:41 PM
Marc nailed it. Twitter, to me, is more about being social than it is about learning. Just like marc, I do learn things occasionally, sometimes things i don't want to learn about from @bennadel, but mostly it is about networking.
I heard someone once say that there are two kinds of people. Those that think Twitter is stupid and those that can't like without it. I am both.
Posted By Jason Dean / Posted on 09/10/2009 at 2:09 PM
Posted By Paul / Posted on 09/10/2009 at 2:16 PM
Posted By Nitai / Posted on 09/10/2009 at 4:25 PM
That is a very cool service. I created one of my own: http://tweepml.org/Social/
Posted By Jeff Fall / Posted on 09/10/2009 at 4:33 PM
I can think of a few more folks for the ColdFusion blogger list:
Simon Free (simonfree)
Todd Rafferty (webRat)
Barney Boisvert (barneyb)
Mike Henke (mikehenke)
John Farrar (sosensible)
Tim Farrar (timothyfarrar)
Posted By Brian Swartzfager / Posted on 09/10/2009 at 8:10 PM
Posted By Henry Ho / Posted on 09/17/2009 at 2:28 AM