By now, you may have heard about the microblogging site, Twitter, from your friends, the radio, CNN or Barack Obama. It’s a great way to stay in touch, share updates and news, and communicate with others. I’ve been noticing more and more businesses on Twitter (which is a good thing) so I’d like to list off a few around town that Vancouverites might want to check out or follow.
The Tyee – @TheTyee
The Georgia Straight – @georgiastraight
The Georgia Straight, Technology – @StraightTech
The Vancouver Sun – @VancouverSun
The Vancouver Sun, Digital Life – @GillianShaw
CityTV’s Breakfast Television – @BT_
CBC Radio 3 – @CBCRadio3
BCIT’s Evolution 107.9 Radio – @evolution1079
Talk 1410am’s Afternoon Buzz – @AfternoonBuzz
News1130 – @News1130
Techvibes – @TechVibes
UBC’s CiTR 101.9 Radio – @CiTRradio
Grouse Mountain – @GrouseMountain
Capilano Suspension Bridge – @CapSuspBridge
SFU Woodwards – @SFUWoodwards
Kids Up Front – @KidsUpFront
Fearless City – @FearlessCity
Vancouver Board of Trade – @VancouverBOT
Canucks Fan Zone – @CanucksFanZone
Whitecaps FC – @WhitecapsFC
Raging Bean Coffee – @RagingBean
Opus Hotel – @OpusHotel
Doolins Irish Pub – @Doolins
BC Restaurant & Food Service Association – @BCRFA
City or Political
Newly elected Vancouver Mayor, Gregor Robertson – @Gregor08
City of Vancouver – @CityofVancouver (Updates Protected)
Metro Vancouver – @MetroVancouver (Updates Protected)
Vancouver 2010 – @Vancouver_2010 (Updates Protected)
Translink – @Translink (Updates Protected)
West Coast Express – @WestCoastExpres (Updates Protected)
Skytrain – @Skytrain (Updates Protected)
SeaBus – @Seabus (Updates Protected)
BC Ferries – @BCFerries (Updates Protected)
The Green Party of BC – @BCGreenParty
Update – Reader suggestions:
Vancouver Public Library – @VPL
UQ Events – @UQEvents
Coffee Geek – @CoffeeGeek
SFU Twitter User List
Dept of Culture – DeptofCulture
Coast Hotels – @CoastHotels
However, I have a few tips for some of the Twitter profiles I’ve listed.
Make sure you have a custom profile icon or image – some people might recognize that more than your profile name.
Update as often as you can and make sure they’re not all automated posts. Have someone provide unique updates, be specific and feel free to share anything you like.
Follow other people. The whole point of social media is to communicate, create and share discussions. It’s a two-way street so let your followers know you’re interested in what they have to say as well. Who knows, you may get a top news story within seconds, find out about great deals, or get customer service feedback.
Finally, if you have a service whose updates could truly benefit people ie. sailing times, schedules etc. it would be really helpful to remove the protection (privacy setting) from your updates.
It’s free to sign up for a Twitter account and if you’d like to get updates from any of these sites (or yours truly) click on the links to ‘follow’. Please feel free to share more Vancouver Twitterites in the comments and I’ll update this post.