Wednesday, February 23, 2011

17. Twitter

It is hard to believe that I am 17 articles into a blog that is dedicated to modern technology and this is the first time I'm talking about Twitter. Unless you have been living on a deserted island without a cell phone tower, you have probably heard the word "Twitter" sometime in the last few years. However, I still know many people who really don't know what it is all about. Today, I'm going to tell you how you can use Twitter to you stay connected to Disney World.

First, I would like to give you a quick overview of Twitter for those of you who haven't used it yet (Hi mom and dad!). In a nutshell, Twitter let's you send a short message of up to 140 characters to large numbers of people at one time. In Twitter jargon, you are "tweeting" to your "followers." Before you dismiss this as some sort of technological cult, becoming a follower just means that you subscribe to another persons' or organizations' tweets. Although this process takes place over the internet, it is most often done between mobile phones. It is also completely free to use.

Anyone can set up a Twitter account in a matter of minutes. Once you have a username, you can start documenting what you are doing throughout the day for all of your friends and family to see. Some people enjoy learning that their friend just ordered a caramel swirl latte from Dunkin Donuts or that their uncle Bob just got his oil changed, however Twitter can be used for so much more than just social networking. It is also a great way to get news about a topic or event you are interested in. This is how I like to use this great communications tool when it comes to Disney World.
There are numerous people and organizations you can "follow" to get up to the minute news and updates about the goings on at the vacation kingdom. Many of these people are associated with podcasts, websites, or blogs. You can do a simple search for Disney World on the Twitter website to find a pretty sizable list of tweeters. However, I want to mention a few that I subscribe to that help me get my Disney fix on a daily basis. First, there is Ricky Brigante of the Inside the Magic podcast. He lives very close to Disney World and often tweets (with picture and video attachments) from inside the parks! He can be found at insidethemagic. Next is Lou Mongello who is the author of the Walt Disney World Trivia books and host of the WDW Radio Show podcast. His Twitter handle is loumongello. The final two tweeters that I subscribe to are WdwDailyNews and TheDis. They both are great sources for current Disney World news.

I mentioned earlier how hearing about uncle Bob's oil change or your friend's latte may not be very interesting. However, if you subscribe to friends and family who are tweeting while on their Disney World vacation, that is a whole other story. If uncle Bob is tweeting a picture of the new Fantasyland construction, that would grab my attention. I certainly encourage setting up your own Twitter account when you are heading down to see the mouse. It is a fun and easy way to keep in touch with those who wish they were there.

Finally I want to put in a shameless plug for MY Twitter account. It is an easy way to see when I write a new article for this blog. You can subscribe to me at DigitalDisWorld. I had to shorten my handle a little due to the username length restriction imposed by Twitter. I hope to see a bunch of new subscribers in the near future!

Have a Disneyriffic day and remember to keep moving forward. See ya real soon!

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