Joining the Twitter-Sphere

As you may have guessed by the title, this week I dusted off the cobwebs from my inactive Twitter account and decided to join the Twitter community. The reason for this sudden interest, aside from classwork, was the realization that the wider and more data feeds I have from non-corporate entities, the more I will be able to learn from less-published data sources. I chose to follow a slew of people and companies that are centered around my professional life and interests.

Lisa B. (@lisabriercliff)

  • Lisa is in the IT industry, near as I can tell and her feed is dominated by data analytic stories from the tech, automotive, and humanitarian sectors. Either way, from her feed, many interesting tidbits and ideas are present from which I can learn.

William McKnight (@williammcknight)

  • William won me over with the hashtags that he used in his profile. Who isn’t extremely interested in #InformationManagement #BigData #Analytics? Oh, well I guess I’m the weird ~.04% who prefer William to Kim Kardashian. William’s profile offers many good resources for lectures and info that can be leveraged by anyone from the curious, to the hardcore data enthusiasts.

Wayne Eckerson (@weckerson)

  • Eckerson, with his extensive pedigree offers insights in his twitter feed to the issues that I am confronted with daily in my work. While the others I decided to follow offer insights that are applicable around data and other topics that are of individual and professional interest, Ecker runs a Twitter buffet of pure big-business solution articles that anyone in a corporate environment can leverage.

Cindi Howson (@biscorecard)

  • This Tweeter is a VP of research for Gartner. The feed that she maintains is reflective of this, in that it is an assembly of re-Tweets that have to do with the Business Intelligence world. The Tweets are geared toward where the industry is going and what the future may be…and also some Tweets from her personal life, which is a nice addition.

UpSearchBI (@UpSearchBI)

  • I followed this one due to the fact that there is a vast lack of inspirational quotes about Business Intelligence in my life. On a more serious note though, this organization hired an excellent Tweeter. I think that this Twitter account offers some nuggets of wisdom as to why Business Intelligence professionals do what they do.

While all of these Twitter accounts are great resources, the core thing that logging in and seeing these users has taught me thus far is that there is a core community of individuals who are interested in figuring out how the world around us works. Through the use of different technologies and ideas which are present in all of these accounts, we can make many seemingly complicated problems approachable and solvable.

Each of the social media savvy individuals seem to do similar things (other than UpSearchBI’s one liners). Posting mentally stimulating, engaging articles on the way that the Business Intelligence industry is going, and how it can be leveraged. After following these individuals I have entered the Twitter-sphere by re-Tweeting a post from Lisa B. I hope to use this micro-blogging social media blogging like much of the accounts I now follow do. Posting interesting and engaging articles that I find for discussion, and hopefully find a few individuals who share my interests.





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