Follow the NDGIS Hub on Twitter
The ND GIS Hub now has a Twitter site! This site contains ND GIS Hub-related news and updates much like the existing email listserv but will contain additional information. If you are interested, you can visit the site just to browse, or you can create a Twitter account (free) to follow other accounts (such as ndgishub), and/or create your own updates.
Using Twitter is more than just receiving information! It excels in exchanging news and information. If you already have a Twitter account or create one, and elect to write or "Tweet" about something related to GIS in North Dakota, please consider including #ndgis in the text. By doing so, others can follow the #ndgis topic (simply be searching on #ndgis) without having to know who to follow to obtain this info. Including #ndgis in the text will be a great way to share GIS-related info that pertains to our state such as new data that you have, have heard about, or are wanting, GIS applications, storm or weather-related happenings, flooding, ice jams, fires - basically anything with a geospatial component that may be of interest to other GIS users.
Why Not Just Continue Using Email?
There is some overlap between the two but here is an incomplete list of advantages of Twitter over email:
- The information sent via Twitter is short and succinct, you can quickly get the point.
- No need to maintain address books, what you send via Twitter is received by whoever has chose to follow you.
- Twitter provides a "federated" network of people & organizations you can a) follow to obtain breaking news and information and b) send information or questions to, all just using one tool.
- Twitter topics are flagged with a "#" making searching easy. Search results will lead you to other people and web sites of interest.
- Twitter is very mobile friendly, updates can be more easily sent and received.
- Twitter allows for sending a message to all of your followers or directly to someone.
Please note that like email but even more so, what you write will be read by others, so be sure to keep the text factual and professional at all times.
Here is a brief summary of Twitter, how to use it, and how it might be useful for folks using GIS in our state.
Here is a listing of useful articles and tutorials.
Here is a listing of some Twitter applications. The ND GIS Hub uses the Twitter web site, TwInbox, and TweetDeck.