My getting on Twitter each morning and sharing interesting tweets, accompanied by a comment, reminded me of the information site, Fark.
Fark, as I’ve read, was widely used by morning drive radio hosts to find quirky news and information they could broadcast.
Back in 1993, Drew Curtis of Lexington, Kentucky was reading morning news stories and exchanging them with friends, via email.
Years later, in 1999, Curtis took things a step further by launching Fark, a community website that allows members to comment on a daily batch of news articles and other items from various websites.
Fark receives numerous story submissions per day and approximately 100 of them are publicly displayed on the site, spread out over the main page as well as topical tabs that are organized as entertainment, sports, geek, politics and business.
I have five Twitter lists which I scroll through each morning, and most evenings, looking for items I find interesting. Law School Deans, Law Schools, Law Libraries/Librarians, Bar Associations, and Legal Tech.
I read the news story, blog post or article linked to in the tweet to get the gist of the story shared
If I think the story would be interesting or of help to my followers, I retweet the tweet with the quote.
I capture the essence of the story or a direct quote from the story in my Twitter quote. I try to reference the subject organization or people in the story – always using their Twitter handles so that they see my Tweet.
The outcome of my morning tweetcasting the last month has been real positive.
- I’m learning things I would have never learned before, some of which will pertain to LexBlog product development and messaging
- My news is being funneled, if you will, by some pretty smart people with similar interest
- My news and information may be better than if I was following news in traditional ways
- Twitter lists do not appear to be driven by algorithms, I see what the people who I include in a list share
- I am meeting people with similar interests
- My Twitter followers are growing
- I am engaging people and organizations on the list, via Twitter discussion, email, LinkedIn and Zoom.
- I hope to have face to face meetings with some of these folks, in some cases leading to business
As a kid, I wanted to be a radio broadcaster.
Maybe that’s why I enjoy tweetcasting. That and I like learning and meeting people.
Want to follow me on Twitter? I’m at @kevinokeefe.