This morning as I am going through feeds and email I hoped over to my Twitter page only to notice that one of my colleagues at ETS is reporting the weather inside Twitter. I just Tweeted back at him that he has to become the first Twitter Weather Man. I know I’d have him in my Twitter list. It got me thinking a little more and the idea that Twitter really can be used for some seriously powerful instant alerts. I am wondering why someone wouldn’t add Twitter to their list of places they publish their headlines, alerts, or whatever.
For the past two weeks I’ve been posting updates about the ETS Talk podcast to its own Twitter account — it has some friends. I have friended BBC Tech News and Adaptive Path to stay in touch with their instant news bursts. Why not Twitter Weather? Why not Twitter channels for all sorts of stuff like that? So, Jamie here is your opportunity to be the Weather Man! Put all those computer models and your intense interest in meteorology to use and set a standard. 140 characters is more than enough to convey urgency and to push someone over to a webpage running the details.
What else are we missing about this medium? Here’s another request … I am wondering how hard it would be to create an app that would let you submit information to a blog and an excerpt to Twitter at the same time. Clearly it can be done … anyone?
Update … you think the Weather Man Twitter could work? I do.