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Blog entry by Brian Havens posted 07-12-2010 05:49 PM 1937 reads 0 times favorited 33 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Being a high-tech guy by day, I find that I spend most of my time developing technology and not taking advantage of it. Doing woodworking, and even a little teaching woodworking (via videos), on the side, I am always looking to keep up with the latest trend.

That being said, Todd C got me started on this whole Twitter thing. I have to admit, even as a high tech guy, I am not sure I really get the whole concept. And now that I have been at it for a few days, I am only lukewarm about the whole idea. Do other woodworkers really want a play-by-play of my woodworking? I really do not mind snapping a photo and typing a quick message on my iPhone from the shop, but it would be all for naught if I am just taking to a wall, or in this case, talking to empty cyberspace.

What do LumberJocks think? Would you really want to follow a guys Woodworking ‘tweets”? Would you do it just for the fun of it? Would you do it if you expected to learns a tip or two?

Here is a link to my “tweets”. Mostly it has been following all the turning I have been doing, and some preparation for a home improvement project that has been thrusted upon me (fixing some old, inactive termite damage), as well as a few anecdotes and friendly pokes at Todd. Let me know what you think.

(Most of the tweets have photos, so be sure to click through)

-- Brian Havens, Woodworker

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#1 posted 07-12-2010 06:13 PM

Nope. not gonna either. I can blurb out what I want via Facebook and get the info to those who actually care to see it. Why bother with Twitter?

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#2 posted 07-12-2010 06:21 PM

I have 40 years experience as a computer tech and have always followed the latest and greatest trends. Except with twitter. My impressions are mostly “who cares” but that is me and my personality. A lot of people follow it and I can’t say that they are wrong. It just doesn’t fit me or my life style.

I hopes this helps.

-- Don - Rochester, NY

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#3 posted 07-12-2010 07:25 PM

Nope. I am also an IT professional and I have found no viable reason to compel me to use Twitter.

-- Ron - Any day that I don't learn something new is a wasted day.

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#4 posted 07-12-2010 07:30 PM

Twitter is the 21st century version of the 70s CB craze. I use to sit around at night with my Browning Golden Eagle and D104 mike and talk about nothing, to people I had no common interest with other than talking on the CB. I think it’s a stupid waste of time and I seldom log onto it.

However, from a business perspective, there are a lot of crafters, particularly women, who update Twitter all day. With this in mind, I have my Etsy listings and my web site blog automatically update my Twitter page. I also follow a lot of the larger Twitter craft pages, particularly the ones with thousands of followers. When I am listing and blogging, I will get around 10 – 20 hits from Twitter. I have no idea how many sales, if any, that I have gotten because of Twitter, but I know it is driving some traffic to my other sites. I use it strictly as another marketing tool. If I had to log on to it every day and manually tweet, I wouldn’t be using it.

I would not follow a woodworking twitter account because, I am never on Twitter, and my customers are not woodworkers. There are much more interesting woodworking blogs out there to read.

-- I don't make mistakes, only design

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#5 posted 07-12-2010 07:38 PM

Nope. And to dovetail (that makes this a wood working comment, right?) off what closetguy said, it may have it’s place in driving traffic to useful content, but in and of itself, is a waste of bandwidth IMHO.

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#6 posted 07-12-2010 08:02 PM

another tech guy, and have twitter account (I have an account of almost everything, I need to have an opinion for my customers), BUT, i donĀ“t use it… I see only some advantage to twitter and its the possibility to follow someone without his express permission, thats very good to one hand comunication of news from some VIP to the rest, and you don’t need a journalist to “interpret” or make the questions… you will have a tweet from your favorite soccer player from the place he is in southafrica, or a tweet from someone at goverment that is important for you… is THAT possibility that makes it engaging for me…


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#7 posted 07-12-2010 08:09 PM

Agreed, tech guy by day and have no use for twitter in woodworking…or anything else for that matter. There are a lot of web technologies I embrace, but twitter is not one of them.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#8 posted 07-12-2010 08:09 PM

Im a super tech savy guy, but refuse to Twitter. I’m on facebook but only occasionaly post status updates, its more to stay connected to old friends and family.

As far as twitter postings go, except for Iran’s protests and used as a means to communicate with the outside world, I have seen very little practical application for it. The only other time I’ve ever checked out Twitter really for were pics from International Space Station taken of earth from the Japanese austronaut,Soichi Noguch

-- - Eric Noblesville, IN

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#9 posted 07-12-2010 08:26 PM

I am a tech girl, I used a computer since I was three (23 years ago) and I am even typing this on my smart phone. I love facebook. I use it personally all the time, connecting much closer to all of the people I otherwise would never talk to. I enjoy that. I have also used facebook for my woodworking and jewelry ( sorry phone fights making links) I don’t do twitter, yet. It sounds like it has marketing potential, but I am still happy with hobby-business and don’t have a need for it. I also don’t want one more thing to get “addicted” to. As it is, I have emails, facebook, text messages, a few blogs, not to mention ljs, and sometimes it is just too much.

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#10 posted 07-12-2010 08:37 PM

Not interested in twitter, facebook, tweeter, bloogle or any of that sort of stuff. I use my computer and have a cell phone but I only use the phone for talking.
My son designs video games for Sony and has all the gizmo talent in the family.

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#11 posted 07-12-2010 08:54 PM

I have no use for Twitter. Facebook concept leaves me flat and I seldom visit it. I have had a cell phone for about 1.5 years. Mostly for emergencies when I am driving. I had it for over 6 months before i made a real call. Often leave it off for months at a time and right now it has been discharged for the last month or so, can’t find the charger and haven’t looked that hard. That said I am a bit tech savy, last job was supporting servers for a major company. I like this sight just fine and email. I don’t have to be instantly connected to the entire world to be bothered 24 hours a day every stinking day.

Oh, at work I was proudly known as “The psychotic grumpy old fart”


-- That was not wormy wood when I started working on it.

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#12 posted 07-12-2010 09:03 PM

I have not really looked into twitter, but could see some advantage to it as a marketing tool. If you did a particular product that varied in each one (cutting boards, boxes, turnings, pens…) there are probably people out there that picked up your card from a show that could be interested. They could be on the edge and not seen the “perfect” one last time in person. My thought is just finished products.

Why anyone would be interested in my moving wood, preparing to finish or going to the lumber mill is besides me.

Of course, it could also be used by your competition trying to seen the next trend without the effort.


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#13 posted 07-12-2010 09:17 PM

Nope. And I don’t facebook, tweeter, myspace or any of that other crap. :)

Cell phone & email is all I need. Its bad enough being hooked on LJ. This site is like crack (I guess).

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#14 posted 07-12-2010 10:46 PM

Twitter, cell phones, pagers,,,IMHO they are just fancier versions of an electronic leash! ;-)

-- Larry "Work like a Captain but Play like a Pirate!"

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#15 posted 07-12-2010 11:30 PM

NOPE. Do not twitter.
When I am working I don’t answer my cell phone till coffee or lunch break.
I do not answer cell phone when standing in grocery store lineups (That rude, everyone to wait till Mr or Mrs important is OFF the phone)
Did the CB thing way back, used it like it was intended, not for visiting.
Technology does have its place, people tend to abuse it.
I guess I am just old school.

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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