Here’s a clever idea from @chrisbrogan — Twitter Packs. Chris has built a wiki that lists twitter users by various categories. Why? Because when you are getting started with Twitter, it helps to follow people with shared interests. This way you can get a better idea of how this channel can be useful.
But how to figure out who to follow? That’s where this tool comes in. From the home page of the wiki:
If someone were joining Twitter today, who should they follow?
Obviously, the answer differs as to what kinds of interests you have. To that end, let’s create “packs” of people to follow. Everyone can play along. None of these lists are complete. Please add to them at will. Add new lists. Build new packs.
There’s packs by topic (love that as of right now #3 in the topic list is “New Media, Social Media” while #4 is “Books, Reading, Publishing” – that’s me in a nutshell folks!), by geographic location, by company… and more are being added constantly.
The Twitter Packs wiki is simple and brilliant. This idea should really help to boost Twitter activity.
And is it ever popular! I’ve been trying to edit the wiki over lunch to add some Ottawa folk, but so many others are in there too, that I haven’t yet been able to get in!
(BTW I found out about this via this tweet. Thanks @adelemcalear!)