This is my background and disclosure for Twitter. I have been a Twitter user for a long time. It has proven to be a great way to meet people with similar (and very different!) interests, and to stay in them. I had the joy of being one of the first (though some tell me I was the first) people to talk about Twitter on UK television, and I was certainly one of the first users in the UK, back where there were a number of rival platforms, which have now long been forgotten (remember when it was twittr anyone?). Following me on twitter is a great way to find out more about what I am up to, what I’m learning, and what I care about.
I originally signed up with a protected account under a pseudonym, before realising that the real power of Twitter is about sharing openly, and just being ‘you’. I’ve spoken about Twitter on TV, Radio and written about it in blogs and articles, as well as helping many businesses to make effective use of it, and I was even approached to work for Twitter in its earlier days. Like all forms of ‘computer mediated communication’ it isn’t perfect, and it could be better. I continue to challenge the Twitter team about that.
Disclosures: I work for/am paid by Trunomi, and SocialOptic, and am a direct investor in Eagle Genomics. My tweets don’t necessarily represent their opinions, but are obviously influenced by my involvement with them, or may promote them. I generally tweet about the things I discover each day, answer questions when I can, and share the things I’ve been making or producing. People @’ing me messages has lead to some great conversations, new friendships, and even new business ventures. Follow me there, and send me an @BenjaminEllis ‘hello’ if you like.